Has anyone ever tried SPG blocks (Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks) for chronic pain, anxiety, depression or PTSD? I recently learned about this procedure on “60 minutes” as well as a friend informing me about this procedure. I’ve suffered from chronic pain/PTSD related to service connected injuries (multiple neck/back injuries & surgeries) & I am desperate for any sort of relief after trying everything under the sun. I am curious if there are others out there who have heard of this & tried this?
Posted >1 y ago
Tracy, with the recent new regualtions regarding VA healthcare allowing Veterans to seek Community Care as of June 6th, if the VA says your pursuit of these treatment methods are not covered by them at a VA facility because they are considered "experimental", then I would recommend pursuing Community Care option with a specialist. Be advised that any prescriptions may still go through the VA and the pharmacy at the VA could still deny to issue the medicine even though a Community Care civilian doctor authorized it. I am facing this issue now for my TBI... my Community Care civilian neurologist that the VA referred me to (since the VA hospital doesn't have a neurologist) has prescribed me Aimovig and Cambia for my chronic headaches related to my TBI. The pharmacist at the VA refused to issue the medicines unless I agreed to take 3 injections of Botox first! The neurologist as a primary care provider has now filed a complaint against the pharmacist at the VA for interferring with patient treatment. So, I wanted to give you advanced warning that you might face similar issues in your attempt to seek a logical and effective treatment plan. Another piece of advice is to look at the formulary plan to determine if the medicines are covered by the VA. Best of luck and thank you for your service!
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