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What can putting a TENS machine on your carotid artery do?

I was in to see my chiro and two techs took me to the TENS machine. I showed the tech where it hurt and.she said she couldnt put the electrode there but the other tech said she could so she did. I started to feel weird and looked it up and every site says NOT to put it on carotid but doesnt say what can happen if.you do.

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Supposedly the reason for not placing electrodes in that area is can excite a choking response however in the past 38 years of doing this I have yet to see that happen to anyone or hear of it happening to anyone.

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The carotid arteries are the main blood vessels that supply your head and neck so I presume if the electrodes were placed on or near that site it could interfere with blood getting to the brain.

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Hi I am no health professional , however, common sense you tell anyone not to put it there. If you don't have a tens machine at home , may I suggest to go on google or if you live in UK look it up on N.H.S site. I would certainly ask for another tech to connect electrode. However, what I do know is this could have detrimental on your heart. Although, please do not quote me on this good luck

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What is this tens machine?

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I know this is an old posting, but I also have been searching all over on the web & can't find any info about what happens if using the TENS incorrectly on the neck. Did you resolve your problem? Since I used the TENS on my neck I have constant neck pain, horrible headaches, & weird feeling in my head. I went to so many doctors, but nobody knows what to do. So far meds are not helping at all.

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I KNOW how you feel. I've taken all of the wrong drugs and physical therapy. I am in pain right now. My neck! I don't know what I could have done to injure it! I have pain that travels. This pain will go away for a while but not just yet. I Know that I've had this pain it for a month, but I think it's been longer. I have to do something but every thing I do doesn't make it go away. I was having abdominal pain 2 months ago, went to the ER because my doctor wasn't in. And I have many gallstones. They gave me a prescription for nitrous oxide and a bottle while I was there to prepare for surgery in 2 days. So I went to see the surgeon and I told him that I'm going to have a colonoscopy and he said to do that first. Now I wait for that day to come. Now I have this neck pain and I'm going to see my PCP tomorrow and I'm going to give him a piece of my mind. I think he loves to see me in this pain. I'm so frustrated. Does anyone here remember what I said about "back in the day" how physicians made you comfortable because they knew what would work. I had ear infections a lot when I was a child. He gave my mom a prescription for codeine and antibiotic it took the pain away! I didn't get addicted to it. I knew that in just a couple of days the pain would go away. So I didn't have to go to school for a few days. But does my doctor give me anything that works?? Nada zip zilch No! I should have called an ambulance.. I can't drive with this pain. They will give me a shot and a prescription for Vicodin. I'm waiting to see if the pain is getting better or not. Sorry I went off like that :(

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WOW! So sorry to hear. To good health or at least better health! Best wishes.

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