Alex, a young athletic teenager, and Jason McClure, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, shared an experience all too common among those who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). No one seemed to be able to help them.
Alex’s mother consulted neurologists, chiropractors and M.D.’s. In her words “They were all very professional and expert in their own specialties”, but it was not until she brought her daughter to Carrick that she actually felt that someone ‘ had a handle’ on the totality of Alex’s condition.
Likewise, Jason McClure had sought help from the Veterans’ Administration for four years since he suffered a TBI on a deployment in Afghanistan in 2009. Flipped out of the back of a vehicle, he crushed three vertebrae in his neck but the doctors and staff at the VA refused to believe he was suffering from TBI.
Both Alex and Jason turned to Carrick Brain Center. They are now recovering, immensely relieved to finally begin the journey back to their former active and normal lives.
A pole-vaulter, sprinter, and soccer player, Alex started suffering from intense headaches, bilateral numbness, and mental fogginess. She was even seeing stars. Afraid that she’d be pulled from sports, she kept it to herself. Her mother, however, had noticed a dramatic personality change and, by the end of the playing season, enlisted her husband to sit down and discuss the problem with their daughter. Alex described all of her symptoms and her parents immediately began to seek help.
At a local hospital, neither an X-ray computed tomography (x-ray CT) or a Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed any concussions. After seeing a variety of specialists, they were no closer to a solution. Alex continued to have neck and back seizures, numbness, cognitive issues, and was understandably despondent about her sliding health.
As Alex describes her first visit to Carrick Brain Center, “Within 10 minutes, they pinpointed the parts of my brain that were not functioning properly?” Moreover, the clinicians at CBC provided answers to her many questions, in basic terms that made sense to her.
After only two weeks, she immediately began improving and her mother, for the first time in 14 months, could sleep. “Bits and pieces of my daughter came back – she began smiling, eating, and sleeping.”
“If I could do commercials all over the world for CBC, I would do it”, she says. She’s particularly impressed with the diagnostic tools and how they provide immediate feedback on Alex’s progress. In her words, “this is not witchcraft – it is founded science”. She adds that she and her family feel ‘blessed’ to have found CBC.
Jason McClure, 26, served in the U.S. Marines for four years before he suffered a TBI in Afghanistan. After that incident, he spent another grueling four years dealing with the consequences. Incredibly, he only slept two days a week – Wednesdays and Sundays.
When he sought help from the VA, he was “completely shut down ”. They insisted nothing was wrong. In desperation, he obtained MRI’s from private hospitals to provide evidence to the VA that he was, in fact, suffering from the symptoms of TBI.
The VA relented and prescribed a regimen of 24 medications a day to combat seizures, blood flow problems, and insomnia. After about a year of this treatment, Jason started noticing a steep decline in his energy level. He felt ‘like I was dying from the inside out”.
When he was interviewed for this video, he had completed his third week of treatment and had slept for more than five hours for seven days – including eight hours the night before.
With a broad smile, he can already say: “Coming here, literally (I’m going to say it now), has changed my life. I’m having the time of my life – I feel like I’m 16 again.”
The stories of Alex and Jason illustrate an often byzantine search for answers in the medical community after a TBI. Within their specialties, these experts can be super stars who provide exceptional medical advice. Unfortunately, however, many operate in a silo-like environment, proof that the old adage ‘to the carpenter, everything looks like a nail’.
CBC, on the other hand, employs an overarching approach to all brain injuries – a spectrum of tests and treatments that capture an individual patient’s specific condition. We combine multidisciplinary, evidence-based diagnostics with leading-edge technologies – helping our many patients to recover every day.