ECT and MCS
I live in NYC with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. This is not easy to do. I have gone close to death and insanity on a few occasions since the MCS sIarted last year. I had ECT done at Beth Israel for my Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and other conditions on the 18th and 23rd of February 2015– To great success! My MCS is much much better. It is not completely gone; however, I feel I can live with this level of chemical sensitivity much better than the previous level of chemical sensitivity. My form of chemical sensitivity makes me choke on VOCs and dust, which are everywhere in NYC. The MEDLINE study that encouraged me to take such a radical step is the following:
Journal of ECT. 2010 Sep;26(3):231-3.
Electroconvulsive therapy substantially reduces symptom severity and social disability associated with multiple chemical sensitivity: a case report. Elberling J1, Gulmann N, Rasmussen A.
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a chronic nonallergic, multisymptom disorder triggered by common environmental chemicals in concentrations considered nontoxic for most individuals. The condition may lead to loss of occupation and social isolation, and no effective treatment has been reported. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment of severe depression and medical conditions such as chronic pain disorders.
We report a case of a 45-year-old man with a 5-year history of MCS who had to quit his job to live a solitary life without his wife and children because of the condition. The patient had no history of psychiatric illness and no signs of clinical depression at treatment start. Over a 3-week period, he underwent a course of 8 ECTs, giving a remarkable effect on symptom severity and social functional level. After a partial symptom relapse, maintenance treatment was started with 1 ECT every second week. No memory impairment or other complications of ECT were reported at the 4-month follow-up.
In this case, a substantial, positive effect on symptom severity and social disability related to MCS was obtained by an initial ECT course and maintenance treatment. Electroconvulsive therapy should be considered an option in severe and socially disabling MCS, but more studies are needed to evaluate if ECT can be recommended as a treatment in MCS.
It is not even two weeks since the end of the first ECT. I hope because I responded so quickly, I will need the therapeutic shocks much less frequently than the guy in this study. I just thought I would share the amazing news with my worldwide MCS community.
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