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23-07-2013, 07:25 PM
RE: Medical facepalm
Okay, so I am trying an alternate to the other suggestions...this may get blasted as woo but I looked at what the doctor said about retraining the nerves that have been cut and also thinking back to physical therapy sessions when my son tore his ACLs, as well as temporary relief when I was getting massages...too much money and time involved.

I purchased a portable TENS unit. Is is going to help me heal? Too early to tell yet. Does it help relieve some of the pain...yes. Since meds are off the table...wouldn't want to get addicted after all, if something gives me relief, I am game. The unit is quite small and has a rechargeable battery which means that I can use it at work on days when the pain is really rough and I can even use it in the car and at school. I have played around with settings a bit and am using a pretty low setting for now.

Will see how it goes...so far, at the cost of a massage and tip, I am pretty happy.

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23-07-2013, 07:54 PM
RE: Medical facepalm
(23-07-2013 07:25 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Okay, so I am trying an alternate to the other suggestions...this may get blasted as woo but I looked at what the doctor said about retraining the nerves that have been cut and also thinking back to physical therapy sessions when my son tore his ACLs, as well as temporary relief when I was getting massages...too much money and time involved.

I purchased a portable TENS unit. Is is going to help me heal? Too early to tell yet. Does it help relieve some of the pain...yes. Since meds are off the table...wouldn't want to get addicted after all, if something gives me relief, I am game. The unit is quite small and has a rechargeable battery which means that I can use it at work on days when the pain is really rough and I can even use it in the car and at school. I have played around with settings a bit and am using a pretty low setting for now.

Will see how it goes...so far, at the cost of a massage and tip, I am pretty happy.

If it helps you, that's great! I hope it does cos that's a cheapish remedy.
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23-07-2013, 08:08 PM
RE: Medical facepalm
(23-07-2013 07:25 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Okay, so I am trying an alternate to the other suggestions...this may get blasted as woo but I looked at what the doctor said about retraining the nerves that have been cut and also thinking back to physical therapy sessions when my son tore his ACLs, as well as temporary relief when I was getting massages...too much money and time involved.

I purchased a portable TENS unit. Is is going to help me heal? Too early to tell yet. Does it help relieve some of the pain...yes. Since meds are off the table...wouldn't want to get addicted after all, if something gives me relief, I am game. The unit is quite small and has a rechargeable battery which means that I can use it at work on days when the pain is really rough and I can even use it in the car and at school. I have played around with settings a bit and am using a pretty low setting for now.

Will see how it goes...so far, at the cost of a massage and tip, I am pretty happy.

I never heard about TENS units doing anything with "retraining" nerves but they are known to be effective for pain control. Lots of pain specialists use them. They were a fad for a while in post-op (in hospital) ortho pain .. they might still be .. I'd have to ask.

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23-07-2013, 08:14 PM
RE: Medical facepalm
The retraining was more a massage technique of using pressure points...or that's how I understood it. I know that some nerves have reconnected over time but some not so much...I can touch in one spot and feel it in another, which is creepy and weird. This unit actually has a pressure point setting along with the other settings. A lot easier than me trying to keep constant pressure on a spot for three minutes.

All I know is that for now, I think I am in love with this thing!

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23-07-2013, 08:17 PM
RE: Medical facepalm
(23-07-2013 07:25 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Okay, so I am trying an alternate to the other suggestions...this may get blasted as woo but I looked at what the doctor said about retraining the nerves that have been cut and also thinking back to physical therapy sessions when my son tore his ACLs, as well as temporary relief when I was getting massages...too much money and time involved.

I purchased a portable TENS unit. Is is going to help me heal? Too early to tell yet. Does it help relieve some of the pain...yes. Since meds are off the table...wouldn't want to get addicted after all, if something gives me relief, I am game. The unit is quite small and has a rechargeable battery which means that I can use it at work on days when the pain is really rough and I can even use it in the car and at school. I have played around with settings a bit and am using a pretty low setting for now.

Will see how it goes...so far, at the cost of a massage and tip, I am pretty happy.

I am mildly skeptical. The studies have been mixed, at best.

I have tried it in hospital and at physiotherapist for pain management and other (questionable) benefits. After more than a dozen surgeries on my leg, there was some (!) nerve damage.

The best I can say for it is that it distracting and mildly pleasant/unpleasant.
I don't know if there were any long-term effects. Of course, my sample size for this study is one.

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