Hello All, I haven't been on here much lately because i've been dealing with a setback that started during the holidays that spiraled into fatigue and some depression/anxiety. It seems like I go along doing well and being able to cope and enjoy my life for 3 or 4 months and then have a setback and wind up in the muck for a while and my coping skills sailing out the window. I know from having had tests done that my body doesn't produce enough serotonin and feel good chemicals and that I have low cholesterol and testosterone all of which means I don't have a lot of physical good mood reserves. I have had success with finding a psych med that helps me (pristiq) but not sure how effective it is anymore. I also know there is a family history of depression/anxiety on my fathers side. I decided to try TMS therapy and am going today for my third treatment. My dad's sister was institutionalized and treated with electro shock therapy numerous times, I can't imagine what that was like and the TMS sure seems to be a lot less invasive than that. It is definitely a weird kind of experience, sitting in a unit wearing a helmet and feeling like you are having a woodpecker peck on your head on and off for 20 - 30 minutes. It's noisy and you wear earplugs, it doesn't really hurt it's just kind of uncomfortable but i think the longer I do it even that will go away. I will be going for 20 - 30 minute treatments five days a week for 6 weeks or so. I'm looking forward to the treatment and will keep you guys updated about my progress. I'm also seeing more people on here that have been doing TMS which is great so there will be more awareness of it and how effective it can be. Some people have headaches and teeth aches afterward but so far i haven't had either. My main issue has been more anxiety with some depression and apparently it is now able to treat both effectively. I also have some essential tremor in my right hand and apparently it is now being used to treat it too, so I'll see how that goes. Hell, maybe it will help grow hair on top of my bald head - LOL!
After I signed up for the TMS, I had a realization that I had changed my testosterone treatment the first of December and that a number of the symptoms I was having (fatigue, low mood, brain fog, anxiety, etc...) were similar to how i felt before starting testosterone therapy so I went back to the clinic I was using and resumed the same treatment and am feeling a little better now. I'm finding how important it is for me to do what I can to optimize my physical health in order to do the same with my mental health to build up my reserves and maintain a balance.
To be continued...
"Starting TMS Therapy"
I want you to know that I read all of that, and I wish you nothing but the best with this, and hope that it works out for you.
Thank you very much for your support.