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Stone_Wolf_
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My wife has a venous malformation in her brain which gives her headaches/migraines from blood leaking into her brainpan. She got it giving birth to our second child. She is unable to work because of the constant pain, and is out on disability. Awhile back she tried the subcutaneous TENS on the nerves in her forehead, but it didn't provide enough pain relief to have the permanent version implanted. But we wanted to get one for external use (also to use on her neck muscles).

But I don't know enough about them to know which one to get. Here are a few I ran across and I was wondering if someone in the know (CT? Kwea?) could drop me a hint about which one to get.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?p=WX2&i=232997
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?p=WX2&i=232993
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?p=WX2&i=186209
http://www.amazon.com/HealthmateForever-Theraputic-electronic-rechargeable-therapeutic/dp/B00AN8UOSC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1360806221&sr=8-4&keywords=tens+unit
http://www.amazon.com/Omron-electroTHERAPY-Relief-Device-PM3030/dp/B008KEHA2E/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1360806221&sr=8-6&keywords=tens+unit
http://www.amazon.com/iSmart-massager-silver-color-Warranty/dp/B0030FI7T8/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1360806221&sr=8-14&keywords=tens+unit
http://www.amazon.com/HandsToGo-Portable-Powerful-Electric-Massager/dp/B007R9D34M/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1360806221&sr=8-8&keywords=tens+unit

Thanks in advance!

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Lyrhawn
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My mom uses or used to use a TENS unit all the time on her back, where she has chronic pain issues as a result of a couple car accidents. Most people I've talked to say they don't work, but my mom SWEARS by hers. My uncle has one as well and swears it works.

I can ask her what kind she uses.

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Thanks!
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They all do essentially the same thing - there's not a lot of magic to muscle stimulation products. Pick one that's well reviewed for reliability and you should be good to go. I have doubts about their pain relieving ability (I used one to actually exercise a muscle as part of physical therapy) but an effective $80 placebo isn't the worst investment you can make.
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I'm watching the saga of a friend go through the installation of what amounts to a TENS in her spine.

It's been proven efficacious for what she has. But, then again, what she has is CRPS, so

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I know what they are, of course, and have used them, but I am not familiar with home units. Sorry.


MattP...they work, but not for all types of pain, and not for all people. My wife used one on her back and it was highly effective. We don't tend to implant things into a patient's body without making sure they work fairly often. [Razz]

Some TENS units are like these, but some are actually implanted in the body.

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I'm leaning twords this one because:

> Rechargeable lithium ion battery with 8-10 hrs use per charge.
> 4 leads instead of the usual 2
> Warranty
> All 5 star reviews.
> Travel charger
> USB charger
> Travel case
> Competitive pricing


Any thoughts?

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Is an implantable stimulator technically TENS? I thought the T part (transcutaneous) meant "through the skin". If it's implantable it's something else, no?
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