‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS) For Depression & Chronic Pain Now Available INEXPENSIVELY.
With cranium referring to the ‘skull’, transcranial means through the skull.
So, of the 4 non-invasive cortical techniques now available, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) & Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) refer to brain stimulation methods, applied through the skull — in the form of magnetic pulses in the case of TMS and very-low electrical currents (applied to the forehead) in the case of tDCS.
Given its use of electrical currents, tDCS is ‘similar’ to ECT — the huge difference being that tDCS uses a fraction of the current applied with ECT — probably 1/400th. ECT can only be administered under general anesthesia and as such is an expensive and time-consuming process. tDCS can now be done at home in 20-minute sessions! Big difference.
TMS is also expensive.
For what it might cost you to get a few sessions of TMS, you can buy your own tDCS unit!
Think about it.
I will tell you more about tDCS in the coming days. OK?
“Marc Short”, The Legislative Director, Seems Way Too Mature, Cerebral, Balanced & NICE To Work In The Trump White House.
I have seen him a few times on TV, since Friday, talking about the current Government Shutdown.
Each time I have been AMAZED to see how mature and REASONABLE he is! He is SO, SO UNLIKE everybody else in this Trump Mad House.
He actually comes across as an ADULT. Wow.
I am impressed.
The only person I have seen of Trump’s associates that comes across as being non-obnoxious.
I wish him well. Not sure how he will fare, long-term in this Administration — but then again this Administration might not last long.
Peripheral neuropathy — and with that possibly Central Pain Syndrome (CPS) — can be a not-widely-disclosed side effect of chemotherapy.
Patrice, my former colleague at CASE Communications, is finding this out the hard way, to her cost and chagrin. This is not good. CPS, as you may know, is debilitating and has no cure.
Not sure what can be done about this. It is not like you can refuse chemotherapy if you have cancer. It appears that certain chemotherapy drugs affect the nervous system and once anything messes up the nervous system you run the risk of getting CPS. That is, alas, well known — at least of late.
Here is another post, this one by the ‘Canadian Cancer Society‘: