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Posted by Sidney on April 22, 2000 at 13:48:26:

In Reply to: Re: Head Trauma - Want To Be Me Again! posted by Denise Fury on April 22, 2000 at 00:32:14:

: : 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

Thank you for responding Denise. I'm really glad you understand how I feel. Sometimes I wonder if I'm just going nutty. We don't have a support group for brain injury where I reside.

I have seen a neurolgist, and he wasn't very helpful. At the time the vertigo attacks would get so severe they were totally debilitating. He advised me to just lay on the ground until they passed, and laughed when he read the ENT specialist's report about " Post Traumatic Migraine Syndrome ". He said he never heard of such a thing.

I know something has happened to my brain as I don't feel like myself. It's like my brain was shrouded in a fog, and the mist is slowly clearing a bit at a time. It's very exasperating.

I can't seem to find your e-mail addy. Would like to mail you if you don't mind.

Many thanks
Sidney

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