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Tens Machine, Tens Pads And Libre

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by kev-w, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. kev-w

    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have in the past used a Tens machine for my dodgy shoulder, is there any reason the pads could affect affect a nearby Libre sensor?
     
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    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting.
    I can't think of a reason, but might be precautionary to use other side. Make sure Libre isn't between TENS pads.
     
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    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    How long do you have left on the sensor, @kev-w ?
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    6 Days :) aye, I'm sat kind of "shall I shan't I" as it's on the back of the arm with the painful shoulder less than 4" away from where the pads would go, my arm's not going to fall off or stop working if I don't use it :) but the shoulder's what I bought it for so I wonder.
     
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    In your shoes, I'd try to wait until a couple of days before the end of the sensor, then it isn't to catastrophic if it all goes a bit wonky.

    My logic says it should make no difference, but if your Tens activity makes your muscles twitch, the interstitial fluid immediately surrounding it might react as if you're in heavy exercise mode.

    Of course my logic could be fatally flawed, on either of those musings!

    Curiously enough, I was rummaging in a deep drawer today where a few things are stored (rather than a drawer that's in everyday use), and there was my Tens machine. That I was surprised to see it tells you how long since I needed it.

    Is the shoulder rotator cuff damage?
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm also thinking to wait a couple of days :) and then I'll know, I don't know really what's up, rotator cuff execrcises help but it's likely a few things, age & wear & tear from rugby, weights & swimming, a couple of bike crash impacts trapped nerve et al, it comes and goes but occasionally flares up like now and I found the tens to be a help (EBay bargain :) ) but haven't had the pain whilst using the Libre till now....
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I messaged Abbotts this morning and they were going to find out and get back to me but they must be busy.

    I'll ask them again tomorrow :p
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    At long last a reply from the makers :p

    Helpful.... :)
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Update :) sensors last night and I've 2 pairs of tens pads stuck nearby, scans at 10.2 and a fingerstick reads 10.4 so there appears to be no problem using a tens machine....
     
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