I haven’t mentioned this to you all – primarily because between working five days per week and catching up on sleep during my days off, I haven’t had time to write any blog posts – but I’m officially working a full-time job in the field that I went to school for. Without going into too many specifics, let’s just say that I spend a lot of time on my feet, using critical thinking skills and tending to crises as they arise. (And boy, do they!)
I’m so incredibly thankful that (a) my current dose and mix of medications has allowed me to be able to work full-time and (b) that my illness seems to be managed pretty well at the moment.
But, and this is a huge but, it has been a difficult transition to go from not working at all for over a year and a half, to working full-time. The first week of my transition, I wasn’t sure that I had made the right decision. My feet and legs constantly ached, my back hurt (even though I haven’t been lifting/bending that much at work, thankfully) and muscle recovery seemed to be incredibly slow.
Along with taking my prescribed medication on time, getting plenty of sleep, and using warm baths to loosen up my joints before and after work, I decided that it was a good time to try out my new PainKARE device during my off-hours.
DISCLOSURE: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
To say that I was pleased to have been chosen to try the PainKARE Patch device as a part of a sponsored review is an understatement. Since I have no prior experience with similar devices, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity try an alternative pain management option to prescription medication (which I still take, although there are limitations to how much and of what kind I can take and continue to work safely).
When I received my PainKARE Patch device in the mail, it included a user manual that walked me through how to charge the patch, how to put the patch together, preparations prior to placing the electrodes (such as washing and drying the area of my skin that I wanted to place it), turning the patch on, troubleshooting it and storing it after use. I was able to quickly figure out not only how to charge my PainKARE Patch, but how to use it, which is important to me on the days when I’m fatigued or experiencing brain fog.
The package also included one PainKARE Patch, eight reusable self adhesive electrodes, a micro USB extension cable, and a micro USB charging cable.
The only exception was the power adapter, which was not included. I used the adapter for my iPhone, since it met the specifications listed in the instruction booklet. If you choose to purchase this product, do not assume that your charger will fit the product. Check the tiny text on the inside of your charger to see if the voltage specifications fit your PainKARE Patch.
I used this device primarily after work, either before going to bed or upon awakening and discovering that I still had sore joints and muscles from the day before. The type of pain that I experience is primarily chronic pain, located in my upper and lower back (from scoliosis and the nature of my work), upper thighs (from sciatica), lower legs, ankles and feet (from inflammatory arthritis). I personally found the device to be helpful for me in reducing my chronic pain over an extended period of time (a week or longer). I had the most success with using this device after work. I would apply it and then watch Netflix or just relax in bed. After a few hours, I would pull it off and go to sleep.
The pros of this device were:
- It was quick and easy to apply. Once I familiarized myself with the PainKARE Patch device, it required a minimum of maybe 2-3 minutes to put together, apply and turn on.
- The device itself is very discreet. I could easily apply it underneath a t-shirt or pair of pants and continue to wear it while working around the house or running errands.
- I usually noticed a difference in pain levels after two to three hours of use. The area would be noticeably less tense than it was before.
- It was effective in the long-term. After using the device for approximately one week, I noticed a drop in my chronic pain levels in the areas that I had applied the device.
There were a few possible cons. These are purely my perspective, and may not apply to you or your needs for alternative pain management.
- A con would be that I didn’t notice a difference in pain levels immediately. Used alone, I’m not sure that it would have helped me if I was in severe or acute pain.
- I was not successful in utilizing the Bluetooth connection with my iPhone. However, I think this has less to do with PainKARE Patch device and more to do with my iPhone being outdated, old, and possibly having something wrong with the Bluetooth connection altogether (since I had never attempted to use it prior to using this product).
Overall, I give this product a 5 out of 5 rating, and I would definitely recommend this product to those who may be looking for an alternative pain management option to medication or other more traditional routes.
If you would like to purchase your own PainKARE Patch, be sure to check out their website for more information and for purchasing options.
DISCLAIMER: All opinions expressed in this post are personal opinions and views only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice. If you have any questions regarding whether or not it is safe for you to use a product that I review on my blog or implement a new routine, please seek the advice of a medical doctor.