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Re: Experiencing success with TMS alexandra_k

Posted by Clearskies on August 23, 2018, at 14:55:41

In reply to Re: Experiencing success with TMS Clearskies, posted by alexandra_k on August 21, 2018, at 0:23:12

> Where do you get that done?
Its done in an office where my pdoc practices, and is offered as an adjunct to treatment.

> I've only seen one, in these parts, as part of physiotherapy. They seemed pretty excited about having one, I think it was fairly new for them.
> It was around the time there was a bit of a flurry about deep brain stimulation on these boards, I think.
> I remember thinking... Recording electrode, check. Electrode for theraputic purposes (acupuncture), check. Hmm... I wonder if physiotherapists can insert electrodes, uh, acupuncture needles into the brain for theraputic effect... As in deep brain stimulation. Or as in just brain stimulation. Getting people with parkinson's moving, or whatever.
> I don't know the answer to that.
> When I was in Australia there was some physicist who was looking for volunteers for his brain magnet. He thought interrupting the frontal lobes (I think it was frontal lobes) unleashed creativity. Not sure how hard it was for him to find volunteers... Not sure what he meant by creativity, even. Hand drawing, or something.

This device is a magnetic coil that sits at the end of an arm (looks like a dentists xray machine). Your head is initially mapped and the target area of the brain identified with brief pulses of electromagnetic energy directed at the area. They look for a motor response of the twitching of your right hand thumb, as its adjacent to the target area.

The electromagnetic pulses briefly reverse the polarity of the neurons in that area of the brain. Its where (I was told) dopamine and serotonin are produced. The agitation of the neurons cause activity in that area, and under-producing or dormant neurons begin to make the neurotransmitters again.

Thats the basics of the treatment. Many of us experience sharp pain at the surface area of the scalp where the pulses are directed. I premedicate with acetaminophen and make sure Im well hydrated. There are no after effects, side effects, or pain post treatment. I cant carry on a conversation during the 45 minute daily sessions.

My moods have been all over the place!! Last 2 days Ive been inconsolably sad, crying. Still, Im much more functional and am getting more done at home with less effort.

The coil is placed against the left side of my head for treating depression. Its now been approved for treating OCD by the FDA.




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