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    I'm about to go get TENS unit today for my pain. Any advice? Has it worked? Is it expensive? Thanks.
    Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!

  • #2
    Hi Jess,
    I have a TENS unit. I paid about $125. here in Canada... I have used it right over the bladder it did not help..But I get lower back ache when I flare and I put two of the pads on my back and that definately helps.. My Uro showed me a spot on the inner side of calf near the calf bone to put the two other pads.. I am a guessing it is an accupuncture point for the bladder... He thought it was very weird that I had put the pads right over sore bladder.. and he said "I did not tell you to put them there" ..
    If you can find out where the best place to put the pads, then that would help.
    It sure helped my back.. Not sure if it just helped me concentrate on something beside the pain or what but it did make me feel better.
    Hope it helps you.
    God brought me to it, He will bring me through it!!!

    Diagnosed 2003
    by cysto/hydro
    Elmiron took almost a year- made me sick, caused diarrhea
    Pyridium -Made me sick
    Detrol and Ditropan, Toviaz and Mrrbetriq- caused constipation and head ache.
    Tried DMSO instill- had 5 out of 6
    Started Oxytrol Patch-stopped using them after 3 months-- skin was getting irritated
    Cysto/hydro April 6th 2011-- on expansion only hold one cup
    IBS/ IC
    High blood pressure meds and Crestor
    Metformin (prediabetic)
    Sinequan (depression)


    • #3
      Hi Jess,
      I don't know anything about it. But I sure hope it works and hopefully the ins co will cover the cost.
      'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'


      • #4
        Hi Jess,

        I'm from Montreal, & my TENS unit cost around $80 CD -- I bought it about 3 years back. Unfortunately, I don't really feel it helped me at all. Then again, I didn't buy it on advice of my doctor (my nurse just mentioned it), so no one showed me the proper place to put the pads. I used to try putting both of the pads on my lover pelvic area (one on each side, sort of where ovaries are, only lower, and also on my lower back).

        However, as is obvious with this friggin illness, everyone is different & reacts differently to it might be well worth the try for you.

        Best of luck!


        • #5
          Hi everyone,

          Thanks for the advice. I am on a trial period, and if I like it I buy it. It'll be 80 bucks if the insurance doesn't cover it, so I hope it will be worth it. So far, it's ehhh.

          Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!


          • #6
            I have a TENS works ok for when you have low pain (say in the AM) and you put it on and you use it throughout the day to keep the pain quiet.

            I have a large gooey cold patch on my low back, and two small ones that go near my bladder. You can adjust your intesity as need be. I use the pulse choice rather the steady choice. (I just like it better...My nerves don't overstimulated) I've just found that it doesn't help if the pain is severe to begin with.

            good luck!!!

            I.C. DX'd following my "second hysterectomy" (the remaining ovary, that kept bursting and bleeding 2 years after my hyster/right oompherectomy, was removed in 2003. I was a special ed teacher. I am now very lost, and feeling rather hopeless in my life.

            Medications I CURRENTLY take:
            90 mgs Ms contin (45 mgs Am/PM)
            Percocet as needed
            Topomax 100mg day
            Ambien 10 mg bed
            desipramine 25 mgs

            If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
            Albert Einstein


            • #7
              I still have a TENS unit I would like to get rid of if anyone is interested. Just didn't work for me. Jess best of luck. Hope it helps, even just a little. Any relief is good relief. Daina


              • #8
                TENS helped with back, not bladder pain

                I tried a TENS unit for the first time ten days ago in my physical therapist's office. It didn't do anything for my bladder-related pain, but it seems to have done wonders for my back pain. I have spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis, and that and IC-related pain can turn my back muscles to stone. The TENS (along with "warm hands" exercises and belly-breathing relaxation exercises) really seems to have helped me break that cycle of tensing up that can make my spine feel like it's on fire.