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Re: nothing helps Bob

Posted by SLS on April 24, 2010, at 6:04:52 [reposted on April 25, 2010, at 0:36:52 | original URL]

In reply to Re: nothing helps SLS, posted by Bob on April 23, 2010, at 22:34:11

Hi Bob.

> Man. I know it may very well be the case for many of us, but it is difficult to hear. In all your years of treatment Scott, have you ever tried ECT? I don't think I've ever heard you mention it.

I had one course of ECT in 1991. I underwent 15 treatments. I experienced a mild improvement after the fifth treatment that lasted for a fraction of a day. Thereafter, nothing. The first six or seven treatments were unilateral left. The remainder were bilateral. I don't know what the dosage was. In a correspondence with Max Fink, he suggested that more recent protocols are more effective. Still, I am reluctant to do it again. I didn't like the way I was cognitively altered after the bilateral treatments. I know that high-dosage unilateral right is supposed to be almost as effective as bilateral or bitemporal, but with much reduced cognitive side effects.

I have not tried rTMS. I would if it were available locally and affordable. Early on, Mark George did not think it would be helpful in a case like mine. I'm not sure if his opinion has changed over the last decade. They have fine-tuned the treatment since then.

I appreciate your concern.

- Scott

The measure of achievement lies not in how high the mountain,
but in how hard the climb.

The measure of success lies only in how high one feels he must
climb to get there.




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