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How Traumatic Brain Injury Can Exacerbate Physical Pain and What to Do About It

How Traumatic Brain Injury Can Exacerbate Physical Pain and What to Do About It

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Hey guys, it's Adam. Today I want to talk to you about pain and its relationship to TBI. A lot of people who have experienced a TBI have other factors such as pain. They may have pain in their neck, pain in their back, pain in their head. They may have huge headaches, migraine-type headaches that really impair their lifestyle and their ability to focus on other things other than the pain. So it is very common, and one thing that I would definitely recommend is talking to your healthcare provider about that, letting him know, "Hey, I suffered a traumatic brain injury at this point in time." "Ever since then, these other physical ailments have kind of flared up on a regular basis." "I'm experiencing a lot of pain that I don't think is psychological." I've heard from a number of veterans and patients and caregivers and spouses who say, "Well, it's all in his mind," or, "It's all in her mind.'" "The pain that they're experiencing is just a repercussion from the traumatic brain injury." But in reality, that's not totally accurate. A lot of times in traumatic brain injury the brain is just jolted and shaken up and it readjusts the wiring a little bit--for lack of a more technical term-- and it causes people to feel and experience pain that's very real and is very legitimate in different areas of their body that they may not have experienced prior to the brain injury. So talk to your healthcare provider about that, see if there's a strategy or some kind of fusion of healthcare methods that will help you get better, and I think you'll be able to concentrate in the long run a lot easier, you'll be able to focus your much-needed resources and effort on things that are much more important than pain in your body. So check it out and let me know how it goes. Thanks.

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Pain can negatively color one's life; it can deplete a person's energy, especially when that person has a brain injury where energy is at a premium as it is. Adam talks about how this brain injury-related pain is not psychological, and can be treated.

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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May 4th, 2015 11:36am

Here is a great article from BrainLine that goes into more detail with tips on coping with physical pain after brain injury: Hope this helps supplement this video!

Aug 12th, 2013 12:12pm

I was hoping for more information regarding this topic. I think most people with a TBI who are going to read this are looking for tips, other than to talk to your healthcare provider. Most of us are under the care of a Dr; as well as other healthcare specialists.

Aug 1st, 2013 6:50pm


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