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  • Using a 'TENS' unit to relieve my IC pain

    Has anyone ever tried a ‘TENS’ unit for their IC condition?
    I’m looking into buying one those devices and see if it could give me some relief. I’m years into IC now and nothing I’ve tried seems to help much. I’ve had Botox injections in my bladder, Bladder distention, even weekly DMSO treatments (about 30 or 40 times) I take 325 mg Percocet for the pain, 100 mg Elmiron three times a day, (the Elmiron didn’t help me until 17 or 18 months)
    I recommend staying with the Elmiron as long as you can. I’m on the IC diet and have to say that has helped out a whole heck of a lot. I know that using the PTNS unit at my Doctors office helps but I’m wondering about using the ‘TENS’ unit also.
    Thanks in advance if anyone can help me out with this
    ~Jimmy

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    I have a TENS unit and it is very effective for pain relief. I have primarily use it for a shoulder problem. They do require a physician order to purchase, but most doctors will order if you ask.

    Donna
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    • #3
      IC pain and flare-ups

      Originally posted by ICNDonna View Post
      I have a TENS unit and it is very effective for pain relief. I have primarily use it for a shoulder problem. They do require a physician order to purchase, but most doctors will order if you ask.

      Donna
      Thanks Donna I hoped that the device would help.
      I ordered one from Amazon last night and can't wait to use it. I've read good things about them. I first asked my Dr about them but got no reply from her. I'm not going to wait another 5 weeks until I get her to answer me. I can't afford the unit but I HAD to try something. The pain is in me not her (I'm sure thats why my Dr can take a more lax approach to my pain issues)
      I'll post the results as soon as I get something going.

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        Hi Jimmy,
        I have ordered several and found one that I like from Amazon.com. I hope it works for you. I found that the smaller electrodes work well for me so my stomach doesn't get a rash so much. I wear my 24 hours sometimes. It does help with the pain unless mine is out of control. I sleep with it on the continuous cycle sometimes when the pain is bad. I hope it works for you. PM me if you need info on electrodes etc.

        So, the Elmiron has helped you some with the pain? or more frequency?
        Teresa

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        • #5
          T.e.n.s. 7000

          Originally posted by Snowden1 View Post
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          So, the Elmiron has helped you some with the pain? or more frequency?
          I have the unit now and I’ve used it for over a week. It seems like it has cut down on a lot of my pain somehow. I’m not sure where to attach the leads so I’m placing them on my lower back just below the belt line. I’m using the 3.5 setting because I really can’t take it higher at this time. I started on 3 then bumped up to 3.5. The setting only goes to eight. I bought the model ‘TENS 7000’ with additional pads, wires, and a tube of conductive adhesive gel from Amazon.com for under $80. I would say that the device has helped out a little bit and hope for better results as the days go by. I use it for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours later in the afternoon. Don’t use the device while driving.

          To me, it seems like the Elmiron must be coating my bladder somehow helping me hold more volume and stopped 'some' of the frequecy issues I have.

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