Posted by Nancy on December 5, 1998, at 16:48:04
In reply to Re: ECT: a question for the docs...others' experiences, posted by alan on December 3, 1998, at 16:03:36
> > What adjunctive therapies do other doctors use before resorting to a program of ECT? I can only think of 25-50mcgs/day Cytomel checking response in 7-14 days or 25-50mgs/day Naltrexone checking response after two weeks. Three weeks of 5mgs t.i.d. Pindolol was a failure.
> > I'm hesitating at being lighted-up like a christmas tree. I'm the mad scientist, not the Frankenstein.
> > Please, save me from the electric chair.
> > Mind Over Madness,
> > Nancy
> Not a doc, just got shocked. I'll be brief because II,ve replied to so many such letters. My experience of ECT was that it is simply no big deal. I.d persoally mmuch prefer ECT to Meds: faster and virtually no side effects: a little wozy for a few minutes, but not unpleasant; lost a few memories of a few days surrounding the shocks,
> memories I had no need for. To be honest, it was kind of fun, much of the excitement of surgery without the pain. Okay, they were not effective on me, but as you know they usually are.
> I assume it is nothing like the electric chair.
> Again, as you know, your brain is already full of electricity.
Thanks, Alan. I was a little "creeped out" with the idea, momentarily. Your description has helped me. I've decided to let the doc do ECT on me. My doc, Dr. Robert Horne, is a mood disorder specialist, also. So, I'm not afraid of him lacking any ability in performing the procedures.
Dr. Horne said we're going to do two ECT sessions a day a few times a week until we've completed 6-12 treatments. This has to clear up my illness, since nothing else work. I don't know what I'll do if it doesn't happen for me. What did you do, Alan?
Has anything you've tried made you better??? I REALLY HOPE so! It's miserable to be so sick.