I suffered a concussion about 5 weeks ago by an object falling on top left front side of my head. I was actually recovering very well in the second week post my injury but than in the third week I had a huge break down and since then the recovery has been going very slow. I am fully functional but still have headaches, heaviness and tightness on my head with some dizziness. My primary care thinks it would another month before I fully recover. He has me working 3 hours a day from home, walking half a mile a day and sort of gradually build back my tolerance level. I have not gone to office in over a month and emotionally I have gone through lots of ups and downs. The CT and MRI Head both came back normal. But I don't seem to be able to shake off the symptoms I described above. Sometimes, it's discouraging. Hopefully, I bounce back soon and get back to my normal life soon.
My main question is, what do I need to do in my condition to not further prolong this injury and have a quick and clean recovery?
Looking at the date of your post back in July, did you recover? If so, how long did it take?
I'm currently experiencing the same with slight disrupted vision and dizzyness and headaches. All physical activity (weightlifting, mountain biking) is now at a standstill. I'm approaching my 5th week after fracturing my skull after being struck by an object.
I'm trying to get as much rest as possible, keeping my heart rate at baseline, supplementing with Omega 3, Vitamins and lots of water.
On Dec.20th, 2009 I hit the side of my head on a tree snowboarding (no helmet..). I barely hit it, (more like a tap). I forgot about it until that night when I went to lay on my side for sleeping. I really felt it then and couldn't lay on that side. The next morning I had full concussion symptoms. I went to 2 different doctors and over the course of 3 weeks and I passed all the normal "think/relex" tests that they give you. They told me that I could "if I wanted" I could have the head scans done, but they told me I didn't need them and furhter warned me that the radiation is too intense. I didn't have the scans. Anyways, I have been dealing with chronic headaches, neck and back stiffness but the worst part is behind my eyes...they are super sensitive, for over 6 weeks! Both doctors said that symptoms can last up to 2 months! So no TV, no reading and no exercise!
The past 2 weeks I have been feeling a lot better, (pumped full of omega 3 fish oil) so I decided to head out on my bike for a pedal. I felt great,...however day 3 of mellow cruising, my symptoms have FULLY come back on. I feel super anxious about this and I need some support. Is this ever going to go away? I am also university right now and need to be on my game!
super long-winded text but I know for me there is comfort to know how other people are feeling or have gone through this long recovery.
is this normal? Should I get the scans? I did not have a severe blow to the head...so why is this such an epic recovery journey?
comments? suggestions? and about going to a chiropractor? more info about that please. I have seriously learnt a lesson here. Helmets! Helmets! Helmets!
Hello, I'm going to chime in here as well and monitor the thread. I'm 42 and on 1/26 I crashed hard racing at the BMX track. Yes, BMX... I went head first into a paved turn at full speed. Kind of like hitting a wall head first at 25mph. Yes, I was in a helmet and full safety gear. Still don't remember anything about the accident. I remember the start of the race and then EMS. The helmet is crushed at the impact point. I hit and stopped they said.
Like you all, I did great for the first 2 weeks and am now "slipping back" So I am suspecting this is normal. I have problems with vision/focus, speaking and typing my brain seems to get ahead of the body and I loose train of thought or start typing half of the next word. If you have seen the movie UP, I keep having squirrel moments.
Dr. has me on rest for 4 more weeks and then a recheck.
I play rugby and have suffered from 3 major impact concussions in the past year and a half. The most importent thing to do is rest. Do NOT jump right back on your bike, it is like rewinding a VHR when you do. You reverse all the good that your body got while resting. No need for scans, you are obviously hurt. I have been in and out of neuro-surgeons offices' and the best advice is to sleep. Sleep until all of your symptoms have gone away. Fish oil vitamins water ect are all surface type fixes. Your body needs REST. Do not stay up late, sleep all day. Once you have no physical pain or symptoms and your cognitive is back on track, resume normal activity SLOWLY . DO NOT JUMP INTO HARD PHYSICAL LABOUR, or you risk REWINDING all the progress you've got. Keep in touch with your doctor, and make sure to keep track of your progress!
As a fellow head injury patient I wish you all the best!
I have never had a concussion, but I just did a research paper on concussions. I found out that there are five different grades of concussions, the mildest one is a grade I, and this involves only confusion. The next one is a grade II this one involves mild amnesia for up to five minutes and confusion. A grade III this one involves all of the symptoms above and unconsciousness for less than five minutes. A grade IV is all of the symptoms above and unconsciousness lasts between five and ten minutes and a grade V is the same thing but unconsciousness for more than ten minutes.
If you have suffered a concussion no matter what stage it is you should see a doctor. After you suffer a concussion you will have some bad headaches that last for awhile. If you are an active person or have a hard labor job you will want to rest for awhile. Once the headaches stop is when you can start to do light activities. If you feel good after that you can do some more strenuous activities. The key is to just keep taking small steps and if at any time your headaches return immediately stop what you are doing and go back a step.
On 3/6/10 I suffered a head in jusry at work- a friend of mine dropped a pack of 12 tins of dog food on my head on a night shift where I work- it cut my head open and bled quite bad- at first we had a laugh about this-after sleeping all the next day I went into work for my next shift-but wasnt feeling quite 100%. I slept the whole day and most of the next night totally missing my next shift.
My wife told me to go to the doctors-being a stubborn proud male of 40 and never been ill or taken time off work before i resetfully went- he diagnosed me as having concussion- i also have headaches, dizziness, slightly slurred spaech- find it hard to concentrate-read or watch tv, im fatigued and cant walk more than 30 mins without feeling tired. and im very sensitive to light- after 7 days and still not feeling any better i was sent for a ct scan which turned out fine.
im now off for my second week with no signs of recovery which is majorly upsetting because i can no longer go to the jym. what has really surprised me is in m y younger years I have been hit ver the head with a chair, a brick, been involved in 2 car accidents with no major after effects- and im amazed that 12 tins of dog food dropped from about 3 foot up has had this effect on me- the doctor says its the luck of the draw and nothing to do with me being middle aged-i just want to know how long will this last for because i feel ill go insane if i dont get my life back within the next few days
I see its been a while since your post I wonder how you are. My concussion is from rollerblading with my daughter 3 weeks ago I am a runner and a gym fan too but am told to wait a while on this it makes me sad. I would love to hear how long your recovery took and what you did to get your life back. I also have a loss of smell which they say can come back I Pray for it every day! Did prayer help you with recovery? my name is Jen
I noticed your post was one of the most recent. I am three months out. Projected recovery one year. How long did it take you to recover? Did you regain your smell back? If so, how long? What symptoms do you have now? Did praying help? I would love to hear any advice you have to offer!
My sympathies. I'm also into my 4th week of post-concussion symptoms. I have headaches, with worst fatigue imaginable, blurred vision and light sensitivity, slight numbness in my right forearm and hand, and lack of enthusiasm for anything. I've spent a lot of time researching this condition, as the hospital discharged me ("normal CT") and my GP thought I was a malingerer.
I've learned that you've got to take 1 day at a time. REST, avoidance of stress and alcohol, drinking plenty of water and time should sort us out. Unfortunately, 50% people still have symptoms after three months, 25% after six months and 12.5% after one year. Those of us over 40 (and women more than men) are going to take longer to recover.
Hang on in there. Keep positive. Don't go back to work too soon or you'll delay your recovery. Heard that last one from a lot of people who did go back too soon.
3 weeks into my concussion recovery now- things getting better, im talking properly now-with more purpose to my life-the past 2 weeks have been the scariest i have ever experienced, ive been so emotional-as i said I am a 40 year old man who doesnt cry even at funerals-this past 2 weeks ive cried more than my 9 month old daughter!
Im still off work-im feeling 10 times better than i did in my 2nd week-just so tired all the while-and i mean really really tired-i used to work long and hard all day then go straight to the gym-now i still cant walk more than 30 mions at a time before i want to sleep- ive calculated im sleeping 12-14 hours a day, and have been since the accident- before the accident i rarely got more that 7-8 hours.
doctor told me its just a matter of relaxing-but its really hard-this probably would be a godsend to a football or a tennis fan, with the world cup and wimbledon on at the moment-but im not a big fan so its wasted on me.
i think the biggest thing i can take from this experience is-the first 2 weeks were sheer hell where i thought i was looking my mind and would never be right again-this week theres some light at the end of the tunnel...as everyone says i suppose these things take time.
Hello, I have been having a very difficult time recovering from my concussion and was wondering if anyone has any advice for me...
It has been 4 months since I got it and it has been very difficult. I got it from boxing which I was training for basketball, and it was such a mild concussion that I barely noticed it (I didn't lose conciousnnes and didn't even feel it until a couple hours later). I kept on working out for a couple weeks because I didn't know it was a concussion and it got worse. Since then I just been resting with no exercise but I have come back to early to play a couple times when I was feeling asymptomatic and each time my symptoms have fully come back. Right now I'm feeling horrible and discouraged because it is crucial that I get better ASAP, so I can train for the upcoming season. Right now, I really have nothing to do, besides sleeping alot, watching TV, going on walks, and going on the computer. Any suggestions on concussion-friendly activities? and any advice on how to get better?... also I have tried everything, from gingko-biloba, fish oil, meditation, and each time I feel better, it is usually not long lasting because I end up trying to play basketball and then going back to feeling terrible.
just a quick reply to uncbball975, it took me a total of 6 weeks to recover from my concussion- its been a roller coaster ride but i feel 100% now- and at one point i was crying every day sleeping for most of the day and really feeling like life wasnt worth living.
My doctors all explained it was typical of concussion, blurred vision headaches tiredness and forgetfullness not to mention not been able to speak. 6 weeks on and im back in work, though the doctors had given me another 2 weeks off i had to go back because of boredome, the only symptoms i still have is slight mem ory loss, more peoples names which is very embarrasing because im still forgetting friends names, people ive known for many many years- again the doctors say this is something that will get better slowly.
my only advice is drink loads of water-stay off the alcohol and caffene (any stimulants) and if you feel like sleeping you msut sleep no matter what time of day- your body is trying to tell you what it needs to recover-and sleep seems to be a vital part of the recovery process. i felt as low as you could possible be less than a month ago- my biggest fear was that id be 'stuck' like that forever-but thankfully i am almost back to normal-it seems its a slow healing process, ans if you try to quicken it up or go to work or train before youre ready-this will have a detremental effect in the long run- so bite the bullet get plenty of sleep and if youre still not on the mend after 3-4 weeks get a CT scan to see if there isnt some bleed within the head. best wishes.
Hi my partner had concussion with mild amnesia about 11weeks ago. He has also suffered a head injury about 10years ago which put him in a coma for almost 2days. Presently he is showing signs of depression and irritable mood, which is out of character. Also yesterday he had a nose bleed, is this of significance? He is working at a mine site at the moment where he is not able to see a doctor. Does it sound like there is reason for concern?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Thank you all for taking the time to post. It was helpful for me to read about your experiences.
To Eiza--I have now heard that some people have experienced personality changes after concussion. I hope your partner has recovered.
I suffered a motorcycle accident on 8-14-10 resulting in open compound fracture of right leg, broken rib, and concussion. I guess I had all kinds of scans and xrays while I was there (according to the insurance bills--I don't remember much, and you know insurance companies don't let you stay long enough for only minimal recovery time.)
I have been off work since that time, which has been horribly frustrating. Tons of things to do at home and I don't accomplish much, if anything. Even getting on the computer seemed to be very tiring for me. I finally realized that the concussion must be what was causing me a lot of the problems I have had--dizzy, nausea, tired (and can't sleep that much, even though I am tired). Even telephone conversations and visits with people also exhausted me. Multi-tasking? I used to do it constantly, but i doubt i will get back to that state for a long while.
Made the mistake of going to a casino for my wedding anniversary for just an hour so my husband could have a little fun after helping take care of me, and that was a stupid idea--but I didn't realize I should stay away from that type of stuff. It had been about 6-7 weeks since the accident. The noise, flashing lights, etc., gave me a horrible headache, etc. I would imagine video games would be a bad thing to do, also.
I had a wonderful hospital and staff, but as far as I know they really didn't warn me about the concussion part of my injuries. Probably because my scans showed no damage, so they were more concerned with my other injuries. I had no idea of what a concussion could do to a person, and thought it only lasted a day or so. No such luck.
The dizziness seems to have improved, and according to people I have more of my "brains" working then I did. I think my brain function is much slower and even more forgetful than prior to the accident. I am more "frank" or maybe tactless than I was before, and i hope that gets better, but i don't know. I just say what comes to my mind.
I had a stage 3 concussion from what i have figured out. (I did have a helmet on and jeans and leathers or I know I would have been in far worse shape. The concussion symptoms didn't come clear to me until at least two weeks after the accident, but maybe that was because of the drugs and anasthesia I had been given.
Oops, I think this was supposed to be a "quick" reply! I do think I will recover so people think i am "normal" but i do not know if i will ever be like I was before the accident as far as the concussion goes. Good luck and God bless.
Hey. Exactly one week ago, while playing basketball, I hit the back of my head on the floor and got a signifigant concussion. i had symptoms up to yesterday, mostly everything has gone away but i still have some mild headaches, however i had headaches everyday before the concussion even occured. I am dying to get back onto the court, as i am playing varsity and hopefully college. THANKS!
Concussions are brain injuries! They are all different and can have long term effects. A number of factors determine whether someone will make a "full recovery" and how long that period might take. Concussion recovery is a great article to check out learning more about concussion and the recovery time period.
i have sustained 2 very bad frontal lobe concussions in 1 month and 2 weeks, i asked the dr , he did blood work and urine samples, the symptoms only get worst. i didnt feel anything except sleeping alot after the first one then 6 days later it all hit me, i started to recover very well, then the second one which was only 5 days ago i felt the effects instantly. i dont know if there is going to be a second wave like the first one but i hope not becuz the first one was horrible, this one is more scary, the dr said to rest, use ice pack and for the first 48-72 hours to have my girlfriend what over me while i sleep and after the first 48-72 hours if your brain doesnt swell or bleed, then your going to be fine just misserable. have busted my head open when i was 4-5 years old . i have been hit so hard and never lose concessness or whatever im always awake during the whole head injury and usually just get really tired right after. so basically im asking:if it took 6 days for the first one to effect me, and the second one i started feeling symptoms with in 15 minutes, should i be concerned and wait for a so called "Second wave"?, i have been having terrable anxiety and nervousness since the second head bang of no reason, i feel like im going crazy and nothing seems to feel right. please give me some advise on what i should do and to expect. thanks
First, thanks to everyone who posted. I now know I'm not alone or crazy. A few weeks ago, ready for this?, I got hit in the face with a lamp by the cat. I was lying on the couch and she knocked the lamp off the table onto my face. I worked for a week with blurred vision before I realized the blurriness was all day long and not just at the end of the day when I was tired. I've now been off work for two weeks and was planning to return on Mon when low and behold...all day I've been dizzy and nauseous. Also starting with the labile emotions. I don't normally cry at the drop of a hat. Rethinking returning to work. Luckily, I have a very good doctor who understands concussions better than I. Also, had neg CT. I'm also going to switch to decaf tea to see if that helps. Thumbs up for frequent naps or just laying down. It helps.