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Is TENS advisable for diabetic neuropathy?

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Dr. Olsi Taka

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Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018 in Brain and Spine
Question: my wife has diabetic neuopathy?, the local Dr. don't have many solutions, so my friends recommended the TENS units. do they do any good and if so what is a good unit to look into
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Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka 42 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Several studies show benefit with TENS therapy.

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

Guidelines for treatment of diabetic neuropathy symptoms do not currently include TENS.
However there are a number of published studies indicating improvement from TENS therapy with significant decrease in pain levels. So given that it is a very safe method of treatment, I would certainly try it if other options have failed.
By other options I mean medication like gabapentin, pregabalin or duloxetin as well as anesthetic creams like capsaicin. If those options have bee exhausted I would recommend TENS.

I remain at your disposal for other questions.
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