Long term effects of concussions
It might be a little late in the game, but I'm glad I found this discussion/board.
Ever since I was little, it seemed I was always hitting my head durring falls and crashes. But I'm 22 now, and since 2004, I've had roughly 8 or 9 concussions. My first one in 2004 was a really bad head on collision on fourwheelers on a mx track where our combined speed was around the 100mph range. I took the front bumper of the other quad straight to the helmet. After a night in the hospital, and the paramedics telling me they don't understand why I'm alive, I thought everything was fine. I started having migranes and seizures and blacking out for the next year 1/2. Things started looking up, then I began a serious of bmx/park accidents where my head became the shock absorber for my head. It wasn't until my latest crash, a 12 fall directly to my face, that I really started to notice my 'shortcomings'. Everyone over the past few years have said that I've been getting moodier and not remembering things as well... but I just figured they were wrong and I was fine. Now, 1 month after my last fall, I feel that I'm progressivly getting worse. At times I feel like my body is on autopilot and I'm just along for the ride. Last week, I forgot where I was and who I was, even though my wife was calling my name. 6 to 7 words into a sentence when I'm talking I completely forget what I was talking about. And I swear I tell people things, but according to them, I say nothing. Today for instance, I feel mildly drunk. My eyes are slightly blurry and it feels like pressure on my head, and I feel clumsy and uncoordinated. The doctor at the er said that I'd probably experience some problems, but I didn't think meant to this extent.
Glad to know that I'm not just losing my mind, so to speak, and that there are other people going through this kind of stuff due to concussions. I never knew they had long lasting effects.
Last edited by mentalhealth mod; 04-08-2008 at 03:05 PM.
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