... Also, when would I notice any benefits?( It was placed on my neck and lumbar area.)
My PT gave me my first go at the tens unit in the clinic this am, is a painful headache commonplace?
- 10 Mar 2014 by kova
- 28 May 2014
- headache, back pain, fibromyalgia, neck pain, chronic pain, pain management
Added 12 Mar 2014:
Hmm.. it wouldn't let me respond to you, why does it take so long for approval? I have fibromyalgia and some damage in my cervical and lumbar spine. He said that I'd know if it work to belp with the pain and it could either not help at all, help a little or work very well witbin a few hours. No luck for me, should I keep trying?
I'm not quite sure what you are asking. A tens unit is used to relieve pain in a lot of places. I was not aware of it giving pain. What did your physical therapist say about your headache? What kind of pain are you trying to help? I use mine for my migraines. It first helped me after a 20 minute session in PT. The physical therapist said that most of their patients are helped by other things, so the TENS unit was very unusual for them to use. But it has helped a friend who has numerous small strokes and I have had a major stroke. So maybe that's why it helps us. If it doesn't help you, there are other things that PT has to offer you. Feel free to give me more details.
If the TENS unit is turned up too much it can cause it not to work well. You should feel just a little bit of "static", otherwise if you get it too much then it shuts down the response. If that's not the case with you, then I would say that if your physical therapist thinks that you've given it enough of a chance, I would give up on it.
I tried a TENS unit many years ago, and like you said some have great relief from them and others don't get any relief. I never experienced a headache though! I do know when using the TENS unit you also must relax your mind, go to a happy place and release the pain mentally. Anyway, it's my feeling that if it didn't work the first one or two times then it's probably not going to work for you. There is also biofeedback, which is a more intense version of diversion therapy. Where you relax completely and allow the brain to block out the pain. This is something that takes practice, but I've heard it works very well if taught by a certified biofeedback therapist.
Was the unit suppose to help pain from the fibromyalgia or your neck problems? I had a PT place one on my back one time and it cause me to be in severe pain.It was because the muscles in my back to cramp & spasm all at the same time.The Dr. told me i had an underlying problem with my muscles that needed to be diagnosed.He wouldn't treat me any more scared he would cause damage or aggravate something that hadn't been found or diagnosed yet.
It turned out i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and now i'm being tested for MS.
I hope you find out what's wrong and are able to get it treated successfully.
As far as the TENS unit goes I am the friend Sara was telling you about. I have All the issues you have & several more & I Love my Tens unit & can't live without it.
I have had Several small strokes & most of them were due to migraines. I am not sure where your PT placed the electrodes on you. But usually the success of pain relief depends on the placement & the intensity of the power level. Also if the electrodes are placed right on top of a nerve that is when you get pain & spasms.
PT usually go by a map but each individual person is different & need adjustment.
I also have Fibro & cervical radiculitis & Degenetrave Osteoarthrits & degeneration to my lower back. Unfortunately with lower back pain
I had migraine headaches a for about 30 yrs so know how bad they feel. I started using a TENS unit on my neck and a 2nd one on my upper back, after failed cervical spine surgery. I've never had a headache. Your PT can show you where to place the electrodes of the unit, given the area of your pain. And don't turn on the pulse too high - a just barely noticeable pulsing is better, I'm told. Good luck - hope you're feeling better
I've been using a TENS unit for the past 4 months, but never had a headache from it. I have one unit on the back of my neck, and one on my upper back area (after failed cervical spine surgery). I had the settings on about 20 Hzs, and was doing some reading, and realized (after experiencing electric shock sensations all over my body), that the settings were too high, as your brain supposedly works 'normally' at between 2-20 Hz, so with 2 TENS units, figuring I was getting too much electricity in my body. So am giving my body a break for a week, and will put them back on but at a much lower setting - maybe 5 hz each for each unit. I don't exactly understand the whole electricity thing, but just thought I'd give you some feedback. Maybe you need the settings much lower, even to the point where you don't feel the buzz thru the electrodes. This might prevent headaches???
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