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Two TENS devices are better than one for Fibromyalgia pain
Monday 15 April 2013
Efficacy of the use of two simultaneously TENS devices for fibromyalgia pain.
by G. R. Auretti, E.F. Chubaci, and A.L. Mattos
Fibromyalgia is characterized by a range of symptoms that include muscle pain, fatigue and sleep disorders. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is an established method for pain relief.
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the use of two simultaneously new TENS devices for fibromyalgia pain.
After Ethics approval and informed consent, 39 patients were prospectively divided into three groups to evaluate TENS device, applied simultaneously in each patient:
The devices were applied for 20 min at 12-h interval during 7 consecutive days.
Diclofenac was used as rescue analgesic. The efficacy measures were pain relief, reduction in use of daily analgesic tablets, quality of sleep and fatigue.
The evaluation within groups revealed that:
Participants subjectively found the active device useful. While the application of a single active TENS improved pain relief in fibromyalgia pain, pain and fatigue were further improved when two active devices were simultaneously applied at the low back and cervical area, with no side effects.
Source: Rheumatology International, February 20, 2013. by G. R. Auretti, E.F. Chubaci, and A.L. Mattos. Discipline of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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