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.