It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Back Problems Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-14-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Longview, TX, USA
Posts: 74
carolaann HB User
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

6 month checkup today with my neurosurgeon and although he didn't come right out and say so, I don't think he's exactly pleased with my progress at this point. It was a 360 T12 - L5 fusion and I'm still on my walker, can't stand for more than 5 minutes, and daily experience pains from a 5 - 8 despite strong pain meds. He prescribed PT and mentioned the possibility of something called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Anyone have personal experience with this?

 
Old 07-14-2011, 08:41 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 6,142
teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
Re: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

I'm sorry you haven't made more progress in your recovery. Did the surgeon offer any suggestions as to why this might be?

I don't know anyone who has had transcranial magnetic stimulation. Does the surgeon do this or send you to someone for the treatment?

It sounds like it must be an "off-label" use as TMS is designed to treat major depression that is not responsive to any medications. It sounds to me like a more up-to-date, less drastic form of electroconvulsive therapy. Perhaps it is a new method of treating pain that has become chronic -- where the source of pain has been removed or taken care of, but the brain still perceives that the body "part" is in pain --I can't remember what that type of perceived pain is called. Does that sound anything like what your surgeon was describing?

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 07-15-2011, 08:18 AM   #3
Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Longview, TX, USA
Posts: 74
carolaann HB User
Re: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Yes, you're right on target, as usual. It is used for chronic pain, and he (the physician group) is in the process of getting a grant for it. It targets the brain area where pain is perceived. I have to do some more research on it. It's not something I'm going to be doing right away, but if I'm still having problems after I complete the physical therapy I might (but only after knowing much more than I do now).

Thanks for your reply, Teton. You're such a help and encourager to this board.

 
Old 07-15-2011, 09:14 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 6,142
teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
Re: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Thanks for your kind words. After reading how it is used to treat depression, I can see how it could be applied to stimulate the part of the brain that perceives pain signals...and it sounds quite intriguing.

I hope you'll get better without resorting to such an investigational treatment, but it might be interesting to be involved in such a groundbreaking study.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
back pain and electrical stimulation nora01 Back Problems 7 04-02-2010 12:32 PM
Spinal cord stimulation bert55 Back Problems 5 07-08-2009 03:09 PM
Expectations for spinal cord stimulation recovery alpine Back Problems 10 02-26-2008 12:46 PM
Magnetic Back Support Belt sherry1 Back Problems 2 02-17-2008 12:05 AM
Other people's experience with spinal cord stimulation randy71 Back Problems 1 01-12-2008 04:46 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Ibuprofen
Lyrica
Morphine
Neurontin
Oxycontin
  Percocet
Soma Tylenol
Valium
Vicodin




TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



teteri66 (1083), gmak (126), SweetPeainSF (78), maltluver (71), twohands (64), pebblebeach3 (63), cheryl1213 (51), Moldova (46), ibake&pray (41), workinmom572 (40)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1136), MSJayhawk (941), Apollo123 (855), janewhite1 (823), Titchou (769), Gabriel (743), ladybud (667), sammy64 (666), midwest1 (654), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:30 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.com™
Copyright and Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!