By Angela

A Picture of My Brain Injurypuzzle-head

Everyone’s brain injury is different. I thought you might be curious about how I experience my injury. Sometimes it is reassuring to know you are not the only one who experiences certain symptoms. It also gives you a better picture of the challenges I face.

During the first part of my journey, I experienced a lot of changes in my functioning and had no idea what was going on. Many professionals tried to tell me that I was just depressed or that it was a psychological reaction to stress. I had lived in my body for 40+ years and was pretty familiar with it. I knew what stress and depression felt like and what they did to my body. What I was experiencing was so far beyond the realms of stress and depression, it was downright scary!

Below is a list of my varied symptoms. A few symptoms are present all the time, some are frequent visitors, and others make occasional appearances. Some like to make a “group” appearance. All tend to become worse and more pronounced with fatigue. Although I can predict the kinds of activities and circumstances that are likely to trigger a revolt by my body or brain, I never know exactly which symptoms will appear when.

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty walking
  • Weakness on L-side
  • Pain
  • Lower back spasms
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness & vertigo
  • Light/Visual sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Speech problems
  • Confusion
  • Slower thinking
  • Distractibility
  • Disorganized thinking (in my head or on the spot)
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Difficulty reading & remembering
  • Anxiety & depression

© Angela Cramer, 2008-2009

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