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    barbm
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    I just had my 4th session at 6 last night-feel very stressed, fatigued and mental confusion. I’m brand new to this forum so I’m sorry if this isn’t appropriate. The issue is my tech is really pressuring me to change the time of my sessions due to she doesn’t want to stay late. This seems pretty silly but I don’t want to say anything. The doctor operates three different sites and told me I could choose whichever site is more convenient and schedule anytime from 6am until 8pm. Also that once I chose a site, I would be calibrated to that machine and should complete treatment at that site
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    Now the tech tells me(on day 2) that she has to work 9 hours a day because I want to come in at 6pm. I’m trying 11am next week but I resent this and can’t stop thinking about it. I’m getting Brainsway deep TMS so it’s 30 sessions. The tech was spoken of very highly at my 3 consultations. Has anyone had problems with their tech? I’m dreading my appointments even more now.

    Thank you for any insight.

    #5870

    Dave_Wigfield
    Participant

    Hi barbm:

    I personally tend to take a team approach to these kind of situations in life (ie receiving ANY medical treatment), so working in coordination with someone is extremely important to me. If you feel the same way and your current tech is not reciprocating, then it may be time to explore solutions to get everyone on the same page.

    The resolution may be as simple as fixing a miscommunication or something that requires a more involved solution. Either way, TMS is a very involved therapy as is, and requires a great deal of open communication and planning. If already there are issues and they cannot be resolved, you owe it to get in a situation where you are able to focus on getting healthy.

    #5878

    barbm
    Participant

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you for your insight into this situation. I felt so uncomfortable and invalidated that I informed the doctor that I was leaving treatment. He arranged for a different tech to conduct my sessions at 7pm and it has made a huge difference! Although I skipped several days, I am now on #16. Going in the evening is key for me. The new tech is completely fine with it as well as very supportive during the sessions.
    Now, I’m focused on getting there each day and not worrying about the fatigue that I experience because I can come home at 8pm and relax. I will say that I’m falling asleep about 2 hours earlier than I used to but waking up at the same time. This has been very beneficial for my anxiety and my dreams have also been extremely active but not bad dreams. I hope it continues because this alone is worth having the treatments.

    #6018

    Dave_Wigfield
    Participant

    That is fantastic news. I’m glad to see that this adjustment has yielded such positive results. So excited to read that your treatment is continuing and offering benefit!

    #6021

    colleencasey
    Participant

    barbm:
    I think Dave’s suggestions are spot on, especially when you consider that this is a medical procedure and the brain is already battling the anxiety and stress associated with TMS treatments. Minimizing stress during this time can help throughout the treatment process.
    I am happy to hear that you spoke to your doctor and that this situation was remedied so that you can proceed in a more appropriate environment and atmosphere. You are a great model for others who may be confronted with the same or similar issues. Thanks for your contribution to this site.
    Best of luck with your treatments and stay in touch.
    Colleen

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