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Brain Trauma

Posted Sep 14 2008 3:52pm

My Google Alert on Brain Health keeps bringing me articles regarding TBI's (Traumatic Brain Injury). Many soldiers experience TBI's. I am glad to see a growing recognition of this problem. According to the NIH over 1.4 million (reported) people experience some sort of TBI every year. Symptoms related to the TBI can last a lifetime. Cumulatively there are tens of millions of people walking around who have chronic conditions related to the TBI. I am one of them.

In 1972 I was in a pretty serious accident. As is pretty typical, within a few months I started to experience symptoms related to the accident. Weird anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, mild confusion, inability to concentrate began to be my daily battle. I gradually seemed to recover from most of these symptoms. For the next 30+ years, the symptoms would recur every couple of years. Finally, during my last recurrence, the Amen Clinic made a clear diagnosis. A couple of medications were prescribed along with dramatically increased quantities of nutritional supplements. I have never felt better since.

The thing that strikes me as I look back on my 34 years of struggle is that I went to many doctors seeking help with my many symptoms. Not one of those docs ever considered a TBI. No one ever asked questions regarding an accident. I did manage to piece together significant puzzle pieces along the way that gave me much help. But the main problem was never uncovered until my own research led me to the Amen Clinic.

If you have been sick for many years and you have had a serious fall or car accident sometime in your past, I would highly recommend that you go to the Amen Clinic. (I receive no compensation from the clinic.) I simply want to help people who are "walking wounded."

The NIH says,

Within days to weeks of the head injury approximately 40 percent of TBI patients develop a host of troubling symptoms collectively called postconcussion syndrome (PCS). A patient need not have suffered a concussion or loss of consciousness to develop the syndrome and many patients with mild TBI suffer from PCS. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, vertigo (a sensation of spinning around or of objects spinning around the patient), memory problems, trouble concentrating, sleeping problems, restlessness, irritability, apathy, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms may last for a few weeks after the head injury.

...Hormonal problems can result from dysfunction of the pituitary, the thyroid, and other glands throughout the body. Two common hormonal complications of TBI are syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) and hypothyroidism.

When your hormonal system dysfunctions, you can experience wide ranging, systemic symptoms. I talk with many people where this is the case. Doctors tend to then focus on all the various symptoms but fail to recognize the actual source. Uncovering the source can be the key that unlocks the systemic problems.

Of interest to me in the article, the NIH says that the use of Magnesium in the early treatment of head injury can help dramatically. Over the years, I found that Magnesium helped me with many symptoms. When I started Jigsaw Health we developed what has become our star product. A sustained release form of Magnesium. Sustained release allows me to take large amounts of magnesium without getting the common laxative effect.

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