Almost all the patients I see have post-concussion syndrome. They have been seen by neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists. The reason they have been referred to me is because they are not completely better. As a matter of fact, many of the patients are only slightly improved from their initial injuries. They seem to have “hit the wall” in their recovery.
I have seen 100-page protocols for looking after post-concussion syndrome that make no mention of brain hormones at all. Some of the others suggest that brain hormones should be checked but that is the only reference to them, and there are no guidelines.
Research shows that many patients with brain injuries have hormonal abnormalities. The pituitary gland and the hypothalamus are responsible for hormone production and function.
Hormone changes should not be a surprise. These organs are located in your head. Your head was hit. These organs are not working optimally now. Correcting the hormones is not rocket science. However, it is good brain science!
The problem here is that many of the traditional professionals looking after concussions, and brain injuries are not experts in Interventional Endocrinology (the science of detecting hormone abnormalities and optimizing them).
As stated previously, it is vital that the medical community understand that some of these early hormone abnormalities are temporary, whereas new hormone problems can become apparent later. Within three months after brain injury, 56% of patients have abnormal pituitary function and abnormal hormone levels. At one year, 36% of patients still persist with poor hormone levels. 1
When I have lectured to professionals and discussed the findings, most are very surprised. Many are happy to learn that there is another area where the patients may be helped. However, many physicians looking after brain injuries have no training in these areas. It is part of my goal to continue lecturing and educating all professionals about the need for optimal hormone levels for optimum brain chemistry and function, and for healthier happier patients.
The other important new information is that the brain becomes inflamed with an injury. This should come as no surprise. Everyone realizes that if you break a finger, there is going to be a process of swelling and inflammation. However, this inflammation usually slowly heals on its own. The brain is different. The inflammation can continue for years and even decades after the initial injury.
The smoldering coals of inflammation, if unchecked, inevitably lead to the damaging flames that cause cognitive, emotional, and neural degeneration.
It may well be that this inflammation makes the brain more vulnerable to greater damage with each successive injury.
What does this mean to someone with concussion or TBI?
It means that if you have not had a thorough hormonal workup by an
expert, your testing is not complete. If you have hormone abnormalities (and remember only optimal levels are acceptable), you may still have new treatments, which can improve you considerably.
Having broken hormones is worse than having two broken legs. Nobody would expect you to run a mile on fractured limbs, but they cannot see broken hormones. Their expectation is that everything is fine, and you should be able to do everything and feel well. This absolutely is not the case. Broken hormones are as legitimate as broken legs and the damage they do is much worse. Let’s fix those hormones.
As we have noted before, if you have not been treated specifically for brain inflammation, your treatment has not been complete. Reducing the brain inflammation improves the toxic environment in which the brain is working. When this happens, the brain has a much greater ability to heal itself. This is known as brain plasticity.
Your brain can still improve!
And so, what is the new hope?
We have found two major problems in your brain: abnormal hormone levels and inflammation. These have not been treated. They are fixable.
There is new hope.