Patient Comments: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation - Side Effects

Did you experience any side effects from transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation?

Comment from: RAOatesy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

Even on the lowest setting, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) quickly made the rheumatoid arthritis affected joints in my feet hurt worse.

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Comment from: Prof Sanchez, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 02

Every time they use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on my neck I leave confused, disoriented and my memory is slow. My mother's physical therapist used TENS on my mother and I watched, learned and was oriented on where never to put the patches and electrodes. One of the areas is on the neck. Stimulation should not be applied to the neck. Severe spasm of the laryngeal and pharyngeal muscles may occur and the contractions may be strong enough to close the airway or cause difficulty in breathing. Stimulation over the neck could also have adverse effects on the heart rhythm or blood flow. This disorientation you are feeling may be due to the reduced blood flow to your brain. I would consult the physician, and the person who is giving you these therapies. It should be a trained medical professional. TENS placed in the wrong locations can do more harm than good. If placed correctly, it works wonders. Take care and hope this info helps.

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Comment from: joseph, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I have started feeling tinnitus after taking transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for a week on my neck for cervical spondylosis.

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Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I used a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit on my shoulders and upper back. After a few days of intermittent use, my anxiety has gone through the roof. It may not be related, just wandered if anyone else had such an experience.

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Comment from: jmaisoui813, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

Every time they use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on my neck I leave confused, disoriented and my memory is slow.

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