Sixteen days ago, my husband, who has been struggling with flashbacks, anxiety, sleep disturbances, mood changes, etc... underwent an experimental treatment for PTSD. Its called the Stellate Ganglion Block, and you can read more about Dr. Lipov and this treatment here http://www.advancedpaincenters.org/
The effects were quick. That day, within 30 minutes or so even, I saw a decrease in his symptoms. That night, we enjoyed dinner together for the first time since 2006. The next day, my husband and I walked around downtown Chicago and window shopped on Michigan Avenue. Then, we had an enjoyable flight back home, after spending HOURS at the O'hare airport.
You think I'm crazy.
He must not have had PTSD *that* bad to begin with.
I am not exaggerating, or lying. Go look for yourself. What do you have to lose? Want to know what we lost? Nothing. The effects were that quick, and that noticable. However, as time goes on, the effect is waning. I am seeing his anxiety creep back. He was supposed to go to inpatient PTSD treatment on Feb 7 but because he was doing so good, we wanted to hold off and enjoy this reprive.
His ptsd symptoms (paranoia, checking stuff, scanning, hand rolling, nightmares, flashbacks) are still much less present in our life right now, but, he is starting to report feeling anxious, tense, "on the edge", and wanting to just "walk away".
It is not unusual for recipients of the SGB to require another injection, we knew this would happen, it was only a matter of when. So he is going back to Illinois later this month to receive his second injection for PTSD. We are very hopeful.
We have come to another conclusion. Rather, we are *coming* to another conclusion. He still needs treatment. The pills alone were not working. The shot is not a cure. Treatment alone is not beneficial. Perhaps arming our young men and women with an arsenol of tools will provide them the path to success and happiness.
We both have our reservations about treatment, we are afraid they will pump him full of pills again. He doesn't want that, nor do I.
I am fiercly protective of him. But I cannot fight this battle for him. I can only fight with him. And up until now, he was not fighting. He was defeated. I was dying from years of fighting alone, and I am only now just beginning to feel my soul awaken.
I know that we are not through this, this is not behind us. But I feel that with this injection, we were given more strength, power, and insight, into *how* to handle this.
As his anxiety begins to slowly boil, his feet are opening again. It will be interesting to see if the injection again helps his feet.
So that is the update on our life with the SGB.
In other news, Fox News chicago will be airing a piece on our injection, and living with PTSD. I hope you google it and watch it.
I hope you share it.
I hope you for just one minute feel the depth and severity of living with PTSD and other war related illness and injuries.
With that said, once you do feel it, once you know it, go to familyofavet.com and learn how you can help....