Concussions Will Change Your Life
We’re way too casual about concussions. In fact, when I suffered a concussion in a car accident (from a car glancing off the driver’s door of my car at about 50mph) several years back, the doctor didn’t tell me. And when I asked, she told me it wasn’t important.
And she was wrong. Concussions are huge.
You see, most concussions damage the pituitary gland, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently. If you don’t take care of business in treating your concussion, nothing good happens in terms of getting your grain back. If you get repeated concussions, you could end up with permanent pituitary damage.
How concussions work their woe
And the pituitary is the top dog in controlling your metabolism, your energy levels, your immune system, and on and on. You do not want to mess with the pituitary.
I can say this with authority because a drunk driver damaged my pituitary before my first birthday (my first concussion), and I’ve been living with the consequences ever since.
Some clues that you may have a concussion
- Your head feels too heavy, and it’s hard to hold up
- You have a headache and feel spacey, not quite there
- You’re more tired than you thought possible
- If you were knocked unconscious, you don’t need clues; you have a concussion
What to do for a concussion
The most important thing you can do for a concussion is get in bed and stay there. Don’t try to tough it out. Don’t try to keep on going. Certainly don’t exercise. Your brain is injured; don’t make demands on it.
Don’t eat junk. Certainly nothing with soy, monosodium glutamate or aspartame in it; they inflame the brain.
Hopefully, you have a solid platform of vitamins and minerals to support your health because your body desperately needs nutrition when you’re hurt or sick.
Get plenty of liquids, but not fluoridated water. Fluoride puts a burden on the endocrine system, and a concussion means your endo system already faces a world of hurt.
How to tell if you have pituitary damage
For one thing, pituitary damage causes minor clumsiness, actually the lack-or loss-of athletic skills.
My mother took me from doctor to doctor trying to get help because she noticed I lacked any of the athletic skills of my siblings. Doctors insisted I was fine, but my mother was right. Right from the start I provided a cornucopia of clues about my pituitary damage, but doctors never caught any of them. Doctors need to believe mothers.
When you hear of a football player who can’t seem to come back from a concussion, it’s because pituitary damage has taken the edge off their athleticism. Chances are they tried to tough it out instead of heading for bed. Toughing it out is what they’re taught to do, and accolades flow in. Nobody warns them of the price they’ll pay. Thankfully, the word’s getting out, and it’s getting better. Slowly.
- Extreme fatigue goes on and on, think pituitary.
- Brain becomes unreliable, with lost thoughts and difficulty concentrating, think pituitary.
- Ability to handle stress goes downhill, think pituitary.
What to do for pituitary damage
- Was never treated for my pituitary problem.
- Had to find the shovel that would allow me dig my way out.
- Found my answers in vitamins, minerals and other supplements.
- The research took a long time, but I made it.
I’m glad it worked out that way because I’m doing really well, while doctors tell me I should be dead by now. They don’t want to be confused by the facts through testing or hearing my medical history; if I’m right, then they’re wrong, and that can’t be. And if I mention nutritional supplements, their heads explode.
To sum up: If you suffer a concussion, take it seriously. Or risk settling for half a brain, no energy, no confidence and no hope.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.