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Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Facts about Concussion and Brain Injury: Where To Get Help
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About Brain Injury

A blow or jolt to the head can disrupt the normal function of the brain. This is called a brain injury, or concussion. Doctors may describe these injuries as “mild” because concussions are usually not life threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious.

After a concussion, some people lose consciousness or are “knocked out” for a short time, but not always — you can have a brain injury without losing consciousness.

Because the brain is very complex, every brain injury is different. Some symptoms may appear right away, while others may not show up for days or weeks after the concussion. Sometimes the injury makes it hard for people to recognize or to admit that they are having problems.

The signs of concussion can be subtle. Early on, problems may be missed by patients, family members, and doctors. People may look fine even though they’re acting or feeling differently.

Because all brain injuries are different, so is concussion recovery. Most people with mild injuries recover fully, but it can take time. Some symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer.

In general, recovery is slower in older persons. Also, persons who have had a concussion in the past may find that it takes longer to recover from their current injury.

This article explains what can happen after a concussion, how to get better, and where to go for more information and help when needed.

Medical Help

People with a concussion need to be seen by a doctor. Most people with concussions are treated in an emergency department or a doctor’s office. Some people must stay in the hospital overnight for further treatment.

Sometimes the doctors may do a CT scan of the brain or do other tests to help diagnose your injuries. Even if the brain injury doesn’t show up on these tests, you may still have a concussion.

Your doctor will send you home with important instructions to follow. For example, your doctor may ask someone to wake you up every few hours during the first night and day after your injury.

Be sure to carefully follow all your doctor’s instructions. If you are already taking any medicines — prescription, over-the-counter, or “natural remedies” — or if you are drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs, tell your doctor. Also, talk with your doctor if you are taking “blood thinners” (anticoagulant drugs) or aspirin, because these drugs may increase your chances of complications. If it’s all right with your doctor, you may take acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol®* or Panadol®*) for headache or neck pain.

Danger Signs — Adults

In rare cases, along with a concussion, a dangerous blood clot may form on the brain and crowd the brain against the skull. Contact your doctor or emergency department right away if, after a blow or jolt to the head, you have any of these danger signs:

  • Headaches that get worse
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting

The people checking on you should take you to an emergency department right away if you:

  • Cannot be awakened
  • Have one pupil — the black part in the middle of the eye — larger than the other
  • Have convulsions or seizures
  • Have slurred speech
  • Are getting more and more confused, restless, or agitated

Danger Signs — Children

Take your child to the emergency department right away if the child has received a blow or jolt to the head and:

  • Has any of the danger signs for adults
  • Won’t stop crying
  • Can’t be consoled
  • Won’t nurse or eat Although you should contact your child’s doctor if your child vomits more than once or twice, vomiting is more common in younger children and is less likely to be an urgent sign of danger than it is in an adult.

Symptoms of Brain Injury

Persons of All Ages

“I just don’t feel like myself.”

The type of brain injury called a concussion has many symptoms. These symptoms are usually temporary, but may last for days, weeks, or even longer. Generally, if you feel that “something is not quite right,” or if you’re “feeling foggy,” you should talk with your doctor.

Here are some of the symptoms of a concussion:

  • Low-grade headaches that won’t go away
  • Having more trouble than usual:
    • Remembering things
    • Paying attention or concentrating
    • Organizing daily tasks
    • Making decisions and solving problems
  • Slowness in thinking, acting, speaking, or reading
  • Getting lost or easily confused
  • Neck pain
  • Feeling tired all the time, lack of energy
  • Change in sleeping pattern:
    • Sleeping for much longer periods of time than before
    • Trouble sleeping or insomnia
  • Loss of balance, feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Increased sensitivity to:
    • Sounds
    • Lights
    • Distractions
  • Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Change in sexual drive
  • Mood changes:
    • Feeling sad, anxious, or listless
    • Becoming easily irritated or angry for little or no reason
    • Lack of motivation

Young Children

Although children can have the same symptoms of brain injury as adults, it is harder for young children to let others know how they are feeling. Call your child’s doctor if your child seems to be getting worse or if you notice any of the following:

  • Listlessness, tiring easily
  • Irritability, crankiness
  • Change in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Change in the way they play
  • Change in the way they perform or act at school
  • Lack of interest in favorite toys
  • Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
  • Loss of balance, unsteady walking

Older Adults

Older adults with a brain injury may have a higher risk of serious complications such as a blood clot on the brain. Headaches that get worse or an increase in confusion are signs of this complication. If these signs occur, see a doctor right away.

Getting Better

“Sometimes the best thing you can do is just rest and then try again later.”

How fast people recover from brain injury varies from person to person. Although most people have a good recovery, how quickly they improve depends on many factors. These factors include how severe their concussion was, what part of the brain was injured, their age, and how healthy they were before the concussion.

Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal. You’ll need to be patient because healing takes time. Return to your daily activities, such as work or school, at your own pace. As the days go by, you can expect to gradually feel better.

If you already had a medical problem at the time of your concussion, it may take longer for you to recover from your brain injury. Anxiety and depression may also make it harder to adjust to the symptoms of brain injury.

While you are healing, you should be very careful to avoid doing anything that could cause a blow or jolt to your head. On rare occasions, receiving another concussion before a brain injury has healed can be fatal.

Even after your brain injury has healed, you should protect yourself from having another concussion. People who have had repeated brain injuries, such as boxers or football players, may have serious problems later in life. These problems include difficulty with concentration and memory and sometimes with physical coordination.

Tips for Healing — Adults

Here are a few tips to help you get better:

  • Get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day.
  • Return to your normal activities gradually, not all at once.
  • Avoid activities that could lead to a second brain injury, such as contact or recreational sports, until your doctor says you are well enough to take part in these activities.
  • Ask your doctor when you can drive a car, ride a bike, or operate heavy equipment because your ability to react may be slower after a brain injury.
  • Talk with your doctor about when you can return to work or school. Ask your doctor about ways to help your employer or teacher understand what has happened to you.
  • Consider talking with your employer about returning to work gradually and changing your work activities until you recover.
  • Take only those drugs that your doctor has approved.
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages until your doctor says you are well enough to do so. Alcohol and certain other drugs may slow your recovery and can put you at risk of further injury.
  • If it’s harder than usual to remember things, write them down.
  • If you’re easily distracted, try to do one thing at a time. For example, don’t try to watch TV while fixing dinner.
  • Consult with family members or close friends when making important decisions.
  • Don’t neglect your basic needs such as eating well and getting enough rest.

Tips for Healing — Children

Parents and caretakers of children who have had a concussion can help them heal by:

  • Having the child get plenty of rest.
  • Making sure the child avoids activities that could result in a second blow or jolt to the head — such as riding a bicycle, playing sports, or climbing playground equipment — until the doctor says the child is well enough to take part in these activities.
  • Giving the child only those drugs that the doctor has approved.
  • Talking with the doctor about when the child should return to school and other activities and how to deal with the challenges the child may face.
  • Sharing information about concussion with teachers, counselors, babysitters, coaches, and others who interact with the child so they can understand what has happened and help meet the child’s needs.

Where to Get Help

Help for People With Brain Injuries

“It was the first time in my life that I couldn’t depend on myself.”

There are many people who can help you and your family as you recover from your brain injury. You don’t have to do it alone.

Show this article to your doctor or health care provider and talk with them about your concerns. Ask your doctor whether you need specialized treatment and about the availability of rehabilitation programs.

Your doctor may be able to help you find a health care provider who has special training in the treatment of concussion. Early treatment of symptoms by professionals who specialize in brain injury may speed recovery. Your doctor may refer you to a neurologist, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon, or specialist in rehabilitation.

Keep talking with your doctor, family members, and loved ones about how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally. If you do not think you are getting better, tell your doctor.

Help for Families and Caregivers

“My husband used to be so calm. But after his injury, he started to explode over the littlest things. He didn’t even know that he had changed.”

When someone close to you has a brain injury, it can be hard to know how best to help. They may say that they are “fine” but you can tell from how they are acting that something has changed.

If you notice that your family member or friend has symptoms of brain injury that are getting worse or are not getting better, talk to them and their doctor about getting help. They may also need help if you can answer YES to any of the following questions:

  • Has their personality changed?
  • Do they get angry for no reason?
  • Do they get lost or easily confused?
  • Do they have more trouble than usual making decisions?

You might also want to talk with people who have experienced what you are going through. The Brain Injury Association can put you in contact with people who can help (see page 17).

Resources for Getting Help

“I thought I was all alone, but I’m not. There are lots of people out there who understand what I’ve been through.”

Several groups help people with brain injury and their families. They provide information and put people in touch with local resources, such as support groups, rehabilitation services, and a variety of health care professionals.

Among these groups, the Brain Injury Association (BIA) has a national office that gathers scientific and educational information and works on a national level to help people with brain injury. In addition, 44 affiliated state Brain Injury Associations provide help locally.

You can reach the BIA office by calling the toll-free BIA National Help Line at 1-800-444-6443. You can also get information through the national BIA Web site at www.biausa.org. Both the Help Line and the Web site can provide you with information about your closest state Brain Injury Association. More information about brain injury is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site at www.cdc.gov/ncipc/tbi.

For More Information:

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov.

*Use of trade names is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader is advised to always seek the advice of a physician prior to changing any treatment or to receive answers to questions regarding a specific medical condition.

Comments [255]

Can stress make the concussion symptoms worse?

Mar 22nd, 2017 11:30pm

To the 16 year old who posted February 2017. GO TO A DOCTOR!

Mar 6th, 2017 11:21am

I'm 17 and I was hit to the back of my head in October 2016 and still having symptoms to my concussion. A lot of people noticed I've changed because I used to be so happy and energetic and always wanting to do fun things. Now I don't feel like being in school or outside my room it feels like I'm suffocating into a small hole and can't breathe or be myself I hate people. Now I feel like just someone being in same room as I am I wanna yell because I feel annoyed. I am diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression. It's scary to even think or have thoughts like I do now. I wish I was myself and happy so I could graduate next year, excited for future events in my life but I just want a simple boring future now and it sucks to even want nothing for myself or anything from others. In may I'll be turning 18 and dealing with this traumatic stuff maybe for the rest of my life it will be a big nightmare that will never fade away.

Feb 7th, 2017 11:13am

I have a concussion and this helped me.

Feb 2nd, 2017 11:13am

Danger signs in children is "Change in Sexual Drive?" Really?

Jan 24th, 2017 3:01pm

I am 16 years old and I play football. I suffered two back to back concussions. The first one I got popped in the head while running full speed down the field on a punt and got hit by a player on the opposing team, but it didn't feel like a normal hit.  I did not feel any pain in my head the whole game because I had a twisted ankle, on the bus ride back I was laughing and having fun, then about an hour or two after the game I started getting very severe headaches and extreme nausea. It was one of the most painful things I ever felt. I did not mention this to anybody because I went to sleep and woke up fine the next morning. The following week I was not in practice due to other injuries but decided to play in the game (because we had no other good o-lineman). This was a bad idea, that game I was in for every play. I am a guard on offense and we run many pulling plays which result in head to head contact. The average weight of the d-lineman on the other team was close to 300 pounds and I weigh 180. I did not feel any pain like in the previous game but I was getting very dizzy and I started to forget where I was, I was about to tell the trainer what I was feeling but then our starting center got injured and I decided to stay in. 2-3 hours after the game (which we lost) I felt the same pain from the previous week but 100 times worse. The sound of a tv in the other room was killing me and the room was pitch black but I was still sensitive to the light, I threw up 20-30 times in the toilet and then passed out without remembering. It has been a year since then and I don't feel like I have healed at all. I have never ending headaches and recently I have had uncontrolled outbursts over nothing. I have a hard time concentrating now and my memory is very much worse. Recently I have even had a loss of appetite and now I weigh 145 pounds. I don't know what to do anymore because my concussion has interfered with my school work now and I'm scared it will ruin my life. Is there anything that I can do to make the pain go away besides painkillers?

Jan 24th, 2017 1:51pm

I got a concussion on Feb 17 2012. Because I was involved in a auto accident, I was seen at UCI Medical Center in Irvine, CA. They said there was "no evidence" of brain injury, and I was not given instructions to follow-up with my Dr. I did mention it to my Dr anyway, but he did not seem concerned and now, five years later, I am having memory issues 🙄

Jan 11th, 2017 11:04am

I understand what this guy is talking about. I feel the same way! I'm not sure when I got my first head injury. The first time I can put my finger on was when I was 4 yrs old. All I remember is waking up in a what I thought at the time was a space ship! But now I know it was just my a CT scan. Since then I have taken many blows to the head. On Dec.12 2016 I received 3 traumatic blow's (two on the top of my head and one on the back of my head). I went unconscious for last time. On Dec 28th I started remembering my life up to that point (this whole time other people didn't know anything was wrong with me unless I told them). Sometimes I feel almost back to normal then something changes and I get all mixed up again. My eyes and ears start going in and out and my body goes numb. I have learned to cope with it by wearing sunglasses and playing music in my ears. The music also helps me keep time. Although I'm learning to deal with my lasting side effects I sometimes get discouraged because I'm missing out on life! I have a lot to live for even though it is hard to remember that sometimes. I write a lot and take a lot of pictures so I can remember, and I have learned not to focus on negative things that way when I get down I can look back on memories that remind me why I have to keep going!

Jan 9th, 2017 12:18am

I know the feeling. Former Army Soldier. I broke my neck in January last year for the second time. I walked away didn't know anything was wrong for hours. I hit my head so hard I dented my skull. One year later still having trouble and my headphones still hurt! Memory everything.

Jan 8th, 2017 9:30pm

I have had multiple concussions over the years from playing too hard, motorcycle racing, street racing accidents, stock car racing, figure 8 racing and just forgetting I have a head on my shoulders. I seem to hit it a lot. I have had 3 concussions just in the last year. Jan 2016 ran into a support beam in a basement. I got hit hard in turn 1 at a track. Don't remember that but I saw photos of the car. Two days later I got dizzy and fell into my truck. Once again my head did not make it in. Bled like a pig. I've noticed a change about half way through the year. I'm 57 now. Always been forgetful, now appears short term memory is gone. I'm at the point that I leave notes on my phone to tell me what day it is and what to do. Can't concentrate, can't figure out problems, get lost while driving. Confused, headaches, dizzy, depressed. I get anxiety attacks. Hard to breath sometimes. I feel like I'm getting worse instead of better. Only had 1 violent episode but directed it on the dinning room chairs. They wound up breaking a couple things in the living room. I'm suicidal, that's not new but think a lot more about it. Wife doesn't understand. May end in divorce. I feel I'm slipping away. I don't want dementia. I've seen it. I'm scared and no one understands what I go through on a daily basis.

Jan 5th, 2017 9:16pm

Many people have recovered from long term effects from a TBI, some don't. Researchers are trying to find a link as to why some recover and some do not. Some benefit from simple therapy. Based on the trauma you have had, I would look into it.

Dec 29th, 2016 12:09pm

I find all of this fascinating. I'm researching latent brain function issues from trauma. I had my first major head trauma when I was about 16 when I was hit on the side of my head, by a person, and didn't fully lose consciousness, but 'saw stars' for a good while. When I was 19 a horse kicked me in the head, I was knocked out for about 5 mins, disoriented/confused, emotional, and ended up with 8 stitches just below the crown of my head. I'm pretty sure they only tooK x-rays back then (the late 80s, early 90s). By the time I was 25 I'd been in two major car wrecks, one of which rendered the car (and me) upside down & crawling out of a back window. ER sent me home. Fast forward to my 30s. I took up riding horses again, this time jumping. Always wearing a helmet, I received many blows to the head during falls. Most weren't a big deal, not even painful. The final one was bad. I came off after a jump, and I slammed the back of my head on the hard ground. It dented my helmet. (**I cannot say enough about wearing helMets to people who ride horses...and the adults who let their kids ride without - shame on you!!). I was knocked out for a min or two, got up talking (never remembered what I said to friends or talking to them). I didn't remember walking back to the barn. Waited a bit, then drove myself home. My mother fussed and forced me to go to ER the next morning. Scans all fine, sent home. Ok. So now I'm reading these articles on newer research and I realize, could I have a TBI? The last 10 years or so (I'm 49 now) I've noticed depth perception issues, I'm emotional to the point of annoying myself yet have periods where I show almost no affect at all. I get headaches, which vary in severity, but are mostly mild. I've had a full blown migraine 2-3 times ever and not recently. But I'm increasingly feeling like things aren't as they should be cognitively. It's hard to explain as there's nothing concrete to report. I've had some issues with work, which I never, ever had before now. I don't stay on top of tasks well and feel very lazy (the latter having been totally opposite of my personality in previous years). My question is, why should I bother with seeing a doctor? I feel as though they will just take another mri and report that all looks normal and send me home. Do I even need to follow up on this? I can't even make a decision about whether I want to or not. Am I being sent to the wrong doctors (ER)? I don't have a regular doctor, as I'm rarely hurt or ill now, but I don't even know what I'd say if I did see a doctor. Or if it's worth going through. (Lol, oh and I almost forgot my reason for writing this. I just hit my head again yesterday, accidentally, on a large, dense metal beam (I didn't see it). I have a lump, small dent, and it's very tender. I was disoriented for about 5 mins, but I think I was mostly shaken up.)

Dec 18th, 2016 12:12am

I performed a tumble on my bed which is hard and bouncy and had a headache all day. The next day I did some shadowboxing and felt a dull pain on the left upper part of my head. This was caused by accelerating and abruptly decelerating my head in a rotationary motion. Now I have many of the symptoms listed, tire easily, difficulty concentrating, feeling exhausted, slow reading etc. I believe that past concussions from accidents have made my brain very vulnerable to new concussions from seemingly mild forces.

Nov 29th, 2016 2:45pm

I'm sorry. I hope for justice for your situation. People who have been through it understand it more. I can tell you as a female it wasn't much better for me. Blessings

Nov 28th, 2016 4:30am

i suffer fro m my incident for three years took to many blows to the head from fights last one left me blind in left eye didn't really know what was going on with me at first just i haven't been me have angry moods  have head ahces that keep me up with insomnia and fatigued concentration and focus and memory gotten bad and can't find the right words to say a lot and things come out all screwed up when i'm trying to carry a conversation on and my mind gets stuck on one thin g alot and can't get it to change subject on topics have fallen down and bumped into walls and can't see at night at all at night head lights from cars disorient me i get light headed and dizzy sleep schedule all jacked up hate going to get groceries cause it stresses me out trying to keep up with all I'm getting and shopping for good prices  blurred vision double vision and have been watching TV and the graphics be in like 3D almost like video game like and wouldn't be last about 5 to 10 minutes and it goes back to normal  and just recently i had a head ache that kept me up and it went away but i still couldn't sleep anxious mood and i lay in bed and my head felt weird just over my eye on left side in the front felt numbness  never felt that before  that was new to me but I'm still learning to deal with it all and its been 3 years now just take it one day at a time. reading and writing spelling and people take a toll on me i struggle with keeping up with that stuff can but really wears me out to wear i just want to be left a lone and go to sleep . used to never be like this I'm a people person now just leave me alone you get on my nerves. find my self doing things two or three times as well which is good make sure i lock the doors and turn off the stove and stuff have for got. like i said one day at a time.

Nov 22nd, 2016 10:22am

That woman needs to be in jail. Did you file a police report each time? It must be documented by the authorities so you have proof. Then she'll go to jail, where she belongs! It does happen to men as well as women!

Nov 18th, 2016 10:58pm

I wanted to post another comment on here because I was actually hit in the head a second time while still having post concussion syndrome symptoms. I couldn't find any information anywhere for what happens if you get hit in the head while still having post concussion symptoms. The symptoms I experienced after the 2nd hit were pretty bad, I actually thought I would die because I kept reading about 2nd impact syndrome and I had never felt that bad before in my life. The original hit was on May 14th 2016 I was in a sports accident were I was hit in the face and then hit the ground and blacked out for a few seconds. I was very confused when I woke up and couldn't remember actually being hit or anything directly before. I was sent to the ER and then told to rest. I was a dedicated athlete and I tried to return to the gym multiple times too soon which resulted in elevated symptoms and longer recovery time. Eventually I gave up and realized I would just be unable to exercise and I did start to recover after a while. I started school in September and I actually got hit in the head a second time in the classroom while still showing many post concussion symptoms from post concussion syndrome. A girl got up out of her chair and I went to get up at the same time and she hit heads with me. This was September 29th 2016. It is now November 17th 2016 and I want people to know I am feeling much better than a month ago. After being hit the second time I felt fine immediatly afterward but the next day I started feeling extremely bad. It got to its worst point about 2 weeks later. I felt extremely bad for about 1 month through all of October after the 2nd hit. Here are all of the symptoms I experienced after the 2nd hit while still having PCS. They were much more and much worse than the initial hit that knocked me out. I was unable to sleep the 2nd week following the 2nd hit because my head would shake whenever I laid on it. I also had the following symptoms: *tingling/numbness *visably shaking (almost like tremors) *nausea (very nauseated) *throbbing/pulsating in head *unable to lay on back of head or I would shake *fuzzy vision *liquid feeling in head *ringing in ears * stiff neck (shaking/choking feeling at times) *running out of breath when speaking *really dry mouth *very faint/weak feeling *very tight feeling in head and throughout face My lingering symptoms from the original concussion were only fuzzy vision,headache,ringing in the ears, and inability to exercise. When I would attempt to workout my head would get extremely tight and I would feel like it was hard to breath and my symptoms were completely unbearable. Like I said before I used to be a fitness fanatic before all this I wanted to teach fitness classes for a career so this has really hurt me. But anyways I ended up going to 2 hospitals(once 3 days after the second hit and once after 2 weeks when my symptoms peaked) i was cleared for no bleeding in the brain with a CT on the 1st visit and sent to a neurologist,opthamoigist, neuro physiatrist and some more places I forgot. They discovered that I also had a Whiplash type injury from the original hit which caused many of the symptoms such as the throbbing and stiff neck feeling. So if you were hit in a way that could have caused whiplash I highly recommend getting tested by a physical therapist or chiropractor. I'm currently being treated and it has helped a lot. I also was told the liquid feeling I get in my head is a vestibular issue in my inner ear. I am now taking these natural vitamins called Ring stop and they seem to have minimized my ear ringing and liquid feeling. After experiencing all those terrible symptoms I listed for pretty much all of October I am happy to say that it does get better. I am now only feeling the following symptoms here on November 17th. *fuzzy vision *ringing in the ears (improved with ring stop) *occasional dizziness *occasional tingly feeling (must less than before) *stiff neck Sometimes I'll feel very dizzy and that tingly feeling and then I'll feel a pulsation feeling in my head a couple times and I'll start feeling better. I've been told this is related to my whiplash injury. I also took 600mg Motrin to help me sleep during October. I'm now able to concentrate and do school work even though I am not in school I am now homebound due to what happened. I want to stress that I am no doctor and obviously my case may be different from many people but this has been a true nightmare for me and I really want to help other people who are going through this. Good doctors are very hard to find and I wanted to give information about having a 2nd concussion with post concussion syndrome. I could not find anything on this anywhere on the web so that's why I am posting this to let others know that even with a concussion on top of post concussion syndrome there will be relief eventually. I felt like giving up at times and I was afraid that this 2nd hit before my brain was fully healed was going to kill me. I'm happy to say it did not and I am feeling relief not great but I'm feeling relief. I hope that this will be helpful to many. Keep strong and stay positive. Good luck to everyone!

Nov 18th, 2016 2:55am

I'm so sorry about your situation. My heart goes out to you. I'm sending you positive vibes and love for a beautiful future.

Nov 18th, 2016 12:40am

For the gentleman on the receiving end of domestic abuse. I hear you loud and clear. My son was a victim of domestic abuse. Along with the physical injuries, a man feels ashamed and doesn't want to admit to it. I hope you don't encounter this person ever again. It's a crime in itself that authorities don't take this seriously.

Nov 16th, 2016 7:18pm

I'm so sorry that happened to you. Abuse by females toward males isn't taken as seriously as male to female. I think this is due to males being the majority who inflict all types of abuse toward females. (Key: all types).. And somewhat routinely get a mere slap on the wrist until severe damage is done, if they are caught. This is terribly wrong. Abuse is abuse. Elderly, pets, anyone! You have suffered in silence, and it is good that you wrote your comment for others to see.

Nov 13th, 2016 12:27am

I hit the left temple area of my head on the corner of the stove hood almost 2 weeks ago. That day no problem, but next day, & every day/night since, I have had a headache several steps up from the worst migraine that I've ever had, & am so sensitive to light that even now I have my glasses on (tinted) & my sunglasses on. My doctor had blood work done to rule out temporal arteritis, & a CAT scan done, & said that both are "normal". I am to the point that I don't think that I can stand this pain of the headache any longer, & none of the Tylenol (allergic to Aspirin) even wave @ the pain. I can't drive, read, do anything. My doctor spent about 5 minutes on the exam (I know I need a new doctor, but we live in the boonies).

Nov 5th, 2016 1:06pm

I got a concussion about a year ago. I was snowboarding and I landed on my head (twice) w the force of my full body weight coming down the mountain pretty quick. I immediately went back to school so I didn't fail my college classes (I actually passed w good grades). Now it is a year later and I don't feel much healed. I woke up this morning very dizzy and I get tension and concussion headaches quite frequently. MY only advice, let your brain heal! I didn't have much of an option bc I cannot afford to not graduate, but sometimes I wish I would have just dropped out. I have ptsd so this greatly affects how I heal. I wish I could go back everyday, bc life was hard enough before this concussion!

Nov 5th, 2016 11:52am

I suffered 3-5 concussions a year for a number of years from a violent abusive wife punching me in the head or using objects to inflict head trauma. It left me blind in my left eye, retina smashed up, and deteriorating loss of sight in my right eye. Also experience seizures on a weekly basis, loss of all sense of smell and taste from TBI. However, because I am not female no one gives a shit and still doesn't. Had I been female there would be no end to the help available. Police, courts, doctors could not care less. Why have laws against physical, mental and financial abuse if they are not applied?

Nov 3rd, 2016 3:35pm

I am having headaches that come and go. The right side of my head will hurt for a few seconds then the left side will start hurting for a few seconds then it goes away. I have been having migraines since I had my stroke in May 2016. Can anybody tell me what could be causing my headaches now and why they going from side to side. And they are sharp stabbing pains also. Can someone please help me with this.

Nov 2nd, 2016 3:39am

I was attacked by 2 boxers while walking my dogs about 6 weeks ago.  I was knocked over by the boxers and was laying unconscious on the road for what I now believe was up to 5 minutes.  Two women came over and pulled the dogs off of me though I do not remember.  I didn't go to the doctor immediately.  Gradually over days, a very deep depression and insomnia hit me.  I had a CT scan and there were no blood clots or bleeding.  Over the past 6 weeks, I am struggling to resume my "normal" life.  I've been off work for 3 weeks.  My neuro doctor finally found a med I can tolerate so I can get some sleep.  I am 64 years old.  My neuro doctor told me it could take months for me to recover.  I feel so lost.

Oct 31st, 2016 7:33am

I have systemic lupus and had major brain swelling years ago. Recently received a concussion, seems to be taking longer to recover. Could they be related?

Oct 24th, 2016 8:56pm

I got into a drunken fight almost 3 months ago and believe I sustained multiple concussions.  I remember getting hit in the side of the head and don't remember much after that, other than being nearly choked out from behind.  I woke up to my head feeling different the following day.  It hurt to swallow for about 2 weeks but that went away. 

I have been battling a constant headache since then.  Sometimes the pressure, nausea and pain eases but my head always feels compressed.  It's as if blood vessels or nerves in my brain/cranium have been bruised, stretched, torn or damaged.  I also have tinnitus in my left ear.  The pain becomes unbearable when the unnerving tingling starts from the back of my head and radiates up and down to my forehead.

The burning behind my eyes are another story but that hasn't happened in a while.  Just when I think I'm getting better, my head takes a turn for the worst.  I have had 2 CT scans and an MRI with and without contrast.  Doctors tell me they show no abnormalities.  Before my unfortunate incident, I enjoyed working out and running now I pay for it later when I do.

Recently I've seen a neurologist and was prescribed pills for migraines and Gabopentin.  I think the Gabopentin makes my headache worse but helps me to sleep.  I'm thinking of having my neck looked at to see if there could be any damage there.  I have suicidal tendencies sometimes. 

I pray to the mystery that is the universe...with time and great belief, we will all return to our former and happier selves.

Just turned 30,


Oct 23rd, 2016 9:29pm

My symptoms are very similar to the person who commented they fell in the shower. I feel fine but when I lay down to sleep I get a tingly sensation in head and it's uncomfortable. I have to sleep on stomach. I went to urgent care but they told me I'm OK. I did not have CT scan. I'm not sure if I should go to emergency.

Oct 21st, 2016 4:17am

I was involved in a track and field accident. I did the no contact sport and always ignored the concussion mandatory meetings for all athletes. Now I have had a post concussion syndrome for almost 6 months. A long jumper hit heads with me at full speed which caused me to fall directly back onto the back of my head after hitting heads with him. In a way I got a double concussion. I blacked out only for a few seconds and was sent by ambulance to the ER. I have not been better since then. I would have been MVP and Captain of Cross Country this year and I can't even walk a mile without getting worn out. I am completely exercise intolerant. All I want is to be able to participate in my sport again.

Oct 18th, 2016 12:12am

I was a football and suffered multiple blows to the head. How long should I wait for the headache to stop or call it a concussion?

Oct 17th, 2016 7:32pm

A week ago I fell in the shower: I hit the back of my head against the toilet (the impact point was between the skull's lower part and where the neck begins): the toilet lid broke and went flying (which I think helped as that released the impact energy some more instead of being absorbed back by my head): I did not lose consciousness; I just rested a few minutes sitting down in the shower, then finished washing and iced my bump right away. For a few days I kept icing my head; and the bump has subsided: it doesn't even feel sensitive anymore, even though it's still there. I have NOT once experienced nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, or loss of balance: none of that. My concentration and attention at work have seemed fine, but I have started feeling subcutaneous tenderness at the top of my head and some slight tingle-like headache (I am not sure how else to describe them- they do not impair my abilities, but they are there as a dull background pain). Clearly, I did some "damage", but  I am wondering if the headaches are part of the healing process or if I am deteriorating. Is it normal to feel this way? 

Oct 17th, 2016 11:55am

Three years ago I went head on into a tree with a snowmobile. I had a concussion, broken back two places, broken sternum, broken clavicle, bleeding on the brain.

At 30 mph I hit a 12 inch diameter tree straight on. My helmet skipped off the tree on impact wrapping my neck and shoulder around the tree while the snowmobile back end crushed me against it.

I was put on pain meds Oxycodone 5 mg -325 ,for the next three years for pain from shoulder and kneck (it took 8 months for the clavicle to heal, knocked out a 1 inch piece of bone).

Two months ago my doctor pulled me off the oxy due to the recent spike in addiction related uses. For three weeks I went without pain meds other than Tylenol, which I took to many trying to control the pain (similar to an earache but in the neck). I had acid reflux and seem to vomit a lot.

He ended up putting me on fentanyl patch for 24 hour pain control three weeks ago. To make a long story shorter I have been constantly vomiting, so I stopped using patch. I still seem to vomit almost every day.

I have narrowed down my constant vomiting to this: any excessive stress situation, I get motion sickness while driving, visual stimulation, excessive visual or sound activities will cause me to vomit non stop.

After the accident I couldn't watch TV, be in a room with more than one person, spent a lot of time in the dark. Any brain stimulation (dog barking) would cause me to almost instantly become nauseous for the first month.

I am concerned that the three years I was on the oxy may have masked long term issues that I now seem to be having.

I have been at the same job for 20 years and have to leave meetings due to extreme nausea. I blamed the patch for the sickness, but even though I am off it I seem to be getting worst.

I need help with this.

Oct 16th, 2016 1:33pm

My husband and got into a car accident 3 years ago. I hit my head so hard on the windshield that it even the thick glass cracked. I was unconscious for a short while coz when I opened my eyes everything was white and blurred, and soon as I stepped down from the car I was dizzy, the guy who witnessed the accident offered me a monoblock chair to sit on. I had to put myself all together coz it really hurt, luckily my husband wasn't wounded badly because of the airbag. After a few minutes, we went to the nearest hospital to have myself checked-up at was told that should have an X-ray. The x-ray result showed that I should have a CT Scan and so I did. Everything was okay according to the doctors. However, as days passed, I would have minor headaches, my vision even got disrupted by small dots. I feel fine, I look well, until we found out that I was suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), I had a lot of therapy sessions with my doctor then. I though everything was okay then, because I had my vision fixed with eyeglasses. Until today, I had a headache that's not usual, i can feel a lot of pressure from the area in my head that got hit 3 years ago. I would sometimes press that area and it's quite sensitive. Then for quite some time I can feel some tingling in my ears. Are these connected with the accident I had 3 years ago?

Oct 15th, 2016 9:45am

I was recently at the weight room and Coach decided we should add these ropes to the weight lifting stations. We had to pull up from the ground using the ropes. I kinda felt like we should not be doing this, so he said.. One person at a time, so I went ahead and took my turn. But instead someone didn't want to wait and came down with tons of weight on the bad and hit me as I was coming up. Gladly there was no cuts or black outs, but it's been 2 weeks and it's been getting worse, and we can't afford further treatment and staying at home pretty much sleeping and just trying to cope with it isn't enough. I hope it gets better

Oct 5th, 2016 3:32pm

Sounds like he has one take him to the ER

Sep 26th, 2016 5:22am

Take him to the hospital. Better safe then sorry always

Sep 23rd, 2016 6:00pm

A couple of days ago my boyfriend was jumped by two guys he did lose consciousness but I'm not sure for how long. He has a few bumps on his head from being hit but the bumps don't seem to be going down quite yet. He says when he touches the bumps they  feel tender to the touch. I'm very worried  because he said he is feeling very tired and has a lack of energy, as well as a slower reaction to things. Not too bad but enough for him to see a slight change in behavior. After observing his activity  I have been seeing a bit of a change in him.  He is a little more calm than usual. There's a little bit of delay in how he comprehends things but that started 6 days later. He was also hit several times in the face. There is not bruising, just a lot of swelling. I know a lot of this is normal when you get in confrontations but after almost a week of healing, he is not showing signs of trauma. I know concussions can sometimes take time to show signs. I'm worried that the bumps are still tender and the fact that he did pass out. I'm trying to take him in but he wants to wait a couple more days because he said it's not that bad right now. What should I watch for over the next few days or do I just drag him to the hospital.

Sep 19th, 2016 5:11am

go to the hospital immediately. It could lead to a blood clot. You need to go. Some people think it will go away on its own? It might go away but I didn't go to the E.R and I wish I would have now because I still have symptoms 4 years later! I hope this information will help you. Good luck.

Sep 13th, 2016 4:41pm

To the person above me who was bucked off: You had a concussion, no doubt. Please see a doctor. A few years ago I was tossed off my horse and I thought I was alright... The same thing happened.

Sep 7th, 2016 3:41pm

I was bucked off my horse 4 days ago. Had my helmet on, thank God. Landed on a hard surface on my lower back. Kinda remember hitting my head but it was the pain in my lower back that had my full attention. Did not go to ER went on the trail ride after I got up. Here it is 4 days later, my back is still sore but I got up this morning feeling like I was going to throw up. Have had a headache pretty much all day. Trying to decide if I should go to ER or not. I have insurance but I hate hospitals.

Aug 27th, 2016 10:20pm

I had a really bad fall off my horse 2 years ago where I fractured my sacrum and tore so many ligaments in my leg that I couldn't move it for about a month (it still acts up once in a while).  A few days after the fall I had the most intense headaches and nausea.  I never used to have headaches until this incident, but for about a year they were almost daily.  I was exhausted and could sleep 20+ hours a day.  I became forgetful (e.g. not knowing if I had used shampoo the moment after I had).  I had researched so much online but nothing helped until I came across an article about how concussions can prevent you from having restorative sleep.  I was in really good shape, but if I worked out my muscles would be so sore for days and my job included working with my hands that were now feeling arthritic and weak.  This article I read suggested a low dose of amitriptyline (10mg) before bedtime.  I started taking it a year ago and it gave me my life back.  I feel about 80-90% normal, but still get headaches and exhaustion if I push myself too much.  I hope this will also help someone else. 

Aug 20th, 2016 2:00pm

Sounds like symptoms of a concussion. I hope she's feeling better.

Aug 1st, 2016 6:51am

6 months ago I got kicked in the head by my horse which resulted in an orbital floor blow out, which has no been repaired, the operation has gone really well and you could never tell I have had it done. However I am left with double vision on extreme gaze up and down which I can cope with, but its the changes I have noticed to my general self. Some days I feel great but today I feel spaced out like I didnt wake up very well, my speech is slow and my reactions are foggy, I'm forgetful and cant get my words out whilst trying to speak. Is this normal to change from one day to the next? Today I cried for the first time through pure frustration and worry that this is not normal? I can put things down and immediately forget where I put them. Apologies for any spelling mistakes I'm starting to feel low and hope I wake up better than today :-(

Jul 28th, 2016 5:09pm

My daughter is 6 years old she got her first concussion at home today walking with a blanket on her head. She got knocked out she lost consciousness I called 911 immediately. She theny woke up really confused she vomited 3 times. Then came back to it when paramedics were working on her she was alert and was asking what happened to me mommy? I explained she tripped and fell and bonked her head and mommy has to call them here to make sure my princess is safe. She relaxed. She stayed awake the whole ambulance ride we arrived we were put in a room then 30 minutes later when the Nurse made her try and walk she vomited 4 more times. Is this normal to vomit that long after hitting her head? Also CT scan came back normal. They sent her home still nauseous still confused and not all there. Should they have kept her at least overnight to monitor her? We're home now I woke her 1 hour into her sleep to make sure she will wake up. She woke up really confused she was fighting me to not hold her hand on the way to the bathroom she even got lost on the way to the bathroom is this normal? If anyone has had a similar situation and knows anything about it please help. I am not familiar with concussions or head injuries. Thank you in advance

Jul 21st, 2016 2:30am

I'm dealing with a similar situation...

Jul 20th, 2016 5:07am

I fainted in my elevator and sustained a massive blow to my head, a 5" laceration to my scalp (8 sutures - instead of staples since I had to do MRI), and two fractures in my C4/C5.  Yep, the blow was so hard, my neck snapped back and literally broke my neck!  Luckily no serious brain damage, and luckily no spinal cord damage.  The fractures are slightly displaced but stable so no surgery needed, thankfully.  I'm in a hard collar x4 weeks and a soft x2 weeks, ruined summer :(  

Anyway, my concussion is awful.  I've had a few in my life (sports injuries) and nothing compares to this.  Sensitivity to sound and light, constant headaches, forgetfulness, dizziness, trouble forming sentences and communicating.  It's been 7 days with no signs of improvement and I sincerely hope it doesn't last much longer.  Concussion recovery is certainly varied depending on the person and injury.  Good luck to all, hope you don't suffer too badly.

Jul 19th, 2016 8:02pm

When I was in child I came from a very violent family. I have suffered from multiple shots to the head. I'm now 60 and worry about them. I do go off on a regular basis -- anger then sadness. Can this be linked to all the shots I took to the head? I do have trouble doing things that were easy a few years back.

Jul 17th, 2016 11:15pm

In my early childhood I was run over by a backing up car. I'm now 60 and I've experienced short term memory loss and I'm concerned about dementia now. Can that be a trigger for dementia?

Jul 10th, 2016 8:43am

I fainted, fell straight back and hit the top back of my head on the wood floor. Ambulance ride to the ER, 6 staples to close the gash. Solid 2 1/2 weeks of vertigo, serious fatigue, and getting overwhelmed by any visual stimulation, or too many people talking at the same time. It's been 4 weeks now, and am luckily feeling normal again with minor moments of vertigo and spaciness. 

Jul 6th, 2016 5:58pm

Well it takes time recovering even if it's just a week or a few months. Some people have a really slow process with recovery. It's normal to have headaches and nausea after a concussion because it's your brain is still healing. It's important you rest even if it has been 6 months since you had the concussion. Since you had that concussion your brain is going to be more sensitive so you should be careful. If your headaches increase and get worse or you have nausea you should see a doctor. Hoping this helped.

Jul 5th, 2016 3:49pm

Hi I'm 14 and I had a concussion 6 months ago and I am still getting headaches but they are gradually going away it just takes allot of time and my anxiety and depression I think have slowed the process down.

Jun 28th, 2016 8:34pm

I was in a bad car accident. I had 2 places that were bleeding in my head. After it stopped the worst of the swelling and bruising went away but my eyes were black and my forehead. It's been 3 weeks and some of the feeling has come back but the top of my head is still numb most of the time. Every now and then I have feelings in head and forehead. It's going to be a long road but everyday is a little better.

Jun 25th, 2016 9:15am

The big organisations' have got us by the short and curly's! They have every device under the sun to evade compensating anyone injured who subsequently loses their job and ends up financially worse off. Firstly you have to prove you have been injured even if you have witnesses. Most NHS scans come back unremarkable, then all your past medical history is dragged out in the open with which they go through with a fine toothed comb. God help you if you've ever been depressed or suffered anxiety. Just to advise anyone in this situation. If you are truly suffering from headaches, balance problems, concentration problems vision problems and your NHS scans are unremarkable, please check  out the option to have an UPRIGHT MRI scan with a reputable organisation. (I went to a private clinic in London to have one of these after an NHS CT brain scan,  MRI brain scan and  MRI neck scan came back normal).  My upright MRI scan showed ligament damage - alar and transverse,  offset odontoid peg, hind brain herniation ( cerebellar tonsillar ectopia) and a kyphotic clivo-axial angle (which causes deformative stress on your brainstem) And  my thoughts on this last injury - could possibly be the cause of my persistent streaming sinuses. 

Jun 21st, 2016 3:52pm

My fiancé had a concussion in 2013 and he's still suffering from it to this day. Almost everyday he has a headache, sometimes worse than others..and feels tired all the time. His sleep patterns are strange and he says he hasn't felt the same since his accident. I feel so bad, I wish there was something I could do to help him. We've seen a neurologist and audiologist..but basically led to nothing so far.

Jun 18th, 2016 2:05am

I recently fell and hit the back of my head on a metal bar, actually splitting it open and suffering a concussion. It's been 5 days now and I am still not remotely feeling like myself. I ended up being taken by ambulance and getting 5 staples in the gash in my head. Hoping to recover soon, in the meantime, I've had nonstop headaches, ringing in my ears, lethargy, and dizziness. I have taken it easy and not tried to over do it. I'm still in a fog like state, and hoping this goes away soon, my anxiety and depression are out of the roof. :( sending healing vibes to everyone going through the same thing right now. 🌻

Jun 11th, 2016 11:35pm

Im am only 18 years old and this is my 5th concussion, i am on week 4 of recovery and still dont feel like myself and dont know how much longer it will take, i also have gotten anxiety from this last concussion and i cannot control it.... does anyone know how much longer this will take or what i should do to feel healthy?

Jun 11th, 2016 5:14pm

I am happy reading all these comments and knowing that i am not alone. This is a battle we all need to make it through and have faith and beat. Dont give up. I know from personal experience just how much life can change and how hard life can be after a brain injury. My story began All the way back in December of 2006. I was 16 at the time and took martial arts classes. One night i was sparring with a much older man and did not have head gear on. We had boxing gloves on and i got popped a bunch of times in my head that made my neck snap back. I did not black out. I remember going home and going right to bed with a major headache. I then remember waking up in the middle of the night with my head numb and throbbing. It was the worst headache i have ever had. I told my parents and saw the Dr soon after and had a ct scan done. The scans came back normal but this was now weeks after the initial injury. Well, hear i am. A decade later. At 26 years old in 2016 sitting at my computer at 2:02am because i have a splitting headache and can not sleep. Ever since that night for the past decade i have had horrible "jolt" like pains that come and go along with a "brain fog" type feeling and head pressure. I have had good days and bad days but its ben about six months now that i have been in my house unable to work or function. I have 0 social life now and can not even lay down in my bed without feeling pain and discomfort. These "jolt" pains feel like being stung by a bee inside your skull multiple times a minute throughout the entire day. No exaggeration at all. I have gotten an occipital nerve decompression surgery and multiple injections to see if it would help but unfortunately nothing had helped. I have thought multiple times about offing myself to escape the pain and suffering that this has brought me. I dont know if i will ever be the same. We can not give up though. We need to keep faith and fight this. Stay strong my friends. You are not alone.

May 26th, 2016 2:07am

I wanted to post an update to my last post. My accident was March 26 2016, I posted about my falling on my face/forehead in a driveway. After 2 months I am feeling 90 % better. I was so out of sorts in the beginning- total haze and hopelessness for the me I had lost. The first 4 weeks were awful. But slowly I've been returning to my pre fall brain function. I wanted to give everyone hope! I still have headaches - get tired easy and know my processing speed is slower. But the haze is gone and I continue to see improvements. Part of my personality shifted, I'm not sure if that is going away or that old me is coming back. But I'm hopeful I can adjust to the different me. I have lots of encouragement around me. Although most everyone doesn't get that I am still experiencing difficulty. I just realize I have to make adjustments for me. Still I am thrilled with how much better I am. 

Keep the faith!

May 25th, 2016 8:36pm

I was punched in the nose 2 weeks ago. The ER said it was fine. The next day I went to another doctor. That resulted in a CT scan. That was fine but then a sports medicine specialist said it was a concussion (4 days after). Now, 2 weeks later I still haven't returned to life and I'm just really sad. And to top things off my head hurts bad, I can't sleep, my vision is messed up and the kid who did it was only suspended for 3 days and I will miss more than 2 weeks.

May 23rd, 2016 11:38pm

Almost 2 weeks ago I tripped and hit headfirst into a plastic barricade around a steel roof support at work. I may have knocked myself out for a few seconds but am not really sure. I couldn't feel or move my hands for about 5 minutes then started feeling "shards of glass" in both my arms from shoulder to wrist. At the time, a flashlight was shined in my eyes and I was told my pupils dilated normally. I was taken to the ER and diagnosed with 4 compressed discs in my neck. Nothing about a concussion. As days went by I kept having issues like nausea, vomiting, dizziness where my vision blackened, confusion, memory lapses, and I almost passed out. Went back to the ER 10 days later with a diagnosis of post concussion syndrome. I always though I had to have hit hard enough to have caused a concussion if I had 4 compressed discs but no one thought to make sure. Now just a matter of time waiting to fully heal and have neck surgery.

May 22nd, 2016 9:56pm

I was involved in an accident at work where I went face first into basically a jagged wall.  I was never given a concussion test. About a month later my problems started.  I didn't feel right, I kept telling people I felt off axis and tilted to the right.

It took about 5 months, but I finally got a CAT scan. They decided it was sinus related.  By now I was having serious balance problems, my eyes were going in and out of focus, and I couldn't actually explain to people what I was experiencing.  I told people it felt like I had a stroke.

Well while no one could figure out what was wrong with me, I had developed severe anxiety and depression.  I was doing Balance physical therapy, and it definitely helped my dizziness and tilted feeling.

It's been over 2 1/2 years now, and I'm not able to keep down a job, I have serious memory problems, lack of interest, I've become isolated from any friends or family, and I suffer from these weird, almost seizure like, episodes. It feels like I'm being hit by some weird force field trying to knock me off balance and into the ground.

I've seen a neurologist, who told me I have post concussion disorder, but shouldn't I be getting better?  If anyone has had similar problems for this amount of time and improved, please let me know what you did for treatment.

Thanks PB

May 22nd, 2016 2:52am

Yes. It is the most horrible thing I have ever been through. Post Concussion for 10 months. Although I have good days. And I was an athlete before this.... if I go to the gym and do even the simplest exertions I am back to square one for several days. Balance.. dizzy. Etc. This is the worst.. worst.

May 21st, 2016 4:30pm

My 15 year old daughter recently was diagnosed with 2 separate concussions within 7 days. She has seen several doctors and has been pulled out of school and advised to have no activity. For the past 2 weeks she has been sleeping 18-22 hours a day and has been in severe head pain every day. The last day and a half she has seemed to be making a dramatic turn for the better. Less severe headache and much more energy. She seems to have returned to herself almost overnight. Is it normal to have such a quick reversal in symptoms? Definitely not complaining, just seems odd she would turn around so quickly.

May 21st, 2016 2:42pm

About 2 and a half years ago, I was in a small accident on an ATV. Unfortunately, I came out with 11 skull fractures and a severe concussion. Now, I continue to have a ringing in my ear and have very sharp pain through out my fractures. The only treatment that has ever helped me is a constant pressure on my fractures ( usually just me holding my head ) and a warm bath. Other than that, there has never been anything I can find to help with my pain.

May 17th, 2016 4:57pm

I was hit on the side of my head just above my ear by a thrown softball while playing in a coed game.  While running to first, the second baseman threw it and I was knocked to the ground.  This is my first head injury and I am a go getter type of person that doesn't give in to pain.  This has thrown me for a loop. I feel for anyone who has gone through this.  I am going on two weeks since the injury and I am still not myself.  I am still very bruised and sore where I was hit.  I get sharp pains in the side of my head and back behind my eye and temple area.  Still a little dizzy if I move to quickly and my memory is not working to well.  Getting my words out is almost like I have a stutter at times.  I cannot seem to find what I am trying to say.  Very frustrating.  I definitely will sympathize with anyone going through this. 

May 15th, 2016 11:26pm

Hello I have a Friend that goes through some of these issues. I'm glad I look up this article on brain concussion after a fall. I had noticed changes in him & didn't know why. Now I understand. To hear all the stories really gets to my heart. I am so sorry for your accidents. GOD will keep all of you in his hands. Keep the FAITH. I am PRAYING for you all .Thank you again for helping Me to understand.  JSM

May 14th, 2016 6:27am

My 13 year old daughter jumped over a cement wall that separates my house from my neighbors. When she jumped over her foot got entangled in the vines and she fell over the wall slamming her head on the concrete. I saw the whole thing and I ran over, I thought for sure she split her head open, but she didn't. She was dazed, staring into space and was quiet. I monitored her for the next 15 minutes when she began to become very sleepy, had ringing in her ears, she was dizzy, walking sideways and complaining that she felt like she was going to puke. I took her to the ER and she was diagnosed with a concussion. It has been a week, but she is still not herself. She still has ringing in her ears, is extremely sensitive to light, is on nausea medicine and still has headaches. She is a very active child, but now she is careful, can only go to school for half days and is a little more sensitive. I hope she continues to heal and becomes more like herself. It was a very scary night for me, especially when I witnessed the accident.

A very concerned parent, but this article has helped, but also made me more concerned about her.

May 7th, 2016 4:13pm

Hi everyone, I had a concussion over 6 months ago - I was hit in the prefrontal cortex region. I still have lingering memory issues what is really bothersome is that I have dysphagia. My neurologist says it is not from the concussion but I had not had this symptom  until after my concussion. Anyone else have this issue. It is definitely cause by the concussion!

May 1st, 2016 1:08am

What was the right treatment for you?

Apr 27th, 2016 8:45pm

My concussion changed my life. I was a type A functioning executive that turn into a mild mr individual. Nothing worked n nothing made sense to me. The doctors didn't know what was wrong n I lived in hell for 3 years until I received the right treatment. Before getting the right treatment I tried to kill myself because I couldn't get used to a person that needed assistance from others. It's been almost 7 years and I still haven't fully recovered. I pray for everyone that's on this unpredictable journey with me

Apr 24th, 2016 8:38pm

I have had 3 concussion in my life the last concussion my words were not comings out right the last one was the worst. I still have problems remembering what I had just said

Apr 23rd, 2016 3:30pm

Two weeks ago I fell and broke my nose.  I almost immediately had a headache; however, I attributed it to my nose and nothing else.  Since I really didn't want an assessment about my nose, I didn't go for medical attention.  In retrospect, I really should have.  The headaches have not stopped; I am forgetting things; I feel lost inside myself at times; my sleep pattern has fallen apart. Yesterday, I went for my yearly physical, and wouldn't you know it? I not only broke my nose but I also got a concussion when I fell.  The information here and the posts from other people have made me feel less alone with these symptoms.  Very much appreciated.

Apr 22nd, 2016 1:21pm

I understand how you feel. My Concussion occurred on 2/27 from a car accident. I hit the left side of my face twice. Which resulted in me having my first Concussion, it left me with a ringing ear, sensitivity to lights and sounds along with a ringing ear. Its the worse thing I have ever experience. I felt like someone who was special and not in a good way. My children, boss all wanted the old me back, quick in learning and multi-tasking. That person went away for a while, I too wanted my old self back. Its been almost two months and I am doing better. Its a process and pray to never get another Concussion.

Apr 20th, 2016 2:48pm

On April 7th, the vehicle I was in was hit from the side by another speeding vehicle, the impact caused me to smash my head off the window and knocked me out for a few minutes. When I woke up I was hanging side ways in my seat, while the other 3 passengers were trying to get out. Apparently we were hit so hard that on top of our vehicle flipping on its side, we slid 10 feet and hit a 3rd vehicle, which stopped us from hitting a telephone pole. We are lucky to be alive, considering how bad the crash was (all 3 vehicles totaled) but i have been dealing with a concussion since. I didn't know how long the symptoms would last since I have only had 1 other concussion (in 7th grade, now a junior in high school) I found this article to be very helpful. Thanks.

Apr 20th, 2016 6:55am

My son suffered a severe concussion and broken collar bone after a long board accident. He suffered with debilitating headaches for 3 years that robbed him of his teenage years. Then an amazing doctor suggested physical therapy. That treatment ended his headaches almost immediately and he is now functioning normally again! If you continue to have headaches, look into this. The PT used devises on his head and neck to stimulate the muscles. Don't give up hope. I wish we had known about this sooner!

Apr 15th, 2016 1:16pm

I tripped and fell flat on my nose and forehead in driveway stone. I thought I broke my nose at the time, but it wasn't broken and I had only a small scratch. So it didn't look like much and I brushed it off. I stared with a headache that lasted for about 3 days. Again I didn't think much of it. It was over a weekend and I just took it easy treating the headache with Advil.  When I returned to work I felt completely out of sorts. Like I was in a fog- or a dream. I told my husband when I got home how off I felt and he suggested I go to the doc. I put it off, but by the next day I was completely forgetting what I was doing or about to do next. My head was in a fog and all I wanted to do was sit there and veg out. Not anyway to perform in my life as a professional and mom. I went to the doc and she said yes it sounded like a mild concussion. She recommended resting through the week and weekend and seeing her again first thing the following Monday. For close to 2 weeks I was in a complete brain fog. I felt like someone picked me out of the old me and put me in a new person with a brain that couldn't remember anything short term or follow multiple steps in a process. I was in a waking dream state. I also had these new emotions to deal with. They were completely raw and I was unable to filter them. I'm a yoga and meditation teacher and I normally operate in zen mode. Now I was being set off with anger and sadness that was uncontrollable. God bless the poor football players that say this happens to them and they haven't even has any training in meditative practices to help them through this. 

A visit with a neurologist said since my headaches were not constant and I could move all my body parts- she wasn't worried that it was a serious brain injury. She said the brain fog should lift in time ( anywhere from 2 weeks to 6) and instructed me to try and start my regular routine. She said it would gradually improve. 

Well I did return to work on week 3.  The fog is lifting some day by day. Everyone at work is being very understanding at this point. They weren't getting it at first when I first reported I'd be taking some time off. They are so use to depending on me for so much - they and my family ( kids and husband) want for me to be me again they just keep forgetting my current limitations. It's hard on everyone.

I have hope things will get better, but I do feel like a different person. I wonder if I'll recover completely or have lasting symptoms as most people on this site describe. It's exhausting  trying to get through my day. My moods and emotions are wearing me out along with the energy required to focus on tasks. But work and routine does feel good to get my mind out of focusing on the dizziness or helplessness that this brings. 

It's sad that I had no idea how common a brain injury is and how debilitating it is. We need more research, support and education for even the docs on this. 

With that said I am feeling better than week 1, so onward I go even if I have a different brain and set of emotions. Thanks to all that shared their story here. It was the support I needed. 

Apr 12th, 2016 8:19pm

Two weeks ago, March 20th, I fell on my sidewalk and landed on my left eye and forehead.  I applied ice and took some pain meds, thinking I'd be okay.  My glasses were ruined, of course.  Two days later, as I tried to work, the words on my computer monitors were blurry and my headache increased.  It scared me enough that I finally gave up and went to the ER.  They, of course, did the CT scan and said no broken bones or skull fracture, but a definite concussion.  Dr. said to rest the next two days in a dark room, no TV, no computers, no movies, and no reading.  His explanation was that with a concussion your brain is injured and bruised and the best way for it to heal itself is with non-stimulative rest.  Made sense to me.  I did exactly what he said.  Of course, I'm still displaying  the bright colors of bruising, but it's looking better.  My forehead is sore to the touch and I can't get rid of this headache though, which prompted me to research concussion recovery time and found this site. It was helpful to read what others have written post their concussions.  The most bizarre thing was yesterday afternoon, I suddenly smelled exhaust fumes while sitting in my living room.  I thought I was going nuts.  It was helpful to read that others have experienced the same thing that they described as Phantosmia.  I am considering acupuncture if my headaches do not cease by the end of this month.  Thank you to those who posted here. 

Apr 4th, 2016 6:36pm

it is helpful 

Mar 16th, 2016 2:26pm

I hit my head really bad sledding on January 25, 2016. I've been to my primary doc and the neurologist. Had a ct scan. Everything is normal but I'm still having terrible, debilitating headaches. I can't function like I use to. It's very frustrating!!! My Dr is referring my to physical therapy. Don't know if it will help but at this point I will try anything!! I don't know who else to turn to or who else can help! Any suggestions????

Mar 10th, 2016 3:36pm

I want to thank Gabrilla for the online research group. Good information good techniques. Also very nice to know I am not alone in the world and my brain isnt "normal" but is certainly not unique. There are others who struggle daily and understand

Mar 1st, 2016 5:46pm

I sustained my fourth concussion in August of 2012. That one and one that I sustained when I was around 9 years old both knocked me out for several minutes.  Having had three concussions under the age of 15 and then having had a fourth one in my late thirties has really made for a challenging recovery. It's now been 3 1/2 years and my condition continues to deteriorate. I know that in the 'early' days and then weeks after the fourth concussion in 2012, the Brain Injury Specialists told me that if things didn't resolve themselves within 6 months that I would be experiencing symptoms long term, possibly forever. That has certainly turned out to be true. I continue to experience all of the classic PCS symptoms on a daily basis with some of them having actually gotten worse since the 2012 concussion. I truly feel sorry for anyone that is in this situation.

May God Bless You all and provide you with comfort and peace. I know that may not sound particularly helpful given the situation, but you need to keep your faith especially in times like these.

My last piece of advice is to all the parents out there. Please consider the risks involved before enrolling your child in a contact sport. That's how I got my three childhood concussions which helped make my last one so damaging and devastating. It's not like I was ever going to play in the pro's, so what was I doing out there? I have children of my own and I wouldn't even think of risking their future by enrolling them in a contact sport given what's happened to me and so many others.   

Feb 21st, 2016 4:50am

PHANTOMIA, I have been diagnosed with post concussion syndrome since the first week of January 2016. That is a side effect and coincidentally my phantom smell is exhaust as well. I do get others rarely with exhaust being the main one. I've gotten somewhat better in my recovery. 6 weeks ago I couldn't use the apps on my phone, watch TV nor look at a computer screen. I couldn't read without the words in a book, magazine or computer making me dizzy, confused and not be able to comprehend. I'm still recovering. Anxiety and emotions are my current hurdle but I'm better then I was. Can't emphasis enough TAKE YOUR TIME GETTING BACK TO YOUR JOB OR ROUTINE AND NO ALCOHOL OR RECREATIONAL DRUGS!!! Personally, I made the mistake of going back to work too soon and having a celebratory night out ASSUMING I was recovered and now I have headaches, a bit emotional and can be anxious. Hope this helps. We're not alone!!! It does get better!!!

Feb 19th, 2016 7:21pm

On New Years Eve I was working a rave at a local venue. I went on my lunch break. As I was walking to go see some friends of mine that were working I started to get dizzy. I thought nothing of it just maybe hungry. I went and grabbed some food, came back and started talking to a friend of mine that I was with. Went off my break. From what I was told, about twenty minutes later my co-workers said I just fell over on the asphalt and cracked my head open... (Mind you I, don't remember any of this.). All I remember is coming off my break then waking up in the ER room on a gurney in a neck brace. They ran CT scans. Luckily, everything came out okay and I didn't need stitches or staples. About a week later, I was walking to the store and started to feel the same dizziness. I turned around and came back home. I still get frequent dizziness but most of all I still have really bad headaches. It usually starts where I cracked my head open then goes to the front of my head then the back.  It has taken me almost 2 months to set-up an appointment to see a neurologist. It has been my third one in 7 months.

Feb 12th, 2016 4:18pm

Hi there, I fell out of my bed from 38 inches smack onto my belly. I hit my temple I area the leg of piece of furniture. My eye was black and swollen for 10 days. I did not go to the doctor. I think I got a concussion too. Now I am left with smelling exhaust fumes when I am sitting and relaxing. I've done a lot of research and come to the conclusion it's called Phantomia, can be caused by head injury. Did you have this? Do you know anybody that's had this? Looking for some answers.

Feb 7th, 2016 2:11pm

On December 8, 2015, i was shopping at Walmart. I reached to get a 6-pack Pyrex glass container. It fell on my nose. My nose had two-inch cut and bled. I had a headache for a month and I went to see doctor three times. Doctor said it would go away in several weeks. My headache went from top left of my head and I had neck and shoulder pain. I woke up every morning, my head was heavy, I did not have energy for the day. I went to see acupuncturist. He said I had blood stagnation after injury My headache got better 80% after four times acupuncture.. I continue to have acupuncture for 10 times. I think my headache will go away (as my acupuncturist said). If someone has headache or neck and shoulder pain related to head injury, try acupuncture it might help. I went through my headache more than a month. I understand how you feel.

Jan 27th, 2016 9:38pm

I had a concussion a year ago, from wrestling with a friend. and I didn't get knocked out or anything, but I had a major one. I was very depressed, and I couldn't think at all, everything was wrong, it was like I was someone else. but my dad didn't care at all. I saw a doctor 6 months after, but they said I was fine. to this very day, I'm foggy minded and it feels like I'm always dreaming. and everything is bright and loud. but every day, I'm out skating because my concussion will NEVER be better, and it sucks. :( when I die, I hope that I'll be in heaven, concussion free...

Jan 26th, 2016 9:06pm

My 12 yr old son has been skating (skateboarding) since he was 5-1/2. Many bruises, split lips, gashes to legs. 4 days ago he got his first, hopefully last, concussion. Even with a wonderful pediatric visit & doing everything he says (rest, NO activity for 2 wks, walks through the neighborhood etc at 3 wks, gradual normal activities like skating, at 4-5 wks) I still see he's different. He's calmer. Quieter. Which are expected. But as a mommy of 5, all on my own, it's secretly hard to watch 😢. But I know it takes time, and patience. Hugs & rest. One brain. One life. Hang in there all others going through this. Please see a Dr. if you've been injured. I'm at keeliekalay@gmail.com if anyone needs to talk.

Jan 15th, 2016 12:18pm

I'm 14 years old, almost 15 and over two years ago I was in a soccer collision which resulted in a mild concussion. I did the normal protocol and just rested for a few weeks and it was about two months after the blow that I was starting to feel better that I went back to school, but my first day back I got hit in the head with a soccer ball (I wasn't even playing) and I've been going down hill ever since. For grade 7 and 8 I was at school for about one month, either meeting with a tutor or attending one 50 minute class a day. My first week of high school I tried going to school for the whole day, but I just couldn't do it, so then I tried half a day but once again, I couldn't handle it. I can't even one class so now I stay at home all day everyday. It sucks. I can't hang out with my friends, I can't take my dog for walks, I can't even walk around in the mall for more than 20 minutes without getting really dizzy and sore. I've tried just about everything in the book but nothing seems to be working. It does make me feel better reading all the comments knowing I'm not completely alone

Jan 15th, 2016 2:27am

I am a 45 year old who decided to let my husband hold a horse for me so I could get on. She reared as I was getting on and threw me 15 feet before I landed on my head and back of neck. (Ouch) Knocked the air out of me and I did not think I would every breathe again.  I got up and walked back to the house and laid down. ( I know you are not supposed to do that).  Woke up and felt fine and then the dizziness came. I am not talking about feeling nausea. I am talking the world spinning so fast I would almost fall over. I had these for at least 9 months.  I never went to the doctor but they did finally disappear. I just concentrated on stopping the world from spinning and it got better and better every day.  I am not advising you should not go to the doctor at all! Just telling you my experience. 

Jan 13th, 2016 5:29pm

Hello I am commenting on a time while I was drunk and flipped over my stair railing falling 15 ft onto my head. I was knocked out for 2 minutes and when I woke up, it was only for moments. (I think I was actually awake after I woke from unconsciousness but I was definitely out of it not remembering anything going in and out of consciousness). When I was taken to the hospital i was told I was lucky to be alive. I had fractured my skull in 3 places and had a severe concussion. I had nerve swelling that was made apparent to me 2 days after the incident.  Thought wow, the top of my forehead feels like rubber. Boom. That was it. Facial paralysis on the entire right part of my face. A few days later we found out that I tore the lining of my brain. I was leaking cerebral spinal fluid out of my ear!! I was hospitalized for 18 days and was finally able to put a stop to the spinal fluid leak. To this day, about 6 months after the incident, I have very minimal face paralysis besides in my lip. I have made almost a full recovery besides the fact that I have about 5% paralysis in my face still and my hearing has gotten significantly worse since I fell 15 ft into my head. By the way I forgot to mention I broke my collarbone and the doctor said no sling. Now I have a 100% healed collarbone In the 100% wrong spit. Haha. Thank god I'm still here!  

Dec 31st, 2015 7:27pm

This article was really helpful. I got a mild concussion a week ago today. I did a face plant on our front walkway after missing a step. I got up right after the fall. Put ice one my nose. My son helped me clean up the cuts and put bandaides on. I felt alittle dizzy but okay. I dozed through the night and put on ice. My husband drove me to Redimed the next day. I was diagnosed with a mild concussion. I rested and slept for the next few days. Missed 2 days of work. My employers are supportive of me feeling better before returning to work. I returned on a day with a light schedule then it was the holidays. The article described periods of not feeling quite right: fuzzy feeling, sensitivity to sounds and lights. I have been having all of these. I was rechecked by my doctor on Tuesday. He said as the article said the symptoms would come and go. I do have a question. The article mentioned ringing I the ears. I have tinitis already. But now the ringing is louder and more constant. Should I go had it checked again? Thank you for the article it answered my questions and clarified what I am going through. Judy H.

Dec 25th, 2015 11:49pm

Thank you

Dec 22nd, 2015 3:05am

I hit my head very hard doing work around the house about a month ago. It left a big bump on the back of my head, but I also had a sinus infection at the time, so I attributed the initial nausea and headaches to that. However, the headaches and nausea persisted long after the sinus infection was gone, so I went to the doctor. He told me that I had a mild concussion and that simply resting and relaxing should help me get better. It has been a month now since my visit to the doctor, and I still have nausea and headaches every day. I have also felt more emotionally unstable and almost as if I have been a different person since I hit my head. I'm also in college and had a 4.0 gpa until this happened. However, after the concussion my memory and concentration are nowhere near where they were before, so my classes have obviously been a struggle since. I'm just hoping that someday I can think, feel, and live as I did before my TBI. What bothers me though is that there is no sure way to tell when of if that is going to happen, and even if I do get better, if I will ever be my normal self again. It is comforting to read these other posts though and know that I am not alone, and I wish everyone going through the same thing the best of luck.

Dec 19th, 2015 6:21pm

I'm glad I found this article, and all of your stories!  Thank you for sharing.  Helps me to feel better about lingering symptoms of TBI that I am still experiencing after a serious rollover car accident I had 4 months ago.  I was having intense vertigo and nausea for about 8 weeks after and I am still having issues with dizziness and balance.  Also still having difficulty concentrating, finding words and moving much more slowly than I am used to.  Definitely did not think that I would still be having these issues months later.  I hope everyone continues to heal and rest as much as possible!  I've been taking fish oil supplements and also a mushroom called Lion's Mane, which are reported to help the brain heal after TBI.

Dec 15th, 2015 2:35pm

I've been to this site twice now in the last week. 7 days ago I was unloading a box from the trunk of car and the strap I was pulling up on to get it over the trunk lip broke. I flew backwards about 51/2 feet landing on my back and hitting my head on the concrete driveway. I was taken to ER by ambulance. CT scan was done but everything was ok. I'm still dizzy, tired and have headaches. I'm 59 years old. The article and the comments have helped me alot to understand. They have since done MRI with contrast that showed bruising on brain and soon I'll be seeing a neurologist. I never thought much about bumps on the head until now. It has taken on a whole new meaning.  Pam T.

Dec 6th, 2015 8:51am

I am going through this right now, so I'm googling to find things out as my doc haven't been too much help. 5 days ago I was pushed down hit my head on concrete I think I actually don't remember, not sure if I lost consciousness but the head ache dizziness nausea constant feeling like my head and face is swollen with fluid, my partner is looking out for me but I don't feel right, I don't feel normal and I told my doc this but he just said we can do a scan but it's so expensive and in not sure if it's something really wrong or just normal concussion? I just feel groggy, tired, sad, sore all the time and can't do my normal fitness stuff or anything physical as I get a wave of off balance dizziness to the point of falling if someone or something doesn't catch me. I just don't know what to do should I wait it out? Or see the doctor again?

Nov 30th, 2015 6:59pm

I fell down the stairs basically in my head Hittng the back of my head losing consciousness for a few moments. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with a concussion. It's been over a week since it happened and I have dizzy spells rolling over in my left side laying down. I don't have them hardly at all standing up. Is thus normal? I have to go back to wk tomorrow.

Nov 22nd, 2015 2:02pm

I had a concussion and three weeks later I hit it again and have another concussion.. I've experienced every symptom except vomiting.. My head Felt like it was doing a little better then the headaches come back strong .. I don't know if this is normal?? Almost two months of hell... Any thoughts from others who have had concussions on top of each other would be great . Thx Keri

Nov 19th, 2015 1:14pm

Very cool that there is 5 years worth of comments on this board. Sad so many of us struggle. The most frustrating part is no one really knowing what to do to help you. I am 32 now and got my TBI 16 years ago. I always assumed my violent temper, short memory, and being easily confused was just who I am. But when a man in his early 30s forgets where he is driving to and has to pull over to remember or goes to the hardware store and forgets why he went there than its time we as a country wake up and recognize the severity of what is going on. I know I am not alone and that makes me happy. And I love all the medical personel taking TBIs so seriously. (To them I want to say thank you). But if we dont push our insurance to help us, or cant feel nothing but shame to talk about whats going on, or are too afriad to tell our families cause we dont want to worry them there is a problem in America. Continue to speak up people. Own your problems and fight through them. Lets all help each other find new ways to function and help our loved ones understand we are how we are but dont mean to be and we want to be loved and helped! God bless everyone

Nov 18th, 2015 1:43pm

I had a concussion 3 years ago and I know it can affect spines to. My 7th grade year of football I got hurt again with a bruised muscle this is my 8tg grade year the season over but not my back y hadn't it recovered? Could it deal with my concussion 3 years ago? Can I still be affected

Nov 9th, 2015 10:49pm

I've had issues since 2011. First with constant panic attacks and headaches, eyes hurting along with my neck. Now 5years later still have headaches, panic attacks and can't enjoy a cup of coffee much less a glass of wine without my head feeling like it's going to explode and my heart feeling like it's going to beat out of my chest. so frustrated with my doctor and neurologist who just shrug their shoulders and don't have answers. Just want to get back to me.

Oct 25th, 2015 3:41pm

I know this article is old. But it and many of the comments really touched. me. I had traumatic brain injury as a little girl. I walked up behind my father who was kneeling of the floor building something. The hammer hit my head. Nothing was done. Back then there wasn't a lot of info on concussions. You just watched the person and kept them awake for several hours and then let them sleep an hour at a time, make sure you can wake them up and so on. In my case I don't really know what all was done. I do know I was never brought to the hospital. Fast forward several years. I'm in 2nd or 3rd grade and the school wanted to test me for learning disabilities. My father was furious. Said I wasn't trying hard enough. I would learn something, only to forget it by the time I got home and was unable to complete my homework because I didn't know how to solve the problems or complete the assignment. Fast forward to adulthood... I'm 46 and still forget everything. Names, places, the order of which things happened. It's awful. I was actually in my 30's before I was diagnosed with the brain injury I had received as a child. I saw a neuropsychologist who mapped my brain and did all these tests that took days to complete. Knowing what's wrong with me doesn't really help. I was diagnosed, but no treatment was ever offered other than the neurofeedback that was discontinued because my insurance said it was experimental. So now I'm pretty much left on my own and told to find a way to work around my difficulties without any suggestions as to how or where to look. I would not wish this on my worst enemy....

Sep 16th, 2015 3:28pm

It's been a year since my concussion, is it normal to still feel soreness & tenderness in the area where I got hit. I also get these pains & burning sensation that shoots through my head that's been going for a while, but now it seems to be spreading down from my neck into my shoulders. Ive had neck pain since the injury, but never felt it in my shoulders.

Aug 21st, 2015 6:00am

I am Ally and I survived domestic violence were I was beaten almost daily for 8 months mostly toy head this was in 1988 I left him in 1989...today I suffer from awful headaches and I am tiered all the time and my moods always up and down now

Aug 3rd, 2015 1:42pm

I've just turned 20 and I've been concussed 3 times this year (I'm a very clumsy drunk) the latest was yesterday when I fell down the stairs and lost consciousness and ultimately had a CT scan after being taken to A&E. My head (and body) are in so much pain and I never realised just how long it could take to recover and now I'm scared I'll be unwell for months. It's also bad because I get really bad hangovers often where I vomit a lot all day, and so if I had symptoms of worse damage to my head than initially thought, ie vomiting, then I wouldn't know :/ so far I'm ok though, I used to think it was funny and 'classic clumsy me' that I'd always hit my head but now I realise it's very serious and I feel so stupid..

Aug 2nd, 2015 11:26pm

Hi I just happened to run across this site. Back in 2011 I fell and hit my head on concrete floor. No clue how long I was and have no memory of what happened days after.  Had no family here as I had just moved.  I know I made it to my apt.  My son who has Asperger"s  panicked and did not do anything.  Not his fault.  What sucks more is that I am a retired EMT.  I could not speak and just laid on the floor.  Really that is all I remember. I have really bad memory loss my family said my personality has changed and I forgotten how to do stupid things like how to spell and math ya fun.  I have since hit my head 2x times.  I don't have insurance.  The last time I went they took me to trauma as I could not move or speak.  I heard everything but it was like my body was in the off position.  MRI came back clear so they said I was faking it.  I didn't ask for meds so I wasn't there for that.  My memory has gotten worse and I get angry very often now.  Seeing a therapist who runs a hospital and he said that the ER was full of it that I have a TBI.  I am sure if I had insurance things would have been done. - No I am not a free loader my husband's work does not offer it.  I now have a $15k bill for being told I was faking it.  To think I am a retired medical professional makes me sick.  How many other people are treated this way?  Oh and yes this sounds good thanks to word.  People expect me to spell like poop but they forgot about spell check.  Sorry I am venting.  I cry a lot because people get upset with me because I can't answer things fast enough etc.

Jul 30th, 2015 9:11pm

With God all things are possible.. its a long journey but with God on our side we will heal and come back to normal . Trust in God and pray about it all the time

Jul 29th, 2015 1:29pm

I am 45. About 3 years ago I hit my head in a fall and was diagnosed with a mild concussion. In about 10 days I was back to normal. 6 days ago I just hit my head on the corner of a cabinet. A "dork" move. Nothing terrible, just bump on the head and immediate headache. Only the next day felt nauseous, off balance, not myself, etc. Now I lack concentration. Working on my computer is difficult - find reading a challenge. Still not myself, with a little head pain. So maybe something that seems like a little bump on the head can lead to a mild concussion - if you've had one before. I could have had other concussions from early on as a child (I can think of 2 incidents with stitches), and a car accident where I had whiplash - but I don't remember being diagnosed with a concussion for either of these. 

Jul 29th, 2015 8:30am

My name is Paige, I am currently 13, and I have had 4 concussions, 2 when I was 2 :P, 1 when I was about 6 or 7, and another when I was 9. It has been almost 5 years since my last concussion, and it was so bad that i had a giant lump on the back of my head, and I am currently having headaches at least once a week when I have never had them before the concussion when I was 9. What happened was I was on the bus and a boy pushed me into the metal corner of the window. There were 3 nurses, and my primary pediatrician in the room with their mouths wide open cause they had never seen a lump that big on someone's head. So depending on how bad the concussion is, it can last a very, very long time. I also cant lay on the floor, or anything hard without the back of my head hurting, so please be careful, don't get a concussion, and take good care of your head and body. Bye!

Jul 21st, 2015 9:09pm

I was in a car accident a year and a half ago. A van flipped into my van hitting me on the left side of my forehead, ear and face. It left a huge bump on my head, chipped a bone in my nose and caused my ear to bleed. Not to mention 17 stitches in, my arm. I had a concussion, which caused confusion, stuttering, headaches, depression, and my eyes, head and cheek, were black and blue for months. After a year, I started feeling numbing on the side of my face, ear and head. It's now increasing and I still have a bump on my head. I don't know if it's related to the head injury or not.

Jul 21st, 2015 1:18am

I fell off a slide onto concrete at age 3 i am now 27 and still have migrains and memory issues but i was never tested for a concussion or anything. I failed in school and have had some mild seizures. Cant seem to find answers

Jul 10th, 2015 6:15pm

I fell and hit my head against the window sill in Apr. 2015.  ER diagnosed concussion. It did not end there, I still have dizziness, cannot stand the bright lights or loud noise, cannot concentrate for any length of time, and all the above. I feel depressed, like no-one cares about me.  I was diagnosed with PCS.  I am going to try gentle massage and acupuncture with a Physiatrist at the suggestion of my MD.  These letters made me feel I am not alone.  I am just so tired.  mrsdda

Jul 7th, 2015 8:46am

My husband suffered head injury 11/12/2003 turned into a 3rd grade concussion while in the service, could his headaches, forgetfulness and short term memory be to the concussion? He just recently submitted paper work for VA do to injuries while his was in the service will this help me a little?

Jun 17th, 2015 4:25pm

i have had a concussion for over a year i have learned to not do any thing and just wait and it works but it takes time so just be patient 

Jun 14th, 2015 9:02pm

I Fell face down on concrete 05/09/14. My head hit hard . It came down once and hit so hard it bounced up and came down again and hit. It happened in a back parking lot at work. It was pitch black out there. I actually felt like my brain slid inside and hit the inside of the front of my skull. I can't remember if I lost concussion or was stunned. My glasses flew off and broke but nothing got in my eyes. I don't know how long I laid like that before I knew I had to get myself up and get the other employee to help me.  I couldn't get up. My arms were to weak. I crawled to the back door and finally pulled myself up with the door handle and hollowed thru the crack in the door for help. She finally came and heard me and got me inside. She stated we had to leave and I agreed. I wasn't thinking clearly or I would have stated to get me an ambulance. She was upset because we were late punching out and the boss is mad if there is OT. I got in my car and drove myself home bleeding. My husband took one look at me and called 911. After the cat scan the doctors told my husband they were amazed that I didn't have any fractures. But the doctor told me that it will look and feel worse in a few days. My eye lids swelled shut and my face swelled and blackened.   I have been told I have Post Concussion Syndrome. My memory started to get confused after a week. What I would do is start things but don't finish. I'd make a sandwich and leave everything on the counter. I'd go off and leave the sandwich and perishables there. I'd leave my curling iron on and walk away not remember to turn it off. Forget to even flush a toilet. Yuk!  This is not my norm. I do other things too. I am still on medication for the headaches. I still tend to have projectile vomiting at times. Don't get me wrong I have gotten better but it's been so long coming. I use to brag all the time how I never got headaches when someone else had one. WOW now I know.  I have a device that helps the pain I still feel in my neck from the double whip lash. I get depressed so the Doctors agreed I needed something to help me with it. I hate taking any kind of medicine. I still have to put sticky notes up to remind me to do things.  My poor husband. I was always a neat freak but no more. I can see it in peoples faces if I forget something and ask the same question again. I told the Doctors I had a concussion years ago and was in the hospital with it and I never went thru everything like I have now.  They stated that sometimes this happens. And being older could add to it. So on some people it can take longer. I'm starting to be less confused. It's only been 13 months!!

Jun 13th, 2015 4:22am

I used to teach drivers Ed, funny enough. 22 months ago I was rear ended while sitting at a red light. Did not lose consciousness but was very shaken up. Not a lot of damage to the car, mainly because of its safety rating.  I drove home and my husband took me to the ER. Was told I had whiplash and low back damage.  Was bullied into continuing to work even though Workers Comp was involved.  Symptoms continued to get worse. Horrible migraine level headaches, dizziness, lost all feeling in my left leg, light and sounds really bothered me.  This continued. Twelve months ago, my husband and I were t boned by a car that ran a stop sign and it slammed us sideways into a utility pole.  We were transported to the hospital. I am even worse now. Headaches 24/7, have difficulty going into large stores, I always sang on worship teams but now singing and certain tones make me dizzy and send me into an attack.  Memory is awful. 

Wishing I could get rid of this feeling and get better.

Jun 8th, 2015 12:15pm

Kasey how soon could you leagally drive? I had a tramatic brain injury aka (tbi)

Jun 4th, 2015 8:20am

6 days ago I was thrown out of the back of a wagon attached to our tractor, landed on the back of my head and blacked out. The pain was so bad I took pain medicine every 4 hours for 3 days. Then stopped and that horrible pain was still there. I finally went to the ER yesterday, ct-scan okay but "Traumatic Brain Concussion" was the diagnosis. I had aphasia (problems speaking), loss of balance, dropping things, running into objects and horrible head pain. Doctor mentioned admitting me, but we all know I will get more rest at home without a nurse waking me up every 2 hours at night in a hospital. I have a follow-up with my doctor Tuesday. To say "I don't feel like myself" is an understatement. I feel like someone downloaded a virus of STUPID in my brain. The doctor said weeks to months for recovery. At least I can type and undisturbed can think :) Hope all of you recover fully and the MONSTER PAIN leaves us all. Kasey

May 28th, 2015 9:09am

Thanks, this helped. i fell off my bed from a standing position, hit my head on the corner of a table, a fan fell on my face, and to top it off i really hurt a previously injured hip, No one was home so i felt like a parody of the commercial, lol, but managed to crawl out of the mess i was in. i am scared cuz i keep having to grab walls or furniture to stop from tipping over, and my memory is just atrocious, long and short terrm, but mainly short term. this happened 4 days ago and i am a bit worried, so any imput would really be a blessing.

May 28th, 2015 8:07am

It could depend on how many concussions that person has had say he had two or three then a simple tap on the head would not hurt unless that person just got the injury but the person would have to have gotten like five or six concussions for a tap on the head to hurt

May 15th, 2015 8:44pm

 If a person has had multiple undiagnosed/untreated concussions could I simple tap to the head be harmful?

May 15th, 2015 5:35am

these letters confirm what happens every day in my partner's life.  One must take care of their brain even more after a brain injury.  His memory is terrible.  It's something that can't be seen by us only felt by them.  I get very frustrated that he doesn't take care of himself like he should.  I don't want to deal with injury related dementia from self abuse.

May 12th, 2015 6:07pm

I had a concussion and I was ??? about it till I read this.

May 11th, 2015 11:11am

Same symptoms. Gets better than terrible. Yesterday movement tests symptoms..concussion. Said can take several months with rest.nothing strenuous and no blood thinners. Doing ct tomorrow to make sure no blood clots or bleeding. Think I've had previous concussions. Fear and mood swings try to go along with this. This too shall pass. No strenuous activity!!!!! Sleep as you need it doctor said.

Apr 23rd, 2015 1:36pm

I lost my balance trying to get up on a 2' retaining wall to take pictures of my broken fence. It was so scary--I rolled over backwards like a cannonball, hit my tailbone first, then my head bounced back and forth on the ground. Fortunately, it was grass but with hard clay soil underneath. That was March 27. I laid on the ground, cried, and shook for about 5 minutes before getting up. I was awake through the entire fall. I didn't know about concussions at all and took ibuprofen which was a big mistake. I am alone so I had no one to watch me while I slept. I went to Urgent Care three days later. The doctor did all the usual stuff--checked blood pressure, heart rate, strength, follow moving finger w/eyes, etc., then sent me home. He asked me if I wanted a CT scan. ??? How would I know this? The following week I seemed to be better and met all my obligations at work, etc. Then I started getting worse and worse headaches. The pool helped a little. So this has been over 3 weeks and now I am still frightened. I managed to get a new primary care physician and saw her. She did the same stuff as the other doctor but told me to be vigilant for symptoms such as worsening headaches. I know exactly what everyone means here by "not feeling like myself." That's where I'm at. I don't know what to do. A few minutes ago I was going to drive myself to emergency but didn't. The pain comes in waves that brings me to my knees, then a few minutes later, it subsides a little and I think everything is going to be OK. Today the top of my head was hot again and tingling inside. What is even more of a complicated mystery is that I think the fall I had 10 years ago that injured my right side (MRI and 2 sets of X-rays at different times showed nothing), might possibly be exacerbating this recent fall. Pinched nerves from the right scapula have caused sharp, shooting pains in my head as well. On the days in-between where I have felt better, I know I have overdone it, especially with the yard. I should be resting because I pay for it like crazy the following days. I pray that everyone who has experienced a head injury heals and can get back to their normal lives. It is absolutely horrendous to suffer these.

Apr 20th, 2015 11:40pm

im going on 7 weeks since my concussion and the headaches seemed to be subsiding in the last week or so but then friday i began starting to ease myself back into schoolwork and whatnot and my headaches have skyrocketed to worse than even the days after the original blow..someone please tell me why ):

Apr 20th, 2015 1:59pm

Last year i actually received my first concussion when at cheerleading and being 21 it scared me to death seeing how i havnt gotten severely hurt like this before. I was rushed to the hospital due to massive amount of pain in my neck and blacking out. I got told i had a massive concussion. I was told to rest and not do anything for about 3 months. I never returned due to the fact of i didnt want to ruin my possibilities of a career. So i continued to work and about 6 months after my concussion i went to work ( i worked with disabled children) and the boy actually hit me in the head with a metal rod. My adrenaline was working so hard that i didnt realize the impact until about 10 minutes later when i starting throwing up. I went home and it only got worse i went to the ER hoping it wasnt another concussion. When i got there the doctor was asking a bunch of questions and i blacked out on him i awoke later not knowing where i was what day it was or anything. I couldnt remember anything for about a week. To this day i still have major headaches and i get random bouts of nausea and there is nothing to do but lock myself in a dark quiet room. It is horrible and it sucks. 

Apr 19th, 2015 10:37pm

Are these comments even real? They all seem like horror stories...

Apr 16th, 2015 3:35pm

I am an 18 year old female who has a concussion right now and trust me it is hell. I got it a few weeks ago and this happens to be my third one. I have noticed that your body responds to what you do. If one day you are out and about doing things, the next day you pay. Rest seems to be working to help with the symptoms however the dark room with no distractions is a bit unrealistic because it usually ends up with me just falling asleep and I am told that I am not supposed to sleep too much. If anyone has any ideas on things to do while you have a concussion that would help with recovery please let me know

Apr 10th, 2015 5:44pm

*Rest as much as you can, little or no tv, computers, texting; *good sleep is important I found melatonin to be very useful... Wish I knew about it earlier as I has many nights when I woke up too early*walk 10-30 minutes daily to get more nutrients to your brain. - yes, walk like your brain depends on it. Don't walk too much because you will get too tired... Just 10-30 minutes*listen to music and sing to it if you can, it is very therapeutic*if headaches and memory issues persist, find a concussion center.... concussion may affect your balance, eye coordination, and other things that someone at a concussion center can quickly identify. They will help with occupation and physical therapy if you need it.* if you watch tv, close your eyes during the commercials*i find writing things down helps me remember* limit the amount of coffee you drink...* read books on people who have been through it...or join a support group... *We get only one brain... No spare parts... The journey may be long or short... Let's take it one day at a time.

Apr 8th, 2015 12:04pm

I think that for me im sorta the same except I dont have pts but I cant stand being g in a public place either and I need someone to go with me to the store I feel out of place and weirded out. Paranoid at times but that was caused by severe drug use two years ago. im clean today and still fear those problems listed above although they've gotten easier the more abstinence I am . So I suggest if u r using seek alcoholics anonymous or narcotics anonymous meetings try journaling as well to see whats causing those feelings and thoughts and let me know how that works

Apr 2nd, 2015 2:43am

I am pretty much in a similar situation. I cannot find quality medical help. I5+ yrs getting worse. cannot be in a crowded room or out in the public. I use to be very outgoing but now injury has progressed. Im in my own prison. also just waiting to die. cannot enjoy even a peaceful dinner at dinner table with family i have severe ptsd or neurotransmitters are badly damaged.Can any one HELP ME.

Mar 30th, 2015 4:36pm

2+ years later i have detrimental chronic headaches. I no longer enjoy life as much as I used to. I never feel relaxed. Its hell. I wake up next to my life long partner, the pain in my head. Is death close? I wonder everyday.

Mar 26th, 2015 4:59am

Yes! I am 3 and half, four years later and have almost imploded my whole life. The anxiety and depression is the worse. Some things have certainly improved but now I'm kinda looking for supports around other weird lasting things.  For ex. now I choke on my own spit all the time. So weird but only since the injury. Some times I actually feel like my brain is swelling in my head. It feels like pressure and it hurts. I just wanna know what is going on now so I can be aware and manage it. 

Mar 13th, 2015 3:36pm

I had an accident in early October. After about 3 months my symptoms became much worse. I have had to push hard to get any kind of help from the GP's here in Squamish. I have had to take matters into my own hands, this is so overwhelming what with the emotional impact. Have finally found some medical support and conclusive tests that at least explain what's happening to me. The mood swings are brutal, I am so emotional. I don't want to be taking depression/ anxiety medication, but I need to get through my day. Sound familiar? Are you considering medication? The cherry on the cake is the confusion and the emotional rollercoaster. I feel like I am losing my mind. I am unable to stay composed, I say things that don't make sense.

Mar 9th, 2015 11:37am

I received a concussion one year ago during a soccer game. I was treated and got better but recently I have been having bad headaches at the spot the concussion occurred. I hope it's not bad and it will go away soon.

Mar 3rd, 2015 10:58pm

I was recently in a car accident and suffered a concussion. I have a lot of pain on the right side of my head and behind my right eye. My eardrum feels like it's plugged like as if I was swimming and water filled my ear. The pain is constantly there and I feel very out of sorts and get so emotional to the point of tears as I'm not coping well. My mood is low. I feel anxious. I am paranoid in a car now and just want this to stop. I had a CT scan and it showed nothing. I went to an opthamologist as I am seeing what they call "floaters" in my right eye. At times I feel like I am going crazy as I don't know what mood I will be in from one moment to the next. All was fine before the accident and my whole world has been turned upside down. I understand what others are going through. If anyone wishes to chat some more and support one another I am here. Thank you.

Mar 2nd, 2015 10:36pm

Fabulous article. I suffered a concussion in a serious car wreck 3 weeks ago. I appreciate knowing my new short temper is normal and will fade. Great information.

Feb 28th, 2015 1:15am

Hello,  Wondering if there is a website I can give to my fiance to better understand?  I know I have a concussion...I know I am not myself...I know I have no control over my mood swings...and that is really frustrating.  I just got into a car accident over the past weekend and was told I have a pretty bad concussion.  I want to help her understand that I am not myself right now and cant control my mood.  It scares me that this wont get better.  any advice is greatly appreciated in helping me get through this.  thank you

Feb 12th, 2015 4:33pm

Okay, I had a concussion over a month ago, all the sudden I just woke up with that same horrible feeling in my head. Is it possible it's still not healed up?

Jan 25th, 2015 1:45am

I've hit my head multiple times before but they were never serious or anything. But this school year, I hit my head on the glass door of a bookshelf while I was picking something off and I'm afraid that because of that my head is slightly slanted on the side I hit. I also hit my head first when I fall backwards. I've always had good memory of everything, but now, I struggle in school for tests and need to think for some time for the things I've worn the past week/few days. I'm getting really afraid and my mother has only shaken it off saying I'm fine. But my sleeping is also getting worse because of the overload of homework I have. I recently turned 16 and I'm not sure if this is all because of school and stress or those falls for the past year(s) are finally having an effect on me. 

Jan 20th, 2015 9:54pm

I'm 15, my acsident took place when I was 12. I had gotten hit by a 4 wheeler and had a serious concussion. I can't remember what I had done in school that day or anything that had happend. All i could remember was waking up in the hospital? Why is that?

Jan 19th, 2015 12:25am

New Years Eve maybe 5 years ago, I slipped several times hitting my head on concrete. I was intoxicated and never thought much about it to be honest and my friends and I pretty much laughed it off. Some years later, I am very forgetful and at times don't remember what was said yesterday. Could this be related? I'm only 45 so don't think it's dementia. Advice please.

Jan 9th, 2015 6:55pm

I got a concussion on Monday. It's Thursday. And my head hurts and feels slightly numb. I feel like I'm going to vomit I'm shaky I couldn't bring myself to eat this morning and my coordination is slightly off. I'm dizzy and can't think straight. Help please. By the way I'm 14

Dec 18th, 2014 9:08am

hi.my grandmum had a concation 4 mounts ago..and now she can't move her arm..how do i fix that? pls help

Dec 5th, 2014 9:30am

Hiya I went out clubbing the other night and some bloke hit me on the back of my head on side behind my ear and I keep getting headacks and I pack paracetamol ever time I get pains then it comes bk when pills wear off plz help me

Nov 26th, 2014 7:13pm

My husband and i have some arguments so he hit his head on the wall for many time ,2 days he have some pain by touching that part but today that is 3 rd day when he woke up in the morning he was felling some dizzyness, is there any thing to worry about ,should we have to go for any test please show us the way...

Nov 25th, 2014 12:14am

please help I have a 17 year old use to be such a great girl she has had 4 concussions in less than a year now she is getting mad and screaming all the time she curses doesn't want me or her dad around.  She is a straight A student Vasrsity Cheer capain. we are at a loss what to do she gets mad over the littles things when she is mad she bangs her head on the wall I've had to restrain her several times so she doesn't hurt herself drs. arent helping we need help or she is not going to graduate and go to college please someone help.

Nov 17th, 2014 11:13am

i was walking on the road instantly one ike hit me i got injured on brai skull bit blood clotted..please tell me how to get heal of it?as it is paining to my right eye also..n headache..how to get recover?

Nov 15th, 2014 1:21am

There is a story by JJ Virgin that has also been in the media lately about how high doses of omega 3s helped her son recover from life threatening traumatic brain injuries. Please check it out . I don't have the video and info links in front of me but will post later.

Nov 13th, 2014 10:30am


I'm going through this CRAZY HEAD PROBLEM RIGHT NOW, trying to solve his problem THE BEST I CAN, but nothing is helping me. I've been having  experiencing everything that is wrote on this website since 2010 till now 2014 (2015 coming up) and im telling people now but people think im crazy. Please give me advice if you CAN PLEASE! (sokdaranang@gmail.com) and this is my story. I had a serious car accident in 1999 when i was four. The car flip at least 4 times and i flew out the window but survive. I survive and never had a problem with it until 2010 when i was a Sophmore in high school. Around August when school started. I was very young and unkowledge about everything and so focus on school and work. It was also cause i was afraid to check cause its the brain. A fear of mine. So years pass by, one year after graduation i went to visit my family from a different state. I never told anyone my problem but i was comfotable so i talk about my problems. they told to to get it check up it could be from the car accident. i went to the emergency room twice but they didnt want to help me. i went to couldnt find anything and all i know is that im getting worse, and feel like my life is over, please contact me if you could give me an he brain doctor. he gave me a CT scan EED test blood and urine test and Medication, could find anything. I just had a MRI Scan in thailand yesterday and they NEGATIVE. I feel like ive been sleep walking in life and cant do anything right AND ITS ONLY GETTING WORSE. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN.

Nov 11th, 2014 7:41am

I read the comments below and it makes my heart ache.  I too have been there. I was in a car accident 14 years ago this month.  I didn't hit my head directly, but I did punch myself in the jaw (due to the way I was holding my arm, and we were shaken violently.  We had hit construction plates that weren't properly placed and our card stuck to the bottom of the plate.  The doctor said it was the equivalent of a 55 mph ride into a wall.  I have had many of the symptoms described here, but I have a happy ending to the story.  At that time, I experienced so many of the symptoms mentioned, but no one would believe me except my naturopath.  All the medicines from the doctors made me sick, but the homeopathic remedy I took helped me more than anything else. For the next 7 years I struggled mostly with brain fatigue and my vision.  I was woozy most of the time and this got worse under florescent lights.  A couple of times I almost fainted from them.  During that 7th year I began going to school to become a homeopath myself.  During class I would have to wear a hat and sunglasses.  During my studies I came across a rather obscure remedy that was related to the one I had been taking.  I had been told my visual disturbances were irreversible and that I would be a little dizzy for the rest of my life.  When I took the remedy, I didn't expect this to change a bit, but when I woke up the next morning the world stood still for the first time in 7 years.  I could be under florscent light for much longer periods of time and I have felt fairly well since.  I want to encourage you!  I really learned quite a lot during the time I was recovering.  I learned to deal with disturbing thoughts and a brain that didn't work like I was used to and overcome, I had to learn to enjoy my world even if I was a little woozy.  I had to accept limitations, but in the end God answered my prayers . . . I was able to recover almost completely AND I learned a strength I never would have had, had this not happened.  The best method of coping for me was letting God teach me and use this experience to enrich my life in the end.

Nov 6th, 2014 11:26pm

Hi I'm Denise from New Jersey , a licensed massage therapist. 8 months ago I fell down a flight of stairs, never hitting my head but I was holding the railing with one hand and slid all the way down landing on my butt and back. I got up and remember feeling as if someone shook my head very hard . 2 days later I was dizzy nauseas and feeling crappy. Here I am 8 months later. Some symptoms got better. Some new symptoms appeared. I had dizziness, light sensitivity, smell sensitivity, brain felt like it was shaking, nausea, pressure on face, pressure in head, pressure in eye, twitching when sleeping, menstrual cycle heavy and light, body temperature hot or cold, numbness in feet and arm especially at night . Now I have photophobia, eyes are seeing things closer than they are and a lil head pressure, balance is bad. Everything else went away oh and neck pain. The weirdest thing is that its only on the left side of my head . This PCS syndrome is so weird . I've had acupuncture and get neck massages regularly. They both help ease symptoms. I feel Dr.s don't know much about this so we need to continue raising awareness on PCS/TBI and educate each other on how to ease and hopefully find a treatment for this. I don't believe in medication , I believe that there are alternatives for our healing/recovery. Lets fight and continue to support one another. Please feel free to contact me denisemonroylmt@aol.com

Oct 30th, 2014 6:49pm

I got a concussion Oct. 1st at one of my football games for high school and I can't sleep and have massive migraines throughout the night causing me to stay awake. I've been getting 2 to 3 hours of sleep for the past 2 weeks. I've been to numerous doctors and have to go get a MRI. I'm not sure what's....... Please help to inform me

Oct 16th, 2014 7:57am

I'm 14 and I have had a concussion since August I go to physically therphy for it but I get these scary thoughts is that normal

Oct 12th, 2014 10:09pm

My fiance left for work at 6am, he always left early so he could take his time on his 45 minute trip to work.I ALWAYS WAKE UP WITH HIM EVERY MORNING AND OUR NOW 8 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER WOULD PLAY WITH HER DADDY WHILE OUR 5 YEARS OLD WAS STILL SLEEPING.WE DID THIS EVERY MORNING!!!!On Sept 23 2014.he left for work,it was THE ONLY DAY OUT OF 2 YEARS I SLEPT IN UNTILL ABOUT 20 MINUTES AFTER HE LEFT FOR WORK BCUZ OUR DAUGHTER HAD ME UP ALL NIGHT.when I woke up I called him and I got NO ANSWER..I sent him a video of his daughter crawling for first time..no answer.I thought maybe he left his phone in his car when he parked it at his job and got into his work truck for the day...AROUND 8 O'CLOCK AND STILL NO PHONE CALL ED I MADE A MISSING PERSONS REPORT ON HIM.the police officer came to my front door and says " does your fiance drive a 2008 white Vw passat?I Said..Yes..he said well " when your husband was coming out of the gas station ( which is only about a mile from our home) he was smashed by a state highway truck!!! HE died on the scene of the accident so they took him right across the street to a small ER to revive him then they air lifted him to shock trauma.I WAS SO MAD THAT NOONE CONTACTED ME..AND MY FIANCE WAS IN A FATAL CAR ACCIDENT AND I HAD NO IDEA! .AS SOON AS I FOUND OUT I RUSGED ME AND OUR BABIES TO THE HOSPITAL HE WAS AT STILL UNAWARE OF THE TRAUMA HE HAD..WELL..HE WAS IN ICU IN A COMA!...HIS RIGHT FRONTAL LOBE IS DAMAGED..EVERY RIB WAS BROKE..HIS LEG NEEDED A ROB PUT IN..HIS NECK WAS FRACTURED...LUNGS WERE MESSED UP...THE DOCS SAID HD WAS A VERY LUCKY MAN TO SURVIVE WHAT HE WENT THREW.Now on October 12th..he gas came out of his coma about a week agao..he has moved out of ICU and has went into the PROGRESSIVE CARE UNIT..they downsized his trac and put the feeding tube in side of his belly so it isn't all over his face.THE DOCS CANT BELIEVVE HOW WELL HE'S DOING.well the other night I sent the night with him..HE IS VERY AGGRAVATED HE CANT TALK N HE'S GENERALLY A VERY HYPER PERSON..he needed his trac cleaned out and he wanted me to do ig and I told him I couldn't and I explained why..he took his hand hand held my throat! I was in SJOCK.I LET THE DOC KNOW AND HE SAID IT WOULD JUST BE BCUZ HE'S EXTREMELY AGGRAVATED .AFTER HE DID IT..TEARS RAN DOWN HIS FACE IMMEDIATLY AND HE TRIED TO TELL ME SOMETHING.I JUST HELP HIS HAD AND COMFORTED HIM! I DONT KNOW WHAT YO DO AND THE DOCS DONT TELL YOU SHIT! I ASK HIM IF HE FEEL ANGRY AND HE SHAKEN HIS HAD NO.HE IS ALWAYS HOLDING MY HAD AND PUCKERING UP HIS LIPS TO KISS ME..I HOPE HE DOES NOT COME OUT VIOLENT...I CANT HAVE MY FAMILY DISTRYED!!!!! HAS ANYONE BEEN IN THIS KIND OF SITUATION????

Oct 12th, 2014 7:20am

Ive had 5 concussions in the last 2 years from hockey (im 15 by the way) i feel that they should take more steps to reduce hits to the head in hockey. I cant drive at night anymore (i live in canada where you can get your learners at 14) because the headlights from other cars give me bad headaches and sometimes i slur words when taking fast and make more mistakes when writing things at school, like missing letters in words even though i still get A and B grades. Most people dont realize how bad concussions really are. My classmatesat school tell me im a wuss and concussions arent bad. In health and science classes at schools they should teach kids about brain injuries. Many of my friends and me twice have gotten concussions and kept playing contact a sports which could be life threatening if they had recieved another hit to the head, because kida just think "oh its just a headache im fine" not enough people are aware of the serios consiquences of head injuries.

Oct 7th, 2014 1:24am

My husband was in a major accident in 1995. He suffered an extreme head injury. His logic and reasoning were skewed, poor impulse control and short term memory loss. In December of 2013 he suffered another head injury and has front right lobe encepholomacia. He has had seizures and has become paranoid and dangerous. I tried to stay, help my husband. I looked for help everywhere. He would scream, throw violent temper tantrums and blame me. He called me crazy and said I needed medication daily. In fact things got so bad the police and his doctors were called several times. They did nothing really to help. I was left in danger, tired, confused and my energy was spent. I told him I had to leave one day on June 3rd and that I just couldn't take anymore. I have reason to believe he was and still is using meth. Before I could get anyone to help me leave and call the local police in the area he flew out of the house in a rage, went to a local crisis center for domestic violence and pretended he was the victim. He got an immediate danger order against me and I was removed from the house in 20 mins. I had to file a restraining order as well to try to keep safe.  I owned everything in the house and had to fight the restraining order which he kept putting off three times. Finally on August 13th they granted me the restraining order and dropped his. In July he put our dogs up for free on facebook and my daughter interveened and we found a place for them to go. He has consistently done things usually between the 19th and the 3rd of the month. August 20th he filed for divorce stating thaI took marbles, a bb gun and tampons. I have no idea how to fight this. It seems no one has took me seriously and that he needs serious help and until he gets it I am in danger. This month he got a stalking order against me. He has been the one stalking me, using facebook to deflame me, he lies constantly and continues to call me crazy, my reputation is shattered, my health has taken a toll with all the stress and I am financially destitute. My question is why? Is this part of the brain trauma, the meth addiction or is he just narcissistic? What do I do to get my life back? Why are there no laws when someone gets this dangerous to commit them?

Oct 7th, 2014 12:54am

My son (4 years old) fell of our bar stool on Sunday an knocked himself out with my floor being stone I rushed him I'm hospital but as we got there he was fine play in ect nothin looked wrong with him now it's 4 o'clock Tuesday morning an he's be in sick an make in weird noises in his sleep what do I do please can someone give me some advice xx

Oct 6th, 2014 11:57pm

So im very worried for my well being. Im afraid I have a concussion. I have a prolonged headache since last Friday and as of right now its Wednesday. However, that is my ONLY symptom of a concussion. The odd thing is I never suffered a hit to the head or neck in any way, however, I did yell my ass off during last Fridays High School football game. After yelling for some time I began to get a severe headache and felt dizzy. I doubt I have a concussion, but it is a possibility.

Oct 1st, 2014 12:05pm

Didn't get what I'm looking for

Oct 1st, 2014 11:24am

I think your daughters back teeth may be growing in which is causing her pain

Aug 19th, 2014 2:33pm

Take her to the hospital. Tell them she have Sevier head pain and pressure. I will pray for u.

Aug 19th, 2014 12:06pm

I am a 52 year young .  was starting a big Catering business with business partners and a big investor. also i was manager at a huge Christian university when i was managing a restaurant on campus.I was always very active at work home life and ministry not remembering i believe i slipped on water.food grease and a hose went  up in the air came down on my head, shoulder neck resulting in rotator cuff repair, winged scapula and PCS. I have had symptoms continue for 2 years this coming September. headaches, vomiting when overloaded, no sleep to days of sleep, disoriented, blurred vision, hallucinations at nite when i cant sleep i see trees and stuff in my dark room, large crowds  give me tunnel vision or like walls closing in, moving head back and forth at church from monitor to monitor to see speaker becomes taxing eyes heard to move side to side head eyes hurt. swoosh sound in ears when i move my head side to side or if one walks in front of me past me i hear swosh or noise like a tic tic tic..i feel like rain on my face and at times people are talking in slow motion. at times i am having difficulty talking, thinking remembering, concentrating, on tests from my drs i cant recal well, speed stinks..not feel myself worried im not ok. feel like something is wrong and its not being caught..any help i would be grateful..believing God has answers hear for me  thank you

Aug 18th, 2014 9:27pm

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Aug 11th, 2014 1:06am

In October of this year, it will be two years since I collided with another person on the ice rink.  This collision was with enough force that I ended up in the air.  I landed on my head and then slid about thirty feet across the ice.  I am in my forties.  My life has never been the same.  I lost some time, had severe head pain and dizziness, was extremely nauseated, and could not see clearly for a few minutes after the hit. The hospital glued my head slice back together, observed me for several hours and sent me home with instructions to be woken every hour.  That was it.  No one told me how important those first days were. Even though I felt "off" I figured I was good after the initial 24 hours.  I carried on in my life.  Laughing used to trigger a headache and blurry vision.  I have improved, but I am coming to the conclusion that I will never be the same.  I have had headaches, dizziness, unsteady balance if I move my head in certain directions, memory loss, severe sleep disturbance, personality changes regarding patience and coping, problems with speech or recalling words or saying the right words, recollection, fatigue, restlessness, and if I exercise at all, I will have head pain or headaches for several days.  I used to be able to multi task and just keep on top of everything.  Now, I can be overwhelmed by a large crowd at the grocery store.  In the beginning, it seemed anything I hadn't done in awhile was a "new' thing for my brain to figure out.  I had trouble remembering what I used to open a can.  I could not remember how to make my favourite recipe.  I could not remember passwords or combinations.  These things were discovered slowly as I encountered them again during the months that followed my head injury. I am grateful that I have come this far, but I fear that this is how I am going to stay.  I have read so many different stories.  I have researched.  Some say there is hope for full recovery and that it just takes time....years even.  It is unsettling how three seconds of time can change  life forever.  For all those who have experienced any form of head injury, make sure you seek good advice immediately and let the brain heal.  Those first days and weeks are vital. 

Aug 10th, 2014 12:34am

A lot of these stories are exactly what dr. Amen, of the amen clinic, treats. You ALL need to read the book, "change your brain, change your life". He has many patients who deal with the behavioral changes that happen after a tbi. In particular, the changes that many of you describe that other medical professionals have no explanation for, like becoming aggressive, foggy thought, loss of memory years later, can't concentrate even though you were an "a" student before the injury, etc... I have no association with dr. Amen, but I've read his books dealing with ADHD and I believe he is your best bet for help!

Aug 7th, 2014 8:06am

I need help my 9 years daughter having seveier pain around her ear face and neck.this pain normaly started at night time.some times it's pain for 5 minutes and she start playing again within 10,20 ,30 minutes pain start again,she is crying so heavy when pain starts, once stop she playing like normal kids, any one have any suggestion let me know, I will pray for you. Thanks

Aug 1st, 2014 1:23am

To the wife of July 2014 posting. Can husbands different behavior be from accident of brain injury. I have had a tbi for over 11yrs. My answer is yes. 

It can be from different reasons. The questions of you lying can be from his lack of memory and not having the cognitive to put a, b and c events together. Meaning that he may not know what effect his memory has and is questioning you for the problems. Here is what happened to me. I moved items and did not recall that I had....therefore I became paranoid, thinking that someone else was doing it. I not only did not recall, I had cognitive, transitioning and multi tasking issues, all that come into a play.

Another item that happened. I would have spells I called deregulation and after my personality would be different, as would be how i did things that would be different. I may be aggressive, happy, or osculate very rapidly in emotions where did not before. The mixes where not the same each time, often being different. My sugar levels changed as did sodium levels, there was a behavior, physical, metabolic changes. Speech ability (slurr) to communicate in context too ability to read began back wards or down to up.

I read that these can be internal changes, as you were suspecting, such as a very slow blood leak in brain, aneryreasum, stroke etc all being not bold and straight forward but effecting none the less. My suggestion is to keep a daily journal. What to write environment that can have effect but specific to above try going to the Mayo Clinic site, pick some areas of symptoms and changes that happen. The go to the section that says how to prep for appointment....Document....Then take this to the doctor.

Try if possible to get a doctor that has some interest and or knowledge in brain injury as it is complex, subtle, hidden and they do not get it. Get support for you and him via brain injury associations etc. These problems will not go away quickly. As you may be aware tbi improves with time, slowly.

Do not take his issues to personal, distance your emotions when you are umm accused. Its just the medical condition. Take extreme self care and go out and enjoy your self, take time out for you. 

Jul 16th, 2014 10:48am

My son had an head injury. He got hit on the head while playing at recess, by a twelve foot "metal" football goal post. Since the school system failed him, by not calling the paramedics everything else as far as doctors visits has been very overwhelming. .no one did anything for any of his symptoms, " but god"the Neuro basically directed every symptom he had on add or adhd.Two years later I find out he has had an Tbi. He was a gifted student and maintain ed his average until this tragedy, now he's failing in every subject, has very aggressive behavior "stabbed himself in the stomach with scissors"he wasn't bleeding or anything but just the start of odd and aggressive behavior. Thru it all god has helped me and thru it all he's blessed me and I still have praise inside of me!! We just had an appointment at a spinal specialist, "smh " God is great! Man can fail you but IF YOU CAN LET GO AND LET GOD .......HE WILL SEE YOU THU!

Jul 12th, 2014 10:50am

I was in a 5 car pile up on the free way. After Getting hit 4 Times I was in complete shock and wasnt thinking I ran out the car and ended up getting hit by a car. I was knocked out for about 10 minutes max and when I woke up I suffered short term memory lost. When I got to the hospital I was told I had no broken bones. I had a concussion, whip lash injuries, some back injuries, Sprained leg and ankle. I'm 20 years old and its been 4 months since my accident I have good days and bad days. I still sleep a lot nd when I do too much in one day I get bad migraines. I still get confused sometimes especially when my head is hurting still have some eye problems like double vision but mostly when I lay down and its very random. My memory is getting better however I had a great memory before the accident. I was very active and a fun love able person. I know God has a plan for me leave your healing to God don't loose faith!

Jul 8th, 2014 12:52am

Hit tree in tractortrailer two months ago , my ears are still ringing after I came to was knocked out for about an hour

Jul 7th, 2014 11:34pm

My husband had a car accident 13 years ago. His car had stalled on the highway so he pulled over to the shoulder, called me to come and pick him up and call a tow truck. When I got there about 30 minutes later, there were police, a fire truck,  no husband, no tow truck but a smashed up vehicle. The officer approached me and told me the ambulance had taken my husband to a near by hospital.I got back in the car and went there right away. When I walked in, my husband had an egg size bump on his foot, his knee hurt and a couple of scrapes on his forehead. Thank God! This was a Saturday afternoon and someone thought the shoulder was a lane and crashed right into the back of his truck. The doctors stitched up his forehead, gave him some pain pills and told him to make an appt with his PCP. We were home a few hours and he had headache, and nausea. Asked me to take him back to the ER. Very unlike him, so I did this as fast as I cold without making him even more nauseous. Everything looks fine, sent him home with the same instructions as earlier in the day. Just keep an eye on him, and boy was he lucky. You see when I saw the police report, he had been thrown 80 feet from the vehicle, and unconscious laying on the highway, (My husband was very fit with al lot of muscle, but still approx 200 lbs). Thank heaven for a lady form the nearby army base ( think she was a nurse) that stopped to help. He didn't tell me this, except for after we got he police report. He said , he remembered someone over him talking to him. He lost his cell phone that was in his hand and his flip flops from his feet, never seen again. We felt very fortunate that he was OK and those things were all that happened. Years later he started hearing his heartbeat in his ear, and his equilibrium was off. So he went to the doctor, she told him he might have an annuerism- he went back alone did some tests and told me everything was fine. Again we move forward in time- his behavior started becoming different, cant truly explain how, but different. He started asking me a lot of questions about where I was , what I was doing and with who, much more than the normal relationship questions. He then started a quest to catch me lying or doing something questionable to the extreme.(BTW, I was just going to work) My question if anyone can answer is; we thought we walked away lucky- I am wondering how much trama may have been caused internally that was not picked up. All I know is that the man I know now is not the same man I married. Could this accident possibly be a cause of his new behaviors?

Jul 7th, 2014 9:53pm

Over two years ago, at the age of twelve, I suffered a concussion from playing basketball and hit the back of my head on a concrete floor. In the process, I also broke my arm, so when I went to Urgent Care, they only asked me if I had passed out, and when I said no, they ignored my head and only focused on my arm. I actually had to go back into Urgent Care the next day because I could not focus as well and was having double vision. They had me take a CATscan, and when it came back clear, they diagnosed it as a "mild" concussion. Well, it's been almost three years, and I still cannot go to school full time. I cannot do my homework without being tired, and I can barely do any physical exercise without getting an extremely painful headache. Since getting my concussion, I've gone through many phases. I could not listen to loud noise or be in bright light (I had to put blankets over my window just so I could stay in my room), I went to eye therapy for over a year to get rid of the double vision, which worked, but it was very tiring, plus I was not able to go to school at all for two months straight. Because of the lack of social activity in my life, my friends continued their lives without me and stopped calling me, so I became depressed and had suicidal thoughts. I felt as if no one cared, but I never attempted anything, so after going through months of therapy, I was more emotionally stable. I have an extremely difficult time falling asleep and waking up. When I do fall asleep, sometimes it can already be five or six in the morning. Aside from that, I have acid reflux, terrible heartburn, migraines, three MRIs, several blood tests, and awful stomach problems that have been occuring for years. Since no doctor has been able to diagnose what is actually wrong with my stomach, I have to go to another doctor this month. I've had to go gluten and dairy free, because one of the many doctors I've seen suggested it. It doesn't seem to be making much of a difference, since I've been doing it for a while now, but every time I try to get back to eating gluten, my stomach has a bad reaction since it isn't used to it. At fourteen, I should be out having fun with my friends, but now I'm too afraid I won't feel good enough, so I never call them. I should be excited for high school, but I'd prefer to be homeschooled. Life has its bumps, and I'm trying to be patient, but sometimes it's so hard, and I get mad at myself for letting it happen to me. Please understand that it can happen to anyone, even you. If you get a concussion, even one that heals quickly, don't rush into everything and put yourself in more danger. Ease into things, and think about what your life will be like long-term. If you keep getting concussions, I can basically guarantee you will have problems later on in life. Be careful, and God bless.

Jul 5th, 2014 11:33pm

Hit my head under a counter top I was cleaning the floor and came up and hit my head will that cause any damage

Jul 5th, 2014 1:49am

I fainted yesterday; hit my face/ side of head on the floor. My chin is swollen, bruised and numb. I also have bruising on my knees so luckily they took impact too. About an hour later I felt fine. But then as I went to walk again vision went blury. It's the next day and my chin is still numb and I get the odd ache in my head...I also felt extremely tired and sick today think I'm suffering concussion. Never had it this bad before.

Jun 25th, 2014 7:06pm

I think I have this. Cause a few days ago. I got up to go to the bathroom and got in there didn't get to close the door andi was dizzy, fell straight to the floor and couldn't see or move for about 5-10 mins. I was so scared and I still am.

Jun 20th, 2014 7:52am

Think I am a bit late to this but...if anyone is still on here, I wish to say my experience and how the doctors system is stupid. 

In 2009, 2nd October. I remember this date as its my birthday. That day I turned 18. Was having a party at my house, got silly drunk, ran down the stairs, was pretty much falling asleep while running, I fell about 7 ft like a pencil down the stairs and landed on the corner of a table, small table. Top left of my forehead caught the edge of the table. I also hit my stomach. I am positive I blacked out during my fall, because when I landed I then remember being turned over by friends and being asked my name. I was not sick, head was painful, but not a lot came up. I did not go to the hospital. Still to this day get pains in my head. Also the next year, around June/July 2010; I again was drunk, round a friend house, believe I got alcohol poisoning. Was in my friends bed, threw up down the wall, then fell out of bed, hit my head on the corner of the door frame, forgot the say I am not the smallest of people, so my weight falling is fairly high, I then repeat idly hit my head on the door frame as I thought it was a pillow, remember that bit. Crawled the the bathroom, threw up in the bath, then laid on the floor, threw up, and slept in my sick till lunch the next day where I was then ill for around 4 days. Happened Wednesday night, still ill Sunday, had to call in sick work 2 days. Also this was the same place in which I hit it before. 

I have seen the doctor a number of times who just palm me off saying its nothing. I have had a blood test, tried 3 different meds, which did not help. Saw a nurologogist who tapped my knee, asked me general questions and put it down to my weight. Despite me hitting my head extremely hard in the same place twice. 

Still to this day I get pains in my head. I swear I am getting dumber as the days go by. I struggle to concentrate, sleep, speak, I will be in mid conversation then all of a sudden my head will just forget what I am saying, I will try n think of what it was but my head is thinking about crap, that is all my head thinks about is crap. My head twitches, I get de ja vu, get it where it makes me heave for some reason. I am constantly in a day dream. 

I also have a congenital squint and 2D vision, depth perception, these have all gotten better since growing older. 6 operations, still find it difficult going down stairs as I feel like I am falling off a cliff. My right eye has gotten worse, sight wise, and over the past few months has been going off to the right. 

Just so fed up with docs not believing me. Is my head something to worry about. The pain is horrible, and so distracting. My head has never been checked. Can the pain still last this long? I feel like I am becoming stupid, mentally retarded. I just cannot think, or focus, concentrate, my head does not function the way it use to. :( feel so crap, no one will listen to me. 

Jun 16th, 2014 11:29am

I'm 53 yrs old and have had several concussions ( 15-20) in my life.Some mild some sever, last sever one was 2010 playing baseball last mild one was Sept 7/13. I experience headaches, confusion,short term memory lose, can't concentrate. drop things all the time, my dexterity is that of a 85 year old. bright lights, loud bass noise affect me greatly easley agitated  but most of all FRUSTRATION 

Is this going to be my life from here on ?

I have seen the best doctors, can't play the sports I love, baseball, football and hockey, had to be removed from a forklift job that I have had for over 20 years.

My doctor has advise me to consider permanent disability 

Jun 12th, 2014 7:51am

I am a testing psychologist and I've seen people with Traumatic Brain Injury. I've seen a lot of people on here hurting and talking about their frustrations with "proving" the injury is affecting them. Let me give you some tips on how to help your case (and the assessing psychologist). 

1) Make sure the assessing psychologist is someone with trained experience with traumatic brain injury. Ask them how many assessments like yours have they done (it should be in the dozens if not hundreds). Ask them if they are supervised and if so by whom. Also ask them if they are a certified neuropsychologist (not all psychologists who qualified to evaluate will have that level of certification but it will help you to know they're credentialed)

2) Give as much PAPER evidence about your premorbid functioning as you can. Things like grades, previous testing reports (especially important), awards, commendations, letters of recommendation, etc will provide the assessing psychologist an idea of how well you were functioning prior to the injury (often times referred to as "premorbid functioning"). This helps establish impairment (especially if you have a 1:1 example--i.e. lower IQ, lower grades, poorer job reviews) and is very important if you are trying to claim disability or service eligibility. 

3) In terms of what tests psychologists should give you should most definitely ask for "neuropsychological testing." This is a VAST term and can encompass a lot so try and be specific as to your difficulties. Here are common problems associated with TBI: Language problems, memory problems, visual problems, and executive functioning problems. This last one is a fancy term that we use to describe the function of the "Frontal Lobe." It encompasses many different things (quite a bit of debate about it actually) and includes things like decision making, emotion regulation, attention control, flexibility in thinking, problem solving, etc. In the vast majority of TBI cases problems with executive functioning is extremely common and should be a STANDARD aspect of any good battery. You should insist that the psychologist checks this. 

4) Medical check-ups. It is really important that you have a team of professionals helping you to manage these difficulties. TBIs can be complex and the effects subtle. Insist that your providers talk with each other and FOLLOW UP WITH THEM. Yes we're busy, but we want to help! It really helps to have you coordinate what you can. If part of your TBI causes difficulty with that please let your team know and ask that you be assigned a case manager (often times a Social Worker) who can help keep track of all your appointments. 

Best of luck and don't give up! You inspire us with your fortitude and commitment. And to our wounded soldiers. Thank you and God Bless.

Jun 10th, 2014 5:16pm

On 12/26/13, I slipped on ice and hit the back of my head. The person with me said my eyes never closed, but I was unresponsive and when I finally came out of it, couldn't form any words for several minutes. Hitting my head changed my life. I went right back to work, using computers and completing full days. By April 2014, I realized I wasn't getting any better and had several issues: personality changes, having to stop to pull a sentence together, repeating myself, vertigo and a very strange drifting and lilting feeling. I finally took two months off from work and it was about 6 weeks into resting that I was able to form a thought and act on it. I saw 3 ENT's for the vertigo with last one being the only one concerned enough to actually help. I had cognitive testing that came back normal (which cost me my short term disability status and the PhD failed to report that I didn't finish the testing, thank you very much jerk) but I don't feel well mentally. I'm still suffering the drifting feeling and visually littered rooms make me breakdown. Grocery shopping is a nightmare and extremely stressful. I hope to be my smart, quick thinking, witty self again some day, but worry that won't happen. It's been almost 6 months. 

Jun 9th, 2014 7:25pm

I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and got hit twice by roadside bombs. The first one was the worst in that I fell back into the humvee and my Kevlar came off of my head and I went head first into the radio before being thrown from the humvee which I landed on the back of my head and right shoulder and was unconscious for around 5 to 8 minutes. I was transported to the hospital and diagnosed with a concussion. After being home for 2 years I started getting very bad migraines losing focus and concentration with a lot of things. I've been fighting the va since then for tbi which they will not award me although I have paper work from hospital in Baghdad with concussion diagnosis. I have learned that tbi has severe coincendences and is very hard to get help and treatment for, especially through th va. At times aside from the headaches one side of my face eye and hair hurts almost like it's sore at times and not always the same side or place. Really wish I could get help.

Jun 3rd, 2014 6:12pm

I live in Michigan and I was hit by a car 5 yeas ago, had injuries and recovered (or thought I was) however due to priorities more serious at the time, I did not pursue a lawsuit. As time has passed over the last 5 years I am currently started to suffer from affects of the accident. Is there anything else I can do now?

Jun 3rd, 2014 2:30am

I was bending over and I hitt my head on the top metal bar of my bunk bed really hard, and the next day I woke up and I had a headache and my throat hurt but then it go worse, I got a fever up to 103.5 for two days straight and I refused to go to the hospital becase I'm terrified of needles and ivys. Plus, I'm not even sure if I have a concusion or not. When I'm laying down my head doesn't hurt but, when I stand up and walk aroumd I feel this sharp pounding pain In the right Side of my brain.

May 30th, 2014 3:57pm

I'm 17 years of age, and i've had the exact symptoms listed except for vomiting. I was injured by a large amount of students in 8th grade, and now i can't process normally than i would have before the incident. I can't even remember how i would have processed before the incident. I feel like i'm not myself, and i can't even see a doctor. Is this my fate to have this happen to me, and just have to deal with it? Is this the plan God has for me?

May 27th, 2014 8:40pm

Hello All Love, Peace, Joy & Hugs. May we all be instructed and provided with the necessary help we need to let go of this tortuous suffering brain injuries introduce us to. I am 46 now and have experienced 3 auto accidents with 2 cars written off. My recommendations are lithium orotate for anxiety and rage. You can order off the Internet, it is a lot less harmful than prescription meds and it works- I went 3 weeks without and bore the consequences this nutrient is integral to holding it together with no side effects. The other recommendations are yes the book by Dr d Amen Change your brain, Change your life but also your diet and incorporate brain nutrients. Look up low inflammatory diets and avoid all bad oils anything GMO etc. I do a living foods lifestyle and if I have any caffeine or bad oil I rage (partial seizures my doctor says). I do lots of phosphotydil choline and other choline a some by injection. I have come far since I found these helpful nutrients, and participated in a cognition program and I know you can too. I need therapy as well as my partner as we are challenged in perception and communication because I am so different. By the way the lithium orotate really helps with paranoia. May your healing journey be the best ever. Leigh

May 26th, 2014 12:37pm

Yes ask for the medication nootropil look it up since this is the generic name. Good luck and sorry for your terrible life changing injuries. I understand you maybe not exactly but I sustained second impact syndrome concussions and the worst injury of my life..8 weeks ago was second hit and being a high level athlete I'm scared this could be career ending. I'm not able to do more than a slow walk. Good luck and stay strong. Turn your faith to God he's the best healer ;)

May 20th, 2014 4:56am

I was beaten in the head by my father when I was seven years old.  My life changed forever from that moment on.  I am sure at this point in my life, looking back at that traumatic moment, I sustained a concussion.  This triggered the terrible inflammation I still suffer from, and caused a post traumatic episode in college, that was even more physically and emotionally difficult to deal than the original episode.  I am starting to reverse the inflammatory nerve damage, a very long process, and am starting to connect with my memories of what happened.  I am also just starting to emotionally connect with myself again, something that had been slipping away from me ever so subtly over the years.  Is there a medication that will "calm down my brain" so I can finally start to get on top of this hideous brain injury I have had for so long?  I have been misdiagnosed all my life by doctors and my parents made my condition worse, I will skip the details.  At 59 years old I am finally satisfied that my condition "was not my fault", as explained by my ignorant parents, and can be helped by medicines designed to help a brain that is still sending out pain signals to my body, even though the event was so long ago. My condition is literally " mind blowing". I am for the first time in my life satisfied that I have the answer to the question I have been secretly been asking myself all my life, "what is wrong with me"?  Now that I have reached this point, it's finally time for me to get treatment, and mend a lifetimes worth of damage, before its too late!

May 19th, 2014 11:49am

My sister and I were fighting..she hit me really really hard with her fist on my head.then my head started hurting.i thought 1 pupil was bigger than the other one..:.but I really don't think it is.i have school tomorrow and I'm scared to go to sleep and not wake up..I think I'm ganna stay up just to make SHUR.BUT I don't want to cuz I'm Sooo tired.but I have no symptoms of one tho.

May 19th, 2014 12:10am

Go to doctor As soon as possible!!! Like yesterday fast

May 18th, 2014 8:14pm

Go to a emergency room ASAP! It is nothing to joke with & could be very serious. Even if you don't have insurance. Go to any hospital. If you can go to a country hospital. They have to take you. If you don't have insurance. They may offer you a one time deal. You pay $100 & they have a case worker there to help you file papers. You won't owe anything more. I had this happen at the end of 2007 for a kidney stone. I am in PA & each state may be different. If you aren't in the US. You should seek any medical help. A stroke can cause numbness on one side of the body. In the US the ER will take you back as fast as possible & give you a cat scan. I have had one before & if you are afraid of enclosed spaces. Ask if they have a open Cat Scan. I hope this helps & you seek medical advice ASAP. BTW, I am not a dr. My advice is just that. I hope a dr. Sees your post & says more.

May 17th, 2014 11:39am

I had a concussion 3-4 years ago, the bump on my head had a grapefruit size back then... i never went to see the doctor, about 6 months ago i start having sever headaches they last 4 weeks or so, I've notice that every time i feel sick the bump in the back of my head has this jelly-water weird sensation (to the touch). I'm scare now 2 weeks ago the headaches returned but this time are causing numbness on hands, legs n lower back, my neck hurts n i had an episode where a horrible stabbing pain occurred n my left side of the face got numb and the right leg had no sensation. Please if someone can give me advice, it would be really appreciated. (Sorry about the grammar n spelling, english is my second language)

May 14th, 2014 11:52am

I got hurt over 5 years ago and i still have problems but aside from the pain I hear ringing anyway my neck hurts to much to type

May 8th, 2014 5:42pm

My seven year old daughter sustained a concussion on March 20, 2014 a week after my mom passed. She and my oldest son were awaiting the school bus and a car accident transpired in front of the building which caused the cab in fault to jumped the curb and hit them. She had to receive several stitches in the back of her head and according to witnesses when she hit the ground her eyes were opened but she was unresponsive. She has been doing well, but I have recently noticed that when I call her to wake her, she doesn't wake as easily as she used to. She is still attending concussion therapy appointments and her first pain management appointment to assess the mental concerns from fear is coming next week. This has been a trial a serious trial for my entire family. I thank GOD everyday because it could have been far worse but it wasn't. Head injuries are nothing to play around with. I thank GOD everyday that my children were not injured worse then they were. I truly thank HIM... If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury, please, please monitor that person well. Also ensure they get all of the proper care to heal with the healing.

May 7th, 2014 8:51am

I had a injury to the head five months and the symptoms showed up weeks later after what happen. I have fatigued, unfocused at times, migrains plus my whole body feels brusied like I fell from a tall building. This isn't the first time I had an concussion in life there were two other times. I read every time you have a concussion m have another it take even longer to heal. Your brain can rest it has to work and heal and the same time so it takes time. I've read Lens (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) is a place to help. It puts back the nerve damage in the brain that send through your body to function. I never tried it but read an article that someone has and within two weeks that were getting back to their old self were their mind is sharper, they fiction right and don't get tired easy even though before they felt with the symptoms for a year. I hope someone can try and tell me the results that would make me feel better. I gotten through my other concussions but this time it's harder due to the impact was worser. Where I was hit on the front top part of my head it still feels like I just hit it but been five months though. It feels like the muscles are hard and tight whenever I tried to move my eyebrows. Im guessing sticking to a schedule of sleep around seven hours is good and cardio exercise 15 mins a day helps. Eating healthy foods that helps the brain works too plus cutting out the junk food. Depression and anxiety is part of the whole deal with PCS (post concussion syndrome) I hope everyone for the best and be strong! I read almost everyone's post and understand life is too precious and no one deserves pain not even someone's worse enemy. Be strong and think positive! It takes just a moment or even a second for the body to be injury but takes time to heal.

May 4th, 2014 7:03pm

My daughter, who is now 22, had a severe accident when she was abour 17 months old. She was kneeling in a plastic kid's chair, facing the back of it, when she fell over and whacked her head on the corner of the stereo speaker. My husband, who was babysitting at the time, called me at my ceramics class and told me to come home, which I did. When I got there my daughter's bleeding had stopped but the cut was very deep and still oozing blood. We took her immediately to the pediatrician who advised us to go right to the emergency room. We ended up having to wait at the emergency room for over 4 hours (this was at 9pm at night) before anyone but the ER doctors and nurses looked at her. By midnight we were still waiting to be seen, my daughter was shrieking with hunger and boredom (we were told we'd be in and out, so we brought no supplies with us). Our opinion was that they thought we beat our kid and that's why they kept us there for so long. We finally had a plastic surgeon take care of our daughter around 1am, had 9 stitches put in, but nobody ever said anything about any concussion or what to do about it. She seemed to recover perfectly fine, but now 20 years later, she has severe social anxiety, depression, and wants to do professional judoka fighting so she can beat people up. This makes me wonder if her personality has changed due to the injury at 17 months. She was very aggressive with children when in daycare, and used to bite a lot until she was almost 4. Is this all due to the head injury? I sometimes make myself crazy wondering.

Apr 27th, 2014 5:42pm

2 days ago I caught my foot on the front swinging door at my shop and slammed my head in the left temple area very hard! It was loud on that metal door. No vomiting but strange headaches. Felt like gravity or compressing all over left side. I went into local hospital (the one everyone says sucks...) and they just did full diagnostics on my cordination and pupil check. No catscan... The next day I felt I barely made it to work from dizziness and slight naucess and stopped to get Ice pack and tylenol. It helped as I rested 3 hours and now today I wake up with small head pain (swelling gravity) on opposite side temple area with very small drainage on my right eye. Had funny dreams too past 2 days.Out of all that I am feeling better as I type this. Although everyone says get it scanned at hospital, I am showing n oobvious signs of seriousness based on research. Headaches are less and less. I just can't believe I hit my own face on the door like that lol! I guess I'll go into hospital if I feel any strange but at age 33 you realy think alot about these injuries. Funny when you are younger you never stop tho think how delicate the human body realy is. This forum has helped stop my paranoia today lol! 

Mar 20th, 2014 11:28am

I had head injury 2 weeks ago had head glued and concussion now another lump has appeared on the back of Head still got headaches what should I do

Mar 7th, 2014 2:22pm

I hit my head on the car roof about 40 minutes ago. The next five minutes, I have a sudden head ache, dizziness and nausea come to me all at once. I thought I was just nauseous because I haven't eaten dinner, so I did. The nausea was gone, but the dizziness was still there. I touched my head where it was hit, and when I touched it there was a small dry clot of blood on my scalp.

I tried putting ice on it but I still feel dizzy. I'm afraid to go to sleep, but I really feel sleepy. My arms and legs also feel weak right now. If I still have these tomorrow morning, mom and I might visit the doctor

Feb 13th, 2014 10:22am

I had auto accident bad concussion 1986 and PTSD from abuse because I had slurred speech, and confusion was in my bed and got abused by the police, I had a concussion I was 33 y.o. of the concussion. I HAD DONE NOTHING AT ALL..Took me ten years to deal with the PTSD, and at least 6 months to deal with the concussion. Heard in 1991 that the soldiers were coming back home with concussions and PTSD and tripling the affects.

Took me until 1991 to get back to work and I had ? eye therapy for PTSD that worked and I managed to relive my life.

7/2012 fell into huge whole in  the street and had a very bad concussion. Had to stopping working as a RN due to this, concussion and spinal injuries and pain.

11/2012 had a huge truck smash into back of my stopped car, throw my car 2-3 foot. I can no long function, but people around me don't see it, other than my partner and he can she the extreme changes and facial eye changes.He still can't understand the extreme horrible I'm dealing with. Extreme headache that just increase with doing anything that wouldn't do anything at all. Dry heaving , brain stem pain, neck pain can't function nor get the help I need..Spinal swelling and inflammation. What used to take me 10 minutes takes me 10 hours if I can even do it. I could do anything love to work as a RN critical care and no problems doing anything at all. Can't do or function at all. Hours and hours to attempt to do anything at all.

June 2012..PA LAW SUIT can't handle at all and the judge and atty could careless how bad I am...

My sister ( end stage COPD, O2) lived in my condo past 10 years, is dying but they are refusing to let her live there, as she has to have someone live with her a 24/7 AIDE that per MT POCONO PA is a tenant.  Therefore, she now at 66 yo lives in a nursing home.. This I could have handled, and done the legal paperwork today CAN"T FUNCTION to even address it, I getting sued for huge huge amounts and nothing I can do..

Judge in Stroudsburg Pa is abusing me I don't have a concussion, nothing wrong with me, atty gets anything they want...I can't handle anything THE CONCUSSION I can't function at all. This abuse as per the judge isn't affecting me at all.

This stress is make my condition worse and the judge could careless. As per him it doesn't affect me at all...Can't get someone to help.. Address or make someone help with concussion. Now can't function at all, no one can see the total affects but I can no longer function, do something anything and my eyes extreme pain, headache horrible, can't sleep at all 2-3 hours, you can see the extreme pain in my eyes, can't think at all. If I was stopped by police for drunking I can't walk straight, one one foot, get dizzy, nausea and dry heaving non stop is I lean or change position.

I'm 61 and no long can work and afraid I will never get better. Auto accident Geico refuses to pay medical bills, their IME says nothing wrong, even with bad spinal pain. Can't afford even the co payment to get the care I need. Doctors angry I don't follow thru CAN"T I CAN"T FUNCTION AND I"M AFRAID. Most doctors don't have a clue about them..Live on Long Island all I hear about in young people with sports injuries.. Doctors seem to be more interested in them....Any idea what I do or where I go for help...

Geico has been nothing but abusive..How or where do I get test to prove I have a major concussion and how do I deal with it.?

If I had a drug problem, alcohol issue, was suicidal there is somewhere to go and help to get better takes me 10 hours to write this and can't get any help or prove I have one....ANY IDEAS how I can prove my pain and concussion.. Stress causes more issues I understand with concussions...

HELP what test prove these things. CAT SCANS, MRI don't I'm told.... Would love to go back to doing what I love helping other people as a RN

Feb 6th, 2014 11:15pm

Ive had 7 concusonms fromdirtbikin and football is this bad? I feel like my breathing is messed up to. I need treatment but dont have insurance.

Feb 2nd, 2014 4:47pm

I just left the hospital from seeing my teenaged niece wake for a few minutes after having slept for 4 days in the ICU. She was the passenger in a car that crash at a high speed and was ejected. She had a large head wound that was stapled shut and broken bones that were pinned and plated but her brain is not right. After a few minutes of waking up she went back to sleep and didn't wake up again. While she was awake she said words and made up words for things she asked for, she was unable to answer questions with replies that made sense and she roared like a lion. She knew my name but not who I am too her. She is not able to follow direction but drank when it was held up to her lips. What type of injury is this and what is the prognosis?


Jan 23rd, 2014 4:04am

wow humans are somethings else..so complex AS IM READING THIS, IM THINKING....not all are affected the same with sustaining traumatic brain injury..i had an accident 2 1/2 yrs ago and Im good..have no crzy symptoms and thankfully only nausua in the morning, not every morning consitantly and not every single morning since the accident..its so weird. Im not depressed, don't have behavior issues, no epilepsy..Ugh OOOHHH I can be soooo much worse...SEE WHAT STAYING POSITIVE AND COACHING,TRAINING URSELF DO..I SHOULD MENTION GOD..MY STRENGTH,ATTITUDE & GRATITUDE(which made all the difference) EVEN WHEN I SUFFERED & REALLY HAD NO ONE.. CAME FROM HIM. WHEN UR GRATEFUL FOR UR LESSONS U R BLESSED TRAIN UR BRAIN TRAIN UR THOUGHTS while u exrcise therapy urself don't wait on no therapist..IT CAN B DONE THRU PATIENCE & BELIEF..CONSTANTLY (NONSTOP) IS THE KEY..FOR U THAT DONT BELIEVE IN GOD..JUST TRAIN URSELF..DONTCHA KNOW HEALING URSELF IS AN OLD ANCIENT ART hey im still training myself not to write so dam much HAHAHA

Nov 18th, 2013 7:22am

I posted on May 18th 2013. TBI from car accident.. I searched depression and grade 3 concussions and came across my own post I didn't realize I posted. Go figure 😊. Tonight here's what I wrote in my journal.. didn't want to tell anyone but today I forgot how to get to Dr. Mealy MEE LL I's office. I was in our driveway trying to figure out where it is and had no idea but was too embarrassed to ask my wife. Too many times in the last year not that I would ever hurt myself but I've thought about what it would be like to end all of this aggravation. Many times I just think this is too much to deal with and I can't take it anymore. I get very depressed, and very lonely and in my own thoughts and confused. I try to play it off and laugh. No one really understands what I'm going through and no one understands that I have a hard time communicating it. I've had enough physical pain the emotional pain is worse than you could ever imagine. I really need help, but then have afraid to ask for thoughts of that

Nov 6th, 2013 9:58pm

I am 27 and a mother to a wonderful little boy. Almost 3 weeks ago we were traveling on i-79 north from Pittsburgh pa where we were visiting relatives. It was night time and we would be home in about 15 minutes. I went to pass a slower suv (seriously. They were going about 10mph lower than the speed limit) when all of a sudden they drifted over in front of me. I slammed on my breaks and swerved. I remember hearing a loud crash and the next thing I knew we were off the side of the road. It took me a second to focus and then I started asking my son if he was ok. He started crying and to my horror, he had a severe head wound and was bleeding badly. I had to climb over to the passenger side to get out because my door wouldn't open. After finding an old shirt for him to hold on his wound, I desperately tried to flag down a car for help because I couldn't find my phone(it went from the front seat to the trunk through a small gap in the back seat from the initial hit). Thank God someone finally stopped and called 911. I told the police I thought someone else hit me when I lost control. Turns out we hit and went up an embankment, flipping the car one full rotation. My son flew by helicopter to children's hospital where plastic surgeons were able to close his wound. I was kept over night and doctors found nothing wrong with me. 1 week later I was back in the ER with pain on the left side of my head, headache, nausea, fatigue and problems with memory. This all started a few days after the accident. They found I did have a concussion. I still do not feel right. And I thought I was being dramatic about it. But seeing that other people are having lasting symptoms makes me feel better.

Oct 11th, 2013 4:51pm

about last October I fell down the stairs and hit my head agains the door, I immediately got up and went to work that night, I took pills and it work, days after the headaches started I finally went to the emergency room where they did a cat scan and said everything was good I just need rest with some pain killer, they finally stop, it's been 8 months and they started back again.

Sep 15th, 2013 2:00am

Every time my child bumps her head I'm afraid that she's going to lose brain cells. Lol.

Sep 13th, 2013 3:09am

My 14-year-old daughter was snow boarding with her older brothers this past Thanksgiving weekend 2012, she fell with hitting her head 3-times back front and back and yes she had a helmet on. When she returned home she had a really bad headache and did vomit couple of times, her head injury needed to bloom ! after 24 hours she was in the ER, she physical re-covered but was left with high anxiety and has a fear going to school for the fear of ? SO my question is can a person still have high anxiety after 10 months.

Sep 9th, 2013 4:18pm

I was struck on the head from behind by a blunt object knocking me out but as he threw me to the ground i remember his face, then i came in the house got ready for bed went to sleep and woke up next morning and and could not figure out what happened to my head, i still see his face. but i do not remember doing anything after he hit me. im still afraid to go to the police.

Sep 3rd, 2013 8:54pm

I had an accident where my horse and I fell. I did not realize I had a concussion until a couple days later. All the symptoms of a type 2 or worse concussion were there. the weird thing is, I remember the accident clearly and had never lost consciousness. I went to the doctor 2 months later and they didn't help. 4 months later, it is still majorly bothering me and the pain in my head and other is continuously becoming worse.

Aug 30th, 2013 12:26am

My doctor said my catscan was negative and started yelling at me making cry wanting to know how am I getting headaches and dizziness if the catscan is normal, I get agitated easily and angry for no reason really fast this is all new behavior for me, but the way she makes me feel I feel like telling her the headaches and dizziness are gone so I don't have to keep going to her and depend on other people for rides it's horrible to have to beg for a ride and I hate that workman's comp doctor she gets mad if I don't tell her What she wants to hear.Hopefully in time the headaches and dizziness will stop and I can be normal again.

Aug 14th, 2013 8:50pm

File the workers comp paperwork. Get yourself seen by a doctor, and take care of your head. Log everything, and be prepared to see an IME doctor that your job will make you see. Your HR department is not there to help you. They get paid to fight LNI (workers comp) issues, so be prepared, and only say what is required of you to say. Contact your union if you have one. They can help you, and don't feel guilty about it. You hurt yourself on the job, and that's all that matters. I used to work in HR for a really large agency. Good luck. I also suffer from a TBI. I have never been the same so please do this for yourself sooner than later.

Jul 29th, 2013 11:54am

When my boyfriend was younger he fell and hit his head pretty hard. It knocked him out for a little when he woke up it was difficult for him to remember stuff. Lately he has been having really bad head aches. He feels pain on his his behind his left ear. He has been changing a lot lately. Also his vision hurts him, he can not look at something to long or close because it causes a headache. His attitude and personality has changed. I was wondering if perhaps this has anything to do with what happened when he was younger. If you could please help me I would truly appreciate it. Thank you. Ariana Sanchez

Jul 29th, 2013 11:08am

U can go to the court and section 35 her I don't know if they have that where u live

Jul 27th, 2013 5:50pm

My now 19 yr old daughter has suffered 5 severe concussions, one of which caused her to be paralyzed from the waist down; in sporting events. Over A 4 yr period. She now is recovered Drs. say. She is now however so aggressive & suicidal, that her Dr. put her on Paxil, after Prozac made her even worse. We have had to call 911 on her & received absolutely no help, as she is A Adult now & they said they cannot force her to go to the hospital unless she actually tries to kill herself. Isn't trying to stab herself & her Father A attempt? The police & Mental health tech told us we had to let her leave or we would be holding her against her will & we would get in trouble. The police allowed her to get into her car and peel away from home & we did not hear from her for days. I have been fighting to get her help & keep being told \\\" she is A adult & she has to get her own help\\\" How can she when she does not even realize her problem. I spent days weeks & hours on the phone looking for help & have gotten no where. She hates me now for trying to get her to get help. She told me yesterday she wished I was dead. If anyone reading this has or knows of help for us as parents I would GREATLY appreciate it. P.S. The very first ? by all the help lines & facilities I called wanted to know first about her insurance. WTH. I do not care what it costs, my daughter, honor roll student; needs help NOW!

Jul 17th, 2013 12:38am

Wow..... interesting. Two weeks ago I hit a tree after hydroplaning on 495 at 60 to 70 miles per hour. I thought I was fine-no physical injuries- but I was complaining all the first week of "not feeling like myself". On day 8 I lost consciousness a few times during the day very briefly but I found it very weird lol.. I went home and slept for sixteen hours. Then became very depressed and felt suicidal I seem to be recovering now but I am just now realising that I probably had a concussion.

Jun 17th, 2013 6:48pm

Don't give up! Keep searching for the right doctor who will listen to you. It took me almost 2 years to find the right neurologist who figured out what was going on with me. I was rear end at stop light by a pick up truck going 55 miles an hour. I only lost consciousness for a few seconds but was totally dazed and confused and in pain. I never felt right and knew things were wrong. I couldn\'t focus, things were too loud and too bright, I would zone out, forgot to pay my bills, couldn\'t keep my old household routine. This basically destroyed my relationship with my husband, son and daughter. I got the \"you look fine\", you\'re lazy\", \"just do what your told\". Come to find out I have a mild TBI and I suffer from frontal-temporal seizures as well. I have been in cognitive therapy for my memory issues. I am a CPA with an MBA who would have thought I couldn\'t shop for groceries for a week or decide on a parking spot or forget to rinse shampoo out of my hair on a regular basis. Some of these things have gotten better but some have lingered. I will undoubtedly have the seizures for the rest of my life. On the upside, I am more outgoing and I tend to speak my mind and say how I feel. I used to be much more reserved. So, at least I did get a couple of pluses;) Good Luck to all and keep searching for that doctor who will listen.....he/she is out there!

May 22nd, 2013 9:46am

I got in a car accident a year ago and suffered a grade 3 concussion with TBI. Recently, I'm constantly sad and thinking of suicide, even though I don't think I'd harm myself. Constantly noise in my head. I do not want to tell anyone because they will think I'm crazy, or make me get physchitraic evaluation. I'm a 44, gt rear ended whle stopped at red light by kd going 45mph.....any advice??? I get really sad when alone. And have increased my drinking

May 18th, 2013 9:57pm

I am 28 and had my fifth concussion now since the age of 10, I notice my mind is clearer now then ever after this one and I suffered it by braking m left orbital against an aluminum dry rack on 5/3/13 I feel stronger rather than weaker after this one can anyone help me understand how or why that may be docs have no answers for me?

May 16th, 2013 6:42pm

mine is massive tramatic brain damage. The mri shows black, the specialist yelled " this is huge". ummmn ya all the symptoms are correct here minus the big time frustration involved as i await to get better. 7.5 years of feeling like im all tied up in a ball.

Mar 23rd, 2013 6:30pm

im scared i have one. whacked the hell out of the front-top (frontal lobe?) of my skull standing up to quick. Banged it on a metal pipe.... (yeah, I know, right). Have a headache, stiff neck, feel kind of like i got a lean on sometimes, every now and again will space out doing math. Today it happened. Pupils normal, no bright lights. Should i see doctor and file workers comp claim? It happened there, but god, it is just plain clumsiness!

Mar 18th, 2013 10:57pm

The trunk on my car has long been dreaded as dangerous... and I always warned even grown men to be careful. It is very heavy and just slams down... a 15 yr old Intrepid. Well I got clobbered directly on the top of my head towards the front.. the wind took it.. three days ago... and I am on blood thinners for DVT's. I called for someone quickly and thank God my neice heard me. I remember little after that... I thought my sister was with me for the rescue and in the trauma unit. I had tremors in my right arm and hand... and nausa.. pain and neck pain. Noise in my ears from ring to a motor running on low ..like a fan. Sounds are louder... and noise make me irritable. I just want to sleep... the ER nurses were more concern than the neurologist who said... I am not concern after less than two minutes. The hospital is a Trauma Center but truly has declined on the level of care by physicians and doing what should be done vs what is cost effective. This hospital has lost some great physician's in the process and I was not happy to find I was going there. I am making an appointment with a neurologist of my own hospital and be followed for my symptoms " not cost effective treatment".

Mar 10th, 2013 5:14pm

My story is about my son and i am sharing it in the hopes that people read these stories and realize they are right they are not crazy!!! The brain is like any muscle if you injure it it needs to heal. If you don"t heal it it will protect it"s self by not working properly. I try to compare it to someone spraining their ankle then the next day running a 10 km marathon. my son's story about several concussions and his last that ended him in 2 psyc hospitals is quite long so I am posting a copy of the letter i am sending to the doctors that wouldn't listen. For those who want the whole story as told by myself are welcome to contact me at linda.hurren@hotmail.com My son is M Hurren I'm sure you have many patients over the course of a year so you may not remember him. He was 20 years old and admitted with Psychosis. April 2012. I advised you at the time my son had suffered a severe concussion but you disregarded this as impossible and diagnosed him with Pycosis or marijuana induced schizophrenia. I understand why you would have assumed this to be his condition as his behavior was matching symptoms but I am writing this to let you know my son had severe post concussion syndrome by over using his concussed brain his brain had reverted to a child like state. Things he would have been taught and would talk about when he was younger sounded strange coming from a 20 year old man. I have attached a copy of a letter that I wrote to explain what happened including all the head injury's he received as a child and what I did to survive this but all I ask is to at least look at head injury as being an option even if the head injury was in the recent past . No tests can show concussions so head injury history is important. I can't help but wonder how many women/ men are in care on medications when all they need is rest The medication made his symptoms worse as he did not need them. My son is on NO medications and is back to living his normal life. He has been back to work since Aug 1 2012. Other than not really having anyone to talk to about his ordeal, as people still have a hard time accepting a mistreated concussion could cause this state of mind, he has had no ill effects. I believe he would still be locked in a hospital environment if I had not removed him as the medications would have continued to have adverse effects. Respectively Linda Hurren

Mar 2nd, 2013 4:17pm

if your eyes hurt after a concussion,please try GUNNAR GAMING GLASSES... my daughter suffered a concussion and the lights at school really hurt her eyes..sold at best buy and will signifigantly reduce eye pain

Mar 2nd, 2013 12:53pm

I'm 23 and I had concussion when I was 16. I was playing football and some idiot kicked the football straight at my eye (by accident). I think first of all I was worse than I am now because I suffered from headaches for a few years afterwards, but now I don't seem to get them anymore. My memory was pretty bad for a while afterwards. I am better now but I haven't exactly got a fantastic memory on me! The main thing that really ticks me off is ever since I had the concussion I've had a tremor in my neck that makes my head move to the side. This worsens when trying to concentrate looking at someone or having my picture taken, definitely when I get nervous it always happens. Now I've read people saying they've had tremors and their neck moves from side to side but mine just seems to go 1 way - pulls to the left. I was told by a neurologist, after getting an MRI scan (because of my headaches) to start lifting weights to strengthen my neck muscles and ease my headaches and I've been doing that ever since. Maybe that has helped my headaches but my neck tremor is still present and I've been trying to read up on how to fix it because it really irritates me.

Feb 25th, 2013 10:25am

Im 28 and have a history of concussions but have not had one in about 6 years. Recently I have had a lot of issues of memory loss and for lack of a better term i feel dumb. I am in a high performance sales position now and this is becomming more and more a worry to me. Not sure if anyone else has dealt with this but it is worrysome.

Feb 15th, 2013 10:54pm

I've had 17 concussions the past year, and i only went to go get my head checked out for the first one. i cant barely function anymore, its starting to get really hard to do anything anymore.... Chris Ray 18

Feb 15th, 2013 9:23am

I so appreciate this article. As a specialist working with communication, I was recently asked to evaluate a student in school with a "r" problem that wouldn't resolve. In listening to what his teacher reported...mumbling, disorganization, impulsivity...and a parent report that the child had been in a car accident... I was able to surmise that the concussion the child had sustained was now impacting his communication. While the communication challenges at hand were minor for this student, it makes sense to support as well as monitor progress in school.

Feb 9th, 2013 1:36pm

I am 71 yr old woman and another car T-boned me and I woke up in the hospital. I was out about one hour. I had a broken pelvis and a few injuries. It took a while to recognize everybody. That was 4 mos ago and I am still confused. I am a lot better but wonder how long it will take to become normal. It\'s embarressing to realize I repeat myself.

Feb 6th, 2013 1:01pm

I am currently suffering the effects of a concussion after being hit by a car on a bike. I strongly suggest seeing either a Craniosacral Therapist, Craniofascial Therapist, or Massage Therapist that specializes in EITHER Pfrimmer or Myofascial Release. This has helped greatly with my neck pain and immobility radiating down the side I was hit, but I am still having lack of bodily coordination. I\'ve been getting Reiki Treatments to deal with the traumatic shock and muscle tension, but I still have a long way to go before I can say I\'m normal again. Currently, I\'m searching for a Rolfer to help rehabilitate my arm...update to follow...-Rinna

Jan 28th, 2013 9:00pm

I have had 2 concussions in 1 year and now I have so much head pain I can hardly bare it. Both times I lost conciousness. The first time I was 26 years old playing with my 2 year old son when he caught me off guard and tackled me so hard, I fell back and hit my head on my kitchen floor. I woke up when the EMT put me on the gurney and I can only remember bits and peices of the ride to the hospital and the stay. The second time I fell down the stairs. I dont know how I made it to the stairs because it was the middle of the night. My husband thinks that I may have been sleep walking. He said he hurd me scream and hurd several thuds. I dont remember any of that. All I remember was waking up on the floor. Since that last fall, I cant tilt my head to look up. I have a constant nausious headache, I cant think straigt, Im easily destracted, and I have this horrible pain on the base of my skall. I have had 2 MRI's but they show nothing. Im suppose to go see a nurologist but I cant find the time with 2 small boys. I dont have the time to rest. The pain has make me very depressed. All I want to do is to be the best mom to my boys and I feel as if im failing. I really need some help. -Alisha Johnson 27

Jan 17th, 2013 10:57am

I have been a 25 miler per day on bike, until car hit me. Crushed my helmet, small 4 cm gash, unconscious for 5-10 min, taken to hospital in ambulance, concussion and compression fracture at T-3. It has been 6 months and I have most of the same symptoms with some improvement: severe neck pain, fleeting headaches, rhombus pain both sides, feeling 'stunned' most of the time, lack of coordination, auto travel produces nystagma. Do well to ride 1-2 times per week max of 4.5 miles. Use treadmill 3 days per week, about 1.5 miles each. Exercise is extremely difficult! Will never be the same. :((

Jan 12th, 2013 2:24pm

I had a mild concussion 2 years ago. I was rear ended. I had a torn ligament in the back of my neck and the whipping of my head caused the concussion. Among other symptoms, memory problems etc... I have notice that I don\'t seem to handle stress very well. I feel like flight or flight and the pressure of the stess is overwhelming. Is this normal? Has anyone else experienced this? I would really appreciate any input someone might have. Oh, I don\'t do it as much now, but I also will repeat words or actions when typing.

Jan 11th, 2013 12:09pm

I had a concussion for about a month and a half before now and I just found out a few weeks ago. It isn't major, but because I took so long to diagnose it and start treating it, it is supposed to take longer to recover. The question on my mind is how much longer is it until I can get back to normal / will I get back to completely normal? I am getting recruited for college softball and have school I need to get back to, so I am a little worried. Thanks! Goodluck to everyone out there with a concussion :)

Dec 4th, 2012 9:52pm

I had a pretty bad concussion two years ago when i was in the eighth grade. I was out of school for a week with a really bad black eye. When the swelling went down, the whole white of my eye was bright red. That went away. I fractured my skull right beside my eye. Ever since my concussion, i get sick after i eat. I don't throw up, but i experience nausea, i get really pale, and sometimes i get blotchy. When i finish eating, i can't look at anyone elses food or smell food, it discusts me. It usually starts out with tremors going through my body, starting in my stonach area, sometimes my legs go numb, and my heart feels fluttery. I've lost 16 pounds because of this and have never gained it back. Sometimes i get really bad acid reflux if i eat greasy food, but thats gets better when i take a few Tums. I also get really bad depression and cry a lot, lose my temper for no reason, and have trouble learning in school. I've had to pause a few times while writing this just because i forgot what i was going to say. If anyone knows a way to help with my nausea after eating, please let me know.

Nov 17th, 2012 9:39pm

Can a concussion have long term affects? My daughter was hospitalized for a concussion at the age of 8 and is now 16, and has difficulty remembering things.Texas

Oct 6th, 2012 10:11am

I just got a concusion saturday I am just wondering, the doctor sent me omeand said get some rest, but my speech is the same and everythingi do is so much slower. My talking, writing anf typing. It takes me longer to remember things and I ger a bad taste in my mouth. I dont feel as tho i am gettig better. I get dizzy and so tired. Will this go away

Oct 2nd, 2012 11:02am

Hi, I was rear ended in 2007 and have had a concussion and side effects of forgetfulness and just walking around feeling stunned. Finally a Doctor asked me if there was anything I wanted to ask, I said, "is there any help for me to improve?' He sent me to a Speech Therapist and she has come up with all sorts of ways for me to retain myself and has pointed me to a support group, that I will attend next week. Already I am feeling so much encouraged that I have a way to get some of the "old me" back. My Speech Therapist feels strongly that a person with a brain injury should not be let alone to figure out how to get better or retain oneself!! I am so glad God helped me get the right help. I advise all of you to get this type of help. God bless you all! Hang in there it will get better!! Margie S

Sep 25th, 2012 1:37am

thank you for your information my huspand has brian injury what kind of question can i ask the doctars when i will meet them i am very confuse

Sep 19th, 2012 7:28am

I have found adderall helped me a lot with my slowness and omega 3..Flax for women only .Ive heard coconut oil helps with dimentia so maybe TBI people should try it

Aug 21st, 2012 5:37am

wow!! thanks to all. I was at work and a box fell about 24ft and hit me on top of my head. I was diagnosed with a cervical neck sprain. I continued to work while going to physiotherapy, accupuncture, and massage for over 18 months. 28 months with symptoms of nausea, headaches, ringing in my ear, pain, numbness, confusion, cognitive problems, memory, strange decisions, and then completer exhaustion my GP diagnosed pain disorder and depression. I met the best Dr. in the world who said obviously you had a concussion and post concussion sydrome. I burst our crying as i thought i had lost my mind. since then she has sent me to pain clinics, to a brain injury clinic and although i still suffer many symptoms 4 years later i have worked on the loss of my life as i knew it, i know i am not imaging anything and now i am working on what to do with the rest of my life. God bless to all

Aug 17th, 2012 9:08am

I've had a TBI now for 2.5 years. Going to a doctor won't nessarly help most doctors are idiots. Most Doctors do not know what to do for TBI people and give you drugs you don't need and therapy that won't help. I would suggest hyperbaric chamber. It's said to help brain injuried people. Most MRI's and CAT's are negative but don't let that discourage you. Brain mapping is another method that really helps. I've found that going to youtube and looking John Byler has helped me termendously. He has six sessions that help explain what he has gone through. I'm slowly recoverying but still have a long way to go.

Jul 26th, 2012 10:17pm

Get Dr. Daniel G.Amen's book Change Your Brain Change Your Life. He shows you in pictures using SPECT imaging about what happens to the brain. He has offices in California and Washington state.

Mar 7th, 2012 10:41pm

thanks for the comments about somatoform, medical \"experts\" noted my husband has a mild TBI, he has no working memory pre or post accident, has ptsd and they tried to say he has picked up a somatoform disorder...symptoms are all brain injury and also consistent with hypoxia....it happens over time and is not instant so you may notice your husband/wife etc decline over time...the time peiod for healing they have given me keeps being extended they really dont have a clue..if you get a TBI read \"I\'ll carry the fork...\" its like being an outsider looking into your life...

Jan 5th, 2012 5:17am

Sometimes it is made worse by the providers..............and psychologists that do not have enough medical knowledge to help people get the treatment they need instead of giving them a mental illness they don't have............and performing a mental privacy rape............asking too many personal questions. Or at teaching hospitals............performing tests such as speech iq garbage when a patient has said no.....is strung out on drugs such as fentaynl morphine lortab and other drugs............or has gone with out pain meds for 09 hours.....they just want to use people as lab rats....

Jan 4th, 2012 11:35pm

It appears the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is just as ignorant as most doctors, including those in the UK. The errors in this article are crucial. They (CDC&P) said Nobody who suffers a concussion ever recovers fully. They may recover from acute symptoms, dizziness, head aches, etc. but there will always be some residual damage or weakness in their brain. This was observed in the 1970’s by Dr Dorothy Gronwall in New Zealand. The symptoms may not be evident until there are other stressors to the brain but some underlying damage will remain. They also state Rarely will there be any evidence of a concussion or other mild Traumatic brain injury on a CT or MRI. The damage is just too microscopic to show up on these imaging technologies. Clinical diagnosis is the most important. Even when clinical diagnosis is negative for concussion, possible/probable concussion should be noted in the medical records. The patient’s self-reporting of stars, dizziness, confusion, or other symptoms after the head impact is enough for a diagnosis of concussion. Many patients get lost in the system because their possible/probable concussion was not noted in their medical records. This leads to later symptoms being dismissed, discounted, or attributed to other causation. This often leads to a diagnosis of somatoform disorder which can negatively impact the future health care of the patient. It is important for the treating facility to do a follow-up, either in person in a clinic or by phone call to determine if symptoms have later developed or returned. Relying on the patient to return to the clinic based on their own judgment is problematic. Research shows that minor bleeds become most evident at about 72 hours. An increase in symptoms during this time period can possibly justify a new imaging study.

Oct 19th, 2011 4:40pm

i have read your comments and post and hopefully once i show these to my son he will try to get some therapy he was dropped from a over pass six years ago and was in a functional coma where he was catatonic but had the ability to speak and semi understand his surrondings but his whole personality changed once he woke up and from what i read here today i see it can be helped if you se somebody

Aug 22nd, 2011 5:28pm

I had a concussion about 13 years ago, my question for you is, am I fine now? I feel fine, most days

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Apr 26th, 2011 1:55am

I am amazed at this. I read up on concussions and learned what the symptoms are, and that it is crucial to get medical attention and rehab as soon as possible; yet, according to your comments, it is the same as with my good friend...dizzy, weak, unbalanced, nausea...and yet none of the Drs. seem concerned. They do not think there was a concussion sustained (rear-ended by a semi, no skid marks, and forced into a line of three more stopped vehicles); 150 stitches in the back of the head, with deep abrasion on forehead. But a concussion? Doubtful. So, what do you do? Pray. Pray for a competent Dr. to help you out. And believe in the Power of God--then live as a Witness to Him. God bless each of you with a healing. Judy, IN

Dec 21st, 2010 3:18pm

thank for this l just go troht l problen with is consornig is my brain no body what is hapenig tu my son they said is depretion boooo please help me australia

Oct 18th, 2010 6:57am

Guy, I so know your situation as I was a student at Harvard and had an accident and was treated very similar. After five years of living with this, my conclusions are that the medical industry has no idea in general how to look at this, and honestly after going to one of the best rehab facilities in the world, they have no idea how to treat it.... seriously, they don't. They cannot prove anything by looking at exrays because to them it does not exist. When you look at the fact that anything that truly exists is made up of energy and matter. We are energy and it damages our brains, system, and energy flow. I was healed by a tremendous woman who healed her own daughter with TBI from a car accident. Please contact me at lcampbell@pvgasset.com and I can help you... trust me. Laura

Jul 30th, 2010 12:03am

This is all interesting. I live in UK and was rear-ended at high speed three years ago. I fatigue easily, even now, and have a lot of very irritating deficits such as clumsiness, forgetfulness, lack of concenration, lack of smell & taste, etc. I am 62 and accept that it's not as serious as if it had happened to me as a young man. There as been ongoing litigation, for relatively trivial money, maybe 100,000 sterling tops. But, having had an extensive series of tests which supported my claim, my lawsuit was stopped in its tracks then other day by our own Expert Medical Witness, a Professor of Neuropsychiatry at a London Unversity who examined me and then wrote the following report: "The first question to address is did the accident result in a brain injury. Using the standard parameters to make such an evaluation, namely the presence of unconsciousess, retrograde or post traumatic amnesia there is no evidence that he displays any problems in these domains. Neither was there a head injury sustained in the index event. These parameters clearly indicate that there was no head injury sustained and thus on this basis it is difficult to account for neurological type symptoms which he now presents with in terms of any brain injury sustained in the accident. The overwhelming evidence is that he did not sustain a brain injury." I had reported that after the crash I just sat in my seat completely dazed and seeing stars for anything from ten seconds to a minute, (I was on my own) but did not lose consciousness or memories of the event. I find it very frustrating. The inference is either that I am making it all up, or else that coincidental Ily with the week of the crash I developed a whole suite of idiopathic neurological problems. Apologies for ranting. Guy

Jun 14th, 2010 10:24am

i have a concussion. this article has helped me to understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you for writting this. christy linnean james

Mar 22nd, 2010 9:05am

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