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SCS... Is it like a TENS????



  • barbie2016bbarbie2016 washington statePosts: 18

    I put a tens on my back tonight for the 1st time. It is masking the pain GREAT.  love it so far.  To my understanding, this is more surface...a SCS would be placed right next to the spinal cord which I think would make it more effective in the long run?  I have an appointment on the 2nd of april for a consult on SCS.  if it works this good I should be good to go I think :)  

  • Hi everyone,  on April 10,  I started my spinal-cord stimulator trial. I am on the morning of day 3. 
    You ask if it is like tens, Well I think it’s as far away from tens as you can get. It comes from within you, the stimulation feels completely different. And you can feel it so deep within the areas being stimulatied.
    The tens sensations are superficial and stimulate frrom the surface. This is great for many people, can be a great help for muscular pain, many types of pain, but I found it did not work for my neuropathic pain not my peripheral neuropathy nor my radiculophathy and when my muscles spasm it is so severe that nothing will touch them but instantly lying flat, diazepam, oromorph and a few tears! No matter what program or settings I used tens never seemed to get to deep enough for me.
    The SCS, at this early stage, I am finding is a bit of a trade off.... Fairly intense stimulation to slightly override the pain. 
    If you want to know anything else I will answer.
    It is good to have many peoples experiences so you can be prepared :-)

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,755

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I am closing it.


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