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I was sent to a neurologist who asked me which way the room spun when I felt dizzy. I didn't know what to say because it was more of a back and forth feeling so I just said to the right. He then asked me to stand and he pushed my shoulder a couple times. After that he said I was fine.

Since then I have continued to suffer from dizzy spells, I get lost even in buildings, my hands shake, very badly at times, I have trouble concentrating, I withdraw from social situations, I can't remember doing things like eating or what I ate. I have trouble at times identifying what I am seeing in pictures, its like I think to myself, "why cant I tell what this is". My sense of taste and smell is way off or deminished.

The list goes on. I have learned to just cope with these things by accepting that this is just how it is. I do realize that things are getting worse. I am now 52 and very concerned as to how bad this will get. I dont know what to do. Reading the comments of others made me realize that I am not alone. Hi, I m glad to see the comments are replied, but cant find the answers..

Thank you for your great job with thie website. My problem is similar to many others: The sydroms are permanent whether I m having rest for days or not. When I m busy they just get worse. My doctor gave up on me: I have given up on those as I could not stand their side effects. I have visited 3 doctors so far.. I had severe car accident I go to chiro weekly if I didn't I be in corner crying n rake cycolbezaphine to cope. I had scholarship for rugby.

What Is a Concussion?

I was use to playing football, so I lead tackles with my head. I was a stubborn person so when I knew it felt injured I shrugged it off in fear of being called a wussy. They said I suffered concussions within the past 4 months. No wonder my grades dropped. I had slowly become more violent and close Minded. The doctor said take a 6 month break from school. Give your self time to heal. He also said that drinking a beer with a my friends would be 7 beers to my brain. My life down spiraled after I took a break from school. I got in arguments more often with my family single mom.

So I moved out and looked to selling drugs. Everybody had weed, so I looked to Xanax. It sold quicker than anything. But I also became dependent on it. It ruined my life. I ruined my life. I should have thought that it might affect me more than others. I fact 7 time more than others. My anger became unmanageable, I lost my gf, the only person I actually had a soft spot for. I started robbing ppl, and doing things I never thought I was capable of. I was 18 when all this began.

I try to remember the periodical order of the events in the era of my life. Brain injury is not a joke. Thank you so much for your post. I had a concussion in Dec I never got it checked. I fell on my face and when I woke up the next day I could feel my brain hitting the skull. I went back to sleep and when I woke up it was fine. I continued the habit of drinking every day for the next three months.

I was too stupid to realise the effects a concussion might have had. But then I stopped drinking completely for the next four months. I have had tinnitus for 5 years. But post concussion I felt that my tinnitus is increasing and now I am in a position where my tinnitus is over the roof. I started drinking again.

I feel that I have post concussion syndrome. WHo do you think I should seek help from? I appreciate your concern for others. Hoping to hear from you soon. I had a very serious brain injury from a fall 2 yrs. Why do I still have much dizziness daily? My doctors do not know what to do for me to stop the dizziness. I hit my head hard two days ago on a metal weight bar.

I had several symptoms of a concussion but they went away, and are now back. I took two ibuprofen and it hasn't helped. Should I see my doctor? I was in a car accident back in July which spun my car into a concrete barrier. I remember feeling my brain "spin" and hit my skull and thinking "oh wow, I'm really hurt. I didn't even think to look up concussion symptoms, because I thought to get one, you had to become unconscious. Now, after loads of research, I know better. I had a 2-week long summer class that started literally two days after the accident and I honestly don't remember half of it.

I'm struggling with short term memory now, specifically processing new information is hard for me, and my emotions feel like they've been kicked into overdrive. I used to have no trouble remembering things--and now I'll be in the middle of talking and I'll forget the word I want to use even though I know I know it! I still even occasionally feel the ache from where my brain hit my skull, and I've had trouble sleeping--though stress hasn't helped at all.

It's been a hard road, and I keep thinking things will improve in the next month, but it's been almost 5 months and it's been hard getting used to the "new" me. I'm not my old bubbly optimistic self, and I miss that most. I think the hardest part about having a concussion is that it's an invisible illness--you forget about it until it impacts your life in some way. Anyway, thanks to everyone who has contributed with their own stories--it's been really helpful to read and relate to. Here's hoping this month and next sees me one step closer to being the old me.

Or at least accepting where I'm at. Pen- I was in a car accident about 2 years ago now. I know how you feel exactly. I forget so many important things like it never was a part of my life. Appointments I miss, scheduling appointments at the same time and not realizing it, forgetting what I was talking or thinking about, losing words that I know and have used all my life, tremors and shaky movements that come and go, etc I feel like I am crazy now, and people have asked me if I am drunk when I don't drink alcohol. I know better than to dis-respect others, so I isolate myself to prevent outbursts that I cannot control, and to avoid interacting in ways that others don't deserve.

I feel like a different person completely, and it is something I try not to think about. I finally have some resolution financially to try and address my body, but I worry it's just a money pit in waiting that will produce minimal results. It's been 2 years, and I treated with therapy for as long as insurance allowed before the money was used. You are not alone, and I hope you know that our heart's can still guide your ways matter how broken, even if we find ourselves acting out on a whim. I know I feel bad afterwards, and I wish that I hadn't went ballistic out of nowhere, but it's just a part of whatever went wrong in our brains.

Someday there will be better treatments and care, but until that day comes all we can do is try to be the best we can be, especially towards others. That is my take on a hard truth that I face, and I hope you see that it's not your fault. The side airbag hit my left side of my head so hard that I just remember everything going white.

I actually told a priest 2 weeks ago that I feel I died that day! The really bad days are the laying in bed at night because no one can see a physical injury so you lay there at bed time cus your tired of feeling like a burden and that you know your smarter then your physical body is letting you be!

About 2 years ago I got hit on my left side of my temple, it hurt unlike anything else when it first happened, but I just thought it was like any other time I hit my head so I didn't go see a doctor or worry much about it Now 2 years have passed and I am having really bad aching pain on that exact spot, when I touch that spot it hurts so bad, and it feels different compared to the other side of my temple, also my left eye starts hurting randomly or when I blink, the left side of my forehead is also very sensitive.

I recently got ringing in my ears and blurred vision at work a few weeks back, too. I am so scared because I don't know what to do or what it is. I don't want to not wake up one day, either. If anyone knows what this could be please let me know. This sounds exactly what I'm going through. I didn't see the doctor, either. Neither did I report it or press charges against my ex boyfriend for punching me in the head. When the swelling went down, I thought I was okay. Then I started having problems in that area, migraines, extreme mood swings, and increased depression. I didn't know that I got a concussion.

As I never got it checked. When I went to the hospital today, they told me that it was coincidence that it hurts in the same spot I got punched. They prescribed me pain meds and referred me to see a psychologist. It seems the doctors won't take me seriously because I didn't get it checked at the time. I made a mistake that they have no right to judge and blame me for.

I need help, so do you, so do we all. I see that your post was made last year. I hope you go the help you need. I hit my head hard on a door frame 9 days ago and saw my Dr. As I'm on blood thinners, he said I needed to go to hospital for a CT scan immediately. The results came back clear and I was sent home, but the pain has gotten worse. I phoned the Dr. You need to see a neurologist. Do some research as neurologist specialize in certain aspects of the brain.

I have a 30 year old who is severe TBI from an auto accident 28 years most of her brain is dead but she walks talks runs remembers names high observant and understands more than people realize. My other child is 23 and has suffered 7 concussions and this one is having major brain issues and has little short term memory major head pain that does not seem to stop.

We are dealing with those issues now. Did your doctor ask you to fill out a form called a concussion protocol, or an Acute Concussion Evaluation? This will result in a total symptom score, which can then advise your doctor as to the seriousness of your symptoms. Be an advocate and ask for a different type of test MRI?? I have also recently suffered from a concussion About a month ago I got hit in the side of my head with a plastic drink that was unopened thrown from about 90 feet in the air estimated going about 50mph when it hit my head.

I am still having some issues that are alarming me. When do you know if it is long term nerve damage? Just keep telling me to be patient and relax.

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Got hit on the right side of my face near ear temple with a book on the job. Had all your symptoms and more was out of work four months. Best treatment vestibular treatment some symptoms get better but it takes time resting sleeping is the best thing to help your brain heal you will not be the same again. Understand being the bread winner part too try getting a lot off sleep when you are off work. Has anyone had issues with sleep getting worse? I was diagnosed with the same condition 18 mos again and still have issues with staying asleep at night.

My neurologist placed me on Amitriptyline, 10mg. This med help me to stay asleep for a long time at night. When I don't take this med, I will surely have trouble staying asleep. Fell and hit the back of my head in a parking lot a few months ago, knocked me out for an unknown amount of time Severe nausea and headaches, hort term memory loss, etc etc the list goes on Went to the hospital the next day, an MRI showed no fractures so they basically kicked me out.

I have no insurance and it's been almost three months and nothing has changed I can't function and none of my research is helping! You may wonder, "what can I do? Show up to the fight. Reach out to your old Veteran buddies, let them know that you are there if they need it. Let them know that you will answer the phone, day or night, rainstorm or snowstorm, close or far away.

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Anytime you are knocked out you have had a concussion. A neurologist is who you need to see. Research them as they specialize - strokes, seizures, headaches, etc. Make sure to get your medical records from the hospital visit. Note that tests on the brain do not show all the issues -such as defusion- also when you fell your brain bounced around and that can take time to heal.

Most doctors charge less for cash payments when paid in full at the time of the visit. Many hospitals have grants that with a proof of low income will write off testing. It can take a year or more for your symptoms to subside or they may never. The first five years after a brain injury is when you see the most gains. Eating for the brain is very important especially when you are healing. Rest and de stress, rest heals the brain.

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I fell 3yrs ago hit the back of my head. Have concussion still dealing with symptoms had swelling like for 2yrs memory problems cognitive and fears and emotional brain I have done without any meds for it and eating lots of protien hope to still heal but to tell you the truth it is a long heal and your patience are challenged every day a terrible injury to be honest just never give up and have hope work on the healing every day.

Things really changed for me when I saw a D. It was SO worth the money. I had a very bad car accident last week and had concussion. I hope it's nothing serious! This same thing happened about 4 years ago and I had a fractured skull and concussion from that incident. This time did not seem as bad but it has now been over a week and I am still having constant headaches, even after taking tylenol or ibuprofen. I also am not sleeping well and I notice every little sound. I have also noticed in the last few days that food does not taste good. Its almost like it tastes old or bland to me.

I fell and hit forehead on cement sidewalk 4 months ago, CT showed all OK, but definite concussion with extreme vomiting, etc. Still struggling with exhaustion half the time; have normal days, but I then crash sleep hours nights. I've always been active and this is a little depressing and discouraging.

Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury

I've heard it can take a year for full recovery for us older 70 gals. I fell nearly a year ago, tripped in a pothole and fell face down on the cement in a grocery store parking lot and broke my nose, hit my for forehead so hard I had an acute concussion and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The ER was so full, they put me in a wheelchair and made me wait for 5 hours before I was finally seen by a doctor and given xrays and a CT Scan.

I was sent home that evening with pain medicine and ice packs, but not advised very well about my concussion. I went to a neurologist on my own 2 months later because I kept having sleep issues, dizzy, balance problems, and nausea. My vision has been blurry at times, and so noticeable lately, that I just associated the changes in my vision with my fall. I didn't realize head injury could effect vision. I was driving today, and had to position my eye glasses at a different angle to read the road signs. I forgot to tell my optometrist about my fall when I went 5 months ago.

It's embarrassing to tell people why I've had memory and concentration problems. Friends seem to care for a little while, but no one understands unless they've been there. Concussion is very disruptive to your life, and it's easy to minimize it, or dismiss how much it does change your life and daily functioning because it's an invisible disorder. Friends who see the pictures of my face after my fall, are blown away at how awful my blue and purple swollen eyes and red lump above my eye looks, but they tell me how good I look now, and I want to cry, because I still have pain and tenderness where my head hit the pavement, and I know my personality feels different to me.

I've had to rely on my self to recover and pace my self. It's an ongoing process. Be patient with your self, and realize,it takes time for the brain to heal. My neurologist said it might be a couple of years. It has been frustrating, but I did feel somewhat better reading every one else's experiences. I do think age plays a big part in recovery, I am going to be 60, so I do think being older may require longer for my concussion to heal. It could have been so much worse, the ER doc said I was lucky I didn't crack my skull open, but it did bruise the bone. It is amazing how resilient the human brain really is though, and I am thankful to still be here!

Prayers to everyone for a fast and full recovery! I believe that one of the most debilitating things dealing with concussions are the lack of knowledge of the basic concussion symptoms. A person may just overlook a concussion symptom as a ordinary feeling that may just go away in time such a common cold not knowing that these symptoms need to be reported and treated medically by an medical professional. I hit the back of my head on a wall after a chair I was sitting in my officer broke. I didn't have any issues expect pain at the beginning which became ok after 10 minutes. I slept that night fine.

Then the next day I started having headaches, which I still have 5 days after the injury. The headache is not severe but sometimes is bad. Even though at night I sleep well and when I sleep I don't feel any headache. Aside from the headache I also started having nausea and I don't feel like eating. I do have acid reflux so I am not sure if that is causing it. I went to see a doctor and he said there was no issues, that I was fine and i should only take anti-pain medicine.

Hello I do not have a concussion although this site greatly helped me. When the microglial cells detect that mark, they bond to the protein and destroy—or prune—the synapse. This is how your brain makes the physical space for you to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.

Have you ever felt like your brain is full? Maybe when starting a new job, or deep in a project. Well, in a way, your brain actually is full. Your brain needs to prune a lot of those connections away and build more streamlined, efficient pathways. It does that when we sleep. This is the same reason naps are so beneficial to your cognitive abilities. A or minute nap gives your microglial gardeners the chance to come in, clear away some unused connections, and leave space to grow new ones.

Thinking with a sleep-deprived brain is like hacking your way through a dense jungle with a machete.

What happens in the brain during and after a concussion?

Thinking on a well-rested brain is like wandering happily through Central Park; the paths are clear and connect to one another at distinct spots, the trees are in place, you can see far ahead of you. And in fact, you actually have some control over what your brain decides to delete while you sleep. The ones you do use are the ones that get watered and oxygenated. If you spend too much time reading theories about the end of Game of Thrones and very little on your job, guess which synapses are going to get marked for recycling?

Your gardeners will strengthen those connections and prune the ones that you care about less.