John suffered from multiple concussions growing up playing football. By the time he found his way into our office, he had been dealing with terrible neck pain, lingering Post Concussion symptoms, and Crohn’s Disease for over 12 years!
Here he shares his recovery story from Post Concussion Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease.
Back when I was in 7th grade, I experienced my first concussion. At that time I got knocked out cold. After the recovery, it took me a few weeks. I was back on the football field a year later.
In 8th grade, I got hit again to the point where my neck snapped and I lost feeling neck down. From there the feeling came back. I was able to walk a little bit. I could walk out of the hospital later that day, but I suffered another head concussion and a spinal concussion.
From there I started experiencing extreme neck pain, severe headaches, and pressure in my head, which just went on.
It’s been twelve years now, and I have done all the therapies, all the vestibular therapy, the regular chiropractor, and acupuncture. Stuff would help temporarily, but nothing really got the pressure out of my head. The neck pain would come back pretty quickly.
From there I started developing chronic stomach pain. So I went in for a colonoscopy, and at that time they told me I had Crohn’s disease. So the Crohn’s doctors couldn’t figure out where the Crohn’s disease came from. Since then, it kept getting worse year after year.
Before I found Dr. Bulow, I did experience another concussion in college. With all the neck pain and pressure in my head, nobody was really able to help me. On top of Crohn’s disease, the neck pain, I also started experiencing anxiety and depression. I never had that before, and I could not figure out where it was coming from.
I would push through whatever I needed to. I would still go to the gym. I would still play tennis. I would still play a lot of noncontact sports. Mentally though, it was draining.
I started experiencing a lot of trouble reading. I couldn’t read. I did eye therapy. It helped a little bit, but still, I struggled to read. I just felt mentally clouded. The point was I couldn’t really think.
I was always frustrated over little things. I got angry over nothing, and it just made things very complicated.
The first few appointments, I was a little hesitant going in because I didn’t really know what this was all about. I have been to a regular chiropractor like I said, but that didn’t really help.
At my very first appointment, they took images of my neck to show that my neck was extremely out of alignment, which was causing a lot of problems. At that time, I was still a little skeptical. I didn’t know what this was about.
After the first adjustment, I could just feel the pressure leave my face. The neck pain was there, but it’s finally bearable. I haven’t had relief in twelve years, but now I’ve had relief. It’s been amazing. The anxiety has decreased. Haven’t felt depressed since I started care. I haven’t had anxiety since I started.
The advice I would say to someone in a similar situation I would say is just try this. The worst thing that can happen is it doesn’t work. But I’m saying from personal experience, I’ve been to all the doctors like I said. I have been to chiropractors, neurosurgical doctors, neck doctors, and acupuncture.
I’ve tried everything, and I can honestly say this is the only thing that’s ever worked for me. After twelve years, I wish I knew about this twelve years ago because it would have made a huge difference in my life.
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If you are in or around the Cranberry Township area and are looking for a resource to help with post-concussion syndrome or Crohn’s Disease. In that case, you can visit us at the Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic. Our practice is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm; Wednesday from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can also drop by on Fridays between 9 am to 12 noon.
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