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Bone Pain. Blinding Pain. You'd Run If There Was Any Place To Run To............

Discussion in 'Rants and Raves' started by ROGER4314, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    This thread is about what I call "Bone Pain" . Bone Pain is so severe that you'd run if there was anywhere to run. It is blinding, all consuming and so severe that normal pain killers cease to work. You double down on the pain meds, but they work less and for less time. Where can you go? What can you do?

    For years, I beat on heavy body bags until my elbows were black & blue. There was a time when had to do that and it saved my butt several times. Now, at 67yo, I'm paying for the youthful abuse to my body.

    About a week ago, I got my yard all trimmed up and used the Echo Weed Eater for 3 solid hours. That got my left elbow fired up. Rain followed and the weather change made the pain worse. The elbow joint swelled to 1 1/2 times normal size. The left arm is bent in an "L", refuses to straighten out and I can't touch my nose.

    This weekend, we had another weather change and that put the elbow into warp drive. Alieve stopped helping, Ibuprofin went down like candy and still the pain hammered on.

    I woke up today with severe pain in that elbow but was determined to have a productive day. I came home, took a nap and woke up with pain running off the scale!

    I rushed into the reloading room where the "TENS" units are stored. The electrode packages were torn open, wires unstrung, two places around the elbow were shaved and I wired up! Within 5 minutes, the pain was reduced to discomfort! Blessed relief! I am NOT in pain!

    The next thought that went through my head was "i wonder if any of the TGT guys have to deal with this stuff? They need to know about TENS units!

    Tens units take a 9 volt battery source and turn it into a scrambling signal that blocks pain. I have a set of 9 volt rechargeable batteries but it's been a while since I used the units so the rechargeables were down. I slammed in a 9v standard battery and started cooking!

    TENS works almost immediately and the only down side is that the wires and electrodes are a PITA to string through your clothing. The electrodes are adhesive and after determining what works best for you, it's easy to apply them. I shave the electrode area then clean the skin with alcohol before sticking the electrode on the skin. You can use 2 electrodes or 4 and there are individual controls on each pair.

    Here's the best part........... A pain therapist will charge $250 for a TENS unit. They are sold only by prescription. I found out that the doctor will gladly write a scrip, then you Email it to the TENS company and that lets you buy several units if you wish. The one I'm wired to right now, cost $28. I have several others that cost about $40 each. When pain is worst, I'd gladly give $200 for a TENS unit! THEY WORK!

    They say that TENS units do not promote healing, but my experience says that when you remove the stress of constant pain hammering on the affected area, things get better quicker.

    There are many sources for these units but here's where I got mine.
    http://www.tensproducts.com/

    You need not be a slave to bone pain!

    Flash
     


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  2. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    UPDATE:

    I wore my TENS unit all night, had to wake up to untangle the wires but got wonderful pain relief with ZERO pain medication. I wore a "T" shirt to bed and stored the TENS in the pocket of the shirt. It fell out and got tangled up.

    This morning, I was feeling much better but the electrode patches were beginning to come loose due to skin oils. I took two Aleve, gave them time to start working, then removed the TENS unit. So far, the pain has been managed by 2 Aleve 8 hours apart. Pain pills wouldn't scratch the pain before! I believe the TENS unit had a role in throttling back this crazy pain machine. It's still uncomfortable but manageable.

    Flash
     
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  3. jrbfishn

    jrbfishn TGT Addict

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    Back dr used to use one similar on me, wore the muscles out so fast they would relax for hours. As a kid, I had ALOT of fun, now nothing works right. Drs cant figure out how I can have multiple surgeries at same time and not take pain meds after. Only thing that hurt now is sudden intense pain. Most time, I dont even know I get cut till domeone tells me I am bleeding. But tens units can help sometimes, I agree


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  4. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    Using the TENS unit relieves me of the need to take pain meds. I can snarf Ibuprofin until they make me sick, switch to TENS to get away from the drugs. This is the third day of this saga and the left elbow slacked off enough that I may stop taking or using any pain relief.

    They SAY the TENS does not promote healing. I believe it does comparing how I was three days ago and how it is today. It's a world of difference! I'll put the TENS units away carefully until the next flareup.

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  5. TheDan

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    They work for lower back pain, too? I take ibuprofen pretty regular but should really find an alternative. It's hard on your liver and kidneys if you take it all the time.
     
  6. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    A previous Doctor that I had put me on some medication that formed Kidney stones. Over & over, those stones put me down. Pills only took some of the edge off of the pain and eventually, they made be sick to my stomach. In desperation, I put a TENS patch low on my belly on the side the stone was traveling. The other patch went over my right kidney. It put a stop to that pain immediately!

    For lower back pain, I would use 4 patches spaced over the painful area. Yes.....the darned things work!

    Prices went up a bit since I got mine. Their cheapest model is about $39. Buy some extra patches (electrodes) and put the unit up where you can get at it easily. When the bad pain comes, hook up and zap it!

    I just recharged all of my rechargeable NMH 9 volt batteries and will store it all until the next unfortunate event. I keep several new 9volt batteries in my TENS unit box for quick deployment.

    I still can't bend my elbow but I'm totally off pain meds, swelling is going down and I credit use of the TENS unit for 24 hours as I did.

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  7. TheDan

    TheDan 4th Best Member TGT Supporter

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    Nice, I'm going to have to get one to try out. Thanks for the tip
     
  8. jrbfishn

    jrbfishn TGT Addict

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    Yes they work on backs, the chiropractor used them on me. Relax you like a neked woman back rub, but not quite as fun


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  9. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    I store my TENS units in a spotting scope case that looks like a small suitcase. When I awoke from my nap, this elbow hurt so badly that I grabbed the case handle and let what was on top of the case fall to the floor. I was almost in a panic. I've have many injuries and can take a lot of pain but this Bone Pain is off the scale! I used the TENS for 24 hours, switched back to Alieve and on the third day, I'm off any meds! I won't tell you that it doesn't hurt but not badly enough that I can't disregard it. Movement is a little better but I still can't touch my nose or straighten my arm.

    That's how the TENS has worked for me every time. I really think that it aids in healing what made the joint hurt to begin with. Thank God that it makes pain manageable!

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  10. vmax

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    you should look into using DMSO
     


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