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Navy SEAL Tried Everything and Finally Found Help with Alpha-Stim®

Alpha-Stim Patient Story

Alpha-Stim is so effective at treating anxiety, insomnia and pain that the U.S. Military relies on it to care for our country’s Servicemen and Servicewomen. Alpha-Stim is an integral part of the U.S. Navy pain management program, as well as the William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s holistic approach to treatment. Alpha-Stim is offered at more than half of the nation’s VAs.

While the Department of Defense certainly knows the benefits of Alpha-Stim, we sometimes receive letters from individual Service Members who want to share their unique success stories. What follows is one such example.

“I suffered my brain injury on Nov 8th, 2003 in Sadr City, Iraq. I got into a hand-to-hand fight with an Al Qaeda cell leader, and during our altercation one of my breaching charges exploded, killing him and knocking me unconscious. My right shoulder was dislocated, my right hip broken, as well as my L4/L5 vertebrae. I lost my hearing in my right ear and was blind in both eyes for about ten days from the flash burns, as well as suffering burns to my throat and fragmentation injuries up my right side. 

Until earlier this year I suffered from the effects of the blast due to the TBI and the complications resulting from the post-traumatic stress (PTS). I have always been able to manage the PTS by working out daily and avoiding situations that cause me anger and hostile thoughts. Mostly I spent time alone and stayed silent in order to avoid confrontation. Like many people, I tried pills, alcohol, fasting, yoga – you name it.

I kept my issues to myself and dealt with them but noticed my depression, hopelessness, and rage were getting worse. Two years ago, I contemplated suicide after my business failed, my wife got breast cancer, and I was fired as a football coach for helping a family in need over the Christmas holidays. Coaches aren’t allowed to buy gifts or donate money to players they directly coach in the state of Washington. All this happened in a four-month period and, as you can imagine, it was very difficult for me. 

I have never spoken to anyone about this and only do so now because I never have to meet you. I’m a proud man and a highly decorated Navy SEAL and I have always carried my own backpack. 

In June, I heard about Alpha-Stim from a SEAL Facebook page. I had sought help via the VA numerous times but to no avail. I contacted someone from the NMC Relief Association in San Diego and flew down to see if it worked.

For the first time in years, I didn’t have a headache. And after,  I slept like I had never slept before. The second treatment, the next day, I cried and cried. I saw my children playing in the front yard, I saw my daughter climbing trees, I had memories I hadn’t had since before the war and again I slept. The third treatment was probably the hardest for me to understand. I had a very violent war memory but this time, instead of it filling me with hatred and rage, I felt mostly nothing. Instead of remembering the event I remembered the laughter we had just before it happened.

I have used the device since then, although not as religiously as I should; but the one thing I’ve noticed is that after every use I sleep, and I wake up much happier. I don’t have conspiratorial thoughts of people out to get me. I have what I consider normal, boring days.

So I wanted your team to know that I’m truly thankful to have something that didn’t require me to take a pill or have to talk to feel better. My family thanks you as they all find me much easier to be around. 

Thank you for all you do. Have a great day.” — D.C., SEAL / MTS Ret.

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