November 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm #9850
I have long-standing anxiety and severe anxiety. I had my first session of rTMS yesterday. Woke up at 2am in the midst of a panic attack and couldn’t get back to sleep, even with Ambien. Anyone else have this happen?November 15, 2017 at 3:27 am #10337
Sorry Chrissy that you experienced that, especially during your first session. My panic attacks did not come back until I was about a month intoTMS, undoing the klonopin I take,and have had much success with for my panic attacks.
There were so many reasons I quit TMS, and that was one of them. If I was going to suffer through side effects I may have just been better off on the meds.
TMS is not all it was supposed to be, and seems to be just a money maker in my opinion.November 15, 2017 at 8:08 am #10522
Thank you Dee for your reply. My short-lived experience is like yours. I was taking Ativan and it was consistently failing me. My doctor switched me to Librium which was life-changing in and of itself, so I had even higher hopes for tms and my anxiety and sleep. I am starting to wonder about the data in anxiety patients receiving tms-r. This is the second night in a row I’ve woken up in panic. I’m going to try and continue, but it feels like I’m on steroids.November 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm #14207
Was thinking about your comments and wondered how you are doing? I had TMS Treatments for depression and minor anxiety and am hopeful treatments are effective for you. Let us know.
With warm regards,
ColleenNovember 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm #14239
Colleen, thanks so much for your post! My second treatment left me feeling shaky for hours. No sleep, but still had late night anxiety, despite being on Librium. My doctor mentioned something very interesting. He said that 30% of patients have their brain circuitry flipped, so depression is on the right and anxiety on the left. He said we might need to change it to the left. I decided to try again over the holidays at the end of the year since I have vacation saved up. I have severe anxiety that is sometimes characterized as PTSD. I was so hopeful bc I have tried nearly ever medication with no help, save just a few. I’m so happy that TMS helped you!November 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm #14507
Wow – how interesting! Thanks for sharing that about the brain circuitry flip.
Chrissy I did not experience a lift until after 6 weeks of treatments ended, so try not to make a decision to leave treatment early without your doctor’s input. Some people have had a response three months out. TMS is such an individualized treatment that some specific responses may be similar, like the “dip” experience, for several but not all patients. It’s a day by day, person by person treatment and the journey is not the same comparatively.
I am sending all positive vibes and energy your way. Keep in touch as the journey can be somewhat like a roller coaster ride, ups and downs. We are here to support you, whatever your journey may be.
Sending a smile. 🙂December 5, 2018 at 5:48 am #33876
Today was my 11th session for depression on the left side of my brain, and first time for anxiety on the right. Everything seemed ok until about 4 hours I experienced a strong panic attack that pierced through my chest, making it difficult to breathe. It went away after 40 minutes but still it scared me because I hadn’t had that happen to me in over a year or so.
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