December 4, 2018 at 9:31 pm #33874
My psychiatrist referred me to another doc in the office who runs their tms program. I had a one hour consult with this doc. The next time I saw him was for my brain mapping and first treatment. I completed my 30th treatment in mid-October. I didn’t have any contact with this doc throughout the treatment and I haven’t heard from him since. I’ve seen my personal psychiatrist but she is not addressing this at all beyond “I’m sorry the tms didn’t work”. What kind of follow-up did you have? Did you see the ordering doc during treatment? I’m at a loss.December 5, 2018 at 4:07 am #33875
I saw a pcychiatrist at the mapping. That’s all. It was a concern if something happened: convulsions, etc. there is no doctor in the office. I saw him at the mapping and never saw him again. I finished all 36 treatments and no one has ever followed up, asked if I think I’m better – they just told me where to forward my insurance checks to,February 17, 2019 at 6:46 pm #33969
Yes, I have had the same experience. It sure would be nice after getting done to have someone ask howyou feel, and maybe make some suggestions. This is where TMS might get a bad rap, no followup. I t would help to know that someone gave a hoot.February 17, 2019 at 7:58 pm #33971
I get my psych treatment thru a large, prestigious university and there is one doc that does TMS. He also runs the treatment-resistant depression clinic which includes ketamine treatment. My personal psychiatrist is a 4th-year resident. I sent a message to the TMS doc after completing treatment requesting feedback and asked if I would be a candidate for the TRD clinic. That was 4 months ago. My p-doc said not to feel bad because he hasn’t gotten back to her either. I said we both know this is completely unacceptable and poor patient care. I was a nurse for 20 years until I retired a year ago because of my depression. I’d have been in deep shit if I didn’t respond to a message within 24 hours. Considering she told me that when she was on her rotation with this doc she cried every day I don’t expect much now. So I have a doc that is intimidated and can’t advocate for me. The doc that has the most power to help me is AWOL. What are my chances now? Reading about and listening to others makes me think that a part of the TRD problem is provider apathy, provider resistance to treat aggressively, providers protecting their territory. Do I take it up with the university or do I take it up with my insurance provider? Do I let my insurance provider know that for $12,000 I got 1.5 hours total with the doc, the treatment was administered by a $20/hr tech, and I never heard from the doc again? Though the treatment didn’t work for me I wouldn’t want to decrease the odds of someone else receiving it. Rant over. I’m sorry you didn’t receive any follow-up either. Did you go to a free-standing TMS clinic?February 18, 2019 at 6:21 am #33973
Wow, this is so different than my experience. My TMS doctor has met with me roughly every two weeks and will meet with me on my last session. I believe the tech mentioned the other day that I will also schedule a followup for about a month after my last session. I’m sorry that you guys haven’t had the same experience. 🙁
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