Originally Posted by Mark in Idaho
"since my doctor basically have told me, time and time again, that any physical damage is already healed and that too much rest would be counterproductive."
This is not true at all. This doctor does not know what he is talking about. The brain only heals during low stress times. It needs good REM sleep, too. The skull may have any fractures already healed but the brain tissue needs rest to heal.
What did you do while on sick leave?
Ice the back of your head, high on your neck when you have a head ache. I bet it makes a difference. Put a towel over the ice pack so the cold is not extreme.
Try paracetamol and aspirin (salicylic acid) combined and see if it helps your head ache.
What is your physiotherapist doing for you? Where/how do you use the TENS machine?
btw, Where are you? Somewhere in Europe I guess but???
My best to you.
Ok, then I know it wasn't a bad move forcing him to put me on sick leave again, though only for three weeks this time. Thank you!
On sick leave I tried to rest as much as possible, I stayed home a lot, took some longer walks when the weather allowed it and tried to stay away from screens (tv, computer and such) as much as possible. I also had some appointments with the doctor I've been telling you about, a pysiotherapist and a therapist, but none of these had any tips at all of what I could do to recover, other than rest.
Ok, I'll try the icing. Thank you!
I tried that when I was on sick leave, and I thought that it didn't work as well as paracetamol and ibuprofen combined. And that doesn't work as well as the kodein + paracetamol pills I've got now. But maybe I'll give it a second try, it isn't like I'm actually pain-free on anything, except the tramadol-pills I had when I wrote the OP, and those made me far too high to be helpful.
I saw a psysiotherapist this spring who didn't do anything except give me, and teach me how to use, the TENS. I use the TENS on my neck/shoulders when I'm in stressful situations and get headaches from tensing up, and it helps for that. It doesn't help at all for the original headaches though. Right now I'm starting to see another physiotherapist, but she doesn't seem to have any ideas for helping me with my head, so we'll probably focus mainly on other things.
Yes, I'm in Europe. I'm actually in Sweden. Why?