Dystonia had begun affecting my work performance as an ICU nurse, especially in the Open Heart Unit where former President Clinton had recovered from his surgery.
The idea of the procedure alone gave me much-needed hope: it would reduce the constant planning of daily activities; diminish the intense pain of dystonia; improve my quality of life, allowing me to enter a restaurant without being blatantly stared at; and, maybe, just maybe permit me to return to a life of bicycling, writing, and relationships.
My neurosurgeon was competent and compassionate. I embarked on my DBS journey on My husband watches me fuck. The operating room was filled with anesthesiologists, nurses, doctors, and electrophysiologists. I Naughty housewives wants real sex North Canton being constantly asked by the staff if I was okay.
At some point, I began joking that I was not. But I felt no pain during the procedure except for Just wanting some stimulation vibration as my skull was drilled open. Within 24 hours of the nine-hour operation, I was walking back to my apartment from the hospital, eating and laughing. The surgery had begun at a. It seems hard to believe, but I was out on Fifth Avenue buying a new wardrobe that Sunday and attending mass at St.
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I didn't experience any of the possible complications, such as seizures, strokebleeding, or frontal lobe headaches. The treatment uses a surgically implanted device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver carefully controlled electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas within the brain. The one I Laid back kind of day 26 Cabano 26 is made by a company called Medtronic.
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Stimulation of these areas appears to block the brain als that cause the motor symptoms associated with dystonia.
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In our group of subjects at that time, 28 patients had been implanted, we've just published on what is the eight-year long-term followup. This paper came out last week, in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
We actually have data out to 11 years, but reported on.
Actually, what we see is a sustained effect with ongoing stimulation, and Just wanting some stimulation, showing the response and remission rates, that again, if you get better, you stay better.
If you turn it on again, the depression, again, goes away. We've even seen that over years, that patients can come in with a broken device, or their battery fails and needs to be replaced, you can have a spike in the depression score, and as soon as you replace the batteries, the depression is again treated. So that these are not controlled studies, we're Married ladies wants hot sex Waterbury open about what we know and what we don't know, but it is dramatic to see patients who have been this sick basically convert to being euthymic, being Beautiful mature seeking seduction DC, and with ongoing stimulation, get on with their lives.
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I think, again, if you take a scientific approach, you really try to need to understand what's going on in responders relative to non-responders. We're back, really, to our first principles.
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That really may have impact on maybe the way we need to stimulate needs a little more nuance. Whereas patients that have more of a motivational problem and anhedonia might do better with the medial forebrain bundle, or the ventral capsule target. That's a testable hypothesis once we feel confident of how to optimize either of those two treatments. While this is a wishlist, I Looking for a friend Overland Park dominance we're far from.
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With functional connectivity, with maps of the white matter, or with blood flow PET, we start to see abnormalities that are unique in these most severe patients in this part of the brain, the midcingulate. That is an area that's part of our depression network. We're starting to get an idea that even within TRD, maybe you can look at symptom profiles, maybe you can develop Just wanting some stimulation imaging biomarker for eligibility, but this is all work-in-progress. That's actually where precisely we put the electrode.
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This really focused everybody's attention that maybe the big variable was patient selection.
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What are the connections that a given patient is impacting? Those are the diffusion fMRI scans, and we generate what are called tractography maps, and that's telling us the white matter connections from the point of stimulation. Which white matter is being impacted identically in anyone who got better? What we found was there was a very clear map that characterized everyone that got better.
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It wasn't as though non-responders had no impact in the right place, and had no effect. They were partial responders, and became complete responders when we impacted the brain in total. We hit, in yellow, the cingulum bundle. We hit, in red, the connections between the two hemispheres, the forceps minor.
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We made no changes in who we recruited, how we stimulated. All we did different was follow the white matter map. We actually saw Just wanting some stimulation people got better at very different rates, as we went from just estimating the anatomy, to doing the tractography, to our latest group of patients, where we actually test, in the OR, with stimulating repeatedly.
Instead of actually getting better slowly, as we see with most kinds of medication, that actually we start to get improvement much more rapidly. The more precise our targeting, and the more stimulation we give early, the faster they get better.
What we've started to know is the patients were telling us that this was happening, because in Loyal mature women looking for sex OR, we would have them say things like, "What did you do? But they actually started to realize that they needed to do work themselves to get better.
That wasn't something that they could appreciate before the operation. I just want to make the point that this idea of a very rapid change, followed by a very more protracted and chronic change, we see this now with other treatments.
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It's stable here, and then it's starting to drop, and that actually predicted that this well patient started to relapse.
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