I have a question. I was assaulted in 2005 and landed on the back of my head in a parking lot, and sustained a concussion from the incident. Iíve never had any other kind of head trauma. About 8 years ago, there was a Ďcystí located around the brain that I was following up on with an MRI in April of this year, and it was found to be normal. What was also found on the MRI, however, was ďbrain scarringĒ according to my neurologist. He stated it had to be a major blow if it showed on an MRI and said there might have even been bleeding on the brain. Since hearing this, Iíve been driving myself nuts.
My dad is going through Alzheimerís disease right now at a younger than normal age, and my grandpa had it in his 70ís. Iím fearful this brain injury could make me more prone to such a thing, and Iím also curious about what exactly this means. I have no symptoms from the incident that I know of, and from what I have heard am very lucky for that. My questions would be first if this might make me more prone to something later down the road, such as Alzheimerís (I believe a stroke can do this, but Iím not sure about the scarring). I know this might be hard to predict Ė impossible actually; Iíve just read a lot about a brain injury/Alzheimerís link.
My second question would be what type of doctor would be best to sit down with and discuss this further? My neurologist doesnít seem too concerned about it Ė he stated itís like a dent in a car. It gets you to where you need to be, and you can see it, but it doesnít affect you. He seems to have no interest in elaborating any more than that, and I donítí see a reason why I should be worrying when I have doctors out there who could be giving me the answers. Am I worrying over nothing?