Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury

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yes it will

I was in a bad relationship and probably had up to 4-5 concussions . It’s been 4 yrs I’ve been away from him. Can those old ones cause problems now? I’m having speech problems. And vision problems. I had a MRI. The doctor said no stroke but then showed me 4 spots on my brain and chalked it up to nothing. The one spot is on the speech area the Broca’s area. Thank you
Kim

On four separate occasions from September, 2018 to February, 2019 I was knocked to the concrete floor by jail guards, or by slipping on newly wet-mopped floors. I was diagnosed with a concussion after the first incident and my symptoms have increasingly worsened since then, e.g. dizziness, constant headache, greatly reduced hearing and eyesight, lethargy, confusion, impotence and a host of other ailments. My condition today is worse than its ever been. I've never sued anyone in my 64 year old life but am considering doing so. I just ran into one of the jail nurses in the public library and she told me she thinks I have a good case against the jail and the medical unit and will testify for me. Does this sort of lawsuit have a decent success rate? If so, how soon should I pursue it?

Several years ago my son was playing basketball and fell hitting the back of his head on the hardwood however got right up and continued playing. Nothing was ever done, I found out by viewing film of the incident. He has never been seen nor does he want to be. He does sometimes get very frustrated and loses his temper and has headaches that can sometimes be intense. Can this type injury have a long term effect that gets worst if not attended to?

I fell on top of my head and it was a mild concussion. Didn't knock out or anything but its been a week and I still have headaches and if someone says a sentence to me, I cannot repeat it back. I feel 10 times dumber and I was wondering when I am able to exercising and such

Please see a doctor. These are definitely signs of a concussion.

I fell very hard forward onto cement. I don't remember hitting the cement. Was knocked out for a few seconds. When I opened my eyes I was face down on the ground. My doctor says I have whiplash. I had knee surgery from the fall. Have been going to physical therapy since for back neck knee and ankle. But know one seems to take me serious when I say I think I have a Concussion. I have a lot of the symptoms. I read where whiplash is a big symptom for concussion. My family have been noticing that I act different. I have horrible headaches.
I cry all the time for no reason. And more symptoms. I don't know what to do. Vicki

God bless you. You will be in my prayers. I know it's awful but hang in there - some or all of this will recede with time. I took a nasty fall into my bathtub face down last night - seem to have a mild concussion and was very confused at first re the shower bench, shower curtain, rug etc... I am grateful it was not worse like yours. Loving prayers for a full recovery.

My 11 year old daughter fell and hit the back of her head on a table, she blacked out for a bit. The dr said it was a mild concussion. She didn’t do much activity for 2-3 weeks then got running around again. We noticed she had a hard time catching her breath, she wouldn’t be doing anything but felt like she couldn’t get a good breath. That and when she was running in basketball she felt lightheaded during and had a headache after. She sat out a couple more weeks. Now she’s back into it and the breathing issues are back. Do I let her continue- the issues will go away eventually, or take her back to the dr?

I am 24 years old and have just suffered my 4th concussion from standing up under kitchen countertop quickly when the dog barked and hitting my head at a weird angle I just wanted to let everyone know that these small and often embarrassing incidences can also cause problems you should be aware of and it doesn’t have to be from a large traumatic event as the countertop has caused the worst effects to me personally. My other concussions where from playing high school football and getting hit by a drunk driver head on driving down the opposite side of the road. Trust me that things do get better I have previously had symptoms for months that I thought would become my new reality that began to fade away until they weren’t noticeable anymore. Also a PSA to teach your dog not to bark bc one day he might scare the shit out of you over a squirrel and you could crack your melon on a table like myself. If you just read this somber yet realistic article remember that these are possiblities not necessarily your reality and that a positive attitude will make a world of difference.

On February 22, 2017, I slipped on ice and hit my head on a concrete step. My Apple Watch showed a significant drop in my heart rate until it couldn’t register anymore. I couldn’t move my body but I wasn’t unconscious. I knew I was knocked out because I heard my head’s hollow echo upon impact like cracking a coconut. I remember everything. I knew when my heart stopped and that I needed to get back to my body or risk dying. There was a six minute delay from when my watch registered the last beat to when I woke up. So I guess I was dead for about 4 minutes. I woke and saw stars like Bugs Bunny and my eyes hurt. I was dizzy, disoriented and in a rush to get to work. I went to the hospital later in the day and they said I had a very minor concussion. Since then, I’ve had severe anxiety, mood swings, memory gaps, depression, and a breakdown of my executive brain functions. I feel like my spirit came back to the wrong body. This one has malfunctions I never had to deal with before. Having an understanding of how much longer I have to endure this system failure is both comforting and depressing. At least now I know that this may never get better and to just accept what I cannot change so that I can focus on what I can effectively manage.

Not a minor concussion. If you lost any consciousness even for second that's a level 3 concussion. I just had one 2 days ago. First ever. I'm foggy, having a hard time concentrating, and feel lightly drunk. Yours sounds worse than mine. Get a specialist involved.

that is NOT MINOR.i hope you definitely saw someone else

After a fall and getting a concussion. After 2-3 months is it normal for the area to regain a bump and soreness?

I’m really sad and pissed right now after reading this because some time long ago at recess when I was like in 1st grade I tripped over construction that you could hardly see at school and hit my head on cement and was knocked out.

No one did anything. I woke up right there where I was when I knocked out, and I’m also super pissed that the teachers did nothing, so I told them and they sent me to nurse and nurse gave me a sticker that says “I’m bumped my head”, like wtf is that going to do, anyways I was having really bad headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, etc.

When I got home, I told my mom and she told me to lie on the couch so I did and then she waited for like 4 hours until actually taking me to the doctor.

I was really drowsy and tired and I asked if I could sleep, she said “No, you can’t” and now that I read that after a concussion you should get sleep, it made me mad how I used the rest of the little bit of energy I had to keep awake.

Anyways, thank you for telling us about this.

I'm 15 I hit the back of my head on the floor and my basketball game very hard... They said they hurd it in the stands... Now it's like I'm normal but not I'm moving show and I'm crying silently or sad I try to stay happy I feel like a light plus and it hurts but it doesn't hurt like it did yesterday what should I do and I have game Friday coming up don't want to let the team down

Well i read if u bump your head and feel drowsy your not suppose to sleep so I guess your mom was right. Given the symptoms that u mentioned you needed to see a good doctor. Hope your fine now.

I understand im a college volleyball player that recently went through something similar. Your brain is more important that one game. Your teammates and coaches will understand.

As a child, 4-6 years of age, my Grandfather was very abusive toward me( I remember it all). What he did to get me to behave is to throw his work boot right at my head, I would catch the heel of it every time, I remember this like yesterday, this happened everyday. Physically what happened is, I blacked-out, and saw stars, I felt my head spinning, the worst was it hurt because I could breath and gasping for air. Fast-Forward to my school years, I had behavior problems, I remember instances of my bad behavior toward teachers and classmates. I remember being locked up in this padded cell until I calmed down, not realizing why I was there. Referred to a school for special needs kids because I was slow at speech and had hearing /comprehension difficulties. Fast forward to Jr high and High school years and looking back, I had academic trouble, I had poor grades, and couldn’t relate social with my peers. I skipped a lot of details but in conclusion, did the abuse I received have irreparable damage, I’m Middle Aged now and I feel inferior, can’t hold a job, and no career, I can be proud of, just a stocker at walmart

I know I can never understand how bad you feel about how things have turned out because of the actions of your grandparent but don't let that stop you from trying to move forward. It can be like your own lil' payback. Find a support group or maybe a specialist that can help you with the issues. And you can start trying to accomplish goals that you want . Maybe try starting a business , become an entrepreneur or even start or join a foundation that helps put a stop to child abuse. Just something you would be proud of start working actively towards it and life may just surprise you. I know I'm an absolute stranger. Just thought I should tell you what I was compelled to.

I suffer "side effects" while at Niagara Falls.

Since my TBI four years ago I have visited the falls 3 times and each time I go there the same thing happens. I get Dizzy, confused, off balance, Nausea and disoriented. This effect if I stay too long will last me a few days.

Does anyone else feel this way?

Hi I'm kaitlyn and I'm 18 in my life I have had three concussions, one when in was 3, 6, and 17. I was wondering does it cause hearing problems I feel like through the years they have just been getting worse, I have difficulty concentrating, I lose my balance sometimes, I have difficulty remembering new information and trouble sleeping and falling asleep is all that long term effects from the concussions.

Everything besides the hearing part your going thru I went thru and still have short term memory loss. That's why its hard for new to absorb anything new as its hard to concentrate one and two its hard for ur brain to hold it if it does. Feel free to message back anytime cause its good to have someone who understands this.

I fell and hit my head and had a mild concussion and six weeks later I still wake up with foggy vision and have it throughout the day. I see ziggly lines when I turn my head a certain way still hurts. Test came back fine. Is there anything out there to help at least a little?

With any head trauma get your neck looked at. My c1 was dislocated for almost 3 years after seeing specialist after specialist and no one ever looked at my neck.

I fell 8' off the adder onto my concrete drive. Grade 3 concussion. Its been 6 weeks and at times the dizzy seems like its worse. Also whip lash and broken clavicle etc. So the head is the worse. How long?

That level concussion it could be months or even a year or possibly more that I hate to say.

I sustained a serious concussion in a bike accident when I was knocked out for 40 minutes and taken unconscious to the hospital. I woke up in the emergency room. 

I find I have to be careful on how much I do as I can quickly develop a headache and suffer quite badly at times with blurred vision and also used to have dizzy spells the worst of which was when I went to the bathroom one day and the next thing I know, I was on the floor with the room spinning around fast.

The first 3 to 4 months after my accident were very dark days indeed with mood swings, hospital visits and sorting out all the legal implications of the accident. I would have constant flashbacks of the moment of the accident which would no go away.  I found if difficult to concentrate and take on ordinary things in life like going back to work after quite a long time off and sometimes just talking to people. It was like being in a fog, to be honest. Fortunately, with time things moved on, and now I am able to live a better life again.

A concussion isn't always just a physical injury but can have far greater implication as I found out. 

Do you have crying spells. I find myself crying alot every day for 6mts since my concussion was diagnosis. I'm trying hard to get the right help in treatment.

For about six months after I got a concussion, I was super emotional, and would cry at the drop of a hat. This was totally out of character for me. It eventually eased up, and I'm pretty much back to baseline.

I hope you find the right treatment for your concussion. Depending on the severity of your Concussion it can take time for “emotional equilibrium” to return again to your life. I became more emotional for a time after my serious concussion as its not just the physical injury but it can have effects on your way of thinking and your mood. Medication might help.
This year I have managed for the first time properly to return to the scene of my terrible accident I had when I was knocked off my bike and Knocked Unconscious and I woke up in hospital.
Strangely enough although I “welled up” I couldn’t CRY. I don’t know why but I felt with the passage of time I had learnt to deal with to some extent with the “emotional and psychological difficulties and trauma” of the event.
You can’t put a timeline on these things and can only hope the recovery process continues for you.

me too brutha

I got lumped up pretty good and got diagnosed with a concussion 12 days ago. They ran a scan and said no skull fractures or bleeding. My symptoms aren’t quite as bad but I still have the burning feeling in the back of my scalp and at times feels like my head is on fire. I still stay dizzy on a regular basis and constantly have to lay down to regain myself. I cleaned my ears with q-tips and found dried blood from both ears. Obviously got a little concerned so have been reading up on stuff. All of my symptoms seem normal except nothing on the dried blood. Any suggestions besides continue to bother my doctors office? Thanks for any advice.

I have the same burning in my brain as well after a concussion from being a back seat passenger in my friend's car. We were stopped waiting for a pedestrian walking in front of us. We were struck from behind. I hit the back of the front passenger seat and then was thrown back to my back seat.
Instant whiplash. Massive headaches still seven weeks later.

The doctor said I had a concussion. I went back to work and tried to have a normal life. Three weeks later, I lost my vision in both eyes at work. I was very dizzy, nauseous, feeling weak and ready to pass out. They called the ambulance because they said my body was in distress (blood pressure was  215/112) They rushed me the ER and my CT scan showed two mini-strokes. Wow, really? I was in shock.

After xrays, MRI, vascular tests and halter monitor for three days. They sent me home to go to my primary care physician to refer me to a neurologist. They did a very painful electrical testing of my brain and another MRI. He said no mini strokes now. But my BH is now normal. They gave lots of meds (brain nerve block, pain meds, headaches meds, anxiety meds, migraine meds too). Thank God!!

After seven weeks, I'm still having bad headaches on the left side of my head and into my temple. I'm on lots of meds. So why is this not helping?

I also feel burning like on fire in the back and top of brain. Sharp pain periodically in different areas in my brain when just doing some walking around. This is getting way too scary. Twitting body, having a hard time walking now, etc.

Now it has turned into TBI... PTSD symptoms the doctor said now. I keep seeing the accident, crying, not feeling myself at all anymore. I can't go to work anymore, can't go grocery shopping, can't drive with all these symptoms or prescribed meds, etc.

I called an attorney. They are sending me to a chiropractor for treatment. They are worried as well. They don't want to make matters any worse. Getting all the films from all the doctors and hospital to look everything all over. We shall see...hope this helps...

Prayers for everyone dealing with these horrific head injuries. I'm looking for relief soon. When will it all end?!!

Hope brain doctors read this too. We all need help...

I was at a Doct appt and started getting a severe headache, she said let me try something she gave me oxygen it helped within a few minutes! It helps alot try it, we get headaches pain from alot of things but lack of proper oxygen, is a big culprit!

Read *The Ghost in my Brain* by Clark Elliott. He's a neurologist and had a concussion and found help that returned his brain to working order.

I had a severe injury.... I blacked out and fell off of the top of 4 concret steps head-first onto more concrete, broke my nose, went to ER, doctor looked at my hands.... No marks from trying to break my fall.... This was about 5 years ago and I'm noticing I can't do things I used to do.....?

May I ask what things your not able to do as you once could before? For example write properly, hard to recall or learn new things?

I know how you feel. I had a concussion 3 years ago and I can’t get back to my normal life. I have many days where I can’t even think or see straight... unfortunately, there is not much help out there.

Do you have crying spells. Since my concussion I can't stop crying for 6mths. It a living nightmare

I really appreciated your tip to rest as much as possible after you get a concussion. My daughter has a concussion after wrecking her bike. I will be sure to try and get her to rest as much as possible so that she can get better soon.

My mother is 89 and fell face first on a cement bathroom floor on which she has a lump on her forehead and two black eyes. She’s been nauseous since. She is also having a hard time concentrating. She was seen at the hospital and was sent home. I’m concerned, should I be?

Same thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I dont feel like I’m recovering as quickly as I should. I don’t feel I have a concussion....just in shock.

Tips for recovery post concussion. We’re you given any information at the doctors office or when discharged from the hospital?

I have question...in 2012 (November) I slipped and fell in an empty swimming pool and hit my head really hard (the floor of it is made from concrete). I got up and felt fine afterwards and tried to laugh it off. My cousin thought I was seriously hurt cos it sounded like I literally cracked my head. I never went to the doc or hospital cos I felt fine. But for a few years now I felt a pain, that lasts for about 3-5 seconds in the exact spot I hit my head, it’ll happen for a few days go away for a while, come back, go away, etc. Lately I felt super paranoid about it and wondered if I’m okay. It’s been six years and other than that pain I’ve been fine.

My question is: am I right to worry six years on? Will this pain ever go away.

Amanda, I think you should get a checkup
.....like you I'm having effects from my injury..... especially memory.....I hope you get better!

It was July 4th 2015, It was about 8pm, a very warm evening and I was in my bedroom @ the side of the bed,had just opened the dual windows, turned fan on and started to take a folded Qn -size sheet and had begun the process of flipping it out to lay over the bed .. *LIGHTS OUT*
"I remember bits and pieces of information from finding myself on the floor, being in a confused state, the back middle - to - right curved area of my head was in excruciating pain, my head felt very huge. " The Next day, my daughter called me and said that I must have hit her icon on my Phone as I called her @ 11:47pm. ..but she was 1/2 awake and 6 hrs away, but said that she couldn't understand me ,because I was not making sense but before she could talk to me, I hung up.
It was Tuesday morning when my LPN came to fill my meds, she noticed that I seemed off. ( this was 4-5 days) I was very tired and not wanting to get up, had a migraine and ringing in my head, and She felt a Lump /Swelling on the back RT - side. I went to Dr but other than swelling they didn't find a bleed. So I was advised to rest.
NOW 2018 -
Since this event, I've had Ringing in my ears daily, increase in my migraine headaches, light sensitivity to the point I have to have darkened glasses as my pupils once dilated do not go down and cause much eye pain. I've been having trouble remembering things that are relevant to day to day, (what day it is, month, things when I'm speaking ,loosing ability to run ,jump,hop,skip, I'm now a "tipper - fwd & bkwds" ) hearing issues noise sensitivity but also can't hear in resteraunt if ppl are talking by me .other...
**I've had what they called in 2003 essential Tremor in my RT hand/arm, it now affects my ability to write ,do buttons, ECT.. It has now affecting my legs ,like internal shivering for days,and bouts of very spastic involuntary movements when I try to walk around, especially if I am fatigue. Sleep -
chronic insomnia despite medication.**
(?) IS THIS NORMAL...
had MRI, Nothing
had CAT, Nothing

I'm exhausted and very frustrated and have back spinal vertebrae issues that I've had surgery on since 2/ 2014 (Fusions, Spinal cord Stenosis, cages,other) looking @ surgery Now...
I'm not sure what is going on with my body, & brain, and nervous system.
I really appreciate any advice..
Thank you very much.

Cindy, What happened to cause your blow to the head?

A few days ago I was in the woodwork class at my school, there's a kind of loft in it where they store spare wood. I was climbing down the ladder leading up to it and jumped down the last few steps. I miscalculated and hit my forehead full on the metal garage door.
I went to the nurses office and felt fine. But it's been three days and now I'm beginning to feel sick. Like I have a headcold. There's slight swelling on my forehead that hasn't gone down and it feels like there's pressure on it. The list of symptoms don't really help because for a few weeks now it takes a while for me to fall asleep and I'm always stressed at School, and I've never had a good memory, plus I'm partially sighted in my left eye and never wear my glasses so sometimes everything is blurry. I'm sixteen and never really exercise aside from some rock climbing. Please give me some advice?

So a few years ago I had a car accident and I wasn’t wearing my seat belt and I hit my head I had a mild concussion after that but now I have migraines when everything or everyone is loud I get hit by something say a dodge ball I smell strong perfume and I get to much sun or play on my phone to much could the migraines be related to the car accident.
And sometimes by back/neck hurts and then I get a migraine
I also have difficulty concentrating and I wasn’t bad before. (I wonder if I could get dementia or something later on because of the accident)

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