#LivingQuell Stories: Reducing fibromyalgia pain

May 1, 2017 • Donna Gregory Burch

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This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.

Since my fibromyalgia diagnosis, I’ve tried so many drugs, supplements and other products in an attempt to find something to dull the pain. I’ve found a few things that help, but the effects are usually minimal. Even opioids haven’t worked for me, although I admit my experience with them has been limited.

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to try out the Quell wearable pain relief device. You may have seen the commercials for Quell on TV or had an ad show up in your Facebook feed. Quell is a small, rectangular device that’s worn an inch or two below the knee. It stimulates a cluster of sensory nerve fibers in that area and triggers the body’s natural pain blockers. Unlike TENS units, I do not have to apply the device to the area of the body where I’m feeling pain.

I’ve wasted thousands of dollars on doctors and products that don’t really work, so I was skeptical of Quell’s claims. How in the heck was a black box strapped on my leg going to do anything for pain? Well, I’ve been using my Quell device for about a year now, and it is my No. 1, go-to tool for pain relief. I love it so much that I talk it up to anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia pain.

One of the things that’s impressed me the most about Quell is how fast it works. Unlike pharmaceuticals and supplements, Quell doesn’t have to build up in the body. The first time I used it, I felt less pain within a couple of hours. Now that I use it regularly, it gives relief within a few minutes.

Quell is not a miracle device. It doesn’t kill my pain entirely, but it does reduce my pain levels, so I’m better able to function. My day-to-day pain level (using this scale) generally hovers between 3-6. With Quell, I have more days in the 2-4 range. I’ll take that improvement any day!

One of my favorite times to use my Quell is while grocery shopping and running errands. I dread doing these tasks because they increase my pain and fatigue. I typically collapse on the sofa after I get home from buying groceries, but now that I wear my Quell, I’m usually able to stay out longer, and I’m not as exhausted or in as much pain when the shopping trip is over. The Quell extends my functionality by an extra hour or two. Even my husband has noticed my endurance is getting better.

I tend to take a more natural approach to treatment, so I like that Quell is 100 percent drug free. There are no side effects.

This post has been edited for length. To read Donna’s full review, please visit her blog, FedUpwithFatigue.com, at fedupwithfatigue.com/quell-for-fibromyalgia/.

About The Author
Donna Gregory Burch
Donna Gregory Burch

Donna Gregory Burch was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 after several years of unexplained pain, fatigue and other symptoms. She covers news, treatments, research and practical tips for living better with fibromyalgia on her blog, FedUpwithFatigue.com and is also the fibromyalgia reporter for NationalPainReport.com. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Donna is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines throughout Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She lives in Delaware with her husband and their many fur babies.

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