Veteran Sexual Trauma Survivor Returns with PTSD Breakthrough

With 1 in 5 women in the military being a victim of sexual violence, it makes them 9 times more likely to develop PTSD. Past Doctors guest Debra is a symbol that survival is possible and she returns to share her inspiring story.

Earlier this season, the single mom shared that she was the victim of a sexual assault while serving which caused her crippling PSTD. She was also dealing with chronic pain in her lower back and hips and did not have a permanent home of her own. We enlisted the help orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brad Thomas, to help with her pain, and pain management specialist and anesthesiologist Dr. Eugene Lipov, to treat her PSTD.

“Everything has changed,” a vibrant and smiling Debra tells The Doctors. “I’m feeling better, my kids are better. We found a place [to live]. I got a job offer. So everything has been tremendously 100 percent better.”

Prior to being treated by Dr. Lipov, where he used an injection of Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB), which can reboot the brain’s fight or flight instinct, Debra shares that she constantly felt “on alert” and now she says that feeling of anxiety has finally dissipated. She also shares that she’s now able to manage her pain and she is off her pain management medications.

“With the [SGB] shot, I went from survival to living,” Debra says.



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Rick Burth has seen things we experience only in nightmares.

Twenty seven years as a U.S. Marine and Army National Guardsman. Iraq, Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina and the San Diego Fires.

Rick says the years went by quickly, but during his long miles of service and the things he saw, like many veterans, he has to deal with an unwelcome reality: Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Back stateside, Rick was edgy, quick tempered and couldn’t sleep. His mind unfocused, but for the things that had happened to him. Things people don’t understand unless they’ve done things Rick had to do in places people don’t visit. Rick knows deep down what it is.

“Some of the things I’ve seen and done over the years you really don’t think it affects you, but yet it does,” Rick said.

Not long ago, Rick heard about a Chicago-area doctor who was offering shots to veterans that claimed to cure PTSD. “Stellate Ganglion block,” is injected into the neck nerves, and quells symptoms of anxiety and depression most identified with PTSD sufferers. It’s an anesthetic hundreds of military vets and first responders have received, with 80 percent of them claiming almost instant relief from PTSD symptoms.

“We presented a paper in New York regarding 10 patients who were done under local anesthetic that it worked in 30 minutes,” Dr. Eugene Lipov, the Chicago Anesthesiologist giving the shots, said.

Dr. Frank Ochberg is a renowned PTSD Specialist. He was amazed at the results.

“Dr. Lipov gave the block to someone with head and neck pain who also had PTSD and his PTSD went away suddenly and dramatically,” Ochberg said. “I said, ‘hey, what’s going on here.’”

Rick went to Chicago and got his shots, offered free to veterans who qualified and wanted to try anything that might help. He says it’s worked, for him.

“Things have been very peaceful at my home. I have two boys ages nine and 12…and they got their dad back even though they really didn’t know who dad was, what type of person I was, until this happened,” Rick said. “Ever since then, things have been great.”

The government isn’t sold on the PTSD shot yet.

“We don’t provide this treatment for PTSD and are waiting for more scientific support of its effectiveness,” Dr. David W. Schafer of the Northern California Department of Veterans Affairs, said.

Rick says he feels 99.9 percent better and back from that dark place he’d been for years. How long his PTSD shots last, we’ll see. If he needs more down the road, he’s all in.

Rick’s mother-in-law, Linda Ferrari, is the one who tipped him off to the shot from Dr, Lipov. She’s behind a major fundraiser – The Second Annual Global PTSI Foundation Golf Tournament and Fund Raiser – scheduled for Sept. 11, 2017, at Granite Bay Golf Club. One hundred of the money raised goes to help military and first responders. The goal is to provide 100 treatments for those in need.


Can the Wrongfully Imprisoned Be Healed of Their Trauma?

By The Doctors Staff on 12:00 AM PT, May 15, 2017

Ricky, Nancy, and Clarence have all been imprisoned for terrible crimes – crimes they never committed. Now the three of them join The Doctors to discuss the lingering trauma of these experiences, and how they are able to move forward.

Ricky says that the company of the other wrongfully imprisoned means everything to him. “We never pass up an opportunity to meet and be together, because we know there’s that level of understanding amongst us. We have our family and our friends, but they can never really understand the depths of our emotional trauma.” He adds, “When I see these guys, I just automatically light up!”

All three suffer from anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow tells them, “I don’t think there’s any amount of therapy that can erase what happened to you.”

PTSD Specialist Dr. Eugene Lipov explains, “I look at PTSD as a biological phenomenon. When the body is put through an extreme circumstance of any form, the fight-or-flight response is kicked into gear. You know exactly what I’m talking about!” he says to Clarence, who is nodding. “A mild sound can set it off.”

He says the same is true for Jennifer, who was raped and then, decades later, suffered the additional trauma of learning she had helped convict the wrong man of the crime. “I can’t even imagine how horrible that would feel,” Dr. Lipov tells her.

Their brains have adapted to help them survive in horrible circumstances, he explains, but now those adaptations are causing them continual stress. But Dr. Lipov has a treatment – an injection to turn off nerve fibers created during the trauma, and return the brain to its original state. The procedure has been used to help returning veteran Special Operations officers.

Now Dr. Lipov offers this treatment to Jennifer, Clarence, Nancy, and Ricky. “You don’t have to live in misery forever.”

ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork reassures them that The Doctors will take care of any travel and logistics to help them get treated. “I truly hope and pray that the three of you can find some hope and peace in all this, because your stories are compelling as any I’ve ever heard.”


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The trauma of that time behind bars left Elkins with a lifetime of repercussions and PTSD. Eleven years after his release, Elkins has tried a fairly unknown treatment to deal with that post traumatic stress, and is hoping that one injection to block certain nerves can give him his life back.

FOX 8 went with him and his wife to Chicago, and documented the moments that he received the treatment.


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Mass Shooting Survivor—Is her PTSD Cured?

Shelly survived a mass shooting that killed five at her workplace in the Cascade Mall – but she was left with crippling PTSD. The Doctors sent her to PTSD Specialist Dr. Eugene Lipov for a pioneering therapy.

Now Shelly is back with an update on her condition.

Dr. Lipov performs a systemic amygdala blockade – an injection in the right side of Shelly’s neck at the C6 vertebra to block signals of stress and trauma in her brain.


Man’s PTSD Cured with Injection?

Tim was a fireman in New York City stationed at The World Trade Center on 9/11 and was in the South Tower when it collapsed. Miraculously he survived, but the former fireman is still haunted by the trauma of that horrific day.

He still suffers from extreme post-traumatic stress. Loud noises cause him to jump and cringe in fear. In addition to his PTSD, he’s also suffering from depression and has come to The Doctors to hopefully escape his nightmare.

“For me to survive, I have to do something,” he explains. Tim met with Dr. Eugene Lipov, the Chief Medical Officer at the Global Post Traumatic Injury Foundation, to receive an injection that has been known to cure PTSD. Dr. Lipov administers an injection of SGB, Stellate Ganglion Block, which can reboot the brain’s fight or flight instinct. He says the injection can be effective for years. For Tim, he required a series of shots to achieve the results he was looking for. They join ER physician Dr. Travis Stork to share more about this promising procedure.

Tim gives an update on how the injection is working. “About 36 hours later, I was like flying, I was floating on air,” he says, explaining that he felt as if a weight has been lifted from him and that he had noticeable and positive changes for the better since getting the injection.

Dr. Lipov says the injection is capable of rebooting the brain to a pre-trauma state. He explains that multiple studies are underway to learn more about the effectiveness and future possible uses for Stellate Ganglion Block injection.


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Dr. Eugene Lipov, MD. of Chicago’s Hoffman Estates has treated over 500 people with PTSD with a 74% success rate with a simple yet remarkable nerve block injection that cuts the over production of norepinephrine. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and may need to be administered again in 6 months – and in some cases at a year out.

What is norepinephrine? It’s a normally triggered for the “fight or flight” response. In severe events in battle causes this trigger over and over and in major events, can cause a physical overgrowth of sympathetic nerves causing the chemical epinephrine to be released in a constant and hyper sensitive manner. The feeling of being rubbed out, the ability to sleep and the feeling of worth take a daily toll with someone suffering from PTSD.

The good news is the overgrowth of extra nerves can grow back to normal in most patients. Because the nerve block is immediate, the instant benefits are realized in 30 minutes after the block is performed. The procedure is safe and is x-ray guided to an exact location and takes about 10 minutes, says Dr. Eugene Lipov, MD.

Insurance has not covered this procedure but Dr. Lipov has trials with over 500 patients and is hopeful for funding to bring this to a mainstream offering.


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Bethany began struggling with PTSD after surviving a horrific car crash that she talked about on The Doctors last year. The Doctors sent her to Dr. Eugene Lipov to try out the new stellate ganglion block injection to help her symptoms. See how Bethany’s doing today.