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Post Concussion Syndrome Treatments

Treatments for Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

Have you or a loved one suffered from Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)? Are daily events hard to manage? Have you gone to numerous doctors or been through numerous Treatments for Post-Concussion Syndrome and nothing seems to help?

 

Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology, and has the Solutions and Resources to get you feeling your best. This team, using her 5 Prong Approach, provides customized Treatments for Post-Concussion Syndrome, because Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

Major Consequences of Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) include

  • Physical Issues
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Cognitive Issues
  • Emotional Issues

Treatments for Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

The various treatments include three types based on insurance coverage: Conventional, Complimentary, and Alternative. For an in-depth explanation of treatment, please read my Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury book.

Dr. Diane®’s Approach to Treatment of a Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

You are a unique person. How PCS affects your brain is as unique as you are. Are you a hearty person, reactive, or sensitive? What type of childhood did you have? Each person brings a life history that has to be accounted for when determining the best treatment. How often have you been prescribed medications that had many side effects, only because the person prescribing the medication or treatment did NOT take into account your reaction to it?

 

Dr. Diane's 5 Prong ApproachDr. Diane® and her Brain Health Experts work as a unified team, which strongly believes that regardless of the presenting problem or situation, patients should be seen from the five distinct views that make up our approach: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and energy. Based on the patient’s unique needs and goals, they are able to provide customized Treatments for Post-Concussion Syndrome.

Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) Fatigue

Post-Concussion Syndrome fatigue fogs your mind, saps your energy, deadens your limbs, and brings on an overwhelming need to sleep. The sleep you crave is often elusive and fragmented, and does little or nothing to relieve your bone-weariness and state of confusion.

 

The fatigue that is part of PCS affects all aspects of your thinking; including your physical and emotional abilities. You may feel completely drained, and your thoughts and responses may become sluggish. You may sense that you have lost your mental stamina, and your moods and ability to coordinate movements may also be affected.

 

You may find yourself battling your exhaustion with frequent naps, caffeine, and lots of carbohydrates and sugary snacks. If you try to push your body beyond its new limitations, you may experience an uncontrollable heaviness coming over you; the need to lie down and rest is overwhelming; mental exhaustion leaves you confused and faint; and the smallest frustrations make you feel emotionally wrung out.

Treatment for Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS)-Related Fatigue

The time-honored approach to treating fatigue is to isolate and eliminate the cause rather than focusing on the symptom. Choosing an approach to treating Post Concussive-related fatigue is further complicated by the fact that treatments for many other PCS-related consequences can induce tiredness.

Conventional Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) Fatigue

Many doctors’ plans for managing fatigue include medication, educating the patient about the importance of regular exercise and restorative sleep, Psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and nutrition. Medications that are prescribed for fatigue include the following: Psycho-stimulants, Dopamine agonists, Amantadine, Modafinil, and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).

 

Your doctor may also recommend exercise to be done at the time of day when you have the most vitality. Your doctor is likely to recommend the avoidance of alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and tobacco products. High-energy foods that have undergone a minimum of processing are also likely to be helpful. These foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, dried beans, and fish. Martha Lindsay is our nutrition educator on our Brain Health Team.

Complementary Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) Fatigue

Acupuncture, done by a licensed Acupuncturist, can help combat fatigue. William Mogan is the Acupuncturist on our Brain Health Team.

 

Recent studies have shown that Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and light therapy, which Dr. Diane and Paul Soper on our Brain Health Team provide, can be effective against fatigue.

Alternative Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) Fatigue

Reiki, QiGong, and/or Energy Tapping are very helpful in re-energizing your body. Clara Diebold is the Reiki Master on our Brain Health Team. In addition, there are numerous Homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations such as ginkgo biloba and gotu kola. Bach Flower “Olive” works to restore energy; Dr. Diane® is a Bach Flower Practitioner.

Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) Headache

A single individual may experience headaches that range in intensity from mild to severe, and in quality from dull to sharp. The type of pain you experience can be a pounding, squeezing, tingling, or burning sensation; a touch-sensitive soreness; or a piercing jab.

Conventional Treatment for PCS Headache

IOver-the-counter painkillers are the ideal starting, and they often bring relief to PCS headaches. Well-known examples include Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Datril, and others), Aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, and others); Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, and others); Ketoprofen (Actron and Orudis); and Naproxen Sodium (Aleve).

 

Since your body can develop a tolerance to a single product, you can increase the effectiveness of over-the-counter drugs by varying the types you take. It is important to be cautious about doses, since analgesic-rebound headaches are a possibility.

 

Drugs used for cardiovascular problems reduce headache pain because they keep the blood vessels in the head from becoming constricted. Other types of drugs, including antihistamines, anticonvulsants (anti-seizure medications), ergot derivatives, antidepressants, and steroids reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and disrupt nerve activity. (See below for Medications for Headaches.)

 

Arnold Sadwin, MD, a Psychiatrist, pioneered two office treatments that bring quick relief to headache patients. The first is a scalp injection of Marcaine 0.5%, 1 cc in an insulin syringe with a short needle. Another treatment is the administration of oxygen at eight liters for twenty minutes using a simple face mask, which can be helpful in preventing the onset of migraine headaches.

Drugs Used for Headaches

The following table lists the types of drugs most commonly used for headaches, plus examples of each type.

Type of Drug

Analgesics

Use

General pain relief and headache prevention

Examples

Aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin Ecotrin, and others)

 

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Datril, and others)

 

Combinations (Anacin, Excedrin, Fiorinal Medigesic, and others)

Type of Drug

Anticonvulsants

Use

Headache prevention

Examples

Phenytoin (Dilantin)

 

Valproic acid (Depakene)

 

Topiramate (Topamax)

 

Carbamazepine (Tegretol)

 

Gabapentin (Neurontin)

Type of Drug

Antidepressants

Use

Pain relief and headache prevention

Examples

Amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep)

 

Doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan)

 

Fluoxetine (Prozac)

 

Nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor)

 

Phenelzine (Nardil)

Type of Drug

Beta-blockers

Use

Headache prevention

Examples

Atenolol (Tenormin)

 

Nadolol (Corgard)

 

Propranolol (Inderal)

 

Timolol (Blocadren)

Type of Drug

Calcium-channel blockers

Use

Headache prevention

Examples

Diltiazem (Cardizem)

 

Nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)

 

Nimodipine (Nimotop)

 

Verapamil (Calan, Isoptin)

Type of Drug

Ergot derivatives

Use

Pain relief and headache prevention, especially for migraine and cluster headaches

Examples

Dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45)

 

Ergotamine (Ergostat)

 

Ergotamine combinations (Bellergal-S [also contains phenobarbital, belladonna alkaloids], Cafergot [also contains caffeine])

 

Methylergonovine (Methergine)

 

Methysergide (Sansert)

Type of Drug

Narcotics

Use

Treatment of intense, persistent pain

Examples

Meperidine (Demerol)

 

Oxycodone combinations (Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox [also contain acetaminophen], Percodan [also contains aspirin])

Type of Drug

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)

Use

General pain relief and headache prevention

Examples

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, and others)

 

Indomethacin (Indocin)

 

Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis)

 

Naproxen (Naprosyn)

 

Naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox)

Type of Drug

Steroids

Use

Treatment of intense, persistent pain

Examples

Dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol, and others)

 

Prednisone (Deltasone, Sterapred, and others)

Type of Drug

Tranquilizers

Use

Treatment of intense, persistent pain

Examples

Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)

 

Haloperidol (Haldol)

 

Thiothixene (Navane)

It may be necessary for your doctor to try several different prescriptions before finding the one that works best for you.

Headache drugs have numerous side effects, and some can worsen preexisting health problems or have serious, even deadly, consequences if taken in improper doses. If you are taking medication for headaches, follow your doctor’s usage instructions carefully.

 

Psychotherapy can help to pinpoint and alleviate depression, which can precede or accompany chronic headaches. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps you cope with the changes in your life and find ways of dealing with headaches. Dr. Diane® is a licensed Psychologist and is a provider of these services.

 

The hands-on techniques of physical therapy, including Cranial Sacral therapy, massage, and stretching exercises, can be effective against headaches. Joan Flynn is our Physical Therapist on the Brain Health Expert Team. She is also trained in Cranial Sacral therapy.

 

Water therapy and ultrasound techniques are similarly helpful. Dr. Igor Burdneko, Ph. D is on our Brain Health Team of Experts. He revolutionized water therapy with his Burdenko Method.

 

Other methods that control headache pain include aerobic exercise, maintaining consistent sleep patterns, and dietary monitoring. Martha Lindsay, our nutrition educator, can help you.

Complementary Treatment for PCS Headache

Acupuncture helps control headache pain by stimulating the release of endorphins. An Acupuncturist inserts hair-like needles into specific points on your body. William Mogan is our Acupuncturist on the Brain Health Team. Acupressure involves pressing and rotating the fingertips firmly against certain points on the body.

 

Behavioral Medicine (Health Psychology), a branch of Psychotherapy, has been helpful for some with PCS. Research shows that Biofeedback can be very effective against chronic headache pain.

 

Hypnosis is similar to Biofeedback in that it can help you control bodily sensations. Dr. Diane® is published in the field of Hypnosis. Through Hypnosis, you learn to monitor your body through intense focusing. However, the effective use of Hypnosis requires concentration, which is often a consequence of PCS.

 

Developing a relaxation response is a good way to reduce stress, release tensed muscles, and combat hormonal changes that can result in headaches. Proficiency at yoga, meditation, visualization, and other relaxation techniques, can give you a natural defense against pain.

 

Chiropractic treatment has been effective in treating post traumatic, tension-type, and some migraine headaches. Chiropractic manipulation by a licensed Chiropractor reduces abnormal motion and irritation to the neck muscles, nerves, and other tissues. Dr. Paul Schoonman is the team Chiropractor.

Alternative Treatment for PCS Headache

Nondrug treatments may reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches. It is advisable to consider and experiment nondrug approaches to headache pain under your doctor’s supervision.

 

You may also want to consider using Homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations for headaches. Herbs such as arnica, feverfew, peppermint, skullcap, and white willow bark have long been used to relieve headache pain. Homeopathic remedies that may be recommended for headaches include Bryonia, Ferrum phosphoricum, Gelsemium, and Natrum muriaticum. Combining a specific Bach Flowers therapy may be helpful. To gain the best results, consult a professional Herbalist, Homeopath, Bach Flower practitioner; Dr. Diane® is a Bach Flower Practitioner.

 

Reiki (Clara Diebold is our Reiki Master), Polarity, QiGong, and Kyusho are all passive approaches in which another party is doing something to you to relieve the consequences of PCS. On the other hand, meditation is an active method that depends on your ability to concentrate.

Get Help Today

Our integrative team of Brain Health Experts provides various Treatments for Post-Concussion Syndrome, and can work with your current providers to help you regain your life again. Depending on where you live in the world, the Brain Health Experts can provide virtual treatment, too. If this is not possible, Dr. Diane® and/or the Brain Health Team will find someone in your locale to help you.

 

At Dr. Diane® Brain Health, we will work with you to find the cause, as well as the best Treatments for Post-Concussion Syndrome. If PCS is keeping you from living a full life, call our office at (800)500-9971 to schedule an in-person, phone, or Skype consultation or use our form and start regaining your life! There is a Way!®