Hi jiggle93 sorry to hear about the flare caused by all the walking but sometimes isn't it nice to just feel a little "normal" and get out and do something that others take so for granted. I happen to have a Tens unit that was prescribed to me years ago ( well before I knew anything about the Chiari) by an orthopedic Dr. for random shoulder and upper back pain. I remember that did use it for a while and it did seem at times to help but would be other times where it just felt oddly, I don't know uncomfortable I guess and just quit using it. Point here is this, if you really want to try that route( and I would consider the input of others of here who are much more learned than I about wether or not it's a good idea with Chiari) before you attempt to purchase one check into getting a unit prescribed to you as your insurance may well cover pretty much the full amount of the unit as mine did years ago. Things have changed quite dramatically in the fickle world of what they will and won't cover insurance wise these days but it's worth looking into before letting go of money that the insurance premiums you already pay can pick up, so just a thought hope it helps and please listen to others more knowledgeable about Chiari and electric stimulation pain relief before making that decision
Hi I have not used the tens unit but other members in the past have used them but if I remember correctly they used them short term.
Refresh my Chiari brain on if/when you had surgery?,,, What other conditions were ruled out or DXd for you?
I recently bought a tens machine i have to say the 1st couple times I used it I did not like the jolting of my arms and they way it felt. but after playing with the modes and intensity I am starting to really like it I felt a bit better as far as my back goes have yet to try it on my neck as i am a bit nervous
Hi ZZ and welcome to the Chiari forum.
I would not suggest using the tens unit on your neck since that is the spinal cord and could do other things....I think it is better for muscles....so be careful where you place it.
May I ask when you were DX'd...and do you have a Chiari specialist yet?
We do not have any Drs listed for Utah,,,,but if you have any other state that you can travel to I can look to see if we have some for that one....many of us do travel out of state to get to a true Chiari specialist.
Thanks for the refresh...lol....I kinda thought you hadn't had surgery yet....but with a Chiari brain it is hard to know for sure...lol....
Hmmm,,,,,as for the tens,,,,if you do get one do not use on your neck,,,,ot sure of how it would affect you,
I know they are good for muscle issues....but so close to the nerves, spinal cord etc....I would be xtra careful.
Where can you travel to with your INS?