My first reaction to the proposition of going through ECT treatments, was, "No way!". I definitely had some preconceived notions about the procedure. I thought that it would be painful and I didn't know enough about it. This brought up lots of fear.
I, of course, had many conversations with my husband about this option and he was extremely concerned that it may send me into a fibro flare for who knows how long. The electric shock does cause the muscles in the entire body to clench. While we talked to the doctor, I mentioned Ray's concerns and also told Dr. S that I suspected that his worries stemmed from his passion for movies. I was right. He said that he kept thinking about one move, a long time ago, that had a character who went through some rudimentary electric shock treatment. She assured him that today's treatments are very safe, professionally monitored and I'd be under anesthesia for less than 15 minutes. Ray seemed to be much more at ease about the process after hearing more about the current practices.
As I continued to research, I also found some scientific studieshttp://www.painjournalonline.com/article/S0304-3959(06)00002-9/abstract
studies showing evidence that fibromyalgia pain can be greatly reduced with ECT treatments. This was all good news!
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Disclaimer: In no way am I a doctor or professional health care provider. Any and all information that I share here is my experience. Always consult your doctor with questions or do your complete research. This blog is not medical advice and I am not advocating any medical treatments. What works for me may not work for you, so talk to your doctor.