Social media series aids patients with post-concussion syndrome
Friday, September 18, 2020
Posted by: Julia Manning
Throughout my youth, competitive swimming and soccer careers, I experienced a few concussions but recovered from them quickly. When I hit my head on a countertop at home as an adult, however, I had a very different experience.
I didn’t realize at the time that cognitive exertion could be just as problematic as physical activity in the aftermath of a concussion. Trying to go back to work at my fast-paced, high-stress job as a television news producer landed me in the hospital. I was suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS), with symptoms that included headache, nausea, fatigue, speech difficulties, exercise intolerance, anxiety, extreme light sensitivity, and double and blurred vision.
I was never able to return to my television producer job, but I found an even better career in my current role with the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), whose mission is, in part, to support athletes, veterans and all those affected by concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
One of my roles at CLF is to host the PCS Recovery Corner on Instagram TV (IGTV). An upcoming episode will feature Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) Board member Tanya Polec, OD, FCOVD, FNORA. The episodes are short (about 15 minutes) and can be played as audio-only for patients who have difficulty with visual...