We know depression is a very painful disease.
Anyone suffering from depression knows this.
Their friends and families know too well the pain of depression.
People suffering with the pain of depression are willing to do almost anything to get better.
We know too that the during the first few days of treatment with TMS the treatment can feel pretty weird, and it can sometimes be painful. It’s a side effect – really the only one most people ever have – and nothing to worry about. Let’s see why…
Most of the time pain is a signal to us that something is dangerously wrong. We know we may be subject to tissue damage if something isn’t done to remove us from the source of pain. This is a natural response to pain, but there is no tissue damage caused by the unusual experience of transcranial magnetic stimulation.
TMS may hurt for a few days, but it’s safe as can be, and it’s amazingly effective for the treatment of an illness which can be painful for your whole life…
With transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy there may be initial pain, but the pain is temporary, and it is 100% not a sign of tissue damage. TMS does not do any damage to the scalp, or the nerves of the scalp, or to any other part of the head, brain, or body.
When TMS causes pain in our patients we want to know about it because most of the time we can make adjustments to alleviate the pain. We can also reassure people that any pain with TMS is temporary., No tissue damage is happening. A Tylenol usually relieves the pain.
At TMS Augusta we want our patients to know that all of us – everybody working with you when you have TMS, everybody in our office – has had the experience of being on the receiving end. We’ve all had the experience of receiving TMS, and we know what it feels like. We don’t know what it feels like for you (everybody is different), but we know that patients (no matter how much it hurts at the beginning of treatment) don’t hurt at all after a few days of TMS.
In a way you get used to TMS, but it’s not that you get used to the pain.
The Pain Goes Away…
The weirdness of TMS is like a woodpecker tapping on your head. It may feel weird. It may hurt for a while. In either case, you get used to it, and the pain totally goes away.
TMS may be painful for a few days, but depression is far too often painful for your whole life!
Long term side effects of medicines should also be compared with the occasional, and usually short term side effects of TMS, but what are the take home points to remember while you’re in the TMS chair, especially if you find that the procedure is painful or feels weird.
- TMS may feel weird or cause temporary pain for a few days
- Tylenol or any over the counter pain medicine will usually relieve the temporary pain
- TMS never causes tissue damage
- There is nothing to worry about with TMS even though it may be a weird, unique experience until your scalp gets used to it
- If you have pain with TMS we understand because we’ve been in the chair
- It doesn’t mean you’re a wimp
- Please tell us if your treatment causes any pain so we can make adjustments
- Nothing causes as much pain, and hurts you like depression
- Depression damages your life, but TMS can lead to a life without depression
That about covers it, but what about your future once depression is in remission?
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