Anxiety and the Stellate Ganglion Block: The Perfect Match
Anxiety is a mental health condition that affects all areas of the sufferer’s life. It can mean that they become solitary and introverted, and they might have problems holding down a job or developing good relationships. In some cases, the sufferer might even attempt to harm themselves or commit suicide.
There are a number of different ways that anxiety can be treated, but one of the newest, and possibly most exciting, is the stellate ganglion block (SGB) injection. Although it has been performed since 1925, it is only recently that this procedure has been noted to help with anxiety and other conditions, such as PTSD.
History of the SGB
Back in 1925, the stellate ganglion block was first used in order to treat chronic pain. It removed symptoms quickly, and was hailed as a ‘miracle cure’. It went on to treat thousands of people.
It wasn’t until 1945 that the SGB was used to treat depression. It happened in The Cleveland Clinic but it didn’t really catch on at this point. This could be because depression and other mental illnesses were not discussed at that time in history, so the cures were not discussed either.
In 1998, however, things changed. A patient with PTSD undertook the SGB procedure in order to cure their hand sweats, and this did work, but they also realized that their PTSD symptoms went away as well. Over time, this became a well-known treatment for PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
How Does SGB Injection for PTSD Work?
The stellate ganglion is a group of nerves in the neck. When this is blocked (as it is during the SGB procedure), the ‘fight or flight’ nerve center in the body is anesthetized. This means that the hormones in your body aren’t flooding it, and you are better able to think clearly, to relax more, and not be overwhelmed with stress.
The stellate ganglion block for PTSD procedure takes about 10 minutes to carry out, and usually within 30 minutes the patient will start to feel a difference in their mental state. It is a low risk procedure that many people find helps them immensely.
Why Such a Good Match?
It’s easy to see how this PTSD injection treatment works, but why is it such a good match for those who suffer from anxiety? It’s not just about how it works, but about the procedure and everything around it as well.
When you have the SGB injection to treat PTSD, the procedure is relatively non-invasive, pain-free, and performed quickly. So for those with anxiety who therefore worry about so much in their lives, this is something that you don’t need to think about — it will be done quickly and simply without affecting your anxiety or the rest of your life, and when it is done, you will feel better in general.
Other treatments for anxiety such as group therapy (or even counselling) can make the sufferer feel worse as they can worry about the condition for a long time beforehand, and then become overwhelmed by the experience when it happens — even for a while afterwards. This is not the case with this new PTSD breakthrough injection.
The SGB for PTSD at PTSD Group
At PTSD Group, we are highly experienced in providing the SGB to treat PTSD. Our SGB doctors have performed hundreds of these injections. If you are interested in this procedure, give us a call today to find a PTSD doctor near you.