A few weeks ago, my awesome friend Melissa and I took a trip to the Abilities Expo in the Chicago area.
|Gah my moon face is killing me|
After sitting there for a few minutes and playing with the device, I did a complete 180 on everything I've ever felt about tens units. My mom had a shitty one when I was in high school and college that would zap you. It wasn't easy to control and didn't have different settings. The contacts were not stable and no one ever should've been using that thing. This little guy though was like heaven on my angry neck.
We got a deal on two and split the cost thanks to the schmoozer.
After an almost two-hour drive home from the expo, I needed for sure to use this device again. I was able to play with the settings more and really enjoy it. I've found a few settings that are the go-tos depending on how I'm feeling or what type of pain I have.
The nicest thing is that this has really helped the area where my neck and shoulder meet, which has been a problem area that nothing really helps. My former rheumy thought it was tendinitis, but did nothing for follow up or a confirmation so who knows? From my own investigations, it seems like tendinitis in my trapezius muscle area which runs from the base of your head/neck to your shoulder.
|My faces are ridiculous I know, but I had it up too high!|
There are a few things I do dislike here. This particular model didn't come with literature on where to not use the machine so googling that was frightening and caused anxiety. The pads don't hold a lot of stick for a long time - I've only had it a few weeks and I'm started to kill the adhesive. The intensity of the machine seems to grow the longer you use it on a certain spot. Maybe that's just because of how it's working or something that it's supposed to do but it can be surprising. It also can make me feel a little woozy from the vibrations in addition to the occasional zap when it's up too high. I also wish it had come with a little carrying pouch!
|This kinda works so it's good I kept this I guess?|
I joked the other day that I wish there was an easy way to set my relationship status on facebook to married to T but with this machine as my lover. It's silly I know, but an indication of just how effective it's been for me.