Provoked fit

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Hi

I recently had a first provoked fit whilst trying out a tens machine in America whilst on holiday. Has anyone else experienced this whilst using a tens machine. I've never had any fit symptoms before. This involved unconsciousness for about 2 minutes, eyes rolling to back of head, loss of bladder control, slow speech, pins and needles in arms and feeling sick for about 2 hours afterwards. It seemed to take me around 30 mins to be able to get up and feel slightly normal. I also felt very weak. Just wondering why this would happen to me as the store has not had this happen before to anyone. The pads were placed on the back of my neck, shoulders. Also should I be concerned or just forget about it.Thanks for any info.

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    Scary. Actually TENS machines are contraindicated in people with epilepsy and cardiac arrhythmias. Have u actually been diagnosed with epilepsy? I would report this to your dr and neurologist immediately. I think they will tell you not to use the TENS machine again!! 
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    Also tens machine pads should not be placed on your neck. The fact the store say it has never happened before means nthing. They are not going to accept liability for failing to point out that it can cause seizures etc.
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      Thanks for taking the time to reply. No I have never had any fits before so it's probably the placement of the Tens machine pads that triggered it. Well that's what I'm hoping anyway. My GP friend said it might cause me a lot of problems with my driving and best not to report it as the fit was clearly provoked by the Tens machine.

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    Bad advice from GP friend. supposing you have an accident and yr friend produces your records? You need to report this so it can be investigated. 
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    Hi I tried to buy a tens machine from a well known chain of chemists. They refused to sell me one due to epilepsy. 

    ?The other contraindication is having a cardiac arrthymia. there may be more but best to check with several pharmacies or your neurologist I  suggest just to be sure.

     

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