January 8, 2018 at 6:29 pm #31150
Please, please help me. I found this forum just a few weeks ago and I am highly attracted to it and decided to register so that I can participate in the forums more actively.
I am 20 years old, part-time college student (working towards Associates in Arts), part-time waitress, and full-time depressed person. Haha.
What is TMS like on the first session? Like when they are programming it for you specifically and what does it feel like? How loud is it? You can read all there is “About TMS” but hearing it from other people’s specific experience is a better gauge than TMS treatment websites.
I am autistic and with that I have sensory issues and sometimes experience small things like tapping and sounds, sensations, etc. stronger than the average person. I also have TMJ issues which involves headaches and jaw pain. How much of the time do any of you experience side effects and if so, what relieves them.
I also want to know how do you resume daily functioning. Is it possible to manage college courses AND evening work shifts? I am taking less credit hours this semester to accommodate my treatment.
January 9, 2018 at 4:48 pm #31155
- This topic was modified 1 week, 6 days ago by lajp.
Hi, I experienced a lot of anxiety before my first TMS appointment post consultation. However the appointment itself went very well. At the first appointment I found the tapping to be uncomfortable but not painful, and I got used to it very quickly so that after the first few treatments it was not even uncomfortable for me anymore. I have had no side effects at all, no headache, no pain of any kind, and It does not interfere with doing anything else. I can get in a car and drive right after the appointment.
Regarding the noise, for me it is not an issue at all. I wear ear plugs given to me by the clinic at each treatment. I do not find the tapping noise disturbing at all.January 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm #31161
Thank you for sharing your experience at the first treatment session. It’s helpful to hear from real people and not people who constructed a brochure. Haha.January 9, 2018 at 11:50 pm #31163
You are very welcome, I hope you will keep us updated as to how it goes. Try to hang in there if it feels uncomfortable at first because often it gets better pretty quickly!January 10, 2018 at 8:42 pm #31164
Had my first appointment and mine are 5x a week. I know some places do 4x a week…? The first 2 second tap after “calibration” was at 100% and that was too much for me. The doc and technician were soooo very helpful and accommodating by slowing down, they did it at 80% and today they did it at 85% today. So far headaches and jaw pain and sleepiness are the after/side effects that have hit me the most. Have you felt tired and lethargic following the sessions? I’m basically “signed off” for the day and probably won’t commit to anything. Like yes I could run errands but I don’t feel super obligated because I can’t handle all that right now.January 10, 2018 at 10:16 pm #31165
Hi, sorry to hear you are getting side effects, and I hope they will decrease or go away with more sessions.
I have not felt tired or lethargic after my sessions, no. But everyone is unique. I guess I am fortunate because I really have no side effects.
Five times a week is definitely the best way to go. That is the proven protocol that has been studied. It sounds like you have a really good doctor and technician. That is great.
A lot of people start at a lower calibration and work up to their recommended highest level, so you are doing great so far.
Good for you for relaxing and taking care of yourself while you adjust to this. There is no need to push yourself if you don’t have to!January 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm #31166
Okay yeah. I also am autistic so sensory wise I might get sensory overload quicker than another person. I’m glad to know that it’s not too atypical to build up the percentage. I feel like it was more burdensome to have them do that but I think now that them “going out” of their way to best accommodate really speaks to how understanding they are. I just woke up from a nice nap which I’m glad I have the ability to take. I am a college student part-time and hold a part-time job. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to reduce my credit hours and work hours.
A big hallmark and advertising point they seem to use for TMS everywhere is that “you can even return to work!” but physical ability and then mental and emotional ability are two different things. Were there times where it was more difficult to get back on “track” and resume activities, tasks, and other responsibilities? If so, how did you manage them. If not, what do you think could help?
Thanks for sharing your story and experience as I know it’s not the easiest thing to do.January 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm #31167
Hi, I am hoping maybe someone else will chime in here because I don’t have an answer for you really… I have not found that TMS impacts my ability to get things done or resume activities and tasks and responsibilities- depression impacts my abilities way more! I am still in the middle of doing my TMS session, not done yet.
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