By Charlie Roumeliotis
On Thursday, the NFL announced that it had agreed to a $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players in an effort to resolve concussion-related lawsuits which would pay for medical exams and research.
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is one of the retired players who has experienced head-related injuries post-NFL life, and is still suffering from early stages of dementia.
"I'm actually feeling a lot better today," McMahon said on The Dan Patrick Show Friday morning. "Now, all these guys that are suffering along with me are finally going to get some relief. A lot of these guys are way worse off than I am. I've actually started feeling better. A while back, I saw a doctor that actually relieves all the pain in my head. I still have the dementia, but I don't have the sharp pains. I don't have thoughts of suicide and stuff like that anymore. I'm doing much better."
McMahon said doctors found that he had some blockages in his neck that causes spinal fluid to back up into his brain. The doctor was able to drain most of the fluid, which has helped McMahon feel better and has played a large reason why he can be more active again.
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"My head was hurting so bad last November that I didn't want to get on any planes, I didn't want to get out of my bed ... I didn't want to do anything," McMahon said. "Now, I enjoy getting out and seeing my friends and going to these different events. And I can actually remember some of my friends now, too. It feels pretty good."