12 patient evaluations for Deep Brain Stimulation with a side effects rating of None

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Jun 8, 2016 (Started Feb 11, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: The current voltage settings on my neuro-stimulator are 3.5volts on my right side and 2.4volts on left side. These settings can be adjusted as needed by using my neuro-stimulator However, these settings have not been changed in several months as there has not been a need to change these. DBS helps with tremor but not with balance.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 27, 2016 (Started May 06, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Be sure to ask lots of questions and make sure your neuro surgeon has done a number of DBS surgeries. Ask for references

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 13, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for essential tremor)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 8, 2015 (Started Aug 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 27, 2013 (Started Aug 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Still balancing meds. I have about 3 hrs on time and 3 hrs off presently when meds wear off.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Dec 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Ii ask my self the question "if you needed dbs as you know it , would you take it again" answer = yes
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 1, 2012 (Started Mar 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: I just had the surgery a little over a month. The Honeymoon only lasted a week for me. I get the DBS turned on and first programming on April 19, 2012. I can't wait.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 12, 2012 (Started Jun 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dystonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: My DBS Neurostimulator FINALLY kicked in after close to one year of monthly programming visits to the DBS clinic at Robert Wood Johnson medical center. I am doing MUCH better now. I have not reduced my meds but that's OK. It has brought me back to life and some days I almost feel like my old self.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Dizziness, Neck and shoulder muscle soreness

Nov 18, 2010 (Started Jun 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for dystonia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Neck and shoulder muscle soreness, Dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: AS OF 11/2010: Right now I am in the middle of programming sessions for the IPG battery in my chest. I go once a month to a "DBS clinic" Robert Wood Johnsohn Medical Center in New Brunswick NJ, USA. I see the DBS programmer and a neurologist. Even though I only have PD on my left side, it is quite severe. Unfortunately, the neuro has INCREASED my meds and the DBS programming has been very very slow - each time I get the voltage increased the PD seems to "compensate" It has been 5 months since the surgery and so far the benefits have been minimal. One unexpected positive effect has been reduced sense of bladder urgency. The surgery itself was not bad since they only had to install the wire lead on the right side of my brain.
Side effects: Dizziness, Neck and shoulder muscle soreness

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 8, 2010 (Started Feb 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 18, 2009 (Started Apr 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressed mood

Jan 11, 2009 (Started Apr 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: ask lots of questions and do lots of research before the procedure and know your doctors,make sure they know you well
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressed mood

Nov 9, 2008 (Started Apr 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Depressed mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Huge mobility improvements and overall increased self sufficiency
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Depressed mood

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 9, 2009 (Started May 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: Allowed me to reduce my sinemet dosage 80%, eliminated agonist and amantadine, since have restarted to reduce sinemet even further. My balance and speech has declined but cannot say whether due to DBS or progession of disease as it's been 24 years since diagnosis.

  • 2 helpful marks
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