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  •  have you tried a tens unit? (6+ / 0-)

    I have had pain issues since 2000 when a livestock handling accident left me with a shattered humerus and a broken shoulder followed by a botched surgery.

    I have been on the meds you list since that time and also fear the eventuality of surgery.  A tens for additional pain has worked well for me and has enabled me to stave off surgery for another day  (and the dx of pain is frustrating in and of itself as I have been challenged to prove I am in pain despite large scars on my shoulder and arm to show where the surgeries occurred)    

    •  She has an Empi, tens unit. (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, DvCM

      It provided some relief for a while, but doesn't get used much.

      I think the pain is too deep for it to work effectively, but we do still have it.

      It will probably come in handy when our daughters are in labor though :)

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:16:52 PM PST

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      •  I found it to be most effective when used for (3+ / 0-)
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        twigg, FloridaSNMOM, DvCM

        extended periods; however the placement of the pads is essential.  You have to get a complete electrical circuit running through the damaged nerves which means experimenting with the number and placement of the pads.
        I have never tried 2 units but understand some people find relief with such use.  I have had my entire shoulder numbed completely during a 12 hour use period

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