What is TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation?

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Generic name: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

See also: Icy Hot Smart Relief Tens Back Pain Therapy STS Dynatron Machine Sympathetic Therapy System

Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is an electronic device that produces electrical signals used to stimulate nerves through unbroken skin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 140 49
Fibromyalgia 83 36
CRPS I (Complex regional pain syndrome type I) 38 7
Chronic pain 21 9
CRPS II (Complex regional pain syndrome type II) 20 7
Failed Back Syndrome 16 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 5
Mild 15
None 99

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Side effect Patients
Pain 3
Uncomfortable 3
Increased pain 2
Achiness 1
Anxious mood 1
blood vessels breaking 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Dosage Patients
as needed 24
daily 15
weekly 2
180 mg as needed 1
2hours as needed 1
30 min all the time (24/7) 1
30minutes as needed 1
three times daily 1
twice daily 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 61
Usually 41
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 28
A little hard to take 50
Not at all hard to take 38
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 49
Not specified 53
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19 patient evaluations for TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

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Lukasz
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Lukasz
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Mar 8, 2016 (Started Feb 08, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Paroxysmal symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

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Feb 21, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sciatic nerve pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain in upper back)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Gillsie
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Gillsie
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 50
Condition: Ehlers Danlos 16 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Ehlers Danlos

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Aug 11, 2015 (Started Aug 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stinging sensation, Itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I use this for upper back pain. It has been VERY effective. So much so, that I just purchased a second machine for my lower back.

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