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T.E.N.S Unit for back pain

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 jrc1963 (original poster Member #26531) posted at 4:39 PM on Sunday, September 5th, 2021

Has anyone ever bought a TENS unit for use at home to deal with Sciatic back pain?

I'm looking to get one but I'd love to hear any recommendations before I shell out the $. They're about 35$ on Amazon (which isn't a big deal of money for me) but I'd like to hear if anyone's got a favorite before I bite the bullet and get one.

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grubs ( Member #77165) posted at 7:14 PM on Sunday, September 5th, 2021

Spawn and the wife love theirs. I think it was one of those amazon ones. Never tried it myself.

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tushnurse ( Member #21101) posted at 7:57 PM on Sunday, September 5th, 2021

I almost bought one a few years ago when I was having bad issues that I thought were sciatica.
It ended up being SI joint issues. When we all (PCP, Pain Mgmt, Chiropractor and Rheum) figured out it was SI joint then we switched up treatment and was better in 30 days between injections and chiro treatment.
My point is if it isn't getting better consider switching up treatment.

I would think any machine would be about equal. The technology behind them is actually pretty old. But goodness they feel so good when you're in pain. Did you Google reviews of the choices?

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HFSSC ( Member #33338) posted at 11:52 PM on Sunday, September 5th, 2021

HUGE fan of TENS unit here.

It's the only thing that kept me sane in the months leading up to my back surgery in 2015.

The only issue I've had with the cheap machines was that the leads and wires were very, very flimsy and it's pretty easy to tear them when you're using it for your back. I had a loaner machine that was extremely durable and had a whole bunch of settings. I think it sold retail for close to a grand. Now I have one of the cheaper models but I don't need to use it as much.

The very good thing about the cheaper models is that even if they break, you haven't spent a whole lot of money on them.

For sciatic pain, I'd use a machine with 4 leads and place in an X pattern above and below the most painful spot.

You know how to reach me... let me know if you have specific questions.

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 jrc1963 (original poster Member #26531) posted at 11:36 PM on Monday, September 6th, 2021

Thanks everyone!!!

Me: BSO - 53
Him: FWSO - 75
DS - 19
D-Day - 12-11-09,
R - he finally came home
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