Pain Management/Tens units

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Hello Tatiana and thanks for taking the time to answer my question.  My wife has had several medical issues throughout her life, from multiple surgeries for endometriosis and surgeries after her hysterectomy for adhesions.  A few sinus surgeries, a knee scope and last year a laberal hip year in a weird position.  Needless to say chronic pain is something she has dealt with for a while.  However, she is very active and only 120 pounds.  Her diet isn't the best as she has an addiction to sugar.  She currently has lower back pain which radiates down her leg and still some knee pain.  I got her a tense patch from the makers of Icy hot which she loved although it did not work consistently.  Since that was such a big help, could you give me some input and advice on how to choose a tens unit.  There are several available online but I have no idea what I should be looking at.  What I've researched is the "Intensity 12" from tenspros.com.  I liked the fact that it came with preset as well as settings you could customize.  Thanks again for your time.

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Dear Brian,

I recommend considering the  user-oriented TENS resource as a gudence by professionals un both the gadget and its usage.

To better understand how it works and what to expect, you might want to read the review of clinical practice following this reference:

"Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). Research to support clinical practice. MI Johnson (editor). Published by Oxford University Press. Pp. 272. Price 34.99. ISBN 978-0-19-967327-8".

However, in my experience, the direct pain relief is only a partial solution. Please read my answers to pain management questions concerning general aspects (other than TENS) like inflammation management (inflammation is a usual issue in pain-related conditions) and mechanical tactile stimulation usage as a simpler solution than TENS:

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Pain-Management-1322/2014/12/general-pain-management-
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Pain-Management-1322/2016/2/pain-prevention-managemen
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Pain-Management-1322/2014/11/pain-legs-1.htm

Please do not hesitate asking me any further questions.

Tanya Zilberter

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- General pain mechanisms: explanatory answers
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- Pain management without drugs
- Alternative/holistic techniques
- Pain education for self help

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