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UM... have you been checked for seizures? That is sort of what it is like--I always thought it was the shaking frothing thing... not at all... though when someone tries to have me describe it--I have to defer to whoever I was with-cuz I have left the universe during it.
I thought I had responded to this... Natalie, have you ever checked with your doctor about seizures? This is what I experience (sort of--also have 'pins and needles' in my hands and arms, weakness all over and sometimes will fall) in a seizure. You might want to check it out.
I am only answering because you asked what do we do on those overload days? How to turn it off.
I guess it helped for me to know it might be called chronic stress. So chronic stress is non stop - chronic. And yes it changes, can be any addictive type behavior so we have to be careful of everything going overboard, not just thoughts.
I do have suggestions. Rescue Remedy Sleep. It shuts off those over bearing thoughts that roll and roll. And some kind of total relaxation like acupuncture therapy for chronic stress, yoga classes everyday until the brain slowly learns a new style of rest, breathing, etc., massage but with follow-up work to learn total relaxation. I went to my doctor for quite a while complaining about all this stuff. They set me up with 6 appts for neck massage a week apart, with warmth - not good enough. Our brains need total relaxation, stress free everyday until we learn a new way to "unwind". ok, another one is cranial-sacral work. And I also, I have had neuro-emotional therapy at a chiropractor's office. And I have had 3x a week treatments from a good neurologist-chiropractor. I take no medication, nothing to confuse the brain more. I am good now, but I still get anxiety flashes instead of all the time and I still have over stimulation times where sometimes I do not know what to do. So all the words here help me too, thank you for all the great ideas and sharing.
Thank you to all of you have responded on this post on bad brain days. I am currently just near Banff Alberta in my "run to remember' A marathon a day across Canada to raise awarness for Brain Injury in north america. So thanks for your responses and if I have not responded. Well running a marathon every day keeps me pretty busy. I also don't always access to internet, or the time to read all the responses.
Again thank you so much and I have read all your responses.
I GET THE BAD DAYS TOO.....I BELIEVE THAT OUR BRAIN IS WORKING IN SOME WAY LIKE IT USED TO BEFORE OUR TBI IN THAT BEFORE WE WOULD BE AFFECTED BY A "MOOD" YOU KNOW, LIKE A GOOD DAY OR A BAD DAY....THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH NOW IS THAT OUR BRAINS MAY REACT SLOWER MUCH OF THE TIME....AND IT JUST FEELS CRAPPY...YOU KNOW? IT'S JUST LIKE SOME OF THE BRAIN CELLS ARE ON "BREAK"...AND JUST NOT REACTING....AND BECAUSE IT HAPPENS FIRST THING AFTER YOU WAKE UP...IT CAN REALLY MAKE YOU FEEL TOTALLY OUT OF IT.....VERY STRANGE INDEED....I MEAN, I LOVE THE "GOOD BRAIN DAYS"...BUT I DON'T LIKE TO GET USED TO FEELING THAT GOOD SOMETIMES....CAUSE I KNOW I'LL REGRET IT ON MY "BAD BRAIN-DAY" IT'S ONE HECK OF A WEIRD THING TO GO THROUGH!!!
Some times I think we also get STUCK in the BAD brain... Like we can't 'reboot' the happy places. Or feel we can't. Like in aphasia--grasping for words--we grasp for happy. I know that I have done that. Some times are longer than others--and I stumble along, trying so hard to find 'happy'.
I wonder sometimes if it is because when I was hurt, I was mentally hurting (my dad had just killed himself--deep, deep pain) and I got stuck, like a broken record. And I fight that 'skip' too much.
Nice creative thoughts for dealing with brain injury unknowns. They tell us, some people who are lacking certain nutrients do need to be on pharma of some sort. Concern is why not figure out what nutrients are lacking, first - so as not to cover up obvious good nutrition? Good idea to start with B supreme vitamins or liquid B vitamins, pure butter therapy, cod liver oil and find a real nutritionist to help figure it out by blood tests. Sweet.