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New here, love to connect

Been off work 3 months motorcycle accident, severe tbi, back to work. Get fatigue very easy, I can’t go the gym yet, don’t have the strength, do meditations , any suggestions

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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is Silene. I'm here because I have a Traumatic Brain Injury, got from MVA 28 July 2021. I've been diagnosed with C-PTSD from my injury/accident, rehabilitation and a rape in my previous life, long term amnesia.I don't know yet why I'm here for, read an article would be the first reason.
Wishing you all a good day.
#MightyTogether #PTSD #ADHD #Anxiety #Depression

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Overwhelmed

I have over 30 medical diagnosis, and take many medications. Juggling all of that was more than enough. A week & a half ago, I was rear ended at a red light. I was taken by ambulance to the ER, and since had many doctors appointments. To make it a short story, I have a concussion with traumatic brain injury. I am now struggling as I write this because my cognitive function is declining and especially does when my brain is tired. I was told that my recovery will be 6 months to a year, they are unsure how much function I will get back. I have little to no support and I don't even know who I am anymore

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Chronic Migraines and Mental Health

If you have endured the struggle of chronic migraines and headaches, you know firsthand how awful the experience is. There is a lot to unpack when it comes migraines. For example, simply the anxiety of not knowing when the next attack is going to happen can be paralyzing for some. Or, the impact that chronic migraines can have on relationships. For others, it may be the frustration of people not being able to see their suffering on the outside, so they doubt you, or the severity of this experience.

What people don't often know if they don't suffer from migraines is that the experience of a migraine is an entire event. It's far more than just a headache for most. Many people struggle with auras (seeing visual flashes or patterns during an attack, being sensitive to light and sound, et al). Some will become confused and unable to speak or think clearly, a sort-of temporary aphasia. Vestibular migraines can cause issues with balance, walking, talking, or vertigo, and more. Each person's experience of migraine varies from one to the next (and triggers also vary), which is part of the reason that medical professionals have found it hard to treat and cure migraines. There are more options available nowadays. But, for many, it's still not enough.

Chronic Migraines and Chronic Pain: More than a medical issue

In my practice, I've worked with many people who struggle with chronic migraines and headaches. While people often tend to believe that migraines and headaches are purely a medical issue, chronic pain has a long history of being linked with mental health, as well. The two -- medical and mental health -- are often intertwined when it comes to the experience of chronic pain. Sure, sometimes migraines and headaches can have more of a medical origin. Such as the result of a traumatic brain injury, or hormonal shifts, et al. However, it's also become known that people can be born with a predisposition to migraines or headaches (genetics), and then events in life can trigger it.

For many, these pain triggers can be heavily tied together with mental health.

Chronic pain goes beyond just headaches and migraines. It can be back pain, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), digestive issues, and more. Stress, for one example, can cause unpleasant shifts to happen in the body even for people who aren't predisposed to an issue. Think of the times you've been stressed or anxious and experienced the tension in your body, or mouth drying up, body temperature increasing, stomach churning, head start to hurt, your upper back and neck starting to tighten, chest tightening, higher and more rapid breathing, etc. Not only stress and anxiety, but anger, depression, or various types of trauma (not only large traumas, but a series of relational traumas, such as bullying) can have an impact. The body not only responds to present stimuli and triggers, but the body has a way of storing old experiences when they are not emotionally processed. This storage of old emotional experiences can often trigger chronic pain into effect when the emotions either build up enough in the body, or when they call back to a parallel experience (and/or can exacerbate what's already possibly present medically into greater severity or frequency of attack).

Therapy as a treatment for Migraine Headaches

The interconnection between medical and mental health is actually positive for many. This means that people who struggle with chronic migraines and headaches have more options available to them than only medical. I have seen people reduce their frequency and severity of chronic migraines and headaches through therapy. As people, we store so much of our emotional experiences and carry them often without even knowing it. Eventually, we can't overlook them anymore when we start to feel these stored experiences. You may find yourself suddenly experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, or constant body stress, or physical and mental overwhelm that never used to be so present. The same goes with chronic pain.

For the sake of clarity, I'm not suggesting that everyone's chronic migraines are mental health related, however I've seen that it's also commonly the case that medical and mental health works together for chronic issues that don't have an otherwise clear medical explanation. Similarly to how depression can often be helped most by a combination of medication and therapy, I've seen with chronic migraines and headaches that a combination of neurological treatment and deeper psychotherapy can be more helpful than many might realize.

Unfortunately, one of the most difficult stigmas I have seen is the fear that acknowledging mental health triggers for migraines will somehow indicate that the migraines are "all in their head". Something many migraine sufferers have been told throughout their lives, which has been traumatic and dismissive of incredibly painful and lonely experiences of suffering. However, the struggles, the pain, the torture, the accompanying emotional and life impact is all very real. The underlying causes for these struggles, however they are triggered and reinforced over time, is what needs the attention and can ultimately lead to relief.

#Migraine #ChronicMigraines #Headache #MentalHealth #ChronicPain

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Must socialize but at a distance because people can be irritating 😶‍🌫️

I iz peopling • Ew, people *breaks out in cold sweat when host asks "May I take your coat?"

#MightyTogether #MentalHealth
#ADHD #Trauma #Anxiety #Depression
#ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder
#MightyPets #TraumaticBrainInjury

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Self-Care is vital for Survivors

Literally and figuratively, remaining healthy is the best way to provide our bodies with the energy needed to function at an optimum level. So too, our psyche needs fed healthy amounts of support. Healthy in ♾️ healthy out.

#MightyTogether #MightyPets #MentalHealth #ADHD #Trauma
#Anxiety #Depression
#ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder
#TraumaticBrainInjury
#PostconcussionSyndrome
#ParoxysmalHemicrania
#ChronicVestibularMigraine
#Fibromyalgia
#DegenerativeDiscDisease #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome #Osteoarthritis

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Kitteh just gave me a smooch 😻

Niklas Squishy Kitteh is seriously an Emotional Therapy champion. For a number of days now I've been in a crapload of pain. First surgery is in early July, and he sticks to me like super glue. He's such a punkin.

#Anxiety #Anxiety #Depression
#ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder
#TraumaticBrainInjury
#PostconcussionSyndrome
#ParoxysmalHemicrania
#ChronicVestibularMigraine
#Fibromyalgia
#DegenerativeDiscDisease #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome #Osteoarthritis

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Being sidelined from crafting prevents me from enhancing my mindfulness

At the end of Nov I was experiencing some brain fog, fell and injured my left wrist/hand while suffering another concussion. I've already had 3 MRIs on my wrist. The next one is Tues, but this time it'll be on my neck to see if there's a pinched nerve directly correlating to my wrist.

I'm trying to remain calm, thankful for the VA and all of the wonderful care I receive. It's just with this situation, the unavoidable delays can been a bit frustrating. What's really lousy is that at first I could cross stitch with my right hand, but now my eyes and head syndrome are worse so I'm hosed. 😫

It'll all be ok I'm sure. Grateful to be able to feel, and have this platform to learn and share with others.

#MentalHealth #ADHD #Trauma
#Anxiety #Depression
#ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder
#TraumaticBrainInjury
#PostconcussionSyndrome
#ParoxysmalHemicrania
#ChronicVestibularMigraine
#Fibromyalgia
#DegenerativeDiscDisease #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome #Osteoarthritis

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