What is Deep Brain Stimulation?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation Pallidal Deep Brain Stimulation Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical treatment which stimulates the brain with mild electrical signals. DBS is used to treat tremor and other motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. DBS has been applied to the thalamus, subthalamic nucleus and the pallidum areas of the brain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 327 165
Jerky movements (dyskinesia) 25 13
Stiffness/Spasticity 23 11
Tremor(s) 9 12
Dystonia 8 4
Disordered muscle tension (dystonia) 4 3

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 30
Mild 70
None 79

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Deep Brain Stimulation

Side effect Patients
Balance problems 13
Speech problems 10
Jerky movements (dyskinesia) 7
Weight gain 7
Depressed mood 4
Headaches 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Deep Brain Stimulation

Dosage Patients
daily 50
one time 6
as needed 3
five times daily 2
1 other every other week 1
1 other daily 1
15minutes as needed 1
all the time (24/7) 1
monthly 1
m,w,f 1

Why patients stopped taking Deep Brain Stimulation

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 6
Did not seem to work 3
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently using Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 9

Stopped using Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 88
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 168
Usually 8
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 36
Not at all hard to take 126
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 22
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 70
Not specified 88
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28 patient evaluations for Deep Brain Stimulation

May 20, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I am sure most people that are contemplating DBS have seen "YouTube" videos on the subject. I watched part of one today and it was totally different than what I experienced as far as the actually surgery was concerned. However, the outcome was just as amazing. Like I have said before, it is not a cure, but it has improved my quality of life tremendously and also helped with the ole pocketbook due to a major decrease in meds.

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Apr 15, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Walking slower, Balance problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: My balance is a little worse than before; I walk a little slower than my best on days; my speech is actually a little better than before. See https://www.patientslikeme.com/forum/pd/topics/147582?page=1&post_id=2369462#post-2369462 for details.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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

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