Lasers Work for Fibromyalgia, But Why So Pricey?

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I’ve had severe fibromyalgia for 14 years, and I’ve been disabled as long. Without a doubt, the pain is certainly a central issue, along with the severe fatigue, flare ups, and crashes.

It’s an absolutely miserable disease that’s intrusive and destructive. I broke commitments that really shouldn’t be broken, which put a strain on personal relationships. The pain is a level of suffering that can easily push one to insanity or worse.

I found laser therapy last October at my chiropractor’s office, where they have a $25,000 K-Laser. While it worked great, I could not get enough coverage all over my body as often as I needed, and it was just too expensive for office visits.

I was getting good results, so I dove into trying to find a laser I could use at home, and settled on a very effective unit for $2,500. Pricey, but worth the convenience of having one I could use whenever I wanted.

Since receiving the TQ Solo laser in late January, I have not taken any prescription pain pills. My hydrocodone, methocarbamol, and Klonopin, which I had whittled down long before the laser to “emergency use only” (once every 3-7 days), have gone untouched since I’ve had the laser.

I have taken 2 ibuprofens for a dehydration headache, but no other OTC meds, aside from vitamins. I take a sleep aide and blood pressure medication, that’s it.

TQ SOLO LASER

TQ SOLO LASER

It still astonishes me how well laser therapy works. I still suffer from fibro fog, low energy, and all of the other problems associated with fibromyalgia, but my pain levels have dropped from a constant 7-9 out of 10, to a much more tolerable 2-4. I use the laser between 20 minutes to an hour or more a day, and rather than become resistant, my body seems to respond better after getting used to treatment.

Some areas are completely free of pain at times, which hasn’t happened in 14 years, but if I stop treatment the pain returns. It’s not a cure, my fibro is still terribly limiting, but it’s an amazing treatment for the pain. The decrease in my personal suffering has been outstanding.

The laser is like an alarm clock for under active mitochondria, only stimulating the cells in need. Properly functioning tissue (not in pain) have little to no response, while damaged or inflamed tissue “wake up” and begin healing. Some areas need daily treatment, like my calves and back, while other areas can go days between treatments.

If you’re a fan of science fiction, this is the coolest thing since the smartphone made Captain Kirk’s communicator look silly.

I find the 5 hertz setting, the deepest setting, to be the most beneficial. It’s like a massage, but deeper, and there’s no pain from working tender tissue. In fact, there is very little sensation during treatment. If I can feel the treatment at all, it’s usually a mild tingle or twitch, which I consider a signal to treat more intensely.

The laser does not hurt or burn. It’s very comfortable and soothing, and treating before bed is fantastic for sleep. I don’t wake up with that stiff, poisonous feeling ache anymore.

I began researching all sorts of red light therapy. I’ve tried several, along with some LED only therapies. I even tried a heat lamp. While the heat lamp and LED therapies felt okay, they were no match for the laser.

While searching for other light therapy devices, I found the Handy Cure. It has a striking resemblance to the TQ Solo I had purchased, but it was selling for under $600. Same frequency settings, same power, same everything. Only the handle was different, as far as I could tell.

I looked it up, and it was made by the same company that makes the TQ Solo. But why so much cheaper? Was it a knock off? Was it less potent, or somehow lower quality? I put an order in.

After using the Handy Cure side by side for weeks with the TQ Solo laser, I can’t tell any difference. It’s just as effective. I’d overpaid by $2,000. I’m not wealthy, and I assume most fibro patients aren’t either, so that hurt.

I started looking into other lasers and found the Game Day laser. It looks exactly like the Handy Cure, no doubt about it, only the labels were different. Instead of variable, 50 hertz, and 5 hertz, the menu is a simple 1, 2, and 3. It appears to me that the Game Day is simply a rebadged Handy Cure.

source:http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/6/1/lasers-work-for-fibromyalgia-but-why-so-pricey

 

 

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