I kept pushing for the middle months trying to go out and "be normal", go to bars, watch sports, casinos....i did it all. And i had anxiety going in and anxiety and bad symptoms leaving. I knew i shouldnt have been putting myself in those situations. When i finally stopped putting myself in those "normal" situations and started REALLY TRULY taking good care of myself and focusing on just me. I started to get better. Acupuncture helped a lot!!! I stopped going for about a month, and the headaches were starting to creep back in....so i just went a few days ago and i havent need a single pain med besides my nightly nortriptyline.
I also stopped analyzing my situation so much....and honestly...i stopped coming on this website for a while because i started to see that i was picking up other peoples anxieties as well and talking with others who werent getting better were making me think i would never get better. Well, your thoughts are very powerful and if you keep thinking you arent gonna get better....you are setting yourself up for anxiety and failure. Start thinking positive. Start taking REALLY good care of yourself with your diet, supplements, environment control, stop doing things that typically bother you, if it means being bored or learning to read a few good books....its better than a lifetime full of symptoms. The time to start taking care of your self is right now. If it also means spending a little extra money on alternative therapies like acupuncture, massage, or whatever else you think will help....its an investment into your life.
Ive written before about Healing Touch International, and how powerful it is. There are nurses all over the country that do healing touch treatments for clients who need help with relaxation, pain control, overall balancing of energies, and hugely with head injuries. I can say the combination of diet, acupuncture, healing touch, a therapist, supplements and vitamins, and my doctors prescribed meds, and REST all got me to a great place where i was pain free.
The only times i notice headaches now are when i've been neglected my body for many days in a row....like drinking too much, forgetting to take my supplements, or not doing healing touch on myself or acupuncture for a long time. I just get right back on track and do what i know works. Yes, it might be lonelier staying at home, but i make it as good as i want....Ive been using the time to work on my own personal growth, reading, meditating, exercising, and being happy in my own skin at my own home with the good friends that have stuck around or by myself. I no longer think of the brain injury as a curse....but a blessing!!! I'm happier, more positive, and the healthiest Ive been in my whole life once i worked on me! It took total chaos for me to now have clarity and see that i was living an unhealthy lifestyle and truly blessed and thank god that i can know see all the ways i should be living. Good luck
Suffered a TBI with PCS on April 25th 2011 from multiple blows to the head from falling, unconscious for 12 hours with no memory of event. Hit the back of my head, and above right eye. MRI and CT negative. Symptoms included constant headaches (migraine, pressure, tension, icepicks), dizziness, tinnitus, visual changes, photophobia, fatigue, "spacing out", word finding difficulties, depression, and emotional lability.
Began Healing in November 2011 after starting acupuncture and Healing Touch (a nurturing energy therapy that promotes relaxation and pain relief). I went back to work in February 2012. Ive been symptom free for a few months now. Very happy, positive, energetic and working out every day, doing yoga, and living a normal life again!