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    biancalthompson posted:
    I have started using a TENS unit as part of my pain management. I am glad to say its helping as is the increase in my dosage of Cymbalta. I like my new doctor. He is very straight forward and proactive in helping me deal with my symptoms. I have been struggling with my pain to the point that my sleep is affected and he is trying to help me cope without relying on narcotic pain meds.

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    bj1208 responded:
    Hi and welcome - I am happy this is helping you with your pains~~

    Most of us here suffer from chronic pains - I am getting ready for surgery #2 - Fusion L4-5 to be attached by rods to my first fusion L5-S1

    I can tell you that I have tried the TENS Unit 3 different times by 3 different physical therapists and it did not help at all.

    I think most of the members have tried this without success.
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    biancalthompson replied to bj1208's response:
    I have come to an understanding that nothing is going to rid me entirely of my pain. I have an acceptable level of pain. The TENS unit doesn't work on all the time. It is however another tool that I have. Good luck on your surgery. May God guide the hands of the surgeons and nurses who work on you and may your recovery be speedy.
    jenn04 replied to biancalthompson's response:
    I agree with you. I wish you the best. I am trying to get off narcotics as well It has been quite a journey for me.

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