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Posted by Denise Fury on April 22, 2000 at 00:32:14:

In Reply to: Head Trauma - Want To Be Me Again! posted by Sid on April 15, 2000 at 16:21:32:

: I'm new to this site and not exactly sure if this is the right place to post this message.
: I was involved in a car accident two years ago. I was a belted front seat passenger in a car travelling over 100k's when the driver lost control of it ascending a mountain summit. There were several impacts against concrete embankments, all passenger side.

: I didn't go to the hospital as I thought I was just shaken up and in shock, I regret that now as I know I wasn't thinking clearly. I was very lightheaded, nauseated, dizzy and confused. I sustained a severe whiplash, shoulder, chest, and jaw injury. All the injuries are on the right side of my body.

: When I got home I felt very sedated and went to bed. I'm not sure if I slept, but I hurt so much that I stayed in bed. I experienced a cold, trickling sensation like an ice cube slowly melting inside the right area of my head and seeping into my ear canal. I would put a kleenex in my ear and it would be wet with a clear fluid. I had severe migraines that felt like a balloon expanding in the back of my head until it felt like it would explode.

: One injury seem to over ride another with pain. I wasn't feeling like myself and thought it was because of all the discomfort I was in. I mentioned several times to my doctor my head didn't feel normal, but no treatment or tests were scheduled. My speech was slow and slurred.

: I did see an ENT specialist because of vertigo from the accident and she said I was suffering from " Post Traumatic Migraine Syndrome " but never explained what it was or how it should be treated.

: All my life I dreamed in vivid Technicolor, and able to recall dreams in precise detail. After the accident I stopped dreaming for several months.
: The dreams are slowly returning but in grays, blacks and dismal colors. I used to be a very creative, visual, intuitive person. This is all very alien to me now. I feel like I'm someone else in the same body and I feel lost. It becomes overwhelming.

: My memory is poor, concentration is difficult. I used to meditate each day, and it's so frustrating as I'm unable to visual or concentrate.

: I don't know what happened to me in the accident. I'm trying to treat myself but I don't know how or where to start.

: Can anyone help or relate to this experience?
: I would really appreciate any comments or advice.

: Thanks
: Sid

Hello, I am a nurse, but also a survivor of a head injury. I do understand everything that you are experiencing,and I would highly suggest that you see a Neurologist. Also look up anything and every thing you can on the subject of TBI (Trumatic Brain Injury). You may also email me personally if you like.

take care,
Denise

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