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Unread 12-14-2012, 07:14 AM   #1
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Edited: I put a response to an article about PCS which annoyed me up here, in which I pointed out its faults and misrepresentations.

However, thinking back to my own recovery, I found that these sorts of arguments, whilst very interesting and able to keep my attention, got me angry and stressed and that these emotions were not good for my symptoms or recovery.

So I decided to delete my post rather than get others all worked up and give them a bad day. Your brain needs to rest to get better, and anger is an emotion which gets your brain all active and tumultuous.

So instead this is now a post intended to highlight the importance to recovery of staying chilled out, and not getting angry with things or people, even if they perhaps deserve it. With a TBI (and, probably without one, for that matter) getting angry with someone will inevitably hurt you more than them. So focus on the positive, don't think that you need to control everything or have an opinion on everything, keep your brain relaxed and have a nice day!
mTBI March 2011, spent around a year recovering.

Since recovery I have achieved a Master's degree with distinction in Neurological Occupational Therapy

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Unread 12-14-2012, 11:46 AM   #2
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IMO you are 100% correct. Difficult to recover when we are totally stressed. What an incredibly considerate and aware action.
49, Male Married, PCS since June 2012, headaches, Back pain, neck pain, attention deficit, concentration deficit, processing speed deficit, verbal memory deficit, PTSD, fatigue, tinutitus, tremors.

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Unread 12-15-2012, 02:02 AM   #3
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If it is the article I think it is, your anger is valid. But, you are right about letting sleeping dogs lie. Take care of yourself first. The idiots out their can mess up their own lives without our help.

Why do they bury attorneys/barristers 6 feet under?

Because, down deep they are good people.
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60 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 100 mgs of 5-HTP AM, 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan at noon.

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.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.
Oct 2014, off the Celexa. The 5-HTP is doing much better and leaves me feeling normal as compared to being on an SSRI.

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

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Unread 12-18-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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Going through what I have been has taught me a lot about what is important in life. One thing I can't control is the adrenaline reaction when I get mad. The "fight or flight" feeling can last for a few hours. Even just discussing a stressful incident can set it off.
I have lost a few "friends" but I realize they weren't really friends in the first place (and I knew that, but I try to see the good in people) and I should have distanced myself long ago.

Concussion 6/29/12 by hitting back of head on concrete bottom of a pool coming off a water slide - MRI July 2012 normal -

October 2012 hit same spot on corner of filing cabinet.
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