OT but need advice: recovering from a concussion

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  1. OT but need advice: recovering from a concussion
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    Rodgarnay51 Junior Member


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    I figured since many of you are ex-football players someone might be able to answer my question.

    What do I do to pass the time so my brain heals? Sarcasm is fine but I'm serious. I got my bell rung pretty good last Thursday and I've never had a concussion before. I'm told it could take weeks before the symptoms (mainly dizziness) are gone.

    I have a very active mind, I'm restless by nature and I just can't slow it down. I tried to take a nap today without success. When I'm awake, when I'm home I'm always either watching TV, reading, listening to music, talking on the phone, working on projects or on the computer. None of these are something I should be doing, but WTH I can't sleep 24/7!

    Any ideas? I can do a little bit more but I still get dizzy and need to take it easy. Anything helpful is appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    Oh man, sorry about the concussion.

    Hmmm...lessee

    Stop doing anything that causes eye strain, for sure. That will only increase recovery time. Notice I put this in large type : )
    Are you staying hydrated enough? Do lots of that.
    Avoid bright lights, definitely. Wear sunglasses when in bright light.
    Maybe up your proteins. Amino acids are a plus. Maybe some more Omega-3s as well.
    Music is okay but not loud music.

    I'm sure there are a few more but it's all about getting rest.

    Take care of yourself!
     
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    What happened to you?
     
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    Listen to your doctor
     
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    It's kind of embarrassing, but since you guys are helping I'll come clean. I literally backed into and fell backwards into the tub. Nothing to break my fall. I hit the back of my head on that soap holder in the wall of the shower so hard my wife and son came running in. I'm surprised I wasn't KO'd. I was hoping since I didn't pass out I would be OK but no such luck. Very dizzy the following morning. That's the main symptom.
     
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    I asked him what I should do about the computer and reading etc. and his response was "what do people do when they're inside for days at a time and there's no sun or anything?" In other words, I should be able to amuse myself by just lying there.

    He did say it was OK to start exercising a little bit. It happened Thursday night and I'm a little more steady.

    I now understand why they have concussion protocol. I could no more exercise full on, much less take a hit now than fly. The doctor also said the best thing I can do is don't get another one.

    I appreciate your help. Fight On!
     
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    Thanks N8tiv! I noticed that about the music this morning. I took a short drive this morning and had some music on, and I had to keep it low. I'm definitely sensitive to bright light too.

    Maybe tomorrow I'll try listening to some music in bed. And I'll go drink some more water now. Appreciate your help. I'm confident it will pass but not sure when.
     
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    Rest and get better Rod. Watch replays of SC football game, especially those 16 all time great games that were listed here by Erik. But avoid games from the 18 season.
     
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    R51 - I got a concussion skiing last year and ended up getting Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment, which really made a big qdifference. It's off-label for concussions, but basically you lay in a glass tube with pressurized pure oxygen. Originally created to save divers who got the bends, it's now mostly used for treating on-label indications like diabetic wounds, radiation burns/burns, and crush wounds. There are a number of studies being done for the military on HBO's effectiveness in treating TBI and PTSD and a number of former football players (e.g., Namath, AD) say they've had success with it in treating brain injuries from their playing days. Not cheap, but worth checking out.
     
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    That's frightening, '51. Last thing I heard about fall stats is that folks 65 and older who fall and break a hip show that 25% are gone in six months to a year due to complications. If you don't have handrails and anti-slip appliqués for your shower or tub - no matter what age you are -then install them asap. Doing this because is worth every penny. Take care, please take care.
     
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    So you're saying the bathing habits of the typical ucla student -- a shower/bath once a month on the first Sunday, whether needed or not -- has a silver lining?
     
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    That's rather harsh. We need them to stay healthy and fit enough to deliver us pizzas, ya know.
     
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    I don't want to contradict your doctor without knowing all the context but fwiw, that's the exact opposite advice I've experienced with concussion protocol in my 20+ years of coaching. Immediate shut down of all physical activity has always been first priority. The above serious recommendations by others are all good ones and match what I've been taught: low light, noise, constant hydration, and no sudden movements. The rest your body is requiring needs to be satisfied to best of your ability. My two cents...sorry about your accident.
     
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    I've had three, but the last one was over 20 years ago, so I'm sure things change.

    Found this online and it all sounds like good advice.

    Reduce screen time. ...
    Limit exposure to bright lights and loud sounds. ...
    Avoid unnecessary movement of your head and neck. ...
    Stay hydrated. ...
    Rest. ...
    Eat more protein. ...
    Eat foods rich in omega-3s.
     
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    Why isn't Pac-12 showing replays of SC games? I'm sure it would improve their ratings.
     
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    I know, but I fell INTO the tub, not in it. I can eliminate that simply by not being so dumb!
     
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    LOL!! Oh come on!
     
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    Thanks. The sudden movements are still causing little jolts of dizziness.
     
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    Dunno Rod dear, but you shouldn't be watching the telly!


    I say this for your own health and well-being....stay off the board for awhile and cut out the eye strain/focusing. It isn't advised. And if I have to, I'll start spamming the board with articles about Title IX! Lol. I keed....but seriously, give your brain the chance to heal properly. All it needs is rest and relaxation.
     
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