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Angela replied on Permalink
I’ve just come to realize (I’m now 63) how much a couple of early accidents (complete with concussions) have affected me. As well, I think I’ve been in denial — I see so much of myself in the questions above, so many of my current and long-standing challenges, especially with executive-function related issues. I think, too, that aging is/will contribute to additional cognitive challenges for me.
It is hard not to despair.
Jim Wassman replied on Permalink
I do have T.B.I.
Marijauna helps a lot. I was almost beaten to Death on Dec 12, 1994. I was seeing 3 and possible 4xs vision. I had to put my hands over my eyes to keep them in my sockets. I was reinjured at better-built lumber where they would not give me my workman's comp papers to sign. It took about six months to see a neurologist. Took a CAT scan and MRI and results came up negative. Bullshit, as the MRI itself made me dizzy as hell. I had to sit for a while.
Lights affect me. Even the pilot light on stove effects me. Everything I read about T.B.I fits me to a T.
I love my coffee, but I seem to worsen when I sleep. I have to be super conscious because if I sleep on my right side I wake up very concussed and the day is already wrecked. I take my vitamin E which helps. Recently my neurologist was transferred. My personal doctor is no better.
My life has literary been turned UPSIDE DOWN. Nobody wants to help me and being honest I can't believe I'm going through this bs. I'm trying to collect SS Disability and my lawyer after a year and a half dropped me as a client. I recently worked as a pizza delivery man, and the heat of the oven was killing me. I'm seven months behind in my rent. What an ugly nightmare.
Tim Southerland replied on Permalink
I didn't miss a question. Everyone thinks that I have a drug problem. The ringing in my ears is so loud that i worry about other people hearing it. I have been seeing myself from a distance it seems, it's like I don't remember me. I asked my ex wife when did my memory get so bad and she said after the injury. I feel like i have an explanation but no way to stop it. I miss myself and i am not able to get help. Where does someone like me go to get help? I know that I am getting worse. I have no problem with being an experiment if someone could benefit from it. There was a time when i was a good person and helped a lot of people, i have beautiful children who are great. I have to keep my self away so i don't let them see this. At least i have been honest, I know that i have something wrong in my head.
Wes replied on Permalink
Tim, first it seems like the biggest issue for those of us with MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) is finding help. At least that is what I have found. To start you might try the Resource Directory at the top right of this page to see if there is help in your area. Also I found a couple books that really helped me understand what is going on. Both were written by people who have first hand experienced with brain injuries. The first is "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury : the Guidebook" by Mary Lou Acimovic. lt is a great place to start because it helps with understanding what is going on . And to me that was huge. The second is "Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" by Diane Roberts Stoler. It is good because it is full of information but is written in more of a text book format. It also defines the difference between Mild, Moderate and Severe TBI. This is also helpful to know when you are looking for help. I found both on Amazon and am very glad that I did. I also use the website Lumosity to help me retrain my brain and found that it has helped. It may seem like doing the exercises there is not doing anything but I found with repetition and time the brain does improve. The second book is good because it gives you an insight to the many options for treatments. That is helpful in deciding what to do. Which is not easy when the brain isn't cooperating. Anyway I hope somehow this helps and never forget that good person that you were/are. One step at a time brother one step at a time.
Jacqueline replied on Permalink
That is a beautiful perspective to have Tim. I am sure you will find what you are looking for if you don't give up. I myself underwent a brain injury and one of the number one things that has helped me is the mentality of: If I don't seek answers or help, I will never find either of those things. The saying "ask and you shall receive" only works if you do the asking. I take this one step further and have the personal saying of "seek and you shall find" but like with the previous saying you have to seek or ask to find or get answers. Keep on looking because each question asked is one closer to the answers that will help you.
Also, thank you so much for your comment Wes! The books you mentioned sound VERY helpful! A book that personally helped me was the Brain's Way of Healing by Norman Doidge! It is written by a highly accredited psychiatrist and talks about different cases of people who were deemed medically hopeless and how through something called neuroplasticity were able to recover! The writer of the book has a very relatable and lighthearted approach to the cases at hand. It has really helped me to realize that there is hope for either extreme improvement or even recovery. I highly recommend! Thank you again for the tips! One step at a time indeed! :)
Krissy replied on Permalink
Ty , I ordered both
Gina Masella replied on Permalink
Hi Krissy were those books helpful?
Jered rial replied on Permalink
I have a broken skull that keeps swelling apart, having intense migraines that make me just wanna curl up into a ball. I get tunnel vision when this happens and my ears ring, I get to where I can't complete sentences and have trouble understanding common conversations with people. I have a horrible time with my short term memory as well.
Brenda Newland-... replied on Permalink
I want to know if this can be fixed!?