I had a head injury about 3 years ago and have had various problems since then. I hit my head on a cement potter (like the one's that are on the sidewalks that accomodate small tree).
Symptoms since the injury:
Joint Stiffness and Muscle Weakness
Small, red spider veins now starting to appear on chest, arms and legs
Dizziness and offbalance feeling most of the time. (like seeing stars)
Extreme sensitivity to light
Increased floaters (everyday and will not go away)
Numbness and tingling in all extremeties
Frequent urination (like I have to go now)
Hair Loss from both scalp, eye lids and eyebrows with the slightest pull
Dark urine with foul odor
Raised red bumps on chest, shoulders and outer upper arms
Goosebumps all over when urinating or sitting down to releave myself.
Tests that I have had done thus far:
Blood Testing to include RA and TSH levels for Thyroid problem
MRI w/ contrast of brain
MRI of C-Spine and Lumbar(see page 3 of this post for a descriptive breakdown of the MRI results)
Hormone Blood Test(negative)
Urologist(ultrasound of abdomen area and urine culture which came back negative)
Psychiatrist-Put me on 20mg of Paxil. Said it was all in my head. Yea OK!!
Can these symptoms actually be caused by a severe head injury? Or maybe can this all be caused from an Infectious Disease?
Should I schedule an appointment with a Neurologist or Infectious Disease specialist?
Thanks for all the support thus far,
Last edited by dahlstrom34; 10-27-2007 at 01:03 PM.
YES, many of your symptoms could be caused by head injury. I had a major closed head injury 2 years ago and am finally getting treatment after seeing a neuropsychologist for brain testing. I have had sever concussions in my younger years, but was only 36 when I last had my bad one. Since then I have fallen twice and was assaulted 3 months ago, so I have regressed in the progress I was making. I can no longer work due to the degree of pain, confusion, memory loss, basically cognitive issues. I would suggest getting tested to see where the problems lie within the brain and what can be done to help. Look for a neuropsych that is very well versed in head injury. My first neuropsych said I was really just tired, depressed and in pain even though my testing showed an IQ loss of 29 points from a 2nd grade IQ test. At the time of my injury I was working on my PHd. All my testing showed damage, but she chose to put down that I was depressed. Although I had to pay several thousand out of pocket, I went to a different neuro this past summer that is well versed in head injury and disability. I am what is considered a high functioning brain damaged individual. I am smart, but can't remember 15 seconds later what just happened most times. I had to reteach myself how to read, make change, and function in many ways. I still to this day cannot manage my checkbook. I now find I am rather obsessive compulsive over the strangest things. Do get tested or referred to a neurologist. Some of your symptoms I just don't know if they are a part of this brain injury. The way I understand is the brain tells the body what to do and if it loses connectivity to certain areas things don't work right anymore. Good luck!
Thanks for sharing your story. I DO beleive that my head injury has affected me. Most of 90% of the symptoms that I listed were present within 48 hours of the injury. I never would have thought that this injury would inpact my life in such a way. I mean it actually hurts to move or to walk on most days.
I think that when the injury happened, not only did my brain suffer trauma, but I think that an artery or vein was damaged in the process leading to alot of my symptoms. The base of my neck hurts 24/7 and I have had an MRI that revealed nothing significant.
Are there diff. types of MRI's that might reveal artery, vein or even nerve damage?
This is why I need to get scheduled with a Neurologist. Maybe this is the right path for me at this time considering the other specialists that I have seen thus far.
Thanks again for sharing your story with me. It is nice to see that I am not alone out here.
Last edited by dahlstrom34; 10-09-2007 at 06:41 PM.
was your MRI WITH contrast or without?that alone can make a difference in just what will actually show itself upon MRI.the big thing here is that no actual scan will realistically show everything that is within the scanned area,afterall,it is just a scan and not a visualization.with MRI,certain areas can also be hidden from view my other structures too.my brain aneurysm never actually showed upon my MRI,but showed well on the MRA(just highlights only arteries)and the 3 testla scan which is about three times the magnetism of a regular MRI.its kind of hard to find the 3T scanner tho.they are newer and scarcer.hooking up with a good knowledgable neuro who treats brain injuries would be the best way to go for you at this point.not all specialists just really specialize in all areas,they all tend to gear toward a more specific type of specialty.they all have knowledge of neurology but some just see a higher number of certain types of patients,you know what i mean?my ortho for instance,does back surgeies but his biggest specialty is knees.love him.you just need that type of expertise when trying to actualy Dx more obscure issues that can pop up with head injury.my son has a brain injury and his damaged area is in the frontal lobe with cognative(decision making issues?)problems.he had an actual brain bleed tho with double skull fracute and a lovely three week coma on a vent.scarey stuff.
there are alot of different types of tests that neuros cn do to try and find certain problems after closed head inuury.you just need to find the neuro in your area with the most experience in this area.you will be glad you took the time to find the best type for your particular needs.i wish you luck with this.please keep us posted on how things are going,K? Marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.
Marcia, Thanks for your response. Actually, I had the MRI w/ contrast. I was unaware that it doesn't pickup everything. I thought that the benefit w/ contrast was that it did pickup everything.
Would you suggest on getting an MRA or Testla scan then? Could be damaged arteries at the base of my brain causing most of my problems? I figured since my BP was about 120/72, my arteries would be fine. Maybe not?
I am scheduled with a neuro on 11/1 that supposidley specializes in brain trauma related injuries. Anything recommended tests that I should ask for?
Please keep the suggestions coming. I have found this forum to be the best knowledge base yet.
Well, I last visited with the neuro about a month ago and she ran an EMG.
All of the nerve studies came back negative. I figured that copnsidering every test that I had so far came back negative to this point. The olny blood test that has keeps coming back abnormal is indirect bilirubin, which is being said is no big deal.
After each visit from these specialists, I keep getting "you need to schedule an appointment with a psychologist". This is after seeing a neuro, rheumy, urologist and my PCP.
What else am I left to do? I'm just not buying that a psych is the true answer. I have wayyyy to many physical symptoms going on here. I am at my witts end with this whole fiasco.
I FEEL LIKE CRAP EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY, and whatever I do, nothing seems to help.
I keep waiting for that one morning, that I wake up and everything is gone.