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Anyone using a TENS unit during or after recovery?

I'm 2 months post-op from a single level fusion at l4-l5. I think I'm healing pretty well from that, but will know for sure when I see the neurosurgeon on March 11th for a follow up.

I have a new problem now though which I believe is SI joint dysfunction/syndrome. I have a terrible pain just to the left side of my spine and over the dimple on my butt. This pain radiates over my left hip, thru the top of my thigh and into my groin. When I'm bent forward , pushing myself up from my chair, the pain is sharp and brutal. When I'm in bed, lifting myself up to turn over, same thing. The pain radiates into my hip, making it feel like hip bursitis. I'm walking with a bit of a limp because that hip area is just so sore. I'm using cold packs on the area from the time I get home from work until I go to bed. I'd like to be given an SI injection, but since I can't take anti-inflammatories in any form, I can't do that. (SI injections are loaded with cortisone). God, I'd love to take ibuprofen right now.

Anyway, cut to chase, is anyone using a TENS unit for pain and do you find it helps? If it does help, does it only help when you have it on (like diverting your brain from focusing on the pain and onto the zapping), or does it heal the pain? I have a TENS unit I bought a few years back when I had horrible sciatic pain caused by a synovial cyst pressing on my sciatic nerve. I'm willing to get it out and give it a go. I'd love to be off the pain meds by now, but just can't with this pain.

Any comments are appreciated.
Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry


  • Hello, I know you posted this a couple of years ago but I was wonderind if your pain went away. I am 5 weeks post Opp and have the exact pain and am losing hope. Please respond! Thanks!
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