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    I’m on treatment #18, and for the first few weeks I experienced intense pain during treatment, to the point that it made me cry and the technicians had to lower the intensity. I couldn’t even tolerate 90% (I believe the range is 80% to 120%). But during the second week of treatment I hurt my hip and had to start taking ibuprofen. On ibuprofen, I was able to tolerate up to 105%… but 110% still really hurt. I told my doctor when I saw him midway (treatment #15), and he suggested that I try taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead, because he’s noticed it’s more effective for TMS pain. Once I began taking Tylenol before my treatment, I was able to tolerate 120%–in fact, it just felt like a light tapping! I was SO relieved. I had begun to dread going every morning.

    I don’t know why on earth my technicians didn’t mention Tylenol (acetaminophen) much earlier as a possible solution, particularly since it’s so important to get to 120% for maximum efficacy. That should be mentioned immediately to any patient experiencing pain–and I know as a fact that many people do! Anyway, I thought I’d share it here to help anyone else experiencing pain so that you can address the problem sooner and not have to suffer + be able to reach a higher intensity.

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