Disclaimer: 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.
Earlier this month we apparently had the biggest and brightest Supermoon that has appeared since 1948! My numerous social media news-feeds erupted with information on the November Supermoon and gorgeous picture after gorgeous picture snapped by friends, professional photographers, and different people from around the world.
There has always been stigma around full and new moons, especially when it comes to people becoming a little crazy or erratic with their behavior.
While some people have looked at me like I'm crazy when I bring it up, my fellow spoonies and chronically ill comrades will agree that the full moon and new moons' effects are very real for us and bring a whole new set of difficulties to our day-to-day lives.
|Taken from Guam|
This Supermoon was absolutely beautiful and majestic but boy did it really amp up my pain level for several days! Depending on the person, thankfully we only have to deal with that enhanced level once, maybe twice a month for a few days but sadly, we do have to deal with our unending regular chronic pain every day of our lives.
Hence why we all go through many different things to find some semblance of relief even if it's only just a small amount, which is why when given the opportunity to try Quell, a drug-free wearable pain relief unit through the Chronic Illness Bloggers platform I was extremely interested, especially with me wanting to start traveling.
Quell is a natural pain relief system that sits on your upper calf and uses electrodes to stimulate your own sensory nerves which in turn travel and carry those neural pulses to your brain. Once they hit the brain, the neural pulses then trigger your body's natural response which blocks pain signals to the rest of your body leading to widespread pain relief.
According to the website 81% of Quell users reported improvement in their chronic pain and 67% reported being able to reduce their pain medications!
How To Use Quell
Included in the box are the Quell device, the wearable velcro leg band the device goes in to, 1 month of electrodes, a charging cable, and directions on how to use.
Thankfully the directions that came with the unit were very straightforward and included diagrams for those who are visual learners as well. I will admit I had some issues figuring out how to calibrate the device for customized therapy but after I read through the directions a few more times I got the hang of how to do it (only later did I realize there's a how-to video that shows you the process as well).
The unit initially comes fully charged and after the calibration, which only takes a couple minutes to complete, you're good to start your drug-free therapy! It's recommended you wear your Quell unit for 4 to 6 hours per day for the first month and to be patient with the results; it may take up to several weeks to experience optimal relief.
Each therapy session lasts for 60 minutes with a 60 minute break in between and will continue until the device is removed from your leg. You're able to control the unit by pressing the button to turn off and on, calibrate, increase and decrease the intensity or you can choose to download the smartphone app for iPhone or Android devices which is what I chose to do because I thought it would be easier.
Truthfully I think the app was the coolest and most innovative thing I've ever seen and was probably my favorite part of this experience! The downloading and sync process was very easy and once everything is set up you can control the whole device from your phone, as well as track your sleep if you choose to wear it overnight. You can even access how-to videos on using the device (videos can also be found on their Youtube channel), change settings to your personal liking, and contact support if you need it all through the handy app.
I've been using the Quell unit for about a month to a month and a half now. While I've been doing my best to adhere by the recommended use of the device, there are some days I do a little more and some days I do a little less.
Since it goes on the calf I was a little worried about movability and comfort; while not huge, it's also not necessarily a small, inconspicuous thing to wear for prolonged periods of time. That being said I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was to wear in the many different situations I found myself in on any given day which is perfect for the travel lifestyle I would like to eventually start living!
Once I started my therapy regimen and got acquainted with how it worked I took the unit attached to my leg with me on my daily walk. I wasn't quite sure how it would go but I figured I was given it to review so I'd like to thoroughly test it out! I was extremely happy with the results, too.
Not only was it comfortable to wear just laying in bed or doing things around the house, it was also comfortable and unobtrusive to wear during my daily walks and working out. I also was able to wear it out shopping, running errands, and meeting friends with no issues either.
The only one thing I did not do was wear it overnight. I have issues sleeping normally and any little thing disrupts what sleep I do get so I figured I'd leave that for another time when I was finished with this post; lack of sleep amps up my pain so if the unit caused bad sleep and a raised pain level, it would interfere with my testimonial.
Similar to my recent review of the CBD oil I tried, after using the Quell unit for the last month and a half I cannot definitively tell you whether I feel any sort of noticeable difference in my pain level with all the different lifestyle changes I've made in the past 2 months.
Of course it's a day-to-day thing so some days are worse than others for various reasons; weather front, full or new moon, something I shouldn't have eaten, overdid it the other day, etc. Overall, though, I'm noticing a decent daily pain level and less "recovery" time between things that use to flatten me out for days and weeks at a time.
Regardless if that's from using the Quell unit or from a combination of all of the lifestyle changes I've made along with adding the Quell unit, I don't think it's hurting anything so I will be continuing to use it and if I do happen to notice a difference that I can fully attribute to the unit this post will be updated!
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