Monday, September 24, 2018


In my previous post I discussed dealing with chronic groin/thigh pain for the last 2 1/2 years. It was only over this summer that I finally received a diagnosis of osteoarthritis and a torn labrum of my left hip. Then it was time to try a natural course of treatment for what was going on and not just manage pain. But this post is to share in more detail how managing pain was a priority in my life and what a major part a Quell Unit played.
For many years now, I have avoided NSAIDS at all cost for treating pain. If is the initial onset of an injury, I might consider a course of them for 1 - 2 weeks and no longer. I have seen first hand with family members what they can do to the GI tract. The damage doesn't stop there either as the liver and cardiovascular system can also be at risk. My natural remedies for pain include: Arnica (tabs and gel), MSM, White Willow Bark, ice packs, a TENS Unit and finally, a Quell Unit. It was April of this year that I saw an advertisement for Quell and was desperate for something to offer more pain relief than I was getting and improve my quality of life. Daily pain became a constant reminder of the many things I was no longer able to do. While the TENS Unit was very helpful, it had limitations. So after reading about how Quell works, I decided to give it a try.
Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology Starter Kit Worn in a strap that wraps around the upper calf (either one), Quell sends electrical pulses through the skin to the sensory nerves. They in turn signal the brain to trigger the body's natural pain relief response, blocking pain signals throughout the body. This is so different from a TENS Unit (which stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) as the electrodes need to be placed on the specific painful area of the body sending electronic stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin, along the nerve strands to relieve pain.
The Quell Unit is less conspicuous, looks like a sports wrap and there are no leads or wires to contend with. Batteries are not used, it comes with a plug in charger and takes only a few hours to recharge. The electrode pads do need to be replaced but I make them last quite long. When worn, the stimulation will turn on for an hour and then go off for an hour all day or for as long as you have it on, also through the night. You adjust the stimulation to your comfort and forget about it. You might not notice big relief right away, but give it time.
So, did the Quell Unit help me? Yes! I found remarkable pain relief and my activity level increased. I wore it around the house, on walks, driving and shopping and was very happy with my investment for pain relief. Read the reviews out there as I did. It would make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone you care about. But please note that the signals from these devices can interfere with the normal operation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). It is best to consult with your physician if you have any kind of implants.
Happily, my groin/thigh pain has decreased dramatically and I am not using my Quell Unit much at all. But it will always be close at hand for any setbacks or new problems. This is exactly the direction pain management should take, bypassing harmful drugs and their side effects with the use of new, safe technology. 

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