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  • Can someone advise me on the best settings for treatment of IC with TENS machine?

    Hello all!

    I have been in a bad flare for the last 7 weeks, as a result of an invasive type of alternative health treatment (Neural Therapy). To curb the pain experienced, I have just purchased TENS machine but have no idea how to use it! Can you please advise me on the best setting to calm my bladder? What Pulse Rate and Pulse width settings are optimal? And can I place the electrodes over my bladder directly?

    Thank you in advance!

    K.
    2001 first UTI. Symptoms (mainly burning pee) never really disappear
    2001 - 2009 symptoms of UTI with varying results of lab tests. For the first 2-4 years, diff. bacteria cultured at different times.
    2004 - 2008 no more bacteria found in urine. Symptoms (burning pee, burning after sex, burning uretra after peeing) persist.
    Jan 2009 Cystoscopy with hydrodistention and biopsy. IC confirmed. Post-operation complications: pain, symptoms of full blown UTI.
    Jan - March 2009 lab results: Strep-Agalactie, then e-coli (about 3 wks later), then Strep Veridians, then e-coli, then Enteroccocus Faecalis, .... eventually, fed up, I give up on prescribed antibiotics and travel far away ...
    I killed the bacteria through natural means and have chosen to use dietary supplements, rather than medications, ever since. The 2009 Cystoscopy with hydrodistention made my symptoms permanently worse. Whereas before the procedure, my "IC" was a nuisance, that did not significantly affect my every day life, after the procedure I started experiencing previously unknown bladder pain, started waking up at night many times with pain and burning, and sex, previously a source of great pleasure has become painful. All this has had a devastating effect on my life in general: on my sleep, my work, my romantic and sexual life, my social life and my perception of myself.
    I have however many good days and overall, my IC is stable and manageable without medications.

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    Re: Can someone advise me on the best settings for treatment of IC with TENS machine?

    You really should give your doctor's office a call for advice. When I used a TENS unit, I had the help of a physical therapist (I used it for a shoulder problem), but still had to do some experimenting with placement an settings. They had me set mine at a very low setting at first, then gradually increase. Please do a search for precautions before you use it --- I want you to be safe.


    Donna
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      Re: Can someone advise me on the best settings for treatment of IC with TENS machine?

      Thank you, Donna but I do not have anyone I can ask ... my doctors are not familiar with TENS machines and I've never been in physical therapy for IC.
      2001 first UTI. Symptoms (mainly burning pee) never really disappear
      2001 - 2009 symptoms of UTI with varying results of lab tests. For the first 2-4 years, diff. bacteria cultured at different times.
      2004 - 2008 no more bacteria found in urine. Symptoms (burning pee, burning after sex, burning uretra after peeing) persist.
      Jan 2009 Cystoscopy with hydrodistention and biopsy. IC confirmed. Post-operation complications: pain, symptoms of full blown UTI.
      Jan - March 2009 lab results: Strep-Agalactie, then e-coli (about 3 wks later), then Strep Veridians, then e-coli, then Enteroccocus Faecalis, .... eventually, fed up, I give up on prescribed antibiotics and travel far away ...
      I killed the bacteria through natural means and have chosen to use dietary supplements, rather than medications, ever since. The 2009 Cystoscopy with hydrodistention made my symptoms permanently worse. Whereas before the procedure, my "IC" was a nuisance, that did not significantly affect my every day life, after the procedure I started experiencing previously unknown bladder pain, started waking up at night many times with pain and burning, and sex, previously a source of great pleasure has become painful. All this has had a devastating effect on my life in general: on my sleep, my work, my romantic and sexual life, my social life and my perception of myself.
      I have however many good days and overall, my IC is stable and manageable without medications.

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