What is the risk of a seizure with TMS?
The risk of TMS-related seizures is <1% overall. TMS has successfully been used in patients with epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries, and those with a prior TMS-related seizure. The rate of TMS-related seizures is comparable to that of most psychotropic medications.
What happens if TMS doesn’t work?
If the first round of TMS doesn’t provide full symptom relief, this doesn’t mean that nothing will work. Many people with depression require a long-term treatment plan that involves trying multiple treatments. It’s common to combine antidepressants with talk therapy and/or lifestyle changes like an exercise regimen.
What are the side effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation?
Common side effects Headache. Scalp discomfort at the site of stimulation. Tingling, spasms or twitching of facial muscles. Lightheadedness.
Can TMS make you smarter?
transcranial stimulation can improve some aspect of brain performance, including attention, memory, math proficiency, reaction time, and creativity. In many of these studies, the increased knowledge or skill persists for days or weeks after the stimulation, which suggests that the effect is lasting.
What does TMS feel like?
We often get asked questions regarding what TMS Therapy feels like. Most patients have a comfortable experience throughout their TMS Therapy sessions. Sometimes a light tapping sensation to the scalp can be felt that eventually dissipates as the patient acclimates to treatment.
Can TMS help epilepsy?
Long used as a research tool to study brain function, TMS has also been studied as a possible treatment for a number of nervous system conditions, including epilepsy. This non-surgical and painless treatment uses induced magnetic currents to regulate brain function in order to reduce the tendency to have seizures.
How can you tell if TMS is working?
You probably won’t notice any immediate effects, especially in the first few weeks. On average, most patients need at least four weeks before they start noticing anything different about themselves. Some patients won’t notice changes until weeks after they complete their treatment.
Who Cannot have TMS?
Patients less than 18 years of age or older than 68 years of age. Patients with a history of substance abuse. Patients with a psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenic disorder, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disease, or major depression with psychotic features.