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Old 01-12-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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Weird symptoms after concussion

I am a 19 year old girl. I got an concussion 6 months ago playing hockey and have had all the signs of PCS. Although I have some werid symptoms on top of that doctors will not listen to me about.
From about a month after the accident until now I have a persistent "drunk feeling" literaly I feel like I am 6 beers deep most of the time.. I have learned to cope with it as time has gone on..
I have a very sloshy feeling in the bad of my head which is not painful but very annoying and discerning.
When I do any form of activity (ie. House hold cleaning) it feels like I lose all proprioception in my legs and all of a sudden feel extremely weak to the point I can not support myself any more.
My most recent concern is the weakness in my left arm..over the last month I have lost alot of strength and coordination in my left arm to the point it is painful to even type on a computer and is virtually impossible to do simple motor tasks such a brush my teeth with my left hand.
This weekness has been getting worse and worse to the point my arm is weak up to my shoulder on most days.
I am unable to carry loads such as boxes without my left arm giving out.

Should I be concerned about this? Doctors keep nudging me off like there is nothing wrong so I am not inclined to run to a doctor about this.. anyone ever felt similar things?

Thank you so much

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Old 01-13-2010, 12:14 PM   #2
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Re: Weird symptoms after concussion

I don't think you should give up,especially at your age.In pro sports,there are many
cases of debilitating concussions.I hope you can get some dr.,perhaps a "Sports" dr.
who is familar with such athletic injuries.Perhaps there is a hospital that handles these types of things. Good luck in your attempt to get "whole" again. Bill

 
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:43 PM   #3
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Re: Weird symptoms after concussion

I was in a car accident, did not hit my head, but ended up with severe whiplash and was unable to even move my head. I had all the symptoms of a concussion, so I understand the drunk feeling, being off balance, not with it, and I also had alot of trouble with one arm, because the neck muscles are connected to the arms, so I hope you can get your neck checked out as your symptoms are most likely coming from your neck. I woke one morning unable to use my arm, just because I slept on it, and found out it was coming from my neck. Good luck to you and please get your neck checked out. For the symptoms of concussion that I had, physcial therapy, where they did soft tissue work, worked wonders for me and alleviated the out of it drunk feelings I had.

 
Old 02-03-2010, 01:45 PM   #4
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Re: Weird symptoms after concussion

I had a concussion at your age...the doctors acted very strangely, too. In my case, I actually collapsed every few weeks or so...no pain, no blackout. I never had a "drunk feeling. My symptoms finally went away on their own...but it took a long time! In fact several years. None of the doctors believed me. My parents were the only "observers". I would lie helpless on the floor for about a minute. I could speak, see, hear...just not move. The last time I collapsed was when I was pregnant (10 years after the concussion). Since then, no more symptoms... nothing! I'm fine. I'm much older now than you are, but I climb ladders, carry bricks, do cement work, paint....everything except run (I feel the pounding in my head). I also became very health conscious after the concussion (I ate right, no alcohol, etc.) So, take it easy, watch what you eat/drink, don't exercise too soon after a concussion!!! They did tell me that if I hadn't rested in bed for several days, I would have been really bad off! Nature/Rest and time are sometimes the best healers... But continue to look for a GOOD, intelligent, doctor. One more thing...if you know which part of your "head/brain" was traumatized, you will better understand the symptoms. Good Luck! Be Patient!

 
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Re: Weird symptoms after concussion

just wondering if you actually had ANY type of real scan done at the time of the hit/concussion? depending upon that and a few other things here,what you are describing could also be stemming from a very real level of spinal impact too? i have lost my proprioperception from an actual spinal cord injury in my c 7 level(the spinocerebellar tract)? i do not know where my legs are at times, espescially when my eyes are closed? it really IS creepy. the thing is, for every single area we have in our brains, we also have a corresponding "tract" within our spinal cords where the actual nerve messages just run back and forth from, to and from our brains to the periphery and back? if an actual spinal tract becomes damaged in some way from a spinal injury that you may not even realize you even have right now since you are narrowed in more on the "event' of the concussion more than anything right now, it can make it "appear' its actually stemming from the brain and not a real spinal issue? its just what you are describing with the arm could in reality actually be a damaged area within your c spine just from playing the sport you are playing? wear and tear,l ifting and other things are what can create a level of herniation in the spinal or you can even have certain things within your spinal that you were actually even born with but they never have shown themselves til 'something' triggered them, like a severe hit?

your overall symptoms really could be within the actual brain or within the spinal too,just given what you have described here so far. at the very LEAST right now i would most definitely see your primary and have him or her refer you for a contrasted MRI of your brain AND at the least,the c spine level too. one other thing that can impair our ROMS in our arms and fingers can also be within the shoulder,the rotator cuff area,just an FYI. but i most definetly would get thopse two key areas fully evaluated with a neuro exam your doc can do and more importantly getting the contrasted MRI. the contrast just really does help to better find certain things that can sometimes be more 'hidden" from view? it helps to enhance any MRI so i would seriously get that type of an MRI for what just needs to be seen in your brain and upper spinal too. contrastis just even more helpful when looking at a brain too. do NOT settle for only a CT here, make certain it just IS a true MRI with a contrasting agent used. i seriously would NOT wait any longer than you already have here to get the MRI rolling. this really sounds like it could be progressing on you? i would try and get this done as soon as you can hon, really. i hope any real findings are minimal and not too impactful for you. just getting that good look inside right now is what is needed and will also dictate any possible needed steps after the results are in too. you just definitely have 'something' going on in one of those two places that needs to be defined. good luck with this and also make certain to ALWAYS ask for your very own copies of any types of testing results ever done on you too. you DO have a right to have them. they can come in very handy,for alot of reasons. please let us know how you are doing hon, marcia
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:54 AM   #6
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Re: Weird symptoms after concussion

hey liz?? do you recall making this post here a couple weeks ago? i do seriously think you NEED to have a full brain at least thru c spine contrasted MRI done at this point. there was just so much that a mere CT could have missed before. an MRI with a contrasting agent would show one heck of alot more up there and in that very crucial upper c spine area that CTs just cannot with the limitations of only using a radiated type of scan. based upon the new post you just made here, this seriously IS most needed right now hon. Marcia
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:39 PM   #7
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Re: Weird symptoms after concussion

Hey Marcia
Thank you so much for the information, I had forgotten I had written this until know.. as I am again searching for answers for this
In the last two months, the weakness feeling had reached my left hand, arm, leg and foot.. it just seem to constantly get worse.
I am currently trying to get any doctor to listen and have finally gotten an oppointment with a different neurologist at the end of August but when I suggested to him that I have an MRI done before I see him, he told me there would be no need.
I'm really fustrated with the entire process as things just keep getting worse and I am getting quite worried.
thank you again for all the information, it was very very helpful

 
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Re: Weird symptoms after concussion

i am glad you finally replied hon, i was worried about you and your situation here, esp when you reposted the exact same type of post just a couple weeks after that first one? i was 'concerned" much more at that point actually. and it wouldn't hurt to mention this to your neuro too as a possible symptom/sign? foregetfullness?

what this neuro may be waiting for is to really see 'you' and eval you first and THEN decide to do whatever specific testing 'he' decides you need here? but i cannot imagine him NOT at some point WANTING that inner view(if he somehow does NOT order this one test hon, find another neuro, seriously). he would have to want to check the 'inside' ya know what i mean? i personally have had specialists who wanted me to wait for the MRI til after i was seen as well? so it would not be something really unusual? but in all honesty, this really just should have been done right after the incident or when your symptoms really presented themselves in the beginning? thats what our primarys are for? i would just make certain that at some point here that contrasted MRI just does get done and the c spine as well.

no one really 'knows' anything til you can get that good look inside, ya know? you can only tell so much with even the best neuro exam and a patients complaints/signs. good luck hon and DO please keep me posted, marcia
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