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Unread 04-03-2012, 08:17 PM   #11
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Nick, you are in my world.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 01:03 AM   #12
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... Yep! Same here, Guys.

And at ~ 4 yrs. post-collision.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 05:30 AM   #13
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Theta,

How are you doing?

Same ol' same ol' ?

Nick and others,

Speech therapy is not just about speaking. They use it to diagnose dysfunctions in the brain. They also use speaking tasks to exercise specific parts of the brain. They often teach techniques for overcoming many of the concussion dysfunctions. I saw a speech therapist but I was already doing all of the techniques she expected to teach me. In fact, I had learned tricks that she had never heard of.

It is worth a try.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Unread 09-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #14
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Theta,

How are you doing?

Same ol' same ol' ?
Hi, Mark -

Thanks for asking.
I was doing better last year; this year not so well.
(Hey, 1 out of 4 yrs.)

Unlike most here, I've been dealing with this all along entirely on my own, alone/solo. No surviving family, and no longtime-community of friends "Down Here", no supportive network.

And as we've spoken of before, I know that you know the general consciousness 'Down Here', as well as the medical/health care community here is not 'progressive'.
I've given up.

I'll PM you, Mark, about my choosing now, instead, to go next month to Georgia, to do a rigorous 10-day insight meditation training (10-days silent), *free*, and *no co$t* simple (zen-like) room&board on-site.

It is my hope/intention to learn a way/a tool to work-with-my- mind, simply as it is, however I am.

This seems truly my only hope and best option, for me, in my own post-TBI "disparate circumstances". '

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Unread 10-01-2012, 09:25 AM   #15
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Hi Nick,

I got into speech therapy after waiting over a year. We are working on short term memory issues and deductive reasoning puzzles. I find it's useful in two ways. One way is I get out of the house and secondly my therapist is very knowledgable on the topics and I find she can educate me when I have a question. I hope you get in soon.
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Unread 10-01-2012, 10:24 AM   #16
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ThetaZ,

I am about 3 and a half years and tried so many things and didn't have much success any of it. Neurofeedback, Cranio sacral, Myofascial pain release helped only temporarily. Xanax helps some what so I am also at the point I have to do something else. Like train my brain to handle the symptoms.

Keep posted about meditation training and really intrigued. I know some people with TBI went all the way to Himalayas after tried everything and get into deep meditation and came back fine.

I can't travel that far and if something available here especially in East Coast I sure give it a try. Do they accept TBI/PCS sufferers or open for everyone?
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Unread 10-01-2012, 02:20 PM   #17
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Wink Going to start a New Thread re: experience with insight meditation training, PCS.

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I am about 3 and a half years and tried so many things and didn't have much success any of it. Neurofeedback, Cranio sacral, Myofascial pain release helped only temporarily. Xanax helps some what so I am also at the point I have to do something else. Like train my brain to handle the symptoms.

Keep posted about meditation training and really intrigued. I know some people with TBI went all the way to Himalayas after tried everything and get into deep meditation and came back fine.

I can't travel that far and if something available here especially in East Coast I sure give it a try. Do they accept TBI/PCS sufferers or open for everyone?
pcslife,

Thanks so much for your post/reply/shared interest.
Much appreciation.

In the interest of respectfully not 'diverting' or 'highjacking' this/Nick's thread ... I will promise to *soon* start/post a whole new one on the TBI/PCS forum. (I did start a thread earlier this a.m. on the "General Mental Health & Wellbeing" forum, or whatever it's called --- I myself just learned of it on NT from another poster!)

Nice to make acquaintance here 'In the Neighborhood', pcslife, and SpaceCadet, et al !

Respectfully yours,
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Unread 10-01-2012, 11:58 PM   #18
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Wink New Thread started re: meditation training for technique to cope with "It All"

Hey there, nick, pcslife, July63, et al,

A small success today, yay!
I did manage to start a new thread!

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1993, Fell on black ice; first closed-head injury; life-altering. // 2014 Now dealing with Peripheral Neuropathy, tremors, shakiness, vestibular disorder, akithesia, anhedonia, yada yada, likely thanks to rx meds // 2014: uprooted to the cold wet gray NW coast, trying to find a way back home ... where it's blue sky and warm!
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Each and every day I am better and better. I affirm and give thanks that it is so. // 2014-This was still true for me last year, I truly felt this a year ago. Unfortunately it holds no meaning for me now. Odd, it was the Theta mantra for years. Change change change.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 12:22 AM   #19
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Cool Cool by you, pcslife, to 'bump' this your post, to new thread?

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ThetaZ,

I am about 3 and a half years and tried so many things and didn't have much success any of it. Neurofeedback, Cranio sacral, Myofascial pain release helped only temporarily. Xanax helps some what so I am also at the point I have to do something else. Like train my brain to handle the symptoms.

Keep posted about meditation training and really intrigued. I know some people with TBI went all the way to Himalayas after tried everything and get into deep meditation and came back fine.

I can't travel that far and if something available here especially in East Coast I sure give it a try. Do they accept TBI/PCS sufferers or open for everyone?
pcslife,

How cool. I just read your "About Me", and your signature.
Clearly i, you, he/she/we-whoever, are onto something of that which we seek, in all this.

Is it okay with you if I copy your post above to the new threads I've started? I didn't want to do that without clearing first with you.
I so appreciate the quality of NeuroTalk, and the high degree of respectfulness in the forums here.

Thanks,
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