I suffered a TBI in a car accident three and a half years ago. Every day since then I have spent some of the day or all of the day being dizzy. Bright lights, noise, many people speaking at once, too much visual or auditory stimulation such as in a Mall ( cannot go to Malls anymore without getting sick), unfamiliar grocery stores….and a lot more……gives me the feeling of having my head swell up, my ears get plugged with tinnitus, it is hard to focus my eyes, and I need to get away alone in a controlled space of quiet and calm. I am not antisocial ….just cannot handle a lot of people at once.
Riding ina car makes me car sick and extremely anxious with exaggerated startle responses. A close call will send me into a screaming panic for just a bit.
So how do I cope? Read…a book not a tablet …lights and movement of electronics worsens symptoms. I read music by playing flute and piano and I sing in choirs. I paint, I play Bananagram….a game like Scrabble to help with finding the right words. Yes, trouble finishing a thought happens and words fly away…..I just stop and go slower. Organizational skills are very difficult to come by for me. Forgetting is big so write it all down. I talk out loud to myself when trying to complete a task. Keeps the focus.
I exercise every day even though I feel lurchy and nauseous often. If I can do just a little one day, that is what I do. I fix nutritious meals and drink a bit of wine at dinner, but do not party. Parties are very difficult and I can only take just so much talking and laughing.
Well that is a lot to read for now. Good luck……just keep on plodding. You are not alone.