ECT or VNS experiences?

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DepressedSnoopy
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   Posted 1/8/2007 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I have reached the end of the line on treatment options and my doctor is going to send me for a consultation for ECT (shock therapy) and VNS (an implant similar to a pacemaker that shocks a nerve in your neck).  Has anyone tried these treatments?  I am not looking for a miracle, just some improvement...I have been disabled for over 5 years now and my life is passing me by...
 
Thanks,
Cheryl

els
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   Posted 1/9/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Depressed Snoopy,  Well, I havent had either of these treatments done and of course if your facing this course then you know that these are given as a last resort.  I was wondering if you have ever heard of TMS?  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation which was really developed 20 years ago but doctors have been refining it.  It is the use of magnets to treat depression and it shows great promise and doesnt have the huge side effects of ECT.  Here is a link if you want to read up on it...quite interesting.

jordaNZone
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   Posted 1/12/2007 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cheryl
You have obviousy been through so much over the past 5 years... I was wondering if you knew what triggered your depression?
Having nursed people that have been for ECT I can honestly say that for some people it's the best thing ever and for others it's not..I guess anythings worth a try, but just remember You are in control of what happens to your body eh?
Had a look at the website about the Magnetic Stimulation that Els recommended..very interesting theory indeed :))
Maree
 

1dayatatime
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   Posted 1/13/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

With these treatments do you have to continue with meds? I am just curious. I have been on meds for 10+ years and have gained an enormous amout of weight in the last 8 months.

Thanks to all!
Levonne

 "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within.

 It is there all the time."
– Anna Freud

Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, PTSD, Degenerative Disc Disease (post Fusion),  Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia,  Restless Leg Syndrome, Migraine Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, GERD, TMJ

 


els
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   Posted 1/14/2007 3:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Levonne, with the VNS I dont know if you have to continue with antidepressants or not...I believe that you do though?  I will check on that.. On the ECT you do continue on antidepressants as this is a combination type treatment.  The TMS has studies that the majority that have been sucessful on this are able to forgo antidepressants.  However, for the longterm who knows as you know everyone is differant...

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1dayatatime
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   Posted 1/14/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   

 

Thanks so much Elisha.  I appreciate your dedication and hard work.  :-)


 "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within.

 It is there all the time."
– Anna Freud

Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, PTSD, Degenerative Disc Disease (post Fusion),  Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia,  Restless Leg Syndrome, Migraine Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, GERD, TMJ

 


AngMichelle
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   Posted 1/15/2007 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
i have really researched the VNS and really want it. I just can't find a doctor willing, and can't afford it. It is also being studied for treatment of migraine, which i suffer from, so I'm really wanting the VNS. My neuro. had only good things to say about it.

go to VNSTherapy.com for more info

I'd like to know what your doc. your being refered to has to say on it.
Ang

DepressedSnoopy
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   Posted 1/16/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
Thanks everyone for all of your responses.
 
VNS does require you to continue on meds, although you can sometimes decrease them over time.
 
What really disturbs me about the VNS (and I got this from info that they sent me) is that it can take up to a year to work and then only works for 30% of people.  What is worse than that is that it only works for a year after that for 70% of the people that it initially works for.  That means that you can undergo surgery and only have like a 10% chance that the relief will last for longer than a year.  I want to get better, but I would rather stay sick than get better for one year, get my life back together, lose my disability and then end up as bad as I was before (or worse for having been temporarily well). 
 
To sum it up, you have a 30% chance of any relief and a 10% chance that the relief will last.  I have decided that the odds are too low for me...maybe they should just stick to epilepsy and not raise up people's hopes that it can cure depression....one year worth of relief is not enough...

CruzinGreyFox
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   Posted 1/16/2007 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new here and not meaning to pry or butt in, I saw tis posting and felt I would share.I have heard so many scary stories on ect and vns please research as much as you can before following through with either.www.ect.org and www.zaprap.org is a site that really helped my wife and I when the docs mentioned ect.I have a file of information if you wish to email me for it I will get it to you. cruzingreyfox@gmail.com
 
God Bless is your decisions
Geo    

1dayatatime
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   Posted 1/17/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Geo

Thanks so much for sharing and welcome to the forum! I hope HealingWell helps you and your wife as much as it has helped me!

God Bless
Levonne

 "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within.

 It is there all the time."
– Anna Freud

Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, PTSD, Degenerative Disc Disease (post Fusion),  Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia,  Restless Leg Syndrome, Migraine Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, GERD, TMJ

 

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