The SGB Injection for PTSD After a Loved One’s Illness

Although many individuals believe that PTSD can only be contracted by service people and veterans, this is untrue. There is a large range of reasons why someone may suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The illness of a loved one is one of the most common reasons for PTSD after war and can cause life-changing physical and mental symptoms.

However, there is new hope in the form of SGB (Stellate Ganglion Block) treatments that we are offering which can help to provide an alternate solution to those suffering from PTSD. Our dedicated team will be able to perform the quick PTSD injection procedure in as little as half an hour!

Common Mental Health Conditions After the Illness of a Loved One

The sudden illness of a loved one can trigger many mental illnesses such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression. These can be caused by issues such as a struggle to come to terms with their identity without that person, their experience in medical units such as Intensive Care, or worry and concern over their condition.

​The mental illness which has the most severe increase in risk for those experiencing the illness of a loved one is PTSD, with one study showing that out of the 5% of participants with the highest risk of PTSD, over 30% were due to the nature of a loved one’s illness or their subsequent death, and many families of those staying in intensive care show signs of PTSD six months after their family member has stayed in the unit.

​The illness of a loved one can also cause symptoms of complicated grief, where sufferers may show disbelief in the illness of a loved one, fixation on the nature of the loved one’s death as an inability to enjoy their own life, and difficulty envisioning the future.

​Although you may believe that these symptoms only occur after death, like symptoms of PTSD, those caring for a relative or friend with a long-term or terminal illness may also have these symptoms. Complicated grief can often be paired or mistaken for PTSD in those suffering.

The Difference Between General Anxiety and PTSD

Although the illness of a loved one may cause both general anxiety and PTSD, there is a marked difference between them that it is important that you are able to distinguish between.

When someone has general anxiety after the illness of a loved one, it is likely that they will not participate in the usual activities that they enjoy, avoid familial relationships and those that they love, and isolate themselves from others, and even reminders of the person with the illness.

​However, the symptoms of PTSD are often more severe than that of general anxiety disorder. These range from a loss of interest in everything that they used to enjoy, as well as work and daily life, and avoidance of family and friends for an extended length of time that can last years.

How to Spot Symptoms of PTSD After a Family Illness

Although most people will experience a period of low mood after caring for a relative with an illness or visiting an intensive care unit (ICU), if your loved one experiences symptoms for over a month, this could be a sign of PTSD. If your loved one has recently had to manage the illness of someone that they care about, it is important that you have the right knowledge about the symptoms of PTSD and what you can do about them.

​Those experiencing PTSD will often have flashbacks, nightmares, and vivid recollections of the traumatic event that they have gone through which can feel as if they are reliving it. They may also have difficulty sleeping, experience a loss of concentration or interest in daily life, and be unable to relax or enjoy the company of others. If a loved one fails to communicate with you, and shows other signs of the condition, this could show that they have PTSD.

How a PTSD injection Treatment Can Solve PTSD After the Critical Illness of a Loved One

The stellate ganglion block injection can help those experiencing PTSD after the illness of a loved one by reducing the physical and mental symptoms of the disorder. The SGB procedure is simply a PTSD injection in the neck of a mixture of local anesthetics that can help people recover from the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. This PTSD breakthrough injection can help to treat a variety of symptoms such as failure to sleep, aches and pains, and, most importantly, the panic that can result in the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome which is caused by intense fear or anger around triggers.

​Although the root cause of PTSD cannot be stopped by SGB treatments, such as eradicating the trauma, the temporary nerve block means that physical and emotional symptoms can be reduced in those experiencing the condition.

​In fact, studies have provided evidence that shows that 75% of sufferers from long-term and extensive PTSD symptoms have reduced symptoms once they have completed trials of SGB. This then allows them to be able to return to their daily lives.

​To find out more on the benefits that the SGB can bring you, make sure to get in touch with us today! 

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