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Effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for treatment of hyperalgesia and pain

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Effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for treatment of hyperalgesia and pain.

 

Evidence continues to emerge supporting the use of TENS for the treatment of a variety of painful conditions while identifying strategies to increase TENS effectiveness. J. M. DeSantana. Current Rheumatology Reports. 01/09/2009. (Also see: Pain Management)

 

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Janey Willis

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Janey-

 

Thank you for posting this...

 

I use a TENS unit daily and it is my only form of pain relief other than the application of heat and cold since I cannot take any medications.

 

For those (like me) who are sensitive or allergic to adhesives of any kind (even the very mild type used in the tabs) I have a 'trick' that my Pain Management team helped come up with that makes it possible for me to use a TENS.

 

Put some petroleum jelly (KY works as well) on the spots you want to place the tabs then wrap the effected area with plastic wrap (cling style) and place the tabs on the wrap over the jelly anointed areas, the jelly will help make the connection and you will not have to deal with the reaction to the adhesives. Not only that, but if you are careful with the wrap you can use the same piece over and over extending the useful life of the tabs and saving some money.

 

I can personally attest that the TENS unit can be a very useful tool in managing pain and for some people might help to reduce the amount of pain medication needed, and in cases like mine where medication cannot be taken the TENS can be the difference between living with a pain on the level of a 6-7 (on a scale of 1-10) as apposed to 8-9. A 6-7 sounds high, but the reduction of pain is a blessing none the less and allows me to sleep when in the past I had to be completely exhausted to be able to fall asleep despite the pain.

 

:D

Penny

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Penny, I'm nominating you for some wonderful reward (your pick).

 

I'm allergic to adhesives and nearly gave my TENS away because the length of time from application of anything adhesive to the skin lifting and coming off when I take off the bandage/tab/whatever is now down to about 10 minutes.

 

Thanks to you, the TENS is coming out of the cupboard and getting used!

 

Biggest ever hugs,


Jeannie McClelland

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Jeannie,

 

All thanks should go to the wonderful Dr's at the University of Virginia Pain Management Clinic since they were the ones to come up with this for me.

 

I also lose skin with adhesives, usually within minutes due to huge blisters that form and have had to become inventive when needing a covering for a wound since I also have latex allergies, my solution is to go civil war and wrap everything with gauze then tie it off if something needs covering.

 

I hope that this technique works as wel for you as it does for me.

 

Penny

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