Week Two Update – Prime TMS First VA Choice Program Referral

Deep TMS – Week Two

End of week two, reflecting on the week in general, big picture, not just talking about treatment times in the office, but thinking about all of the changes that are occurring. So, they are now slowly increasing the energy of the magnetic pulses being administered during my treatments, which appears to have continued positive results for me.

Last week I talked about what did or didn’t happen. As I indicated before, there are just some things that have not changed to a great extent. We all know our symptoms and reactions to our severe depression, lack of energy, reclusiveness, lack of interest in daily activities, etc. They are so completely debilitating yet others simply don’t understand why we do what we do.

All of those symptoms continue, although not near as severe as they were a few weeks ago. Two of the most amazing results I’ve noticed, is the lack of suicidal thoughts or ideations and my anxiety level continues to decrease dramatically with each treatment. With the level of my anxiety dropping dramatically and consistently, life is starting to become more open to me. The lack of that anxiety, I simply don’t dwell on the negatives or be consumed with worry.

The treatment itself, I can tell that the level of energy in the pulses has increased but there is still no discomfort, pain or side effects. I can feel my mood improving and I am starting to leave my treatments feeling a sense of refreshment. I don’t know if this is a direct result of the treatment or a result of the changes brought on by treatment, but my craving for alcohol has also diminished considerably.

So, I am at the end of week two. My depression is not cured, but I know that I am in a much better place than I was two weeks ago. Thank you for reading and remember, I am available to speak with anyone interested in Deep TMS for themselves or a loved one. Just go to the contact page and leave your information, I would be happy to call or email.

Ryan

By |2019-01-17T17:10:09+00:00January 17th, 2019|Client Journal Entry|0 Comments

Week One Update – Prime TMS First VA Choice Program Referral

Deep TMS – Week One

So here I am sitting here at the end of week one of Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.  I have undergone five treatments and my treatment schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  I’m having a difficult time writing about the week.  I feel like there is there is so much information to share, yet my depression steals all of my energy and motivation.  Just a reminder, I am not a doctor and this is not any medical advice whatsoever.  Please research Deep TMS for yourself, I even recommend looking at brain anatomy as well.  I felt very informed before my first visit.

 

First, I have to say that Garrett, Tori and Jaycee are three of the most professional, compassionate, empathetic and informative providers I have ever had the privilege to know.  Monday, my first day began with a little paperwork and a twenty-one question survey that I believe was a preliminary basic assessment of what my current status or level of depression is.  Then came the machine.

 

Garrett explained everything step by step.  He took measurements of my head to start the “targeting” process.  A head cover goes on first and then the helmet (that’s what I call it anyway).  Garrett then proceeded to administer a single pulse several times at different locations and strength.  This was done to locate the optimal area for treatment and to establish what they call a motor threshold.  The threshold is essentially the highest level of energy without causing involuntary muscle movement.  Then the first treatment began.

 

The treatment itself is interesting.  The only way I can think to explain how it feels physically is this.  Put a football helmet on and let a woodpecker land on your shoulder and peck at your head.  Seriously, it just feels like a light thumping on the side of the head and hearing the clicking of the machine.  For me, no discomfort, no pain and no adverse effects whatsoever, and that includes the entire week of treatments.  Please feel free to ask me questions about the process through the Prime TMS website.  I think this should finish any type of introduction to the process now as well.

 

So now I have to talk about me, which is very difficult. Reading last week’s introduction, and a few PM’s, I have greatly exposed myself and we all know the internet is forever.  I have received some great comments and a few not so great messages.  Regardless of the trash that people want to throw at me, my sole purpose writing these short descriptions of my experience is if they may possibly help some of my fellow Veterans or anyone else considering Deep TMS.

 

So, what DID happen this week?  One of the first things I noticed by about Wednesday, my level of anxiety was reduced considerably.  I simply don’t stress on the stupid stuff lately.  I still have a lot of things that are making my life miserable, but I don’t dwell on the negatives.  This was the most profound change that I have noticed.  Also, my thoughts of suicide and suicide ideation have been reduced as well.  I did have a couple of low days, they actually happened during the day after a day without treatment.  I also think one variable seems to have an effect as well.  Have support around you as you are receiving treatments.  One of my greatest disadvantages that I am dealing with during this treatment is loneliness.  I don’t know anyone in the town I live in and pretty much have no friends in the area, so that makes things tough.

 

So, what didn’t happen this week?  I didn’t develop more motivation or energy, but I did manage to get to the grocery store.  I didn’t become less reclusive, in fact most days, I don’t leave my apartment except for my TMS appointments.  Due to my depression, I have lost all interest in activities that I used to love, including just the day to day stuff.  This area has not improved.  In addition, my level of alcohol consumption has not improved.  This first week has not been proven to be a magic pill, but as I said before, I am seeing improvements in certain symptoms of my depression.

 

So, if you’ve read all of week one now, thanks for reading.  If anyone has specific questions about Deep TMS, reach out to Prime TMS and Garrett will reach out within a day or two.  If you want to talk to a patient going through the process, you can definitely see me through Facebook, but going through the Prime TMS contact page, you can guarantee to reach me.

By |2019-01-08T15:16:15+00:00January 8th, 2019|Client Journal Entry|0 Comments

Introducing Ryan – Prime TMS First Veteran Choice Program Referral

Prime TMS is excited to announce that we have received our first VA Choice Program referral through the Eastern Kansas VA Medical Network! We are very fortunate and grateful that he has allowed us to share his story:

First Veteran Referral
“Hello, my name is Ryan and I am just beginning my journey with Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation here at Prime TMS. As I write this, I have only just completed my second treatment, so no real information at this point. In an effort to provide information to other Veterans and others that suffer from chronic depression, I have decided to write a daily journal documenting my experiences, successes and failures that come about over the next 6 to 9 weeks. In addition, I have asked Garrett to allow me to post in the BLOG section of the Prime TMS website, likely once or twice a week just to give anyone who wants to follow, some insight or just hear about a real person’s experience with Deep TMS.

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By |2019-01-08T15:14:27+00:00December 27th, 2018|Client Journal Entry|0 Comments