PTSD

Paul Sandhu, MD -  - Pain Management

Pain Solvers

Paul Sandhu, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA & Pleasant Hill, CA

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cause a dizzying combination of symptoms that may leave you feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally unwell. With their years of experience and dedication to individualized care, the team atPain Solvers can help diagnose and manage your PTSD from their offices located in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco or in Pleasant Hill, California. They take a comprehensive treatment approach to pain management, which may include therapy for conditions such as PTSD. For a patient-focused approach to PTSD and its effect on your life, schedule an appointment at Pain Solvers today. Call the office or book your visit online.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

Simply defined, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that occurs as the result of experiencing or witnessing trauma and may cause disturbing thoughts or feelings long after the trauma has ended.

What causes PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often linked to the traumatic events a soldier might experience on the battlefield. However, it’s also a potential issue for those who have seen or directly experienced other types of trauma, which may include:

  • A natural disaster
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Automobile collision or other accident   

Repeated exposure to details of trauma victims, such as social workers who frequently interact with abused children, can also lead to PTSD.

It’s important to note that while PTSD is considered a mental health issue, many of the symptoms related to PTSD are “real,” such as elevated heart rate and blood pressure, rapid, shallow breaths, and muscle tightness.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD can vary in intensity and frequency and may differ from individual to individual. Otherwise, common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Repeated, involuntary memories or intrusive thoughts regarding the traumatic event(s)
  • Avoiding activities, people, or certain places that may remind you of the trauma
  • Unwillingness to discuss the trauma or focus on your feelings about it
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems sleeping

Dreams or flashbacks of the trauma can be symptoms of PTSD as well. These images may be vague or seem so real the individual feels they are reliving the actual event.

Individuals with PTSD may also have problems with startling easily and being hypervigilant regarding their surroundings.

Can PTSD worsen chronic pain?

Research continues to indicate that PTSD can affect your physical health as well as your emotional health. It’s often associated with increased incidences of circulatory, digestive, musculoskeletal, nervous system, respiratory and infectious disease conditions. Those who suffer from PTSD are also known to have an increased prevalence of chronic pain.

To compound the problem, PTSD and chronic pain both tend to make it difficult for you to participate in occupational and social activities. Each can also interfere with your ability to exercise regularly and adopt positive lifestyle habits that lead to improved conditioning and better overall health. It only makes sense, then, that successfully treating PTSD can help improve pain management.

Schedule a visit at Pain Solvers today for patient-focused care that includes PTSD therapy when necessary. Your satisfaction is our goal. Call the office or book your visit online.