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What is the Oska Pulse? Well, it is an external stimulation device designed to relieve pain, muscle stiffness and inflammation through pulsed electromagnetic field technology (PEMF). It promotes recovery for all types of pain and is drug-free.
I’m using it for fibromyalgia but I do have migraines as well, and there is research for that too. I have been using it 6-7 times a day to get some maximal effect due to the fact the pain is widespread. I use it ankles, knees, shoulders and head.
You don’t actually feel anything when you are using it. But when I fell down the stairs and used it for my poor abused tailbone, at that time, I felt a warming sensation, which is entirely normal for some cases due to the increased blood flow.
It isn’t like a TENS unit which is basically just contracting the muscles. Reminds me more of other external devices of similar function but different types like the Cefaly which is a cranial analgesic electrotherapeutic device. But Oksa Pulse is a PEMF specifically device and used for all pain not just migraines.
So I felt nothing right away and I was using it emphatically. Since you cannot tell if something will help if you do not use it and I am greatly intrigued with things like transcranial stimulation… but clearly this is portable and uses a slightly different process. Nevertheless, there is a boatload of research out there on it. So intrigued.
So then a few weeks in I actually injured from a tumble down the stairs. (I had a vertigo bout and my body flung itself down the stairs. I was not amused). During that time it was impossible for me to exercise on my stationary bike as it was damn hard to just sit comfortably. I kept on using it and used it on that injury in fact. Maybe it helped me recover faster. But what I do know was the very surprising result when it came time to exercise again.
First, exercise is a painful venture for me. It is always a painful venture due to the fibromyalgia, exercise intolerance, and the hypermobility syndrome combo. My knees… they hurt like hell. So pretty much immediately the pain hits and gets exponentially worse the more I progress. I have never, ever had it not be extremely painful to do. Just doing it all the time I slowly gain minutes on my time. Took me about 6 months to work up to an excruciating level of 20 minutes? I never look forward to it. And I don’t believe in endorphins because I sure don’t get them. And I have no idea how more pain is supposed to help me with my chronic pain. That is what I think about exercise. Until that Oska pulse kicked in.
I went down to exercise. And that immediate intense pain didn’t kick in. At all. Just like a moderate sort of ache. Not even moderate, like a mild ache. And it was the most amazing thing I have ever experienced in my entire life. Because even after two weeks of inactivity, which Would have meant I would have been able to do 5 minutes, I was able to do 20 minutes before the fatigue got to me. And at that point I knew… this is doing something.
I have noticed it in other small ways. Walking distances. Capacity to color longer (stress reduction hobby). I get nerve pain in my hands, and coloring I love to do but cannot do for long… but I can longer now. I can do housecleaning longer. Fatigue is always an issue, but pain isn’t as limiting with it. I have also noticed my excessive migraine persistent nausea has diminished since using it and I have no idea if that is to due with its use… but the nausea has been pervasive for two years and now the intensity is about 70% reduced.
Now with migraines, which I get daily, it is harder to tell. I recently have started BOTOX so it is hard to say which is doing which. But I have noticed some really low-intensity days lately. Like delayed onset. A quite low pain levels. A few migraine free days, period.I should point out status quo is every day 7-9 range. So any change in that is rather amazing. So amazing it hasn’t happened in, well, a decade or so. I actually do not even recall my last migraine free day before the Oska Pulse trial. I think maybe four years back.
I feel that with migraines it is slower to respond because this pain is ingrained in me for two decades. I am on the first round of BOTOX which shouldn’t have an effect yet… I was a complete non-responder the first go around on the first round. As in, they don’t even think it likely I will respond to it but if I do it will likely be later on. Yet I feel a difference and I believe that difference is the Oska Pulse. I know it is doing something migraine-wise. The reason I know this is that when I started using it on my head it flared up my auras every time. I suspect because my migraines are daily and I also have persistent migraine auras. I think my brain was stimulated by it. But then it seemed to adjust to it and got used to it and that effect stopped. So clearly it was working in that area of my brain. Not to mention this slow continuous effect on the persistent nausea, which I am eternally grateful for. I am optimistic if I use it more in the head area regularly I will see a better response in this regard and excited to do so. As you might have heard these external stimulation devices are not new to migraines… there are some types on the market and a new one coming out. Not sure if any of them are PEMF tech, but the reason they are coming out is because external stimulation does work, doesn’t require surgery and is safe. It is a great thing to add to your regiment. Obviously what I like about the Oska Pulse is the fact I have a rather lot of pain and I don’t want to buy a device per pain as that is silly. I want a device for all pain.
So I will continue to use it for the migraines with the BOTOX and see if I can get some pain management that is better than what I currently have. That is all a gal can ask for.
With the FM I will continue as I am and continue with the results that I am getting. Enabling me to do my exercise routine is a big deal to me. Without the massive amount of pain as well.
This wee device works. It is sneaky and takes a bit of time but then BAM you notice some sort of difference that wasn’t there before. I am so glad I have reviewed it. It is my favorite buddy now. I actually am using it on my knee right now as I type. It is certainly worth it for FM and quite possibly based on what I am feeling so far, for migraines as well. Oska Pulse sells itself to every person who tries it for about three months of continual use. Doctors should hand these out to people with chronic pain. I know these sorts of devices actually are becoming more popular in chronic pain management (as in one neurologist clinic I went to had a few gamacore devices they gave to people to use for chronic migraines) so it is very possible we will see more universal devices like the Oska Pulse in pain clinics for chronic pain management. Quite frankly I believe firmly in utilizing all thing we can for pain management in conjunction with medication so I would like to see pain clinics explore options that benefit the patients.
- non-drug treatment
- external device, so no surgery to implant it.
- portable and I can bring it with me anywhere anytime
- It has a band so I can attach it do my shoulder or back or knees as the need may be
- Runs on 30-minute cycles and turns off by itself.
A study done in 2007 on FM and chronic pain with FM yielded some interesting results specifically in the area of fibromyalgia. (A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial using a low-frequency magnetic field in the treatment of musculoskeletal chronic pain. Pain Res Manage 2007;12(4):249-258.) “A differential effect of PEMF over sham treatment was noticed in patients with FM, which approached statistical significance (P=0.06) despite low numbers (n=17); this effect was not evident in those without FM” The study was for 4 weeks and compared to a sham group who received a device that did nothing.
The net reduction in pain on the VAS was equivalent to allow to moderate dose of opioid analgesic in PEMF-exposed patients (63-67). It has often been pointed out that both the endogenous and exogenous opioid systems are influenced by PEMF exposure sessions in animals and humans (68-70). Moreover, when an opiate such as morphine is used in combination with PEMF, the side effects of the opiate may be reduced(42). Consequently, we believe not only that PEMF should be investigated further as a replacement for opioid analgesics in some patients with chronic pain, in particular those with FM, but that PEMF may also warrant investigation as a supplement to opioids, especially in patients with more severe pain.