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Sep 01, 2016 8:06 PM

Hello everyone!
So, I visited the Mayo Clinic in August and they suggested that I have Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression/anxiety, along with pain and neurological issues. Has anyone ever done this? Has it worked? Did you do it inpatient or outpatient, and how many weeks did you do it for and how long did the results last? Anything good or bad?? Thanks for anything you have to comment!

Sep 04, 2016 1:14 PM

Banannarama, I don't think I've heard of this. But I had a psychologist who was trying a new treatment in her office, where you lay in a chair similar to a dentist chair. They put these simulator pads all over the scalp and neck and you sit and relax while it "shocks the brain similar to electric shock, just not as severe," as the doctor described it. I told her I'd think about it and checked with my insurance. They told me it's an unproven treatment and they would not cover it. I went back and told her no, then I changed doctors because she was trying to pressure all her patients into doing the treatment. I'm not sure it's the same as yours. Hopefully others in the community can help. Hugs love and prayers! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Sep 04, 2016 6:00 PM

That is very interesting. My new pain management Doctor excitedly told me that I should try Transcranial Pulsed Magnetotherapy for pain. What I found out about it really made me angry at this doctor.

No insurance is going to cover it, as it is considered investigative and experimental. The regiment you have to follow is ridiculous - you have to go every day (sometimes more then once a day) and get this contraption placed on your head and your just supposed to sit there as they send magnetic pulses through it. The minimum amount of time to do this is 3 months. And then the data suggest very little improvement, if any.

I asked my psychologist about it and his response was, "I thought that had been debunked a long time ago."

Seriously, I can barely get out of bed most days. How the heck am I supposed to do this crap every day when I can't even perform the ADL's and you've given me no pain meds to even begin?

Argh, sorry for the rant, it just really irritates me when they suggest things like this. Course, I'm still mad that he had the nerve to suggest cognitive behavioral therapy like I haven't been in therapy FOR YEARS. And also have a degree in psychology.

Sep 05, 2016 3:01 PM

My goodness! I'm so sorry for your difficult experiences!!! The TMS was a 40min session for at least two weeks done inpatient with CBT, DBT, depression/anxiety and pain management treatments. I decided not to do it because I'm back at school, and didn't want to postpone the semester, and I also wanted to do my own research on it. It's good to hear this feedback, thank you very much! I've been very skeptical, but really wish that it would be the magical cure they made it sound like.

Sep 06, 2016 8:57 PM

Hi Banannarama.

I did an interview for being on a study for this. It was about 4-6 years ago. I ended up not being a good candidate for it. I have a long standing and major depression and anxiety, probably originating from a nasty upbringing, which I did not learn any coping skills and lived in fear.
It was a study So I would not have had to pay for it. I ended up not being a candidate because they said I was too mentally ill and was not working at a job. I guess they wanted good results instead of challenging or complex patients. I would of needed to come in 5 times a week as an outpatient for 40 minute sessions for 6weeks to 3 months. I thought that it was to get things to move around in my brain to help get certain parts of the brain to become active? I can't remember the country it ordinates from. Maybe there is more concrete information about it now. It is an expensive and time consuming treatment.

Sep 08, 2016 2:59 PM

This is a new one for me also. I will have to look it up. Almost sounds like another version of the tens unit. But the tens unit can't do above your neck.

Sep 08, 2016 8:57 PM

NO THIS IS NOT another version of a tens unit.
The procedure is done as an outpatient. Outpatient meaning that you get the procedure done in a trained facility such as a hospital where you can be observed. They monitor you during the procedure, then go home after. Come back the next day for the same thing to happen over for the amount of times the physician thinks needs to happen. I was told that if chosen that after the 6 weeks through 3 months of daily treatments I would come back for maintenance treatments in future. That might happen half year intervals which may only take a few treatments each maintenance follow up.

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