Helping a Loved One with PTSD: The SGB Injection for PTSD

The search for appropriate treatments for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been arduous and often ineffective, with the stigma around the mental illness making it difficult to research or trial different treatments for the condition. 

However, the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) injection that we are offering has a number of promising effects on those with PTSD that could help to ease their symptoms and allow them to begin to live a better life with their family and friends.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD is a highly debilitating condition which has both mental and physical effects on sufferers. PTSD is usually caused by a traumatic event in someone’s life, and bouts of the symptoms can be caused by certain triggers, which are different for everyone depending on the traumatic experience that caused the condition. These can be anything from loud noises to finding themselves in certain situations reminiscent of the traumatic event.

Once triggered, the symptoms of PTSD are varied and highly dependent on the individual. The emotional and mental effects of PTSD include hypervigilance, flashbacks, nightmares and panic towards the event in question.

People with PTSD may also experience a loss of memory about the event and symptoms of depression and low mood. They may also feel a numb sensation, become angry or fearful, and have panic attacks and mood swings. Emotions of guilt, shame and suspicion are also common and can prevent those with PTSD from finding the treatment that they need to recover.

However, the symptoms of PTSD are not strictly limited to emotional effects, and there are many physical effects that can affect sufferers daily lives. These include a fast heart rate, breathlessness, sweating, muscle tension and feeling sick, problems with their sleep patterns, and muscle aches and general pains. 

You may also be able to realize if you or a loved one has PTSD from their withdrawal from usual daily activities, avoidance of those that they are close to, and an inability to go to work.

If you find that you are experienced one or more of these symptoms, make sure to get in touch with us today to discuss the options available for you

Want to know if the SGB is right for you? Click here to fill out the PCL Questionnaire.

What are the problems of treating PTSD?

Although PTSD is a relatively common illness, there are various reasons why it has become difficult to treat for practitioners. From a medical angle, PTSD can be difficult to treat because the symptoms of PTSD are formed in different parts of the brain, such as memory and emotions. 

Therefore, it can be hard to find medication or treatments which can help with these at once. PTSD is also difficult to treat due to the fact that many PTSD treatments have undesirable side effects for those taking them. 

These side effects often come from medicative treatments such as phenelzine, which can cause blurred vision, nausea, and irregular bowel movements. Although doctors should inform you of any side effects, these can make finding treatment for PTSD off-putting and can have a negative effect on daily life.

Not only this, but dealing with PTSD in a loved one can also be difficult as many veterans suffering from PTSD are unwilling to find the help that they need due to the stigma around the illness and fears about how others will perceive them.

 This, coupled with common symptoms of PTSD such as guilt and shame, can withdraw individuals from seeking medical help from a doctor or alternative treatments such as the revolutionary PTSD breakthrough injection that we offer.

How a PTSD Injection Treatment Can Help a Loved one

The stellate ganglion block injection (SGB) can help those suffering from PTSD by using a local anesthetic procedure to limit the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. The Stellate Ganglion is a collection of nerves in the neck, and when anesthetized, they can allow the body’s nervous system to revert to its condition before the trauma by reducing the physical symptoms of PTSD.

The norepinephrine and nerve growths that occur during PTSD are then reduced, and this solution can last for many years. Although a PTSD injection in the neck can help with PTSD, they cannot cure the condition completely and instead, can only focus on reducing these symptoms for an extended period of time after the trauma has occurred.

The SGB injection for PTSD will likely to be more valued by veterans than other forms of treatment, ensuring that all sufferers find the correct treatment to help their PTSD and ensure that they can return to their normal life.

What evidence is there behind SGB treatments?

There have been many successful trials of SGB treatments for veterans and those struggling with PTSD. These are conducted using focus group: half are given the SGB treatment and half are given placebo treatments such as saline that have no physical or emotional effect on their condition.

​Focus groups are also being led to understand how the perception of the SGB injection as a solution can help to reduce the stigma of receiving treatment for PTSD in the army. In controlled case studies, there was a 70-75% improvement in PTSD symptoms for those using the treatment.

​There are now studies to determine which veterans would most benefit from the use of SGB in practice, for instance, those who have not responded to traditional treatments of the condition such as counseling, self-led activities, or medication.

​If you are unsure of how to deal with a loved one with PTSD or are searching for how you can support them, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our dedicated team today to discuss the benefits of the SGB. 

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If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD/PTSI, please contact our office to schedule your initial consultation over the phone. After filling out this form, you will automatically be redirected to our Questionnaire form.

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