Originally Posted by davec49
My name is Dave and this is my first post. I suffered a concussion at the end of November 2012. I've had an MRI and seen a neurologist who said I was fine. I suffered depression and anxiety from this concussion, two things that I never had to deal with and I am 49 years old. I am seeing a psychiatrist now who has put me on 10 mg of Lexapro. Before the concussion I was extremely active working out with weights and aerobic exercises nearly daily. After three months I tried to work out again and suffered a relapse. The depression came back and the anxiety. I also have blurred vision in my right eye that the eye dr says will go away soon. It is very frustrating not being able to exercise and when I think about that it makes my symptoms worse. Today has been an especially bad day as I am also very dizzy. Reading everyone's posts and realizing I am not alone with these symptoms is reassuring I just cant wait to get back to feeling normal again. I hope it is soon because these feelings are so frustrating.
Dave and others,
If you were an athlete before your injury it can be extremely frustrating as you try to exercise again. I sometimes felt like a "caged animal" during my convalescence as my identity and ability to deal with stress were in my lost athleticism. I always felt positve and powerful after a good workout, if this is you, you must find that in something else for now.
You need to be gentle with yourself and not demand that your body do what it use to do. As athletes, we were use to pushing through the pain and enduring. This is the worst possible thing to do! I reinjured myself many times trying to be what I was before my accident.
Follow your Doctors advice to the letter! Start gently stretching and modify your activity. If you are cleared by your doctor to walk, or lift weights go easy and light. Physical therapy might help. You will eventually heal and be able to be active again. If you cant do anything but rest, only rest. your body has muscle memory and can get back to some degree of fitness later. I know that It can be frustrating when you want to sweat and you can't! Buy yourself some "kickass" tennis shoes in honor of your vow to return!
You will get over this! Write your feelings and frustrations down by journaling! This helped me so much to deal with my anger, self doubt, etc. It also kept me positive as I was able to celebrate the small bits of progress that I was grateful for.
You might have to learn a new sport or modify your workouts in the future but you are still an athlete and always will be! Begain to train for your recovery by becoming mentally positive, grateful for what you have now, measure your success by small achievements, eating healthier than you ever have, use Pilates, yoga, or any other gentle exercise you can engage in. Keep your weight down and don't turn to food for comfort! I would do five squats from a chair everyday and stretch on my door jams. Lift five pound weights with handles laying flat on my bed as to not get dizzy. Small efforts will help!
I remember in the movie "Rocky" when he got knocked down for the count. Everyone thought it was over but he GOT BACK UP!!!..... Today, you can ask God to help get that Rocky spirit by declaring...
I MIGHT BE DOWN, BUT IM NOT OUT!!!
Your body will recover and you will become stronger than ever in time, but for now, know that this community will be here for you during this journey and believe that you will become a champion overcomer!!