Posted by Dan Perkins on November 30, 2004, at 13:52:35
In reply to Re: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), posted by ravenstorm on November 30, 2004, at 9:36:33
Thanks for your message. I don't think they know for sure how many sessions it takes to see an improvement. I would guess, though, that there should be constant improvement from the initial sessions onward if there is to be any improvement at all.
The TMS still hurts, but you do get used to the pain. I now take 2 advil about 45 minutes b/f each session. I also think it matters where exactly they place the coil. They are supposed to put it in the exact same spot every time, but I've had a few times where the coil has been in a particular spot that hurts like hell.
The problem w/this procedure (assuming that it were effective - which it hasn't been for me thus far) is not so much the pain as it is the massive time commitment. I don't have a job so this isn't really a huge problem for me, but including the time for the procedure and the time it takes me to get to and from the clinic every day, this procedure takes 3 hours out of my day, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. I just can't imagine many people being willing or having the flexibility in their schedules for a procedure that takes up so much time and isn't even a permanent solution.
> Dan, does it usually take all of the sessions to see an improvement? Or don't they know at this point? How is your pain doing? Hope you are feeling OK in that regard. Hang in there!