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    My uro would like to know how others have found this TENS unit to work for them. The one she's been prescribing costs $350 and she says it has helped a lot of her patients. She's worried that for $99 maybe this one's flimsy or not powerful enough to make a difference. There have been only a couple of people here who have talked about it, so I don't have much to back it up. Anyone out there having good luck with it?
    Kat

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    I have used a TENS unit with success, but not for IC. Several years ago I had shoulder surgery, after which the shoulder "froze." I had to have anesthesia to have it broken loose so I could move my arm. After the procedure, I used a TENS for the extreme pain --- and it helped. My insurance company rented the unit for me and ended up spending more than the purchase price, but I still ended up without the unit.

    It DID work for the pain by relaxing my shoulder muscles.

    Donna
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    • #3
      Thanks, Donna. I still would like to hear from more people who have used it for IC. I find it very interesting that the only one who has used it for IC and responded to me is Christina. I did try to order it today from the IC network, but couldn't get thru on their fax machine and couldn't get a callback from their voice mail.
      Kat

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      • #4
        Hello,
        I am waiting on mind as I'm writing this, but I have to tell you.I know someone with one for I.C. and she loves it.She is on less pain meds. and has been feeling great. I can't wait for mine.Let me know if you get yours.
        Thanks,
        Terri

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        • #5
          Hi Terri,
          I did get mine, but haven't been in all that much pain since I got it. I did cheat on my diet, tho, and had some pain all one evening and used it both on my back and my bladder. It did help altho I'm not sure how much because I did take a half of a vicodin, too. It felt great on my back though for the pain. Like rubbing an "owie" when you fall. I think I need my uro to help me find out where to place the pads to get the best relief. I'm waiting to see how it works for me when I'm REALLY IN PAIN! Let me know how yours works out for you. Kat
          Kat

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          • #6
            Don't know how I would have survived with my sanity intact (barely) since last June without my TENS. Got it here on the ICN and my pt said that it's better quality than most others she's seen even for 3X's the price.

            I use mine daily for 4 to 6 hours, so it's gotten quite a workout! Do need to buy many electrodes, but it's worth it to make sure they're making good contact w/this old body!

            If I have burning or spasms I place all four electrodes on my IC tummy...2 very low near the hairline, and 2 about one inch above that. I set it up so the electricity crosses in an "X" pattern...your pt can help, if not call the company.

            If not burning that day, I place all 4 electrodes on my back...2 about 2 inches below my tailbone and two almost on the fattest, roundest part of my IC butt!!!

            The wires stay out of my way when I pee or dress because I use a piece of elastic tied in a knot like an under-the-clothes belt. I loop the wires under the elastic belt to hold them out of the way. Experiment with how much "slack" you need to give the wires.

            The unit is placed into a fanny pack I wear on my IC belly (helps to disguise it!!) Now you're set to go! The best thing to do is have a pt who is used to TENS units help with the settings. If you don't have one, your doc can recommend one, I'm sure.

            I must say this loudly: THE TENS FROM THE ICN KNOCKS THE BLADDER BURNING SPASMING, AND/OR PELVIC PAIN DOWN A NOTCH OR TWO. I LOVE IT, AND TRULY BELIEVE THAT IT HELPED SAVE MY LIFE!

            Hope others will respond soon with their experiences, but I know there are others on the Pain Management Board. By the way, sorry this is so long in coming, but have been having BAD IC pain which is just now coming under control with an Interstim trial I am currently having. Check the Trials board for more info.

            Best to you and gentle hugs to all. Let's keep trying to help each other get through these long IC days and nights,
            SusanC

            [This message has been edited by SusanC (edited 04-02-2001).]
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