11 doctors weighed in:
Can we use tms (trans magnitic stimulation) for pain management?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Definitely
There have been very impressive results using tms in patients coming out of bariatric surgery.
This was a double blinded-sham controlled study and it was repeated so it is very rigorous. People with active tms self-administered about 50% less narcotic from a pain pump than those with sham (fake) treatment. Without a doubt, tms works for certain types of pain and it is being explored for others.

In brief: Definitely
There have been very impressive results using tms in patients coming out of bariatric surgery.
This was a double blinded-sham controlled study and it was repeated so it is very rigorous. People with active tms self-administered about 50% less narcotic from a pain pump than those with sham (fake) treatment. Without a doubt, tms works for certain types of pain and it is being explored for others.
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox
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Dr. Louis Cady
And there is a new study, just recently published, about the use of TMS in fibromyalgia. Looks promising.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Need a smaller dosage.

In brief: Yes
Need a smaller dosage.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Kira Stein
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: YES
Tms can be used for chronic pain management, including the treatment of fibromyalgia.
This would be using tms off the fda-approved indication, but this is certainly possible and has been shown to be effective in research.

In brief: YES
Tms can be used for chronic pain management, including the treatment of fibromyalgia.
This would be using tms off the fda-approved indication, but this is certainly possible and has been shown to be effective in research.
Dr. Kira Stein
Dr. Kira Stein
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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes and No
In conventional medicine, there has been no valid studies to suggest benefit from magnet therapy and many would suggest that it is quackery.
However, if it works for you for whatever reason, then use it., as it is generally accepted as harmless.

In brief: Yes and No
In conventional medicine, there has been no valid studies to suggest benefit from magnet therapy and many would suggest that it is quackery.
However, if it works for you for whatever reason, then use it., as it is generally accepted as harmless.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones
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Dr. Louis Cady
I must disagree with Dr. Jones. TMS is not "magnet therapy." Nor is it quackery. There are published studies that show stimulation along the sensory strip on the opposite side of the brain to where the pain is occurring reduces pain. Here is a reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23290634 You can also go to www.pubmed.gov, and type in "transcranial magnetic stimulation pain" and look at the references for yourself. There is some interesting work being done with TMS and fibromyalgia, as well.
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