#2 Thing I wish they’d told me after my concussion(s)

It’s so important to understand what happens to the brain, when it’s injured.

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2. When the brain is injured, it can release a lot of chemicals that do strange things to the connections that help you think.

Everybody up and out there! GO-GO-GO!!! Everybody up and out there! GO-GO-GO!!!

Concussion / mild TBI causes the brain to go hyperactive. It’s been injured, and it starts sending out all sorts of messages to the cells without any particular order. It “knows” it’s been injured, and it starts telling itself it needs to Get Going! Go! Go! GO!

It’s like a commander in war, or a coach in a critical game shouting at the team. The cells themselves start firing on all cylinders – in any and every direction – like soldiers pinned down and desperate to fight their way to safety, firing their guns in all directions with no thought of who or what they might hit. The panicked cells start sending out impulses and communications to each other in…

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

3 thoughts on “#2 Thing I wish they’d told me after my concussion(s)”

  1. I’m in TX and can remember quite a few things that were probably traumatic brain injuries. Drownings, impacts, substance poisonings. But the ‘one that did it’ occurred some 30 years ago. I was passenger in a car which rolled. The car landed on me, fracturing my eye sockets, neck and couple ribs with some muffler burns. Heart stopped. Lungs collapsed at some point and major head swelling. Only 3 and 1/2 weeks in hospital. Not much visible damage. Years ago I had a non-painful ear infection leaving it mostly silent. Onset arthritis of one or more varieties so I know about pain yet don’t always seem to detect it. Lost some teeth without pain? I have trouble with feeling overwhelmed, depression and boredom and high frustration. I have unrealiable or predictable memory issues. My confusion seems to be worsening, as well as fatigue. Memory and time fascinate me, as do Brain Plasticity and Imaging I have been seeing and reading about as well. I want to get involved in this research, the “Final Frontier”. I am not stupid or lazy, but have been living with those fears for a very long time. I feel isolated, assuming as a result of feeling this way while appearance seems averagely healthy?

    Thank you. I may be finally taking correct steps toward a place to share and maybe help general understanding, my understanding and hopefully even someone else dealing with similar longevity of crises.

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  2. Thank you for writing. It sounds like you’ve been through it, and yes, it sounds like those “incidents” could have included brain injuries. The only way to the other side of all this is through it, so I really encourage you to read and learn as much as you can about it — including your own experiences. By all means, feel free to share here. We are definitely not alone. There are many, many of us who have been through the same types of experiences. Even though “no two brain injuries are alike,” we are still human, and our experiences are very similar. Our need for help and connection is, similar, too. So, onward and upward.

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