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I use TENS - reply to Ruby Tuesday

I am new to the forum and was able to log in after creating an account. I couldn't figure out how to post a reply to Ruby Tuesday regarding use of TENS; Ruby's post didn't seem to allow a reply...anyway... I am using a tens unit as I write this. I have L5 S1 issues with sciatica and pain and numbness in my right leg and foot. I am scheduled for back surgery later this month.

I have used TENS for about 23 years for pain related to being in an accident; my right foot and ankle was broken in an auto accident. There were so many other bones broken that the foot and ankle were the least of any ER's worries, and confirmation of the foot/ankle problems came about 1 1/2 years after the accident when I began to learn to walk again.

I am now using the TENS unit for back/leg/foot pain. It has no effect on my numbness. I think of it as disrupting the pain pathway so my brain can't feel the pain. You may want to give TENS a try. In my case the pain level is pretty high and the TENS unit reduces it. It often makes the difference that allows me to shop or do light house chores or sleep. When the pain is severe I crank up the TENS...

I've bought several TENS units on Craigslist; three were brand new in unopened boxes, and all have worked perfectly. The prices ranged from $25 to $75. I haven't noticed much difference in the design and use of the different brands. All work equally well. The only downside is having to get used to dealing with the wires to the electrodes underneath your clothing because the wires come undone fairly easily. Hope that helps.


  • Thanks Hal!
    Don't know what was going on with no reply issue other than you need to be logged in to respond.

    I have been using my TENS unit and find that it does just what you said.....it disrupts the pains pathway so the brain can't feel the pain. And yes, the wires do get in the way! Maybe someone will invent a wireless TENS machine. Wish I had the knowledge to invent something like that. It would be a great moneymaker!

    Thanks for your response!
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
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