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    EMS Stimulators

    I come from a long lineage of back problems, in fact if you go back far enough you will probably find a cave painting of one of my family members holding his back with arrows and the OWWWWWW above them.

    I getting to the point I just can't tolerate it anymore. Does anybody use the EMS stimulators from CVS do they work?

    I'm looking at the TENS EMS machine.
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    'Not an expert, just a fellow victim here. I suppose it depends on the type of back problems that you're having.

    Many many years ago, back when I was a muscle-head, I strained some back muscles, which started spasming and contorting my vertebrae to the point where it felt like it was gonna break my back. The x-rays looked like I was deformed. The only thing that got things to loosen up was an electrical stimulator. It felt good the moment that they put the electrodes on me. Several days of that, and I could walk upright like modern man again. Now I keep a bottle of Celebrex around (anti-inflammation drug) that can usually fix me up when I do something stupid.

    JL will probably have some good info when she stops by...
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    Right now I feel crooked when I'm walking, and when I get up after sitting down, I' get up real slow then when I hit a certain point, KABLAMMMMO shooting pain down my legs, and I feel my lower back straighten out. Man does it hurt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    Right now I feel crooked when I'm walking, and when I get up after sitting down, I' get up real slow then when I hit a certain point, KABLAMMMMO shooting pain down my legs, and I feel my lower back straighten out. Man does it hurt!
    Yup. That sounds like me. What does your doctor say?
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    My Mother and sister have had some pretty severe back pain. My Mother had collapsed vertebrae and had several "Vertebroplasties" that completely cured her pain. She had shooting pain down her legs and said that it felt as if her thighs and calves were on fire.It was a fairly quick surgery and almost NO recovery period. The next day she was up walking around like nothing had happened...except now she was pain free.vertebroplasty procedure - Bing They were done by a Neurosurgeon, not an Orthopedist. Most Ortho's won't touch your back or neck anymore, like they used to.

    My sister has all sorts of rods and hardware in her back. Most recently she got a surgically implanted device that she can control the impulses to. I'll have to ask her more about it. It seems to have helped. She has so many issues with her knees and most recently fell and fractured her pelvis...it's hard to sort out exactly what the cause of the pain is.
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    No, sorry, no direct experience. It's also far enough outside my field that I cannot really help with a pubmed search.
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    My husband just bought a Pch brand EMS kit from some Groupon deal. He just got it in a week ago. It has several sets of those sticky-pad things (don't know what those are called). He has a lower disc that slips on occasion, and he also works out, so sometimes he is in pain. He says it works well for the muscle workout pain. I tried it once on a low setting on my leg "just to see," and I couldn't stand it. It felt like I was having contractions in my leg. Noooothankyou. He has not tried it for his slipped disc since he hasn't had pain there in a while. So for him it's a Yes on muscle pain, but Unknown on something more severe, like nerve pinching.

    Since many kits are rather inexpensive, I say go ahead and try, especially if you're in that much pain. I've had spinal fusion with rods, and sometimes I get the pinchies, so I can understand the misery.
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    I searched for reviews on these things and nobody really has them, everybody is talking about how they don't help you loose weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    I searched for reviews on these things and nobody really has them, everybody is talking about how they don't help you loose weight.
    How could they help you lose weight?
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    I'm in the same boat. Went to the chiropractor yesterday and feel SOME better today. I have been in pain for about two weeks, so I am not expecting miracles. I have to go back Friday morning.

    Most chiros won't touch me since I had a cervical fusion, but this guy is the best around here and was willing to take a shot.

    My best advice is do NOT use heat. I know you want to, but 20 minutes of ice every hour to hour and a half will give you much more relief over the long haul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    How could they help you lose weight?
    Maybe they're being used for "exercise."
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    Well now this is an interesting post, just because I just got home from VA hospital for a physical therapy consult for my shoulder. I have massive rotator cuff damage to the point that my shoulder can never be repaired. So far the VA's only course of treatment was an unlimited supply of hydrocodone that I hate taking. Today he sent me home with a TENS Ultima 5 unit. He warned it will not help fix my shoulder, but that it MIGHT help reduce the pain. I have not had much time with it yet, but I will be glad to report back after I have had it a while. OP thanks for the question, I am wondering too.
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    Ok I've been using one for about a day. It has DEFINITLY helped. I paid $50 for the Obron version at CVS and I have noticed a big difference. I'll be honest the first time I used I thought well...my wife thought I was with another woman!!!!!! Now it's kind of numbed that area and it's helping. Reduce the pain.....I will warn you you will experience a soothing pain when using it. I know that's strange but it has really helped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    ....I will warn you you will experience a soothing pain when using it. I know that's strange but it has really helped.
    Yup. Pain is relative. Whatever possible pain those things might inflict is wonderful compared to the pain that caused you to use it. 'Glad it's working for you.
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