Thursday, 10 November 2011

Blessed Relief

I told you a while ago I'd ordered a "Circulation Booster" Machine, and would report back on how it goes.

It is absolutely amazing.

Under the desk.
Effectively I can have physiotherapy sessions while working at my desk, watching tv or whatever. While I'm writing, I simply move the TENS gel pads every half hour from one ouchy spot to another.

The result is that I've been able, with my GP's blessing, to cut my NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets - for those not familiar with the jargon), down from one every day to one every second day.

I was asked if I have "cankles" now.  Honestly I don't know if I ever did. I've been so distracted by pain that I haven't worried much about whether I could tell my calves from my ankles!

This is a TENS machine, it works by putting a controlled electric current through the ouchy areas - confusing the pain messages that nerves send to the brain. It works for me - whether it will work for you, I can't say, but if you're struggling with pain, it might be worth talking to your doctor and/or your physiotherapist to see if something like this could be of help. (Ask your physio about how and where to place TENS pads for your condition as well.)

My health insurance doesn't cover TENS machines, I've discovered, but some health plans do. In the long run, even without health insurance helping with the cost, it will pay for itself for me, simply because I cut back on pain meds, and have physio without paying a physiotherapist.

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