TMS Magnetic Therapy Eases Depression and Pain

TMS Magnetic Therapy Eases Depression and Pain

Cynthia Todd receiving TMS therapy from Dr. Todd Hutton.

Cynthia Todd has been suffering from chronic pain caused by Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) for over a decade. The constant burning and aching sensation that is common with RSD left her severely depressed. “I wanted to die. I literally wanted to die,” Todd recalls.

In desperation, she turned to Dr. Todd Hutton, a psychiatrist in Beverly Hills, California. Hutton uses a relatively new procedure, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), to treat patients with major depression who have not had success with anti-depressant medication.

“I’ve gone through many types of treatment and I’ve never looked forward to anything more than this,” says Todd, who began TMS therapy about a year ago. “It’s the only thing that worked.”

At the Southern California TMS Center, the painless 40-minute procedure is conducted on an outpatient basis. The facility, like a surgical center, is used by nine different psychiatrists exclusively for TMS therapy. Patients receive TMS treatments five days a week for four to six weeks, followed by sporadic single maintenance treatments – which may go on indefinitely.

Here is video of Todd receiving TMS treatment:

TMS generates highly concentrated magnetic fields which turn on and off rapidly. These magnetic fields — the same type as those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI) – target a part of the brain involved with mood regulation, which is underactive in depressed patients. The magnetic fields produce small electric currents that activate cells within the brain, which are thought to release neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine), chemical messengers that improve mood and make depressed people feel better.

“In depression, we’ve learned that there are areas of the brain that are underactive, particularly in the left frontal lobe,” Hutton explains. “And people had the idea that if we could stimulate this area of the left frontal lobe perhaps we could reverse the effects of depression. And that turned out to really work.”

TMS therapy is being used to treat addiction, fibromyalgia and migraines — with encouraging results. The U.S. Army and the National Institutes of Health have also been experimenting with TMS to ease Phantom Limb Pain, which is experienced by many amputees.

TMS has been used to treat depression in the U.S. since it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2008. As yet, there are no known long-term adverse side effects. Cost of treatment depends on the number of applications and whether TMS is covered by insurance. While TMS is FDA approved, some insurers still label it investigational and experimental, even though it’s part of the American Psychiatric Association’s treatment guidelines for depression.

Hutton believes TMS is cost effective for both insurers and patients because it reduces the need for medication and other procedures used to treat depression.

Authored by: Linda Rubin

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Your articles always have insights, very good, continue to work hard!

I have never heard of this type of therapy before, very informative. I know for a fact magnets work as an amazing alternative though. I myself use a magnetic back support belt. I will have to research more into TMS.

Hello Linda Rubin.
TMS Magnetic Therapy Eases Depression and Pain is a very effective writing. The article remaining realistic because of attach a relative video post. I think the post is very popular with the mental health Problem and depression sufferer. It’s a Hailstone to the for the treatment by with Therapy.
Thanks to Linda Rubin for Present such type of article

Cynthia Todd

I want to thank Dr Todd Hutton and Dr Steven Richeimer for supporting the use of TMS for pain as well as depression. I want to thank Ms Linda Rubin for being interested and presenting this side of TMS treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, known as RSD, a chronic neurological disorder, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS. I seemed to be on a roller coaster ride, but the pain is always present and the limitations for not be able to be physically active for years. Every night was the same for me. I try to sleep, and cry myself to sleep saying, I better go to the hospital, then I think how can I get there? What will they do? Give me a shot and send me home. Well that wasn’t good enough, because I knew it would all be there still tomorrow, when the shot wore off. I just wanted to die. Hopeless and alone. I been in pharmaceutical hell when it comes to looking for a medication that could alevate some level of pain. I been in ketamine therapy, methodone and many other interventions of medication for this disease. I received sympathetic blocks, spinal cord stimulator, physical and emotional therapies.. this list never ended till an intervention between Dr Hutton and Dr Richeimer met and discussed me. What a change I had. To me I found relief in the TMS. It has given me a chance by resetting my brain to do something different when an episode of pain starts. There is no cure yet for RSD. But now at night I am not wishing that I could go to the hospital and not because the pain stops. It doesn’t stop. The limitations do not get better but a light goes on that tells me, relax and take care of yourself. I can go through this. So right now the successes are the TMS, emotional support, pool therapy and B12. I do back myself up with pain medicine, but i use to be 4 to 6 opiods a day, now 1 or 2. I wish I could describe what I believe this therapy can do. But I can end this with an example. Thanksgiving, I went to my daughters house. An couple hours later they had to bring me home. My birthday is in the beginning of December. My daughter and her family picked me up for dinner. An hour later my son in law was aolmost holding me up to get to car and go home. The Friday before Christmas I had a treatment of TMS. I felt different Couldn’t put my finger on it, just tears falliong out of my eyes. I came home and took a nap. I woke up the next day and without thinking got out of bed with out walker or can and made breakfast. I went outside and watered my plants, still not realizing I was different. I called friends and laughed and enjoyed the conversations. I called… Read more »