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Good News: I went ice-skating for the first time last weekend!
Bad News: I fell backwards, hit my head, and am now suffering from post-concussion syndrome. This means I get frequent headaches and occasional nausea, and it can last up to three weeks following the incident. In case you were wondering, this will be my first and last time ice-skating.. at least for awhile. Word to the wise: I don’t care how dorky it looks, just wear a helmet!
Some more good news: I am lucky to have received some great advice from the many doctors, readers, and friends in my life on how to treat my concussion naturally. And now I’m more than happy to pass it on to you. So my clumsy mishaps – dear readers – is your gain. They’re helping me, so I am hoping they can help you too!
DISCLAIMER: If you think you may have a concussion or are suffering from post-concussion syndrome, see a doctor. I am not a doctor, and my concussion may be different from yours. This blog in no way should replace any medical advice a doctor could give you.
Ok now that that’s out of the way, here is what I’m doing!
Magnesium is a muscle relaxant, so it has been great for me during recovery because my entire body has been a bit tense and shaken up. In addition, it has a calming effect, which has helped reduce my headaches and improve sleep. I have been taking two tablets of magnesium oxide every night before bed.
My neurologist recommended that I take turmeric extract to reduce the swelling, and I definitely feel it working. I pop it on in every time I get a headache. It’s a great alternative to Advil or Tylenol, which contain a scary amount of additives that I’d rather not mess with unless absolutely necessary.
I have been sleeping like a teenager, and it feels good. Some nights I’m in bed by 10:00PM and don’t wake up until 7:00 AM. Last night was the first night I went to sleep after 10:00PM in a week, and I definitely felt more headachy than usual today. Fortunately, I have tomorrow off so I will be able to sleep in and make up for it!
Minimize Screen Time
Wait, no screens? You mean, no computer? No phone?
Ok, I’m definitely not getting rid of all my screen time (I say as I write on my laptop…), but I’m significantly reducing it. Staring at any screen for too long can strain your eyes which will only exacerbate post-concussion headaches. If I need to write up or edit a document, I’ll do my editing or outlining of my arguments on paper before going back to the screen. I’ve also been only using my phone when necessary and reducing the brightness on both my computer and phone screens. I try to meet up with friends after work to make sure I don’t just come home and plop myself in front of my computer or tv.
Alright, time for me to leave the screen. Hope this helps you with your next injury!