To Skeye re:depression resistance to meds

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Stella Marie
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   Posted 3/5/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow - that is a bummer.  I was wondering about the vagal nerve stimulator?  They have done quite a few implants where I get my treatment and have promoted some good results with them for depression in people with drug resistance.  They originally started using the vagal nerve stimulator with good success in patients with epilepsy.  My of the patients also had comorbid depression.  They found that the stimulator which sends a current to vagal nerve helps for both diagnosesl
So when I read your posting I was wondering if all else fails, might this be an option for you?  Maybe they have trials like they do for the intrathecal pump and SCS.
It was just a thought.

Stella Marie 

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Progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atroph;  muscle spasms, muscle pain, neuropathy  & neuropathic pain, central sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and 2 pain implants – an  intrathecal pain medication pump and an SCS (spinal cord stimulator).  Extra fun little toys and gadgets; O2 generator and assorted wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and orthotic braces.  Meds - too many too list or even care about!



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   Posted 3/6/2010 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting! Thanks Stella! I've never heard of this before -- do you know if there is much information about it in the literature? If the Pristiq fails then I'll certainly do research on this & bring it up with both my psychiatrist & my pcp. I just wonder if my insurance company would approve it though since they are giving me such a hard time about this trigeminal nerve stimulator. But it's certainly worth looking into as the worst thing they can do is say no. If the Pristiq doesn't work we're also considering electroconvulsive therapy.

My psychiatrist says that his goal with any patient is always remission, but that with me it's just improvement! I have the honor of being each one of my multiple doctors' "toughest case." I'm really just hoping to see an improvement in my depression as well.

Thanks again!

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