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Concussion Treatments - What did I try during my first 2 years? (Part 1)

Updated: Mar 7

As we all know, there is no quick fix when it comes to healing from a concussion. If there was one, it wouldn’t be a hell of a search to find the right treatments to heal from a concussion.

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To keep it clean and short, I decided to write two posts about what treatments I tried in my concussion journey. In this post, I will share what treatments I tried during my first two years. In the next post, I will share what treatments I tried after my first two years.

I was the most lost during my first two years. I didn’t know what was going on with me, so I didn’t have a targeted search. I knew I had whiplash, but I didn’t know I also had a concussion. So I started trying things mostly focussed on my whiplash first.


My concussion treatments up to two years after my accident


1. A few days after the accident - My doctor

After my accident, I went to my doctor, who told me to rest and take a step back from work. I would be better within a maximum of 6 weeks. I remember that I thought, 6 WEEKS?! That’s way too long! Now I wish it only took 6 weeks.


2. A few weeks after the accident - My doctor again He told me to be patient and take more rest. I went home and followed his advice


3. Six weeks after the accident - My doctor again The six weeks were over, but I didn’t feel any better. He told me it could take a bit longer, up to a maximum of 6 months. WHAT?!


4. Three months after the accident - My doctor again I couldn’t handle the pain in my neck/back anymore (which was only a small part of my issues). He sent me to a physiotherapist. I was happy that there was someone who would help me with my symptoms.


5. I had six sessions with my physiotherapist (1 session a week) For six weeks, I was fully focussed on all the exercises I needed to do during the sessions and at home. It didn’t help at all, and I felt worse after those 6 weeks; it was too much. I followed my feeling and stopped the treatment.


6. Five months after my accident - I went to a craniosacral therapist (5 sessions) I felt like my whole body was out of balance. So I googled what could help. I went to a craniosacral therapist. We decided to do one session once a week. I started, and I felt really calm after the treatment, but later that day, I was feeling worse again. I thought I should give it some time; it was just the first session, right? But this happened after all the sessions, and it felt like it was helping just for a few hours to feel calmer, but not in the long term to heal from my concussion symptoms. So I quit after 5 weeks. I felt like I needed something else.


7. Six months after my accident - My doctor again I didn’t know where to go, so I went to my doctor again. It was 6 months after my accident, and last time, he told me it could take up to six months. Why wasn’t I feeling any better? He told me to wait until the one-year mark. This was the moment I felt he wasn’t able to help me. I went home and decided not to go back to my doctor again. 8. Seven months after my treatment - I went to a Chiropractor (8 sessions) I read a book about someone who had whiplash and was totally healed from it after a few sessions with a chiropractor. It sounded a bit too good to be true, but I needed to try this. I was a bit scared of this treatment because they crack your bones. But all I wanted was to get better no matter what. I felt a bit of a change after the first treatment, but maybe it was just a coincidence. I had two sessions a week and yes, my muscles became less tight, but it didn’t help me with all the cognitive stuff that was going on in my head. I felt like it was treating only 5% of all my issues, and I started to feel overwhelmed by the need to go there twice a week. So I stopped after 8 sessions and decided I needed something else.


9. One year after my treatment - Neurofeedback therapy (20 sessions) My biggest problem was feeling overwhelmed all the time. Until now, I only had help when it came to my back/neck pain, but I needed something else, so I decided to try Neurofeedback therapy. This therapy cost me a lot (around €3000). I had one session a week, so I was fully focussed on this for 20 weeks. In the first 8 sessions, I didn’t notice any difference. My therapist said that it is normal to feel something when you are around 10 sessions but that it would be different for everyone. After 10 sessions, I didn’t feel the difference, and I was a bit disappointed but still motivated to give it more time. When we almost reached the 20 sessions, I just felt that this was not working for me, and my therapist agreed. Again, I felt so frustrated and disappointed.


10. One year, eight months after my accident - My doctor again I ended up again at my doctor to give it a last shot because I felt so lost and didn’t know what treatment would help me. I started to cry at my doctor’s office. This was apparently a sign for him to send me to a psychologist with a note: anxiety disorder. I never saw my doctor again.


This is how my first two years looked like.


Read my next blog about the concussion treatments I tried after the first two years.


During my concussion journey, I felt so lost and lonely.

I was feeling restless all the time. Doctors weren’t able to help me so I was feeling stuck. 🤦🏽‍♀️


My setbacks were the worst things ever and I didn’t know how to deal with them or prevent them. My days felt more like surviving than enjoying and I was always looking for a balance between rest and doing things.


Thankfully, I'm feeling much better now with the help of professionals who GET it and because of all tips and support from others in the same situation.

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