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Default Neurostar TMS Therapy

Has anyone had this done before and does it help you?

Do you experience any side effects?

Link to what it is:

https://neurostar.com

My psychiatrist suggested it to me. Since I've tried a lot of anti depressants and they haven't helped.

My psychiatrist currently put me on Cymbalta 60 mg. But if that doesn't help, I may consider trying the Neurostar TMS Therapy.

Since he said I was a candidate for it. He also said that for half people it's helped the depression and for the other half, it completely took the depression away.
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I have not done this treatment.

I have heard very different "statistics" about treatment outcomes; the statistics I have heard are not so promising.

I am also told researchers are trying to perfect TMS, hoping to make it more effective.

Personally, I would do a lot of research before spending the time/money on this form of treatment.

I hope you get more replies.

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Glad to have found this forum. Probably schedule next week for mapping of TMS. Would appreciate input from others who have had this procedure
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Default Re: Neurostar TMS Therapy

I too am currently considering this TMS (transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) treatment. My pdoc recommended ECT, but I refuse to even consider that. In looking into the TMS, I also found a direct current therapy that is based on the same principle as TMS, but the current is not as strong. You can even do it at home. There are various manufacturers that sell the device and even instructional videos on YouTube on how to make your own! It is very well received in the UK now. The device I am looking at is called the Fisher Wallace and it is priced at 1/10 of the cost of one course of TMS treatment.
I don’t know what to try next. The TMS or the Fisher Wallace thing.

By the way, the statistics are not quite as your doctor told you with TMS. 50% of people have some improvement in their condition. 50% do not have any improvement. A large percentage of those who have improvement seem to go into a remission and no longer have depression! Most of the improved patients (70%) do need to come back and have “booster” treatments but they are just a couple times and not everyday for 6 weeks. So the odds are not as good as you were told, but still a 50/50 shot is not bad.
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I’m beginning week 5 tomorrow. I can’t say I really feel any differently, except for the initial “placebo” effect I had when I began. I’m beginning to think that the office I go to [and the larger chain that they’re apart of] is overselling this. Still can’t get out of bed a lot, heavy crying, inability to do basic tasks, you know the drill.

No physical side effects for me.
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I recently finished a 6-week course of TMS treatment. I had a long (30+ years) history of "treatment resistant" depression with SSRIs and other medications working at times but not over long periods and with side effects that were intolerable. Have done years of psychotherapy as well.

Without going into major detail, I'd say the treatment did help and that my mood has been stabilized to a point where my mood has not fluctuated greatly since finishing treatment. It's not subtle but it's also not like I'm happy, happy all the time either!

More that my mood is not swinging as low as it used to.

My Psych recommended looking into the treatment and I did so only after many months and thinking it would just be way too inconvenient. You can make it work if a) insurance will pay some/most of the cost and b) you can rearrange your life for 6 weeks or so.

I am lucky to have supportive family and good insurance. Also I did the TMS at a very reputable hospital with LOTS of experience administering TMS.

I am tracking my mood closely to see if things "stick" over time. The MD I worked with said that a "booster" session may be needed 6 months - year after first course of treatment. So will see what happens.

Am glad to be off antidepressants and all in all would say TMS was worth it but will keep you posted.
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I completed the Neurostar treatment 7 months ago. I had the machine that uses a coil shaped like the number 8. That is the less deep kind. The machine that uses an H shaped coil is the deeper type of TMS. Also they can do TMS on either the left side or right side (sometimes both). For me they did the left side.

The Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore does a lot of TMS and uses both types of coils. I asked the head of the unit how they decide which to use. He said that docs do it both ways and sometimes they just choose one. Some docs do the left side if depression is the main thing and the right side if anxiety is the main symptom.

I did my TMS at a center close to my house and they used the Neurostar equipment. The change was subtle but large. And it kept getting better for a few weeks after I finished my last treatment. I was able to completely discontinue Lexapro and Abilify. And I was able to cut by 50% my dose of Remeron. I also cut by 20% my dose of Xanax. I did not cut my dose of Provigil or Buspar. Also I definitely feel better now. I have no depression but still have some anxiety. But less anxiety.

The stats I have seen for TMS for depression in a few sources are that 70% are responders and 50% are remitters. And in one source that 68% are responders. So far I have not needed any booster treatments.
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Thanks for sharing. Very helpful
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I'm glad this post is here. I am in the process of getting approved for this treatment. My Psychiatrist, who is with the largest neuro center in the country ( Dent Neurologic) told me the treatment works 65% of the time...Some people need follow up treatments as maintenance.. He said I might have to come back once a month...
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YES, I'VE TRIED IT! It was nothing less than magical for about 2 weeks (oh, the heartbreak!). But IT DID work! Please give it a shot... It may be your magic bullet even if it wasn't mine. There is definitely something to this new treatment.
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