Showing posts with label stellate ganglion block. Show all posts
Showing posts with label stellate ganglion block. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

treat the whole person and to change the conversation

This is about Stellate Ganglion Block treatment. It works for some. This is not an endorcement of it. What is really important about this is the fact they acknowledge the need to treat the whole person and to change the conversation! Now that, I fully endorce!


The War Inside: Near death experience pushes veteran to search for help

CBS 21 News
by Michael Gorsegner
July 5th 2021

“It's not about treating the veteran, it’s about treating the person that is really in pain,” said Dr. Sean Mulvaney, Regenerative Medicine Specialist.
York, PA — Over the past several days, a significant step was taken in the post 9-11 conflicts as more American troops exit Afghanistan. However, the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our country are facing an increase threat at home, suicide.

In the final story of a three-part series, CBS21’s Michael Gorsegner is pulling back the curtains on this growing epidemic and the push to expand a treatment that is saving lives. “I feel so fortunate,” said Robin Cody.

Nurse, mother, veteran, Robin Cody wears many hats. On the surface, this career woman is the face of success. But underneath was a deep dark struggle.

“The body and the mind don’t forget trauma even if you are trying to will yourself to forget it,” she said.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stellate ganglion block offers hope for PTSD treatments

There is no "one size fits all" for treating PTSD. If something doesn't work, keep looking until you and your doctor find the right treatment. Medication helps some but what may work for a friend, may not work for you. Therapy works but again, what kind of therapy that works for someone you know may not be right for you. Keep trying and you'll find what you need to heal.


Jab to the neck treats PTSD?
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dr. Jay Adlersberg

Eyewitness News
NEW YORK (WABC) -- All it takes is one loud noise to trigger a flood of awful memories. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) haunts one in every six soldiers coming back from Iraq, and nearly eight million Americans in all. Standard treatment means therapy and medications that don't always work and have side effects. Now, one doctor is treating PTSD with an injection that he says can block the painful memories.


"I was firing a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). When I pulled the trigger, it malfunctioned, and it blew up in the tube. Injured seven marines and killed three, all good friends of mine," said John Sullivan, an Iraq Veteran.

Thirteen surgeries, several skin grafts, and two years of therapy later, Sullivan is in a much more peaceful place, but that doesn't mean he's safe from the effects of war.

"The way I look at PTSD, it's a biological problem. It's no different than a broken arm," said Dr. Eugene Lipov, the Medical Director of the Advanced Pain Center.

Dr. Lipov is the first to use a local anesthetic to treat PTSD. It's called stellate ganglion block (SGB). It's been used since the 1920s to treat pain.

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Jab to the neck treats PTSD

Friday, January 23, 2009

Finding what works for you with PTSD

Over the years there have been a lot of "treatments" people have regarded as the miracle we've all been waiting for to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There have been drugs used to treat Epilepsy as anti-convulsion. Ecstasy and marijuana have been used in trials. Rapid eye movement, re-exposure and the list goes on. When I meet people some of these treatments have worked on, they try to sell it as the cure for all, but there is no such thing. While some of these things work for them, which is wonderful, it may not work at all on someone else.

The key here is patience. Understanding that your body chemistry is not the same as your best friend's leads to knowing why he's doing better and you're not. Humans are unique. While no one looks the same as you do, no one heals the same way you do. You may have been wounded the same way but your mind, your body and your soul are as different as they come.

First piece of advice when you're being treated for PTSD is talk to your doctor. You need to be totally honest and open about what you are experiencing. If medication is not working or you're having side affects, tell them so they can change the medication. They may have to change the dose or find something else or combine it with another medication.

If they tell you to go into group therapy and you don't feel as if you can talk in front of a bunch of strangers, try it. If it does not help after a few times, tell your doctor. It's not a failure if you can't do it. It just means you need more one on one in private until you are ready for group. People have a hard time trusting others even when they do not have PTSD, but PTSD adds in the paranoia factor making it virtually impossible to trust strangers. It's also one of the biggest reasons many veterans have temporary set backs when their doctors change. The trust between you and your doctor didn't happen over night but often they are transferred or in some cases, they are deployed, leaving you with someone totally new asking you the same questions you addressed with your original doctor.

Trusting your doctor, liking them, is very important. If you don't trust them, tell the VA to find you another doctor. They cannot help you if you are unable to open up without hesitation. Ask them questions. As they get to know you, make sure you get to know them as well. Give them a chance.

If you hear about a treatment that holds some promise for you, talk to your doctor about it. If they have not heard of it, ask them to check it out and tell you what they think.

Make sure as you address the medical treatments, you are also addressing the other parts of you needing healing. Talk to a spiritual leader of your own faith or find one you are comfortable with. There are many other things you can do to take care of your spirit from yoga, to meditation, to martial arts, taking a walk, listening to relaxing music. There are also combinations of all of the above but again, it depends on what works best for you. Keep trying until you find something that helps you.

Eat properly. With depression comes poor eating habits. Try to keep a well balanced diet.


DO NOT DRINK! Alcohol, especially when you're on medication does more harm than good. Talk to a PTSD veteran healing and you'll find they gave up drinking and self-medicating. The combination of alcohol and medications will depress you even more than you already were.

Remember that above all of this, no treatment works for everyone. Once you know what PTSD is, you're able to find some patience with yourself and the other people in your life as well. Try to get them to understand what's going on with you. Most of the time they love you and are more than willing to help you. When they know what PTSD is, it avoids a lot of problems that can do you more harm than good. Their reaction to you depends on what they understand and are aware of.

Don't fight this alone thinking that you'll just get over it and get back to "normal" once you're home. There is nothing normal about combat. It's not part of a normal daily life and each experience humans have change them for better or worse. It's what you do with the changes that determines your future.

You can find your own kind of normal that works for you and your family. The person you were before PTSD is still in there but it's trapped behind a wall of pain. Once the wall begins to come down after reaching out for help, you will find a flood of emotions coming out. Often veterans cry as the pain is released from inside of them. They fear they are getting worse but I can assure you that the healing has begun. PTSD trapped it all and help opens what has been bottled up. Crying is not a setback or a sign of weakness. It's simply a sign of "humanness"



Fighting the war within
Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:08 PM

By Sylvia Perez and Christine Tressel

January 22, 2009 (WLS) -- Post traumatic stress disorder is a psychological health crisis usually associated with veterans. But it can be triggered by any traumatic event such as a car accident or physical assault.


Some people don't get better with conventional treatments.

Now, an area doctor says an injection commonly used to control pain, can also help a traumatized brain.

The sights and sounds of war. For some veterans the images and feelings don't go away.

"A lot of dead bodies, the destruction. Telling people to do things that could get them killed. That weighs a lot on my mind," said Shane Wheeler, veteran.

After two separate tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, 35-year-old Shane Wheeler made it home with no physical wounds. He thought he left the war behind but the memories of what he experienced in combat wouldn't go away.

"Seeing a few of my friends died in front of me," said Wheeler. "I think that put me over the edge."

Shane now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Symptoms vary but for many it involves re-living traumatic episodes. Researchers believe part of the brain becomes stuck in an overactive state.


And that's why Shane has traveled from Radford , Virginia to Hoffman Estates. He's hoping an experimental procedure involving an injection in his neck will work. It's called a stellate ganglion block.

"It's to reset the area of the brain that has become abnormal where they have this heightened sense of excitement," said Dr. Jay Joshi, anesthesiologist, Advanced Pain Centers.

Dr. Eugene Lipov and his team have been doing this procedure for years to treat severe hot flashes. And now they say it appears to work on PTSD patients.


Shane is the second veteran to give it a try. click link for more

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Stellate Ganglion Block "resets the nerve system the way God built it"

I keep reading report after report looking for something new with PTSD. While you read a lot of reports on this blog about people suffering after trauma, there are hundreds of other news articles and reports you don't see simply because I decide not to post them. Either there is very little value in the report or it's been done to "death" and picked up all over the blog world. Still I keep hoping after all these years of researching PTSD someone would finally come up with something new. It looks as if someone finally did.


Quick relief of PTSD anxiety
By William Hageman Chicago Tribune reporter
August 10, 2008
Jason Brown's return home from a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq should have been happier. But there were nightmares, tension, the constant feeling of being on edge.

"I'd see things out of the corner of my eye, I'd see shadows," says the 29-year-old Army reservist, an engineering technician, who came home to Peoria in July 2007. "I'd be suspicious of things; they were out of place. I didn't sleep well."

He was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, an all-too-common issue among returning military personnel, but one that's not often acknowledged. PTSD can result in nightmares, sleeplessness, restlessness, anger, or an inability to trust others.

It can be triggered by any number of traumatic events, such as sexual or physical abuse, a violent crime, a dangerous event such as tornado or fire, or war.

"These are proud military guys," says Dr. Deborah Little, assistant professor of neurology and director of magnetic resonance research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "You don't talk about anxiety. That's not part of the culture."

Estimates of how many veterans suffer from PTSD range as high as 50 percent. What's not disputed is that most of them are undiagnosed. Dr. Eugene Lipov refers to the growing problem as "the reverse surge."

"It resets the nerve system the way God built it," he says.
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