November 2, 2016
Anybody have any experience with "Functional Electrical Stimulation or FES" for MS? Is it used for weak arms too? I have a huge issue with weak arms from MS and am desperate for something that will help me so I can function better.
November 5, 2016
Hi MJRmsWARRIOR! That's a good question. While I know members of our community have used FES for mobility issues, I have not been able to find much information on using FES for arms. This is something you could discuss with your physician or with a physical therapist, if you have one. Here is some information on FES from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society that you might find helpful -- http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Treating-MS/Rehabilitation/Functional-Electrical-Stimulation-(FES). Best of luck and please feel free to come back and update us on what you find out, if you feel comfortable doing so. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.
June 27, 2018
I am only familiar with TENS machine which is also a nerve stimulation machine. I have used one for years to help with Pain management. This has worked well for me for several years. As I have developed new symptoms I don't find the TENS is working well for me. It is not a cure but usually takes the edge off the pain so I can have a fairly good nights sleep. I still couldn't be without my TENS machine. I have it on FULL power for at least 3hours especially when I have been standing for more than half an hour and the pain is so bad. This doesn't take the arm pain away. I do most of my housework and cooking by pacing myself. Which means taking breaks between each job I do. If I can't manage something I leave it. Will try another day. I cannot do the same level of work I used to do. I have not been diagnosed with MS but I seem to have many of the symptoms expressed on this site. I am going to explore this with my GP soon and hope I do get some results.
September 5, 2018
Not on any ms meds. But lots of homeopathic meds and just got an omron tens machine. Excited! !