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An Update About My TMS Consultation


Last Friday, the 13th, I wrote about exploring the area of TMS – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – as a therapy (wish I could type “solution” there) for my depression…my mind that won’t light up.

This past Tuesday I had my consultation and while I am a candidate for the treatment (sirrrrrPRISE, SIIIIIIIRprise) my first important piece of information is that the therapy isn’t covered by my insurance. In fact, the regional manager told me, my insurance was the only one that didn’t cover it. He went on to explain that my insurance currently has a lawsuit against them for not covering the program.

Out of pocket the program will cost $7800.00. Ain’t nobody got pockets that deep, yo! But even then, I would totally go on a payment plan, it’s just these other payment plans I’m on are going to prevent that.

The good news is that there is still a chance my insurance may change its mind when the policy is reviewed at the end of this month.

I’ll keep praying.


If you’re brain won’t light up and you are interested in more information. I’ve included some links here. You can also peruse “TMS” on YouTube.

Links for further reading:

TMS Neurohealth Centers

http://tmsneuro.com/help-beat-depression-with-tms-therapy-treatment/?gclid=CM725YOd58wCFQWUfgodsSwJ8g

The Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation/home/ovc-20163795

Neurostar TMS Therapy

https://neurostar.com/neurostar-tms-depression-treatment/

 
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Posted by on 05/19/2016 in Depression, TMS

 

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Why Won’t My Brain Light Up?


(or, My Decision to Explore TMS)

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It’s simple really.

You know?

Why my brain doesn’t light up.

From the information I’ve read and the images I’ve seen, the depressed brain doesn’t do much “lighting”. And I’ve suffered with it since middle school.

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I realized something wasn’t right and was making me extremely “sad” when I had a razor blade on my desk, alongside a note to my parents. A note saying that I was sorry for being such a failure.

My dad came in.

He probably saved my life.

I don’t know if he ever told my mom, but mom, he’s a hero.


Years later at 42 years old, 40 lbs overweight, and all the life sucked out of me, I’m giving treatment another chance.

Not in the form of body-bloating prescriptions though. I seem to be immune to them anyways. Or maybe that’s because they’re working?

You know. We sometimes quit when they’re working. We feel we’re alright. We feel like we’re cured. But it’s the meds kids. Don’t you dare stop them cold turkey like I once did.

No, this is different.

I’ve made the decision to go to a neurology center to have a consultation on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy. If you haven’t read about it, it seems like a bright light at the end of my dark tunnel.

And I’m excited. Are you kidding?!?! A chance to get my life back?? Sounds good by me.

The only slight concern I have is about short term memory loss but that’s about it.

This is all probably just a laughing carrot being dangled in front of my face.

But a carrot nonetheless.

I’ll keep you informed of how this new path goes.

Do you have experiences with TMS? I’d sure love to get your thoughts on this.

 
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Posted by on 05/13/2016 in Depression, TMS

 

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