February 15, 2015 at 1:19 am #4863
I have heard a lot about the efficacy of TMS, especially on-line, where all the reports are glowing. And I don’t doubt any of that, but aftter 61 treatments I am having to go back on medication because TMS did now work for me. Initially, I had 36 treatments and it pulled me out, for a few months. I had an additional 10 “booster” treatments, that too pulled me out again, but I fell back into the black hole a few months after that. So, 10 more treatments and this time no effect at all. I don’t regret my decision, although it wiped out all of my savings. I had to try it in hopes of getting better.February 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm #4881
I just wanted to comment on your post, (and I also read your other posts). First, I’m very sorry to hear that TMS has not yielded the results you were hoping for. Based on what you’ve written, it seems like you and your doctor are doing all the right things, including the booster sessions. I believe that in clinical research the rate of success is about 60-70 percent of patients. So TMS does not work for everyone.
There is a lot of research into combining TMS with talk therapy or pharmacological treatments to get a more complete relief. Not to say anything other than depression is extremely unique and people respond differently to different treatments. The right combination of treatment for you is out there and I have faith for you that it will be found. The right treatment for you may end up involving TMS as the whole or as a part. Also, I believe the most important thing to take away from this is that your depression is responding to treatment, so if nothing else hold onto that.
Hopefully TMS ends up working for you, but either way please keep us up to date and let us know how you’re doing!February 16, 2015 at 9:40 pm #4883
One piece of advice I’d have is that if TMS has worked for you in the past, it should work for you again. It could be that you need more treatments to pull you out of the current hole. I would do more before getting back on the medication merry-go-round. But also easy for me to say, as my treatments were covered by insurance.
It seems that most patients need maintenance, so if it made you well for a few months and you needed more, that sounds about right.February 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm #4895
Thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. Have you decided on a follow up plan?February 18, 2015 at 2:25 pm #4902
Thanks, Coleen. I appreciate your concern. My plan B is that I am on 50mg of Pristiq and 15 mg of mirtazapine (to help me sleep). I have been on it for only a week so far, so no noticeable improvement.February 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm #4905
I hope this combination works for you. As long as there is another option to try then there is another chance that the depression becomes manageable. Please let us know how you are responding. Sending my best.
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