PTSD TREATMENT SHOWING PROMISE
Naval Medical Center San Diego’s clinical trial reducing sufferers’ symptoms with injections that numb nerves in the patients’ necks
By Nathan Max
FEB. 24, 2013
James Hardy has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for more than a decade.
A retired Navy intelligence officer who deployed 10 times over a 28-year career, including seven deployments into combat zones, Hardy, 53, first suffered what he described as a nervous breakdown in 2000. Six years later, he started drinking heavily, became distant from his wife and three children, suffered anxiety issues and was aggressive and confrontational.
That was before he participated in a clinical trial for an experimental PTSD treatment at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Hardy is one of about 30 patients receiving Stellate Ganglion Block injections in his neck, and he said the shots have worked.
As part of the study, Hardy received three injections that led to relief from his symptoms ranging from one day to three weeks, he said. The procedure is meant to numb nerves in the neck that can cause physical arousal and therefore allow patients to feel more calm and decrease the symptoms of PTSD.
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Monday, February 25, 2013
Navy answer to PTSD, numb them!
Got PTSD? Take a pill. When that doesn't work, they drink. They do drugs. They do anything possible to numb what they do not want to feel. Numbing is not healing yet, the Navy decided that it is "better than nothing" so they pay money to do it. Yep, it isn't free. Someone is making money on this one and not healing them will keep feeding pockets of drug companies, research groups with huge grants and in the end, morticians handling the funerals of at 22 veterans a day that should have livesd!