Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that develops after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event or re-peated experiences. It is an incredibly serious disorder that can be difficult to live with because the individual often lives in a constant state of fear. Quite often, it can also lead to a wide range of other health, social, and professional problems that are difficult to man-age. Treatment is possible and we offer a procedure that has helped many to instantly alleviate the major symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
Common Causes of PTSD
PTSD is commonly associated with soldiers that have been in-volved in military combat because this is when the disorder was first recognized – often called being “shell shock.” It is incredibly common amongst those that have been involved in military combat, but PTSD can be developed following any kind of traumatic event and it can be developed by anyone, regardless of age. PTSD can be developed after any kind of event but it is most commonly experienced after:
A Complex Disorder
PTSD is a highly complex disorder and no two cases are ever the same. Some people develop the disorder immediately after the event while others do not begin to exhibit symptoms for a couple of years after. Additionally, it is possible to develop PTSD after learn-ing about traumatic events that have happened to a loved one – this is known as secondary trauma. There is also complex PTSD, which is a condition where you get additional symptoms, such as difficulty controlling your emotions, suicidal feelings, and feelings of hostility towards others.
The Symptoms of PTSD
Symptoms of PTSD can vary between people but they can be se-vere and extremely difficult to live with. People often relive aspects of the event in the form of flashbacks and nightmares, which can lead to physical symptoms and make it difficult to sleep at night. People often report feeling constantly on edge which can make people anxious, unable to relax, experience mood swings, be easily startled, and make it hard to enjoy hobbies and spending time with loved ones. Often, those with PTSD try to avoid feelings and memories through keeping busy, avoiding anything related to the trauma and using drugs and alcohol to avoid memories. There can also be feelings of shame, guilt, sadness, and isolation in some cases.
These symptoms can be difficult to manage and they can also lead to a host of other issues. Many people who suffer from PTSD also:
- Struggle to maintain relationships
- Have trouble remembering things
- Struggle to perform at work
- Have a low sex drive
- Lose all independence
The Fight Or Flight Response
PTSD Treatment Options
Treatment for PTSD is possible and many people go on to lead a happy and full life following treatment. There are many different treatment options and what works for one person may not work for another. However, most treatment options available usually take time before the individual will start to see improvement of their symptoms.
Generally, a combination of talk therapies, medication, and self-care is what is recommended and can be highly effective over a long period of time. There is another form of treatment that we offer which is proving to be successful called stellate ganglion block (SGB) injection. The SGB injection provides both immediate and long-lasting results for many of those suffering with PTSD.
A Neck Injection for PTSD
The stellate ganglion is a collection of nerves in the neck which controls the activation of the amygdala (the fear center of the brain). An SBG PTSD injection places a local anesthetic agent on the stellate ganglion which numbs the nerves and “reboots” the nervous system. The symptoms are relieved within 30 minutes and can last for a few years. The SGB procedure is also used in pain management to treat chronic pain and it is a highly common and low-risk procedure that has been practiced since 1925.
Results of the SGB injection to treat PTSD symptoms have been impressive, but it is important to note that this should not be considered a cure for PTSD. Instead, it should be considered as a treatment method to alleviate the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. The injection is a fast-acting and highly effective technique and one which can help anyone to manage the debilitating symptoms that are associated with PTSD.
PTSD is a difficult disorder to live with and one which can impact just about every area of your life. Every PTSD case is different, which means that they can be complex and hard to manage. If you are tired of battling PTSD, give us a call today to find out if the SGB injection is a good treatment option for you.
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