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Tens Unit worth the cost if ins doesn't pay?

MaggiePMMaggieP Posts: 337
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
Monday during my PT session, the therapist supplied me with a Tens unit, so that I can use it at home. We won't know for several weeks if my insurance company will cover it. It's a lousy company, and they don't cover much......The therapist said if they won't cover it for me, the Tens Company would call me, and give me the option to purchase it myself, or send it back, with no charge for the time I have had it. I don't know what the cost would be..... Anybody want to jump in here? And is the Tens good for your chronic pain? I have so many places that hurt, not sure where to put the patches first! :)

Also, this "wonderful" insurance company will cover my visit to a Pain Clinic, but they won't pay much for the Pain Pschologist. He wants $350. cash up front.. Are pain clinics the way to go, since my PCP is very good about perscribing the meds I need, and recommending treatments and visits to other Specialists if I want to see one? I'm just questioning the 2 days off work to get there, cost of gas, motel, food, etc. Since I'm already doing most of what I read on here that those Clinics do. Help??



  • The point of a pain center is to treat your pain..why go if your PCP is already doing so?Also,at most (if not all) pain centers you are bound by a contract and if you see another Dr for ANY reason and he/she prescribes you pain meds,you cannot accept them or you will be in violation of the contract.

    I use a TENS.If I had to pay for it to be honest I would not,but I hope that it works for you.
  • Hiya Maggie >:D<
    I have pain management and to be honest its the best thing i have ever done :) . I have a number of tablets i have to take each day @) , and they told me i will have to take them for the rest of my life :( . I invested in a tens machine its sometimes takes the edge of the pain and sometimes it dont :S . A tens machine is somthing that you will have to try out i bought mine for £40 from physio med :O , its a company that was recommended by the hospital, you can try them out on a 28day trial :? , if you dont want it then you can send it back and get a full refund 8> .here is the website: www.EDITED Good Luck! :H

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  • Maggie,

    I would definetly recommend getting the TENs unit. I bought one online for around $125 I think and the insurance ended up reimbursing us. But it would've been worth it if they hadn't.

  • I have one an like it. It was $600 dollars, but my chiro just gave it to me. That or he added to my LOP bill, which was still very generous of him by any means. I enjoy it. It helps releave some tension when I know that I can't get to a doctor.
  • If it turns out that insurance does not cover it but you are getting relief then it may very well be worth the cost to purchase it. If, on the other hand, it doesn't work at least you'll have tried without feeling like you've wasted money. Good luck!
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  • I use my tens every single day. On the really bad days I have it on for hours at a time. Of course, I use it on my neck and it just seems to help with the muscle spasming and keeps me from tensing up as much. don't know how it works for low back issues.

    Try it, and if it works, it is definitely worth the investment.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Maybe I should use mine more often and give it a better shot.If I were to be honest I probably have not given it enough of a chance.Listening to the others I feel my previous answer was short and selfish.

    *I'm sorry about that*
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    for my Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar problems. It is a great unit. Omron Tens unit (cost $115 was purchased in Japan, so all the documentations and buttons are in Japanese)
    From what I've seen with other Tens Units and the ones they have a physical therapy establishments, and there wasnt much of a difference
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I use my TENS everyday - especially Mon - Friday at work. I can't do without it or somebody is definitely going to pay.

    I start with mine at 3.5 and by the end of a normal day at school it is up to 5 or 5.5. Cuts so much pain out of the back.

    Of course, with it on my back, it doesn't do much for my arthritis which is acting up a LOT.

    But yes, in my opinion it is worth it. I'm just lucky that Medicare paid for it.
  • I use my TENS unit almost every day. Sometimes it helps me not have to take the percocet for the BT pain. Sometimes I need it anyway. Going to pain management might be a good thing if you doc doesn't help you out, but my PCP handles my pain well and my trip the the PM doc was a disaster. Even though he could plainly see the severely damaged discs on the MRI and CT scan, he pushed me back several times so I had to arch my back and I was in agony. The last time he tried to push me backwards I leaned forward and would not allow him to push me. The only thing he offered me was a spinal cord stimulator and I told him I wasn't ready for a pacemaker in my butt. I will NEVER go back to that doc again!

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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