Saturday, October 16, 2021

Comments by ZMoussavi

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  • James Hall
    You obviously do not know the fundamentals of ECT and TMS. I am a scientist with engineering background and have no connection with the TMS manufacture at all. So, please before you insult me and my colleague researchers and write that I say rubbish, study the fundamentals of electricity and the two technologies, and then read at least 10 journal papers on the research of each and then comment.

  • Dear Dani, your story and the intensity of the adverse effect that you’ve experienced is for sure very rare. I cannot judge the researchers/doctors’ decisions on your case, but we (in my team) never continue the treatment if a patient is experiencing continuous pain that does not go away when the pulses stop (I have been applying TMS high frequency for Alzheimer’s treatment over the last 10 years). I am very sorry for what you’ve experienced; you could and should report it to the Ethics board in charge of that treatment to investigate why your warning symptoms were neglected if that is the case. Have you had a brain MRI since this experience? Indeed it is the first time that I’m hearing TMS has caused repeated seizure on somebody with no history of seizure before; that’s why I’m wondering if you had some undetected condition for seizure; doesn’t hurt to check it out by going to a neurologist and request an MRI. Nevertheless, the cause of your repeated seizures must be found and treated. TMS might have triggered it but TMS cannot cause repeated seizures after the application is stopped; please note that determining “cause” and “effect” is different than just associating two events.

    By the way, in repose to the fellow who wrote humans are genie pigs for this experimental treatment, just a few facts to consider: TMS safety in general has been tested in animals. However, there is one major handle that we cannot test for example the protocol of depression or Alzheimer’s or any other disorder’s treatment on animals because in these treatment our goal is to deliver pulses to a very localized area of the brain; doing that on animals is impossible at least with current technologies. It is because the mice or genie pig’s brain is so small and we cannot design a coil that small that can deliver pulses to a localized area of their brain.

    Having said the above, based on my experience, I would say TMS treatment is not suitable for everyone. It is up to the researcher/doctor to watch for the side effects as well as the benefits versus plausible harms to decide whether to continue or not.