As one who is still recovering from a concussion from October 12th, 2018 and a frozen/locked left shoulder joint-having one or the other is enough, but both together is overwhelming at times.
One day you feel great and think okay, ‘on the road to mending’ and the next day you go back ten steps…today is one of those days. I slept 6 hours in bed, but awakened 3 times during the night so it is not a restful sleep. Almost like having a newborn again. I do not miss those days…
Three months of not sleeping well catches up with you at some point and while I know insomnia or disrupted sleep cycles are normal with a concussion, add in neck pain and shoulder pain, and well….your sleep is even worse.
I just saw my osteopath who had to unlock the C1 neck vertebrae a second time as it locked 2 days after she unlocked it the first time. I could not move my head for a few days and then just dealt with discomfort after.
I am doing all the right things resting, stretching, exercises for the neck and shoulder, heat packs, limited screen time, and still ambient light setting. I expose myself to sun and light as much as I am able and I used to LOVE the sun and now—I hope for cloudy winter days as the sun hurts both my head and eyes.
Screens of any kind meaning laptop, iPad or phone for me are in spurts and limited time. TV is out! No ambient control setting there. Lighting in the house is still reduced and my husband thinks I am becoming a vampire as I prefer a dark room. 🤭
The hardest thing is to try to explain what is happening to me on the inside. I look ‘normal’ on the outside, but I do not feel that way. My head hurts or aches often. Bright lights hurt both my head and eyes and if I overexpose myself I will develop a headache. It is instinctual to seek a darker place…OR I need to wear sunglasses.
Too much noise hurts my head. Certain sounds hurt my head. Crowds are out, and I already discussed the lack of sleep. I need quiet time more than ever or I put on soothing sounds or music to quiet the head and lessen the outside noise.
Who knew that tripping UP the stairs in October and then tripping over things spread around my living room just before the holidays and my smacking my head into the wall would lead to all this.
Post concussion symptoms are real. Add a frozen/locked shoulder joint to it and not fun!
I know it could all be much worse, so I try to count my blessings, stay positive, optimistic, and grateful, but sometimes we just need to take 30 minutes and wallow!
** As an update: January 17th- met with a neurologist yesterday who suggested a cortisone shot in my head/neck for pain and a sleeping pill. I said no to both. I prefer other methods and treatments that are homeopathic and naturopathic oriented.
Referral and recommendation being shared with my GP- Family Doctor to a special program that is for TBI. After 3 months, here in Quebec, post concussion syndrome moves to the status of Traumatic Brain Injury.