Hi all. My name is nik, i'm 19 and live in new zealand.
Right now i'm crying because I am frightened. I can't remember the last time I cried. I'm quite a tough guy. I was getting ready to join the sas in january, but due to recent medical complications I can't go anymore. But just to give you an idea of my spirits and strength, mental and physical.
The reason i'm posting is not about the sas. It's not because i'm crying. It's the reason i'm crying.
I play a lot of paintball, for those who don't know what that is, paintball is quite a physical and tough sport, where two teams take each other on and try to defeat the other team. You are armed with paintball markers (guns) which shoot small paintballs at a high velocity. It isn't considered a very dangerous sport, but it is painful when you get shot.
7 months ago I was playing this game with a few friends and I was shot from quite close range just above the temple ( it wasn't in the temple though) and I got quite bad concussion from it. I wasn't knocked out and I didn't loose consciousness, but immediatly I felt dizzy and sick. I carried on playing and all was good.
One week later I started having problems. My symptoms were (and still are) as follows..
*dizzyness, *headaches, *blurry vision, confusion, *depression & anxiety, *sensitivity to light, trouble remembering things that happened recently, strange thoughts and functionality, always thinking about and death, occasionally tingly arms or legs, ringing in ears, always tired and theres more which I can't remember (ironically) (the *'s represent the symptoms which I hate the most, which are the worst)
now I have been to many doctors, and they have all told me the same thing. That I have post concussion syndrome. For a while I believed them, but it's now 7 months down the track since the initial accident and I still have these problems and they are not going away/getting better. It is the most agrovatting, annoying most upsetting thing I have ever experienced, and it just wont go away.
Concussion doesn't last 7 months to my knowlesge (but im going to have a head scan soon anyway) and i'm begining to think it is something else causing these problems.
Can anyone help me out here? I'm in desperate need. I'm sick and tired of feeling like this and I want to be back to normal me. I'm now getting very depressed and I can't stop thinking about it and it just wont go away. Please help.
Ps: also, I smoke, would that cause or aggrovate any of these problems?
I just read your article Im sorry that you are having such a hard time! I have been using a therapy called EFT for 18 months now and it is amazing. There are practitioners all over the world and they specialise in releasing the trauma from accidents which really helps the physical body heal. I have 100 % faith in this therapy as I have healed a lot of things in my life by using it.
wow... i know exactly how you feel. i hit my head like a month ago and ever since then i have been feeling very strange and weird. all of the symptoms that you described are exactly wat i am feeling. its hard not to think about the symptoms, and yes it is very aggrovating. but in good time these symptoms will start to fade. in some concussion cases, it could take up to a year to heal. so try not to think about it, and let it pass. good luck
I am so sorry to hear of your distress. I have all those symptoms too and am intermittently tearful, angry, agitated, almost suicidal really. I've had them just over 3 weeks and am worried about this going on for months, as you describe. As I mentioned in another topic posting, I've spent a lot of time researching this, as I found that hospitals and doctors don't help with anything that isn't classed as 'severe', e.g. blood clot on the brain.
My advice (apologies if you've tried some of these already) is the following:
1) Learn relaxation therapy. Get a music tape that gives you instructions on how to relax. I've been recommended to try craniosacral therapy (head massage), which will be relaxing even if it doesn't work miracles.
2) Rest. Do not push yourself. Sleep as much as you can. Don't stay up late. It's good to get out a little each day for a walk in the park but have naps during the day.
3) Ask your doctor to refer you to a neuropsychologist or a neuropsychiatrist with an interest in 'mild' head injury. (I know you don't feel it is mild, I really do.) You might benefit from a rehabilitation programme drawn up specially for you, including cognitive behavioural therapy. They can also work out if you are depressed and need support with that. It's quite common in this condition, I've discovered.
4) Avoid alcohol and cut back on the smoking if you can. Anything that disrupts the brain's ability to heal should be avoided.
5) Make sure your diet is good: plenty of oily fish and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Keep hanging in there.
Hope you feel better soon, thinking of you.
Hey Nik, just realised it's been a few years since your post. Doh, the brain fog isn't letting up yet! Are you feeling better? It would be really great to hear how you've recovered, to give hope to the rest of us new to the misery of post-concussion syndrome.
I sure hope things are better for nik and all of you as well I just got my concussion a week ago the pain has gone down but the dizziness and some blurring in vision is there, I am so scared of losing more of my vision I cant sleep or anything feeling miserable.Could my sight get worse or will it just stay this way or get better
I would love to hear from Nik as well. My vision has gotten better which I am very thankful! I am a believer in Helmets for rollerblading now! I am suffering from dysosmia and am praying this too goes away! I feel for everyone on here and am wondering if the depression I am feeling is part of the recovery. God Bless everyone! Jesus will help us all through this if we believe in him!