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The Cognitive FX Blog

Your source for everything you need to know about traumatic brain injury and concussions.

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Adult  |  Car Accident  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment

TBI Brain Injury Recovery Stories: Lessons from 5 Patients

If you’ve ever felt like you were suffering alone with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may find it reassuring to learn you’re definitely not alone.

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Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Young Adult

Can You Recover from Severe TBI? When Doctors Say No, Don't Give Up Hope (Abigail's Story)

Health care providers often set low expectations after a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). When patients exceed those expectations, it’s cause for joy. At the same time, it’s disheartening to be caught up in an endless litany of “can’t.”

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Brain Injury Awareness  |  Brain Safety & Care  |  Education & Resources  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury

How to Reverse Chemo Brain: Treatment for Cognitive Symptoms after Cancer

The fight with cancer is difficult enough, so it’s understandable if you’re frustrated and confused by the cognitive symptoms that can crop up after chemotherapy. Memory problems? Clouded thinking? Fatigue? No thanks!

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Brain Injury Awareness  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment

Living with Post Concussion Syndrome: How 7 Patients Found Hope for Recovery

“It’s like there’s molasses in my brain.”

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Brain Safety & Care  |  Cognitive FX News  |  Education & Resources  |  Life After EPIC Treatment

What the Duke Study on fMRI Brain Scans Means for Post-Concussion Syndrome Detection

The Hariri lab at Duke University recently published a review that questions the reliability of task-based fMRI as used to examine individual patients. 

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Concussions  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury  |  Young Adult

How 14 Years of Unexplained Chronic Illness Turned Out to Be Concussion-Related: A Former Figure Skater’s Story

I started figure skating competitively when I was eight years old. I loved the feeling of flying across the ice, the “wind” racing across my skin, vaulting into the air and sailing through a landing. Like many, I dreamed of the Olympics, and I poured every ounce of energy into training.

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Brain Safety & Care  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Young Adult

How This Neuroscience Student Overcame Brain Damage from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you speak to him today, you’d never be able to guess that Nathan “Nate” Benson is a brain injury survivor. The Bountiful, Utah native is in his final year of undergraduate school for a Neuroscience degree at Brigham Young University (BYU).

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Education & Resources  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment

Vision Problems After a Concussion: Symptoms & Treatment

Many people who have a concussion suffer from some kind of vision problem as a result of the concussion. However, except for “blurry vision” or “sensitivity to light,” the vision problems people often experience after head trauma are not usually listed among the most common concussion-related symptoms. These symptoms are often overlooked and left untreated, or they are not treated as effectively as possible. 

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Education & Resources  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury

Recovering from Post-Concussion Syndrome: How to Get the Most out of Treatment

Are you still experiencing post-concussion syndrome symptoms even after resting like your doctor recommended? If you’re frustrated, tired, and in pain because your concussion symptoms won’t go away, you’re not alone. 

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Concussions  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury  |  Young Adult

After Five Years of Failed Treatment, This Former Player Overcame Her Soccer Concussion Symptoms — Here’s How

When Sam Pembleton arrived at Cognitive FX for post-concussion syndrome treatment, she was shaking. Her nerves were so bad that she couldn’t speak to the other people in the waiting room. When they put her in the MRI machine, she panicked. It took several tries just to get through the scan.

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Adult  |  Female  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Sports Injury

A Bike Accident Took Her Voice Away — Here’s How She Got It Back

Quirien Willemsen is a happy, busy mother to three young girls in Loenen aan de Vecht, The Netherlands. She works as a legal counsel for a bank, loves going skiing on holiday, and embraces life to the fullest. But just six months prior to this interview, it seemed like that lifestyle was lost forever.

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Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment

Post-concussion Memory Loss: Recovery Stories & FAQs

Memory loss is a common concussion symptom. You can struggle with long-term or short-term memory formation after a concussion, but short-term memory problems are more common. Some common issues include…

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Adult  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment  |  Traumatic Brain Injury

33 Years After a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), This Businessman Reclaimed His Life

Samuel Gray spent his entire life trying to push past an invisible wall. His symptoms — things like brain fog, noise sensitivity, short-term memory loss, anxiety, and depression — made every day a challenge. And for most of the thirty-three years he suffered, he had no idea that his challenges stemmed from a childhood traumatic brain injury.

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Adult  |  Life After EPIC Treatment  |  Patient Stories  |  Post Concussion Treatment

13 Years After a Concussion From Skiing, This Mother Made the Recovery Doctors Said Was Impossible

In her youth, Myrthe van Boon loved playing sports and being outside. On breaks from school, she loved going sailing or teaching others how to sail. Her favorite holiday destination was going to the mountains to hit the slopes. But that life disappeared in an instant when she fell during a skiing trip at age 22.

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Life After EPIC Treatment

The Traumatic Recovery Process

The EPIC Treatment method often brings about a significant amount of brain change in a short period of time, causing new blood flow regulation in your brain that can be drastically different than where it has been for a very long time. As with any sudden changes, the effects of this process, while overwhelmingly positive, can have some associated challenges. We call this the Traumatic Recovery Process. Every brain is unique. Every injury is unique. Thus, every recovery is unique. Understanding what to expect in the time after your week of EPIC Treatment can help you prepare for and successfully overcome these challenges.

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Brain Safety & Care  |  Life After EPIC Treatment

Importance of Drinking Water for Your Brain

Water. Something we don’t really think about until we are hit with a gigantic wave of what feels like an unquenchable thirst. We then spend the next few minutes chugging water like it is the last thing we will ever do. We are all really good at coming up with excuses for why we haven’t had enough water.

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Life After EPIC Treatment

Perspective After Brain Injury Throughout Recovery

Everything Changed After My Brain Injury Past patient, Anna Empey shares her experiences in a series of blog posts including "10 Things I Wish I had known Before my Brain Injury", "Journaling Through Recovery" and here in this post.  I lived with post-concussion symptoms, from two separate brain injuries, for almost five years. It was one of the hardest periods in my life,  trying to make it through each day, dealing with the migraines, and fighting to live a somewhat typical life. My second injury, which was about three years into recovering from the first injury, had pretty intense impacts on my life. I pretty much quit everything I was doing. I had to keep my job and focus on working 40 hours a week, dealing with constant exhaustion and fatigue. I started avoiding crowds and people in my daily life, and, eventually, I stopped communicating much with anyone because finding words was hard. I also lived with light and sound sensitivity along with short and long-term memory problems. At this point, it was hard to see the glass half full, and I pretty much lived like my glass was half empty. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  Education & Resources  |  Life After EPIC Treatment

What Causes Headaches?

Headaches can be a tricky symptom to address. They are often one of several symptoms that may present itself after a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). On another hand, headaches are not a requirement to support an actual diagnosis in a TBI or post-concussion symptoms (PCS). 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  Education & Resources  |  Life After EPIC Treatment

Now is the Time for a New Routine

As we start a new year, now is an excellent time to implement a new routine to help you live the life you want. Not sure where to start? Begin by thinking about these questions:

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Life After EPIC Treatment

Benefits of a Booster Day

Booster Days are designed to help previous Cognitive FX patients obtain additional support after EPIC Treatment if needed.

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