Veteran Dakota Meyer Talks About the SGB Injection On Joe Rogan’s Latest Podcast Episode
Dakota Meyer served as a Marine in Afghanistan back in 2009 when ten of his squad members and friends were murdered by Taliban forces. Meyer went to look for his missing squad member when he found a Taliban fighter who was preparing to move their bodies. Meyer killed the Taliban fighter with a rock on that day, which led to severe anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Veteran Dakota Meyer is now retired and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his brave actions in Afghanistan.
“How do they treat people who are suffering from PTSD,” asked Joe Rogan.
Meyer responded, “Well you have to be careful with it, right? Because the last track you want to get on is all the pharmaceutical drugs.”
“I went down that road and it got me nowhere,” Meyer stated.
“One thing that we have actually found out, and studies are starting to show that actually helps is the stellate ganglion block (SGB),” Meyer told Joe Rogan.
“When the needle came out of my neck, it instantly took me from being like my whole life was Downtown New York City in rush hour traffic, 15 minutes late to a meeting that my life depended on to instantly being driving down a quiet country road with nowhere to be. Instantly.”
Meyer stated that the SGB injection worked almost immediately and he caught himself singing in the shower the following day for the first time in a long time. Meyer reported that he receives the injection once or twice a year to maintain the results.
The Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) is a revolutionary procedure that has been proving to be more and more successful in treating the debilitating symptoms associated with PTSD.
So, what is going on in the body when someone has PTSD?
The sympathetic nervous system is naturally responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response in the case of dangerous situations. When the brain detects danger, the sympathetic nervous system switches on, which shuts down all non-essential body functions. The body is essentially in “survival mode” and the level of norepinephrine (adrenaline) is increased.
The stellate ganglion is a bundle of nerve fibers that plays an important role in the sympathetic nervous system. It is thought that extra nerve fibers sprout from the stellate ganglion after a trauma has been experienced. The growth of extra nerve fibers is further thought to elevate levels of norepinephrine, which then overstimulates the fear center of the brain (the amygdala).
How does the Stellate Ganglion Block work?
The SGB injection is a mixture of local anesthetic that is injected directly into the area of the stellate ganglion, which is in the neck area. The anesthetic numbs the nerve fibers of the stellate ganglion and prevents the sprouting of new nerve fibers. This decreases the levels of norepinephrine almost immediately and “reboots” the brain back to its original state. The effects of the procedure can be seen within 30 minutes of receiving the injection and can last anywhere from 6 months to several years.
Regardless of the reason(s) behind your PTSD, there is still hope. At PTSD Group, our medical team has experience in treating those who suffer from PTSD with the Stellate Ganglion Block. If you or a loved one suffer from PTSD, the SGB injection may be the best treatment option you need. Give us a call today or visit our website to learn more about how the SGB can help you overcome PTSD.
See Joe Rogan’s interview about the SGB Injection for PTSD on YouTube
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