TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for Parkinson's

Posted by musimary @musimary, 6 days ago

TMS is FDA approved for depression and OCD but not yet for Parkinson's although research has shown promise. Has anyone used TMS for depression and found that it helps with Parkinson's symptoms?

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Hello @musimary,
I did a search on Connect on TMS. Here is a link to all of the Connect discussions that refer to TMS.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/search/?search=TMS&pg=1

I just looked through several of the pages of the search and I did not quickly see any reference to this therapy's usefulness with PD symptoms.

Here is an article from the Michael J. Fox website which speaks of TMS and Parkinson's
https://www.michaeljfox.org/news/ask-md-stimulating-brain-treat-parkinsons

Have you been recently diagnosed with PD? What symptoms are the most troublesome for you?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @musimary,
I did a search on Connect on TMS. Here is a link to all of the Connect discussions that refer to TMS.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/search/?search=TMS&pg=1

I just looked through several of the pages of the search and I did not quickly see any reference to this therapy's usefulness with PD symptoms.

Here is an article from the Michael J. Fox website which speaks of TMS and Parkinson's
https://www.michaeljfox.org/news/ask-md-stimulating-brain-treat-parkinsons

Have you been recently diagnosed with PD? What symptoms are the most troublesome for you?

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Thank you for taking the time to reply. My husband has had Parkinson's for 8 years. I'm looking for some alternative therapy to add to the conventional protocol of Carbidopa Levodopa meds, as the doctors keep increasing his dosage and I've heard that after a time, these meds stop working. The Michael J Fox info was helpful. My husband's most troubling symptoms are reduced ability to think clearly, significant fatigue, and reduced mobility.

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@musimary

Thank you for taking the time to reply. My husband has had Parkinson's for 8 years. I'm looking for some alternative therapy to add to the conventional protocol of Carbidopa Levodopa meds, as the doctors keep increasing his dosage and I've heard that after a time, these meds stop working. The Michael J Fox info was helpful. My husband's most troubling symptoms are reduced ability to think clearly, significant fatigue, and reduced mobility.

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@musimary

I can really appreciate you looking for some help for your husband. Have his doctors tried any other PD medications? There are lots of alternative medications these days. You might inquire if another medication could be tried.

What about exercise? Daily exercise is really important. Exercise, when combined with medication are the best way to help delay the disability of PD. If he can't get out to physical therapy, there are a lot of free YouTube videos that provide exercises for people with Parkinson's. Most of these exercise videos are done while seated.

I'm hoping that he is seeing a movement disorder specialist (MDS). These are neurologists who are specially trained in treating disorders like PD. If not, it might be good to get a second opinion from one of these doctors.

I look forward to hearing from you. Will you post again and let me know how he is doing?

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