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Thread: Dr. Ho's Muscle Therapy - is it safe?

  1. #1 Dr. Ho's Muscle Therapy - is it safe? 
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    My mom got this, she wants me to use it for numb toes.

    Basically, it's 2 foot pads that electrocute you. You can turn the intensity up or down, if you put it all the way up, it makes your legs move.

    I don't see how this could make my toes better, and I doubt that it's healthy. What does everyone else think?


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    I have a real problem with this. Using this machine is a sign that you've diagnosed the reason for the numbness as being linked to muscles or blood circulation. But it might be several other things. Think about all those workers who finished up with whitened, numbed hands from using pneumatic drills. There was nothing wrong with their muscles, they were strong fit men. The problem was nerve damage from the constant vibration. Using this equipment might or might not help your problem, it might add to the problem. Though it's really just a fancy TENS machine so it shouldn't be too bad.

    I should point out that I have a similar gadget - not a Dr Ho product - because the muscles in my feet and legs are weak as a consequence of a nerve disease and it's an easy way to strengthen those muscles without risking tripping over my sometimes unreliable feet by extra walking.
    I only know all this stuff because I've been to all the necessary doctors (and specialists) and had the relevant genetic and other tests.

    Your toes have now been numb for more than a couple of weeks. You're not in the USA, I think, so health costs/insurance shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'd strongly recommend you get to a doctor just to check out whether there's any underlying problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    I have a real problem with this. Using this machine is a sign that you've diagnosed the reason for the numbness as being linked to muscles or blood circulation. But it might be several other things. Think about all those workers who finished up with whitened, numbed hands from using pneumatic drills. There was nothing wrong with their muscles, they were strong fit men. The problem was nerve damage from the constant vibration. Using this equipment might or might not help your problem, it might add to the problem. Though it's really just a fancy TENS machine so it shouldn't be too bad.

    I should point out that I have a similar gadget - not a Dr Ho product - because the muscles in my feet and legs are weak as a consequence of a nerve disease and it's an easy way to strengthen those muscles without risking tripping over my sometimes unreliable feet by extra walking.
    I only know all this stuff because I've been to all the necessary doctors (and specialists) and had the relevant genetic and other tests.

    Your toes have now been numb for more than a couple of weeks. You're not in the USA, I think, so health costs/insurance shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'd strongly recommend you get to a doctor just to check out whether there's any underlying problem.
    yes I went to the pharmacy and the person said to try icy hot. i need to try it still, but my toes are better than they were before. I have pretty much all feeling back in one.
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    Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage causing numbness, tingling, or pain) has multiple different causes. Electrical stimulation will do absolutely nothing for them. Numbness of the toes due to circulation should respond to warming of the affected limb, and does not respond to electrical stimulation. Muscles have nothing to do with numbness of an extremity. Electrical stimulation of a weak muscle is a different kettle of fish all together, and has been shown to help certain conditions.

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    For God's sake Weterman!
    Quit being a goof and go ask your doctor about this.
    If it isn't just a bit of frostbite it might be something much more serious and it should be checked out.
    Seriously.
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    Diabetes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by One beer View Post
    Diabetes?
    Or a multitude of other causes.
    Which is why he should go see his doctor about it.
    He is in Saskatchewan in Canada. Going to see a doctor is free for him.
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    My suggestion is something your doctor will be reticent to prescribe: weight loss and exercise, like walking. Numb toes are defintely the first sign of diabetes. And, like others have said, see a doctor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan hunter View Post
    For God's sake Weterman!
    Quit being a goof and go ask your doctor about this.
    If it isn't just a bit of frostbite it might be something much more serious and it should be checked out.
    Seriously.
    I will, but don't go off topic please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weterman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dan hunter View Post
    For God's sake Weterman!
    Quit being a goof and go ask your doctor about this.
    If it isn't just a bit of frostbite it might be something much more serious and it should be checked out.
    Seriously.
    I will, but don't go off topic please.

    You will when? Youve had this problem for how many weeks now and have not done anything serious about it yet.
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    Numb toes are defintely the first sign of diabetes. And, like others have said, see a doctor.

    I'd put that differently. Numb toes are often the first sign of diabetes - numb toes are just as often a sign of other conditions some serious, some more manageable, some quite curable. And a doctor is far and away the best person to work this out.

    Speaking of curable. You've just turned 16. Are you sure your shoes and socks fit you properly? I remember when my nephew was that age. We seemed to be replacing shoes every month. They were either too small or completely wrecked from typical teenager activities - or both.
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    Moderator Warning: Weterman, I am seriously considering banning you from the forum until and unless you go to a frigging doctor. Now stop acting like a spoiled adolescent and go get professional medical advice. You are close to becoming an adult. Start acting like one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Moderator Warning: Weterman, I am seriously considering banning you from the forum until and unless you go to a frigging doctor. Now stop acting like a spoiled adolescent and go get professional medical advice. You are close to becoming an adult. Start acting like one.
    I didn't want to talk about the toes. Read the posts instead of being rude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weterman View Post
    My mom got this, she wants me to use it for numb toes.

    Basically, it's 2 foot pads that electrocute you.
    Now, are you sure that your mom loves you? Have you had a serious disagreement lately? Did she just take out a large life insurance policy on you? Are you sure she's your real mom?
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    Let's see, from your threads, you get chills watching TV, you have numb toes, your balls are way different sizes, you would have to wear ice packs when the outside temp is 73 F, you get sad when you have fun. You are not a healthy 16 year-old. Go see a doctor. Isn't it free up there?

    And I almost forgot these problems that you posted about:

    What is this thing with me?
    Is it just me that has bad senses?
    Anyone else try solanine?
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