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- broken brain symptoms – First, let me say that a brain doesn’t necessarily stay broken. Brains are naturally built to recover and change and heal. They don’t always lose functionality 100% (though sometimes they do), but they actually recruit other areas of the brain to take over, when a portion is damaged. Take, for example, the elderly gentleman discussed in The Brain that Changes Itself – 97% of the nerves that controlled movement were destroyed by a stroke. And yet, he relearned how to not only move, but be fully functional with normal activities. He died 7 years after his stroke of a heart attack while mountain climbing at 9,000 feet. When he had a stroke, his brain was broken. When he was climbing in the mountains, his brain was technically still broken, but it had learned how to do the things it “wasn’t supposed to know” how to do — using its own power. That’s a power we all have. Symptoms of a concussion or TBI are many and varied. I counted 84 of them once upon a time. Knowing what the symptoms are is a first step — but it should never be the last. It’s just a place to start learning and growing, so you can overcome them.
- does the brain repair itself after drug use – It can, and it does. I have a number of friends who were into some pretty heavy drug use, back in the day. Unless you know what to look for, you’d never guess they have that history. Of course, there are some neurological issues they have, and some of them don’t seem too bright, but they’re no worse off than a lot of regular people walking around. Like everyone else, they have their strengths and weaknesses. The bottom line is, although some of them really messed themselves up, their brains recovered. And they got their lives back.
- concussion and dysequilibrium – Balance issues after concussion are common. The nerves in the neck can be impacted by a concussion. Remember, you can get a concussion from a body contact that quickly rotates or accelerates/decelerates the skull, and that will involve the neck. You can also injure your cerebellum, which is the part of the brain at the base that controls movement. Or you can have problems with your inner ear. I’ve had balance/dysequilibrium problems for many years. They get worse when I’m tired. One of the problems is that balance issues can make you more susceptible to another fall or injury. I can see two reasons for this:
- First, it’s literally more difficult to keep upright. So, you’re off balance and at higher risk for falling or crashing into something.
- Second, it’s exhausting to constantly deal with balance problems, and fatigue makes everything worse, hence making you even more vulnerable.
Balance issues are The Big Issue I’m dealing with, these days. It’s why I’m seeing a new neurologist — to get help with balance problems. Who knows what they’ll find, but my focus is on my dysequilibrium and lightheadedness. The last fall nearly took me out. If I can prevent that — or at least mitigate the dangers — I’m all in.
- how i healed my vagus nerve – A friend of mine had their vagus nerve severed in a medical procedure that was performed many years ago. I think perhaps we know better now, and that doesn’t happen. But maybe it still does. The enteric nervous system — the “gut brain” — has its own neurons, and it’s closely tied in with the vagus nerve. So, an injury to the vagus nerve is another sort of brain injury. The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body, and it does a bunch of very cool things, including stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system — the rest-and-digest part of our system that calms us down after fight-flight and helps us feel normal and human again. Working well with your vagus nerve is important. It’s a helpful ally that I’ve written about here: Love your vagus nerve and here What happens in vagus never stays in vagus
- sleepmasks are brilliant – Why yes, they certainly are. I use one when I take naps during the day, because my light-blocking curtains aren’t able to cover every angle and corner of my windows. I didn’t read the instructions carefully enough, when I hung them, so the curtain rods are not wide enough. That’ll learn me… impulse control issues strike again. I also use sleep masks when I fly and need to sleep. They tell the world that I’m checking out, and the flight attendants don’t wake me up to feed me peanuts. The more tired I am, the more sensitive to light and noise I am, so a sleep mask and earplugs are indispensable helpers. They keep me sane. And that’s good for everyone.