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« on: September 13, 2010, 02:06:13 PM »

I used to go to a pain specialist at the hospital and they gave me a TENS machine to use.  Unfortunately, I had a severe bad reaction to it and I have never felt pain like it before  shocked  I ended up ringing the helpline to talk to someone as it left me bedbound ~ my husband had to carry me upstairs to bed as I couldn't walk.  I was told that ME sufferers occasionally react badly to TENS and should have them on for a maximum of 5 mins only at a time...I was told to have it on for 2 hours, no wonder I couldn't walk afterwards!!! 

Has anyone else had this reaction to a TENS before?  I know of one other ME sufferer who has had this.
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010, 03:45:33 PM »

Hi there,

I use a TENS machine on a regular basis because it helps with my back pain.  It doesn't last for very long but I like to use it instead of taking medication.

As far as I was aware it was completely safe and pregnant women often use it for hours for their back pain.

« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 10:08:24 PM »

It is completely safe, it's just there is a tiny majority of people (apparently i'm one of them!!) who don't get on with them at all and was just wondering if anyone else had had a bad experience of them.

I know plenty of people who have used them with no adverse effects, especially a lot of ladies I went through my pregnancy with. 
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 11:31:57 AM »

some of us def cant it shackes up the lactic acid in the mussels which cross pain happens to me try a hot bath or jaccoze if can hot or cold packs or an acupresher mat  s_hi
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2011, 07:47:21 AM »

Its horrible when you get worse rather than better, very frustrating. How about acupuncture, as its not pulsing, tens machines can be used in this way, slow pressure rather than fast and furious. I would always try something for a small amount first just to be kinder on yourself.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2011, 12:14:24 PM »

I use a tens machine when I am able, the problem I find is with the Fibro side, my skin gets incredibly sensitive and even on its lowest setting it feels like thousands of needles being rammed in and out of my back which is not altogether comfortable, if my skin can tolerate it it is fine.

I just find it difficult to use when it is on the wires always get in the way it is very difficult to do anything as when I bend it somehow feels like my skin is gonna split yet I am not one to sit on my bum for 2 hours I am meant to use it for 1 and a half to two hours 3-4 times a day, It rarely gets out the pack now but it does help for the time its on if you are not having to do much.

The problem i find is tht as soon as the tens is turned off the pain returns so I really only use it when my back pain is at its most severe.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2011, 09:53:52 PM »

Ive never had a reaction to it but i had jt for my scar pain. It never worked though.



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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2013, 12:56:24 PM »

I used a tens machine after a bad car accident 2 years ago. I would get huge red patches from where the adhesive had been and if I used it for any more than a few minutes it would make my pain worse. Overall didnt really help me as I couldn't use it long enough to help with my back and if I did, it would make it worse. The other thing I would get was muscle spasms all over, in my stomach area, my face and even my legs.
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