Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
Individuals afflicted with fibromyalgia experience “flare-ups” and symptom variation from day to day.
Persons may experience extended periods of remission, followed by short or long-term flares.
Patients may suffer from a mild, idiopathic form of the disease or a more somatoform type resulting from depression.
Signs of fibromyalgia include
Increased sensitivity to touch.
Overall pain and tenderness.
Tingling and aching sensations.
Muscle spasms, nerve pain and weak limbs.
Cognitive “fog” or overload.
FIBROMYALGIA and TMS
TMS has been shown to have a rapid therapeutic onset for treating various neural disorders with extremely mild or no side effects.
TMS is a safe, effective and rapid-acting treatment modality that works by sending a highly focused flow of electrons to cause neural healing in parts of the brain.
The human brain is an electrical organ that functions through transmitting electrical signals from one nerve cell to another.
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy (rTMS) when properly modulated and focused on areas of inadequate activity increases the number and frequency of transmissions, thereby restoring areas with damaged neural communication.
10-20 high frequency treatment sessions, over a period of 1-2 consecutive weeks
¿WHAT IS TINNITUS?
Tinnitus is the condition of “ringing” ears and other head noises that are perceived in the absence of any external noises. 17% of the general population world-wide suffers from various degrees of tinnitus. It is classified into two forms: objective and subjective.
Objective Tinnitus: This form is rare and consists of audible head noises perceived by sufferers. This may be the result of vascular abnormalities, repetitive muscle contractions, or inner ear damage. The sufferer might hear the pulsatile flow of the carotid artery or the continuous hum of normal venous outflow through the jugular vein when in a quiet setting.
Subjective Tinnitus: This form of tinnitus may occur anywhere from the ear canal to the brain. The sounds can range from hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, clicking or sometimes similar to a popping, or nonrhythmic beating. It can be accompanied by deafness, hyperacusis (a decreased tolerance of sound), and balance problems.
Specific foods may trigger tinnitus. Problem foods include red wine, grain-based spirits, cheese, chocolate, soy, MSG, very ripe bananas, avocados, and citrus fruits.
Foods Rich in Salicylates.
Sudden loud noise, prolonged exposure to loud noise (music, PA systems).
Head injury, impacted wisdom teeth.
Severe anemia, renal failure, stress.
Lyme Disease: caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is generally transmitted to humans from infected tick bites. Symptoms may include fever, headaches, fatigue, skin rash (erythema migrans), and tinnitus.
Acoustic Neuromas: a benign tissue growth that presses against the eighth cranial nerve leading form the brain to the inner ear. This nerve plays two distinct roles: 1) transmitting sound, 2) sending balance information.
Glomus Tumors: a benign tumor or glomus body, diagnosed using a CAT scan or MRI, possibly requiring surgical removal.
Otosclerosis: abnormal growth of bone around the footplate of the stapes (middle ear). This bone prevents vibrations from passing into the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss. Tinnitus may also be involved.
TINNITUS and TMS
Low frequency rTMS on the left primary auditory cortex is used to treat this hyperexcitability disorder and reduce or relieve the ringing in the ears.
Treatment for Tinnitus is a highly targeted treatment, and patients are required to wear a swim-cap, on which specific brain mapping takes place.
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TMS HAS BEEN PROVEN EFFECTIVE FOR PATIENTS WITH:
CEREBROVASCULAR ACCIDENT (STROKE): TMS promotes and facilitates rehabilitation after a stroke regardless of the amount of time elapsed since the CVA.
TINNITUS: Defined as the sensation of hearing a sound or noise that cannot be attributed to a specific internal or external source. In other words, the patient hears a sound such as ringing, whistle, buzz, etc., but there is no reason for it. In this sense, Tinnitus is considered a “phantom auditory perception.”
FIBROMYALGIA: Chronic pain
OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a medical brain condition that causes errors in information processing. It is characterized by excessive, recurrent and repetitive worries, doubts and superstitious beliefs.
1 in 50 adults currently has OCD.
1 in 25 will have OCD at some point in their lifetime.
OCD afflicts about 3.3 million adult Americans.
Depression or other anxiety disorders may accompany OCD.
It strikes men and women in approximately equal numbers, first appearing in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood.
One-third of adults with OCD report having experienced their first symptoms as children.
Abnormal functioning of brain circuitry, involving a part of the brain called the striatum.
OCD is NOT caused by family problems or attitudes.
Brain imaging studies, using a technique called positron emission tomography (PET), found that brain activity in an OCD sufferer differs from that found in people with other mental illnesses or no illness at all.
PET scans show that in patients with OCD both behavioral therapy and medication produce changes in the striatum.
Symptoms may come and go, they may ease over time, or they can grow progressively worse.
Plagued, persistent thoughts or images.
Urgent, unwanted urge to engage in certain rituals.
OCD and TMS
Neuroimaging studies on OCD patients indicate hyperactivity in a circuit involving orbitofrontal cortex and basal ganglia.
10-20 slow frequency right SMA rTMS has been proven statistically significant reduction in OCD symptoms which were stable at 3 months post treatment
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