Fatigue After Brain Injury: Getting Tired of Being So Tired

Question: 

My 28-year-old son was seriously injured in a car accident two years ago and suffered a critical brain injury. He can't walk and is still unable to straighten his legs. What seems to bother him more than anything is how utterly exhausted he is all the time. He was always such an energetic young man and finds the exhaustion terribly frustrating because it prevents him from working as hard as he would like to in physical therapy. How long will the extreme bouts of exhaustion last?

Answer: 

Fatigue is a common problem after brain injury. Estimates of the incidence of fatigue for individuals with TBI range from 50-80 percent. Depression, pain, sleep disturbance, and neuroendocrine abnormalities all have been associated with fatigue after TBI.

You should talk to your son’s physician about this problem so a careful evaluation can be done. Many of the medications that are used to treat spasticity, seizures, and mood can cause fatigue or sleepiness. Sleep disorders are seen in about 30 percent of people TBI even years after injury. In some cases, an overnight sleep study allows you to get a proper diagnosis and decide on treatment. Endocrine problems are becoming increasingly recognized as a cause of fatigue. Low thyroid, low adrenalin, low testosterone, and low growth hormone can all contribute to fatigue. There is a lot of current research being conducted on low growth hormone and how to best assess and treat this increasingly recognized problem.

In some people with TBI — if no cause of fatigue can be found — their doctors often consider stimulants. Common stimulants used include amantadine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), detroamphetamine/ amphetamine (Adderall), modafinil (Provigil), and armodafinil (Nuvigil). Make sure you take your son to a doctor who has experience treating people with brain injury and with using these medications.

Posted on BrainLine June 9, 2011. Reviewed July 26, 2018.

Comments (73)

I had a TBI in 1995 was in a coma for three days and the hospital for four months I have since been married for 20 years and have three children I am on disability because of my severe brain damage but my major fatigue is even worse I have no choice but to push myself to cook and shop for my family and even though my husband is very patient and understanding of my condition I feel my children have suffered the most from not having their mom my husband travels a lot and all I do is sleep I feel so guilty and I have been to every doctor and tried every supplement I could afford with no luck I don’t have the energy to keep fighting I am also majorly depressed because of this is there any support groups or any solutions to permanent brain damage and fatigue

I'm so sorry this happened to you.
Just know that your husband and children are happier to be in a world that has you--even a tired version of you--than a world without you. I know because my husband suffered a brain injury last year and is still tired all the time. Sometime sleeping 4 hrs during the day. But even when I'm sad or angry about this, I'm joyful to have him. And I'm so grateful that our son still has a father.
Please reach out to a support group. I don't know where you live, but many states have them. If that's not an option try your GP.

I suffered concussion 3 months ago. Heavy object fall on my head. I was told it will take up to 5 days to get rid of all symptoms. It has been 3 month post injury and I can barely get through my day. I am a vegetable by 12 pm, start having trembling hands, headache, sleepiness, fatigue and muscle weakness.

It is very frustrating, I am not performing even 1/3 of activity I used to (before I got hit in a head). Doctor performed CT scan, only found arachnoid cyst in my frontal lobe, which is unrelated to injury. He sent me to another neurologist for further evaluation. I was perfectly healthy before though.

I don't know what exactly causing such bad fatigue, but it makes my life absolutely miserable. I am afraid it is going to last forever.

I am a brain injury survivor and fatigue is a symptom from my/ our brain injury , i was told through health care workers that i have to learn to manage the fatigue pace myself , it,s important when i am tired to sit rest for 20 -30 minutes quiet all by myself . or lie down . stop and rest . it will never go away i have to learn to manage the fatigue , it sucks but thats how i have to live Brain injured people should never rush or push quickly when you are tired .. no smoking , no drinking alcohol for brain injured people

I had two non malignant brain tumours removed March 2017. One was attacking my cranial artery, the other was imbedded deeply in my right eye socket bone attached to the optic nerve. I have a titanium plate and screws holding what's left of my eye socket together. My right eye was shut for 6 months and it was considered a miracle that it opened. The right side of my face still suffers from a weird painful numbing sensation and always will. I have been told its permanent. The screws that are obvious and can be easily seen, still hurt if someone even slightly touches them. The doctor claims he removed both tumours. I know that I am lucky to be alive, truly. What I cannot handle, is the extreme fatigue I still have. I struggle walking upstairs. I have to use a railing and it has been 2 years! I used to be so active, at the gym 7 days a week. Now I struggle to put on a pair of pants. I still have headaches and my overall body just aches all the time. I take ibuprofen occasionally when I just cant take it anymore, but I don't want to be dependent on meds. I just don't understand how years later I can be this exhausted all the time. I work, come home and lay on couch until its time for bed. I have no quality of life. My family thinks that I am using my brain surgery as an excuse because they don't understand how I can still be so tired. I am frustrated and often wonder if it would have been better to just die on the table. I am not sure if "this is normal" or if there is something, anything I can do to get my life back. I feel for everyone who has gone or is going through brain surgery.

I suffered a ruptured brain aneurism 15 years ago, I still have fatigue, but I'm also diabetic and 58, so hormones may be a contribution. I try to get 8 hours of sleep every night, I work full time, come home exhausted, pain everywhere. But I'm surviving. I just wish i had more energy! Prayers for everyone. It's not easy! But, we're all blessed to be here to tell our stories! ROCK on!

Hi everyone.

I suffered a major TBI after falling 35ft from a ladder at my job and landed on cement. I don't remember the fall. I was airlifted to a hospital unresponsive and seizing. cat scan showed a midline shift due to 2 blood vessels broken in frontal cortex. 13 hr brain surgery with craniotomy and 2 weeks in a coma with a broken jaw.

It's now 13 years later and I work as a car mechanic. Been married since '04. Shortly after the accident, my wife got cancer. I was super vigilant and was with her every second.

After things calmed down, I found myself extremely tired and run down. As I started to get my life in order, I noticed that I just didn't have the energy anymore. My brain is tired by 3 pm and I just have enough energy to drive home, eat and go to sleep. My wife argues with me that I'm just lazy and the brain injury is just an excuse to not do anything.

I've also no impulse control and have cheated on my wife. I don't understand why. So now I'm just lazy and a cheater and I can't seem to do anything right anymore. I doubt myself all the time. I'm an anti-social sociopath with no sense of empathy. I feel like a train wreck. I can't afford health insurance, so seeing a neuropsychologist is out of the question. think about suicide sometimes.

I find it very hard to talk to my wife about this because she got her life back together after cancer and she thinks the brain injury shouldn't be any different. She says I should stop crying about it and get my life in order. So to all you out there in the world dealing with a TBI and shitty things you feel about yourself after having a TBI, my heart and tears go out to you. I'm a grown ass man of 41 years and I can't get my shit together, so I understand.

Hi - i suffered very similar things after a car accident/come/hospitalization about a year ago and a TBI - have you had any luck? I am downing coffee just to stay awake and another sufferer suggested testosterone pills - any luck for you?

Good evening.. Thank you for this post i have the same problems after multiple near fatal car and semi accidents then four years ago i survived an accidental sawed off shotgun blast to the face up through my frontal lobe now there's pellets in my head that can't be removed till they work themselves out i am a 40 year old that cant get approved for disability or get motivated to get onto my feet at anytime of the day. I call myself lazy and useless for this, but cannot do anything about it.. Your not alone.. And now i know i am not alone in this struggle... The only real comfort i enjoy in life now is jesus, my wife and daughters

I was in 2 major car accidents..

1st one 2 artificial discs 2nd one TBI

Before perfectly healthy...

Now I have black circles in my vision not really interested in anything and just the whole world is completely different in many ways of how I knew it....Tired all the time

Before I probably would agree with your wife, but having this there is no way anyone even the doctors understand it... I said if you were in my body to most people I believe would not be able to cope with it...

That being said I commend you on any task you might be able to do because I completely know what your going through...best wishes

Neurofatigue:
Everything and anything you ever do or think requires brain power.
Think about it.
Neurofatigue
00:56
12.24.'18

Neurofatigue acquired after brain injury. Once the neurons depleted, then you may see.
00:07
2.17.'19

Neurofatigue, it has a hold on me.
Neurofatigue, a consequence of brain Injury.
Everything I hear and everything I see wears me out and drains all of my energy literally it's called neurofatigue.
05:39
2.17.'19

Due to the extra effort and attention it takes to do even simple activities such as walking or talking clearly contributes to Neurofatigue.
Neurofatigue, it has s hold in me.
05:47
2.17.'19

As tears roll out of my eyes after reading your story, I totally understand what your going through! I have had 2 brain tumors, one 23yrs ago and my other 7yrs ago and ever since I have been told by my old best friend I have no feelings for anyone, I find myself very hateful at times. I am so ridiculously tired alot and can't preform like I used too. I've brought this up to Dr's and they say it has nothing to do with my past brain tumors. If I could just switch heads with them for a day I think they would understand. They say I'm tired because I'm a mother of two and my job; childcare. I am chronically depressed and hold everything in. I know it's because of what I've been through but it seems no one understands. I cry alot and feel like a failure and yes thought about suicide but I have so much to live for! My family means the world to me, even though they might not believe or realize why I'm exhausted alot. It's really tough and wish someone could help me feel normal. My thoughts and feelings go out to you and only wish we could get the right help, I will pray for you!! So no you shouldn't stop crying about it, it is so differcult and seems no one understands!

Hi I'm isaac I know what it's like to I'm 18 years old I've had two brain injuries one moderate the other borderline severe and three concussions I wrecked my 1998 electraglide when I hit a gravel patch it was 11 40 degrees out and I had on a light jacket I didnt go fully prepared I went down on the left side hit my hea don pavement my leg got caught on the fearing the. The bike flipped it rolled since my leg was stuck I went with the bike and got slammed on my right side then the bike rolled over me I got hit on the back of my head and knocked out for I would say 10 minutes and when I came to I had an open would on my head 4 inch long half inch deep I was in and outta the hospital that night they took me I would live and to suck it up my second injury came a month later when I had worked a thirteen hour shift at still water I was running a stand for osu cooking the hotdogs so driving back I was extremely tired I feel asleep in the car and my eyes came open when my head was going thru the windshield on my left every since that accident I have never been right probably wont ever be and no one understand my persistent fatigued feel all the time like it don't matter how much I sleep I'm tired and I have had persistent headaches as well and my ears will bleed at times I'm always nauseous and I get moody as well and every one of my friends say just because I'm jacked up doesn't make me any different but they just don't understand what it's like to be us the people that have went thru some stuff so it doesn't make anybody less of a man or woman to break down sometimes so don't let anyone tell you different my prayers are with you and God bless you all

If a loved one is not willing to educate themselves about what one is experiencing and uses guilt as a motivation, it is a clear sign of emotional immaturity. I finally had to leave my wife of 26 years when she replied to my statement that if she continues treating me unkindly, I will just kill myself, (not a threat, I had been planning for several months, not cry baby but real loss of will to live) her answer was that I should kill myself.......wow I learned who she truly is....and left.......

I totally understand how you all feel. I had a TBI 2yrs ago and I still suffer from concussion fatigue and now I have psoriasis which is an autoimmune disease and can cause fatigue also. It is so hard to get through my days. I wish more doctors knew this was so common, or people in general . I get " you are still having issues that long " I wish they could feel it for one day to understand !! I just wanna feel like me again....it's very hard.

How awful for you. Your wife is bitter about all the time she feel she wasted with you and that’s not fair to you. I am glad you made the decision to be without her. Has your will to live changed, since she left?
Please don’t kill yourself. Maybe, I could help you?
Kindly, Sabrina

I fell from about 10 feet at work landing backwards striking my head on The ground. Video surveillance shows I laid there for about four minutes my body also, started convulsing as I laid there, I then got up staggering to the front office. I don’t remember going by ambulance I remember vaguely being in the ER, This happened November 24, 2017.
This was my 5th concussion. I had all kinds of problems and still believe I do like not tasting food blacking out and my arms Trimble . I still feel tired all the time and restless at night I lose track of time or can’t recall parts of my week .I have trouble even speaking now. Oh I am 48. I went five months without seeing a doctor just the ER doctors because I had to make several more trips to the ER where I was found unconscious

I was in a wreck almost 5 years ago that resulted in a severe TBI. I was never expected to be able to walk or talk again. Well, I do both, even have a full-time job, which for the 1st time since the wreck I'm considering giving up due to neuro-fatigue. It seems to have gotten worse over time. One thing I've learned is there is no rhyme or reason with brain injury & no two are the same.

I suffered a TBI back in 2012. I have come along way, but the fatigue still takes a toll on my everyday. I started working part-time about 4 months ago and was recently fired due to how exhausted I was at work. Not to mention when I got home from work I was useless and needed to nap.

I am so sorry you have had such a rough time and were fired for something that is out of your control. I have recently had to quit my job of 26 years due to my concussion from a fall. Wishing you luck on getting back on your feet. I have found the local spa to be very helpful w. the pain associated w. my injury- heat alternating with cold brings relief like nothing else for me. Best.

My mother had a large lymphoma tumor removed from her cerebellum 6 weeks ago and has been sleeping alot since. There is very minimal cancer left and she received methotrexate chemo yesterday. She has been sleeping 95% of the time since the day before the treatment. She is also on 7 different pills including, an anti fungal injection and a steroid. Is this normal? When can we expect her to be awake and have energy again?

With all those pills fighting eachother and going through chemo, I would say never. Energy is a gift only granted to those who are healthy. Chemo alone is enough to wear down an elephant...
Just love her!

I apologize in advance for somewhat hijacking this thread. I was born with fatigue and I think it is due to a brain defect but try and get anyone in the medical profession to believe that. I noticed that other children at school were all running around and having a blast during recess and didn't understand it. I was abnormal when I was 10 but was better at 10 than, 15. Better at 15 than 20, etc.. I had medical insurance for the first time at 21 and I was immediately diagnosed with depression. I thought it wasn't right but I was too tired to research and fight for myself. Whenever fatigue is mentioned, depression is the cause. Of coarse I had blood tests. Once you are diagnosed with that, that's all anyone in the medical profession will hear/see/cling on to.

I am now 53. My health is awful due to not being able to take care of myself due to the fatigue. It doesn't get better, it only gets worse, faster now too.

I know this post won't amount to anything good, but I'm having a particularly bad day and needed to vent.

I will die soon, in a horrible health condition situation, due to what the fatigue made me, with never had having a life and no one cares nor listens and tries to fit the square peg of my condition into a round hole of common, bullshit, that tests would prove if it were true, (except the over used diagnose of depression), diagnoses.

Hi Darcy, just read your post from 2017. I wanted you to know that when I was 8 I suffered an injury to my head, behind my left ear. I am now 53 years old and have been on disability for roughly 10 years for chronic pain. I just wanted you to know you are not alone and I KNOW your suffering, it has been my life too, just cry all the time and no help, no one understands. Just wanted you to know your not alone.

Thanks everyone. I just recently suffered a tbi at work. I'm, well I was a heavy equipment op. At a coal mine. My injury was to the back of my head. Was put on disability for 2 months. Because of terrible doctors and other things my job found a way to let me go. So I'm trying to get well quickly cause I've got to have a job. But the fatigue and bad memory, getting angry easily have left me isolated. But I know now I'm not alone. I'm sorry there are so many of us dealing with this disability. But I'm glad we all found this site. Thanks again. And remember don't give up if doctors won't help keep reading til you find what does. We are the best judge of what we need.

Jimmy,

If you don’t have a job, apply for Medicaid. It’s very easy to get instantly approved online.

You may have already gone back to work, since you posted this comment.

My husband suffered a head injury from a recent car accident. I am disabled and am only 48yrs old. However, not as disabled/injured as many on this particular website. My husband is though and it’s been a very horrible ordeal.

My husband will never work again and nobody will help us financially. My husband is suing both insurance companies, but this could take a lot of time and bills don’t wait for you. Time is not on our side.

With all the Stress my husband is getting worse mentally and I have to be strong for the both of us. Unfortunately, I’m not superwoman and this isn’t a movie with some - Sappy Ending!

I too am getting emotionally strained. Why can’t the USA help people like us? I tried and I make too much money.

My total monthly household income from SSDI is $1642. This is less than $20K per year for two people to live on? No it’s not humanly possible for one person to live on!

I hope you feel better.
Sabrina

Hi, I too get angry a lot. I found some things that help. I am doing neurofeedback therapy. It seemed silly playing computer games until I realized I was remembering things better and learning to deal with my short fuse.it took me two months to really notice. Another thing that keeps me calm is L-theanine. It's a natural supplement that you drink with a cup of green tea. I find when I wake up irritated it helps allot. I almost got divorced from my injury because I was all over the place! At night take a sleep aid there's no shame in that.I take melatonin. I now take Adderall around 3 o'clock because I find that's when I short circuit out and lose focus which yup I get mad. I also talk to my neurofeedback doctor because he's also a psychologist. Don't shut down just back up and breathe.you have to get a sense of humor about a head injury. Also, work out, go for walks and talk to God he doesn't ask questions like a spouse! I hope I helped take care.

It’s not that simple in all case with a head injury or fatigue. Also, Adderall will definitely pep you up, but is very addictive.

You’re lucky to have a spouse that ask questions. When your spouse stops asking you questions, you should worry! lol..

My husband can’t go work-out or go for walks, yet. Maybe never. He’s not physically disabled, but does have pain throughout his entire body.

His brain injury from a recent car accident has just been a nightmare for us both. I can’t live without my husband and vice versa. Nobody gets this part?

Sabrina

Workers Comp is terrible! Do you have a lawyer?

I was assaulted almost 2 years ago, left with 3 fractures and a bleed on the brain. I had a seizure 2 weeks after but none since. I suffered with dizzy spells for the first 6 months and then on random occasions. Now I suffer with extreme fatigue, I try to sleep at proper times but I tend to wake up during the middle of the night. My blood tests are normal, thyroid etc. My blood pressure and oxygen levels are all perfectly normal... Yet I can't seem to find enough energy to do any activities. Please advise

So glad I found this! I also suffer from severe exhaustion! We had a horrible accident in 2015. I spent a month in ICU, suffered TBI and had a large piece of my skull stored in my side for 4 months. For the first year I was tormented by not being able to sleep. Nothing helped. Now move forward a year and I can't get enough sleep. I mean SLEEP, for about 16 hours a day;(. People don't understand that you literally cannot keep your eyes open. Please share if you find something that works,) Count your blessings;)

90% of concussion patients have vision issues. Go see an optometrist with FCOVD designation. Your regular optometrist will "probably" not detect binocularity issues.

Omg! Thank you. I've gone for times and they all tell me I have 20/20. No, I don't! It's so frustrating.then they told me to go to a neuro-ophthalmologist and they said my brain is not understanding what I'm looking at like my eyes not talking to my brain properly. But no one's doing anything and I'm getting mad about it.

I had a auto accident 6 mos ago and still have signs of post concussion syndrome - I also had vision issues and the neuro- opthomoligist said my eyes are in a constant state on contraction so I get dizzy spells not BPPV - and extreme fatigue - my eyes are so strained because they are not working with my brain - yes I’m 69- and had a injury in a accident .3 years ago - it’s making me crazy because if you can’t see something on a xray like a broken arm no one can understand !

Thanks so much for writing this! I was in a car accident a little over 2 years ago. The sub dueral hematoma shifted my brain until a crainiotomy was preformed. Last year my eyesight got even worse. I went to an optometrist who told me my cataracts were bad. I had those removed and still can't see very well. The optometrist told me I am exaggerating. I know how bad I see and have a feeling that my eyes are ok but something is amiss between my eyes and my brain. After reading what you wrote, I will seek out a neurologist/ optometrist.

Sandy,

That’s the best kind of Eye Specialist to see for your condition.

Actually anyone reading this should only see a neuro-optometrist. Other Eye Doctors are not experienced enough to make any real decisions or diagnosis, but may not refer you to this type of specialist. They don’t know one and they are limited in their own realm of expertise. Ask your pimarary doctor to refer you again.
Best- Sabrina

I had a 6 cm brain tumor removed in September 2015 and been exhausted ever since. My neurosurgeon doesn't want to know saying only counseling will help and my GP is simply out of her depth. I've done a lot of research on this and what's helping me this last week is acetylcysteine. It's not a drug but a supplement and works by aiding the production of glutathione which counteracts over production of glutamate (which is often seen in patients with cognitive fatigue). You can buy glutathione supplements but they don't pass the blood/brain barrier very well. I've just ordered some msm as that stimulates glutathione production as well

I am 28 years old now, going on 29 come this November. I had my stroke on the operating table during a surgery to remove a brain tumor when I was 26. The blood flow to my hippocampus was temporarily cut off, which is how/why my stroke occurred. The fatigue is only somewhat manageable with coffee and sleep, but I really hope there is an answer to curing my fatigue that I haven't yet stumbled upon. I still can't work as I'm constantly exhausted, and I find that my life is rather limited due to my fatigue. People suggest going to the gym like I used to before my stroke/surgeries, but I just don't have the energy to do it! I barely have the energy to get out of bed most days! I used to go to the gym 7 days a week and could max out the machines doing certain exercises, but now I can barely curl a 15 lbs dumb bell and just want to sleep! Please tell me the fatigue goes away! I just want a "normal" life again! (Never was all that normal to begin with!) I feel bad, because my Mom sees me every day as I cannot move out because I can't work; don't get me wrong, I love my Mom, I just wish I could be normal again for her! It makes me sad because I feel like she and many others look at me, and remember who I was before the stroke, so full of energy, ambition, drive; and now I am this... I really hope I'm not stuck this way!

I had a vasospastic stroke when I was 27. I am 41 now and can say that much of my function and energy returned after 8-10 years, but it was a long road and I am not 100% what I was before the stroke (and I'm quite a bit older). I lived at the gym before my stroke, too.

The memories of past abilities can inspire you forward. Just don't get too down on yourself. The extreme exhaustion of a head injury, and the psychological/emotional pain that accompanies it is not well understood in medicine or society. Because so few understand this, it is even more important to respect your body's messages and the power a brain injury exerts over the whole body and quality of life.

I am so sorry you have to go through this. You are still many things and stronger than you know. Being gentle with your healing process can accelerate it. It takes quite a bit of energy to fight the new reality you are living. It took me ages to learn that I heal faster when I am not so judgemental of my current state.

As I get older, I feel younger. I feel like I had to walk through old age in m 20s and 30s before I could get back to 30-something and midlife.

There is value in having a later-life perspective. It puts things in their due place. If you find that it is tough to relate to people your own age after the stroke, seeking out those who are in later midlife and older can be valuable; these are people who can relate more to slowing down a little due to physical changes. :) Life is a marathon; not a sprint.

Thank you all so much!!!!! I actually acquired an ABI which is just like a TBI and I am so tired all the time just like all of you are. Did any of you attend CNS??? (Center for Neuro Skills) ! did since May 11...although I'm outpatient now. I couldn't talk for like a month or 2 after my accident. And thank god they helped me. Sorry a lil off the subject....but I go to the doctor next Wed and thank you all so damn much for commenting about this....maybe I will finally get some help, thank God

Another element in my post-TBI exhaustion: my brainwaves had been knocked out of sync, so they were stuck in high-beta (aka. high attention) mode, which is exhausting. I did neurofeedback to increase my low beta (mellow attention) activity.

My 31 year old daughter (at the time) suffered a TBI  12 years ago, was in a coma for a month, semi-conscious for another two months, and finally, after three months became communicative.  Fortunately, she has since recovered much of her cognitive and physical abilities, but her fatigue in the beginning was constant.  We tried everything and anything to keep her awake so she could participate in her rehabilitation exercises.  Gradually, over time, her fatigue became less.  She still needs to take a morning and afternoon nap most of the time, however, and goes to bed earlier than most people in the evening.  But we have discovered her fatigue is not  physical beyond what anyone else might experience.  It is mental.  If she spends much time in a noisy or confusing atmosphere, she tires easily and needs to find a quiet place to rest for a short while to recover.  Her brain simply can no longer block out the extraneous noise of, say, a noisy restaurant or other such loud confusing place.  She enjoys playing in a community band, for instance, but trying to block out all the other instruments so she can concentrate on her own playing is tiring.  She puts up with it, though, because she loves playing with the group.  And that's pretty much the answer to the question about fatigue after suffering a TBI.  As many other people have commented before me, the tiredness does not go away.  It's better some days and worse on others.  In order to make the most of all your days, you learn WHAT makes you tired specifically, then find ways to cope with it.

OMG this site is reinforcing my belief that I’m not crazy. I agree, I have LESS fatigue if I don’t go anywhere or talk to anyone. Restaurants are difficult to deal with. The noises and lights, people talking and laughing. I can only take it for a short time and then have to go home to bed and cover up my head for 2-3 hours. The headache and fatigue are debilitating. I got a concussion at work over 7 months ago. A quick comment, yes, Worker’s Comp SUCKS. An 80-100 pound, 8 foot steel door frame fell over and hit me on top of the head. I didn’t see it coming. I have all 12 of the symptoms listed for post concussion syndrome. Like someone mentioned, you can’t see the brain injury like a broken arm, and brain injuries are not the same for all of us. Pretty much it’s like we’re screwed. What got me to this site was the statement, I’m tired of being tired.

I got run over by a vehicle in 2007. I got thrown 40 feet and suffered several injuries. I suffered a severe concussion the second of my adult life. I have lost all my energy and it is everything to just get out of bed. I don't remember the first 15 or so days after the accident. I'm not sure what to do. I'm tired of being tired. Any suggestions?

My husband suffered a TBI after a pool filter exploded, he was in a coma for 2 weeks, treated very poorly due to hospital SOP for treating "head injuries".

Every brain injury is different as are the deficits which come from the brain injury, My husband has seen many a DR. & my advice to all TBI's & caregivers is please go see a Functional Neurologist, they treat brain injuries in ways that will make you go OMG who knew & will leave you thinking about outside the box therapies...

My husbands TBI is going on 5 years & I know we still have challenges ahead. Remember EVERY Brain Injury is different, this includes ALL deficits. 

In May it will be 2 years since I fainted in a hotel bathroom and ended up on the top of a tile tub, fracturing my temporal bone, tearing the lining of my brain, blowing out my ear and (if that wasn't enough) having 17 staples in the back of my head because the force of the fall picked me up and threw me into the leg of the sink. I'm a runner and only find relief from my "bobble head" feeling when I sleep or run. But the last 6 weeks has been difficult for me. I'm tired all the time, my head feels worse and I've lost most drive to get excited about anything. Nothing feels better than sitting if I'm not running. I can't seem to get started on tasks that I once loved doing and when I do start them I have to talk myself into sticking with them. I've always been a go getter but doing nothing fits me just fine. I don't even enjoy socializing and if I do I want to sit or lean. Will this ever go away?

I suffered a TBI last September 2015 in a car accident that was not my fault. I was stationary and was hit hit by a car that was driven by a guy who was Drunk and on drugs, who had been out of jail for 1 month. He left me there. I was knocked out straight away, I was cut out of my car and had surgery that night to relieve pressure from my brain. I am still dealing with getting around the ins and outs of Cognitive Fatigue.... Reading the comments of this page has made me realise i am not alone and I understood what I am going through by reading all your comments... sometimes I feel like I am being to hard on myself and I over-do it a lot, and i dont rest enough... and then ultimately crash and burn. So thankyou for all this very useful information. 

Wow i'm so happy I found this. I was in a major accident, coma for a month and didn't really do any rehab after. For the last 5 years i've been feeling so alone. I have pushed myself harder then ever but seem to get fired from jobs for not concentrating, remembering things and making constant mistakes. I've been blaming myself for being stupid, not caring enough about the positions, ect. My gym recovery times were 10x the normal persons, I thought I was just being weak in the head. I wasn't like this before and thought I was making this up, using my car accident as an excuse and somehow convinced myself. I've been one hell of a mess. I hope this gets better. Life has been so depressing but i've been eating well (paleo style) and physically toned up (got a 6 pack) from trying to fix this issue. I can definitely say exercise and diet does improve the situation, but i'll probably take it more easy in the gym and put less stress/strain on my already overworked body

I suffered a TBI 4 years ago. Exhaustion was definitely a problem for me, as well as short term memory issues, difficulty concentrating, and I had a terrible time with noise (any loud noises, and background noise).  The last 5 months, I have been taking a brain supplement from Princeton University, and my energy is back up, and my memory and concentration issues are significantly better.  I am so glad I finally am improving!

Adrienne P

What is the name of the supplement.

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