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Re: rEEG System Helps Guide Prescribing ravenstorm

Posted by Ritch on February 14, 2005, at 13:08:07

In reply to Re: rEEG System Helps Guide Prescribing, posted by ravenstorm on February 14, 2005, at 11:55:15

> Do you have to be off your meds to get a true picture of what would work for you? (Like the brain scans that the Amen clinic uses). This is soooo much cheaper. Is there anywhere you can go and get one done?

I would like to know as well (just echoing your question). When I had a standard EEG done I was on my meds. BUT, they wanted to schedule a followup ambulatory 24-hr. EEG (they wire you up with a portable recorder), and that test required no meds 24 hrs prior to the test, and I would have to stay up all night the night before I came into the office, so I would be sleep deprived. Then they would wire me up, I'd put a ball cap on and go home and write in a journal everything that I did all day long (and at what times so it would correspond with EEG tracings at the time). THEN, I was supposed to go to sleep that night and then after I got up the next morning, was supposed to return to the office for them to remove all the stuff and then analyze the data. The idea of sleep deprivation and being off meds was to "tease" out any abnormalities that otherwise might not get caught on the standard EEG. I didn't go for it because of the $$$$ incurred (that my insurance co.) didn't cough up much for from the std. test and was leery about how much more $$$$ I would be out later down the road. The neurologist I was seeing was charging a lot more than the "standard" fee and I was paying the difference. In hindsight, I wished I would have went on with it and coughed up the $$, just for the heck of it (even if nothing notable or helpful was found).

Anyhow, the article really doesn't mention anything about whether the EEG's they are comparing to the reference database (the rEEG) are *abnormal* or not. It leads me to think that you would *have* to have an abnormal EEG to compare to it in order for this method to work. What if you had lots of problems and needed meds, but your EEG was normal???? Can anybody clarify anything about this?


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