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04-06-2005, 12:16 PM
Does anyone happen to know whether it's OK to use a tens machine while the vertebrae are fusing? I shall ask my consultant but he takes weeks to answer. 4 months post-op (an oldie) I've become allergic to all pain medications except paracetomol - really not strong enough, so I hope a tens machine might help.

04-06-2005, 02:51 PM
Part of my PT involved using a TENS unit. I started PT at 6 - 7 months post op.

Karen Ocker
04-06-2005, 03:13 PM
I used it starting 6 weeks post op. When I was coming off narcotics at 3 months my pain doc instructed me how to treat tne withdrawal depression by putting it on my earlobes. I got immediate help. It is also good for total body ache.

I do not need it now thank goodness.

04-07-2005, 01:43 AM
Thanks to both of you, what a relief!


04-11-2005, 07:07 PM
Many women I have met have used the tens machine.however,my surgeon has given me a Spinal-Stem, electromagnetic bone growth stimulator as an adjunct to increase the probability of fusion. Has anyone else used this? The pamphlet which accompanied this provided fairly impressive numbers. I wear it over my brace, or without the brace, laying down for 4 fours a day.

04-11-2005, 07:36 PM

I was really glad to see your question. I was just asking a physical therapist about the TENS machine for my daughter's ongoing post-surgery pain. She's 18 and fused T1-L2 (64 degrees to under 10 degrees).

The physical therapist told me it would be fine. We already had a prescription for physical therapy from a spine surgeon, so we're going to give it a try.

Let me know if you use it and if you get some relief.

Susan :)

04-12-2005, 02:18 AM
It sometimes seems to give me a bit of relief if the pain is not bad, at other times nothing. However, my pain is specifically from the metalwork irritating the surrounding muscles, which usually doesn't happen, rather than the usual post-operative aches and pains, so hopefully it will help your daughter. I'm sure the physical therapy is a good idea - I wish it were available here at the UK, but I dare not risk a physiotherapist who isn't familiar with the operation.

Good luck!