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What Is Neuro Fatigue?
For those of you who are lucky enough to have never suffered a brain injury, you may not be familiar with what neuro fatigue is.
Neuro fatigue is a whole different kind of.tired that is hard to explain when you have never experienced it.
What Does It Feel Like?
It feels like you are so tired that you can’t even organize your words or thoughts. If people are trying to talk to you it goes in one ear and out the other. Your brain feels fuzzy it’s almost like a dizzy feeling. It’s hard to explain.
When I’m suffering from it my body feels like it is a ton of bricks. Like I have to drag myself around.
Stuff stops making sense and all I want to do is just sleep.
And when I mean sleep, I mean head hits the pillow and I’m out like a light bulb sleep! The crazy part to is that I can feel this way and crash all day long and still sleep all night long. Weird right?
I Have Had A Whole Week Of It
My activity levels have progressively increased throughout my on going recovery process.
Recently, I have been teaching a few lessons in the morning. Then getting on my horse and just walking around ( I’m very slowly regaining my riding balance). Then normally I have been coming inside and crashing.
Coming inside at like 11:30 or noon and falling asleep sometimes until 4:30 or 5. It’s craziness.
Each morning I wake up drowsy, but once I get going I feel okay. It just seems like as soon as I stop I crash.
Throughout this journey I have always had times when I had done too much and had a crash day or two sometimes.
I guess now that my activity level is picking up the crash days are coming back.
Learning To Balance Things
My enthusiasm is very high these days since I can do so much more. Unfortunately, I forgot that I’m still a brain injury patient and it is a long healing process.
I think of all the things that I could do or want to do and I forget about the fact I need to rest in between. I just keep going and going until it hits me all of a sudden.
Then I get frustrated and mad at myself because I know these things in my head, but I just can’t seem to balance things. Even though it’s been two and a half years!
The heat has been extreme here the last few weeks. I think that probably flairs up all my symptoms as well, since my headaches have been a lot worse too.
All I Can Do…
All I can do is keep on trying to get stronger and progress, just trying to be more aware of what my body is telling me, and resist the urge to push myself past the point of no return aka neuro fatigue, and crash days.
And of course, be grateful for how far I have come!!