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SCS compared to TENS unit?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Pain Management
Does a SCS work like a TENS unit does? From what I read it sounds like much the same idea, just with the SCS being internal and therefore easier to manage day to day. I have had a TENS unit before and it gave me little to no relief...Does this mean that a SCS wouldn't work for me either? :/

I'm actually going in for a pain pump trial on Monday, but if the pump trial doesn't work I want to know if it would be worth my time to pursue a SCS trial. I'm not sure that I'd be a great candidate for an SCS because I have some heart arythmia problems, but I always liked to be informed of options that are in front of me! :)



  • It really depends on who you ask and what their underlying issue is. At least that's what I've determined since I started looking into all of this.

    I have used TENS quite successfully for my lower back, however the TENS did not help the issue which the SCS is taking care of.

    The only way to know if SCS is going to work for you, is to

    a.) discuss it with the doc that implants them
    b.) go through a trial.

    Sorry wish I could be more specific. Good luck with the pain pump.


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