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dizziness and lightheaded for months but don't know why?

I got hit on the top of the head on the left side in November 2012, after that hit I had a massive bump and rested for weeks. The pain in that spot kept hurting so I went to my doctor and she said mild concussion, (This was my third concussion). After another few weeks I was feeling better so I went back to working out (very active 19 year old before this happened) but every time i would try to workout I would get a massive headache and feel like my head was going to explode. I then started getting sinus congestion and pain with an ear ache.
I went to the hospital 4 times and they gave me sinus medication and said it was a sinus infection. In april of 2013 my doctor sent me to an ENT, he looked in my ear and nose and said the ear was fine from what he could see but my nose was very congested. So he sent me for a sinus CT scan and that came back normal. I then started to get severe dizziness (waving dizzy not so much spinning). I had blood work done many many times and it always came back great. My left side of my face was a bit swollen for a few months so i was in and out of the hospital trying to figure this out. I got my wisdom teeth out to make sure it was not them and my left side was swollen for 2 months after the removal. Ive had 2 MRI's of the head, with and without contrast, xrays, etc... I was sent to a neurologist that said it was something with my ear so sent me for ear testing with the water and hearing but that was all fine.
A year and a bit later I still am severely dizzy and cannot workout without fainting. I still get sinus congestion and the pain in the exact spot where i was hit with an elbow coming down on the top of my head. My neck on the left side is very tight and sore. I have done TMJ therapy, osteopath, physio, Chiro, acupuncture but nothing is helping. I dont know what else to do anymore? Anyone know?


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replied January 19th, 2014
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Logically, in my layman's opinion the trouble must be either with the body's spirit level in the inner ear or the connection to the part of the brain that processes the positional information or that part of the brain itself.

Something like labrynthitis would account for your dizziness and light-headedness but would not account for the pain. Sinus congestion tends to be associated with labrynthitis but sinus pain would unlikely be extensive enough to cause pain on the top of the head and in the neck.

While it is possible for these symptoms to be unconnected it would represent quite a coincidence and so it would be reasonable for the moment to assume they are connected.

A concussion, my first aid training tells me, is the result of a blow to the head that is so severe or violent the brain contacts the inside of the skull and sustains damage. Mostly the damage is minimal and recovery or compensation is quite quick.

Not wishing to consider for the moment that any brain damage sustained by your concussion or series of concussions is permanent, it is worth considering any other effects.
A hard blow on the top of the head can cause a shock compression of the spine, certainly the upper part of the spine which can tear muscles, damage cartilage, trap, pinch or damage nerve tissue and the insulating conduit around the nerves.

I have no idea how such things can be tested for but as a general rule after damage by a force in one direction a controlled force in the opposite direction over a period of time seems to offer the best chance of healing. Traction is something of an old-fashioned notion not seen much today outside the third world, not because it doesn't work because it does give good results, but rather because it isn't a very cost-effective method of treatment and sometimes there are other undesirable consequences. Most of the objections won't apply to the stretching of the neck which could be achieved with an adjustable collar. It won't be quick and it won't be comfortable but when all else has failed it might work.

Just my thoughts. Please don't be surprised if the medics fall about laughing so hard they wet themselves...

A very hard blow on top of the head or sitting down too suddenly or being knocked down can and has killed by forcing the brain stem into the brain. It is wise to avoid elbows and suchlike.

Good luck!
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replied January 19th, 2014
thanks a lot verne01, doctors have already laughed and have no idea whats happening. I am going to try a neck collar and hopefully this will be the end. My neck is very sore and tight on the left side I was hit on.
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replied January 19th, 2014
Are u on any pills? It could be your TMJ. I have swelling on my right side with pain. I got this condition from on going stress I went from TMJ to severe symptoms clogged ringing in ears severe pain all over head n neck dizziness disoriented blurry vision can't open mouth could not eat. I went to tmj specialist he gave me an orthotic but I'm still suffering from symptoms because I still have a stressful life. Until I get rid of stress for good I'm not going to get better. I hope this helps you in some way. Don't give up. Keep searching for answers.
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replied January 19th, 2014
No I am not on any pills Hope1013. I have tried pills from the neurologist but they did not work for the dizziness. Some days are worse then others for sure but it never goes away. The only reason I am stressed is because I am worried about myself. I dont really have any other stress in my life because I am still young. I just want the dizziness to go away! Have you found anything that has helped with your symptoms? I have had an orthotic but it did not help!
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replied January 19th, 2014
thanks a lot verne01, doctors have already laughed and have no idea whats happening. I am going to try a neck collar and hopefully this will be the end. My neck is very sore and tight on the left side I was hit on.

No I am not on any pills Hope1013. I have tried pills from the neurologist but they did not work for the dizziness. Some days are worse then others for sure but it never goes away. The only reason I am stressed is because I am worried about myself. I dont really have any other stress in my life because I am still young. I just want the dizziness to go away! Have you found anything that has helped with your symptoms? I have had an orthotic but it did not help!
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replied January 21st, 2014
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Bear in mind a suitable collar will be one that is adjustable for length or height so it doesn't just support and limit neck movements but also takes some of the weight of the head and has a tendency to stretch the neck.

Good luck!
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