Concussion is still affecting me.....

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    Jul 29, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    I received a a concussion in mid -April of this year. A chunk of concrete fell from an interstate bridge. It fell through the sunroof of my car and was about the size of a 1/2 liter bottle of water. It struck me while I sat at a stop light. I was knocked unconscious for about 10 minutes.....and fractured my skull, etc. I have been to my Doctor, had numerous MRI/CAT Scans, tests, etc....
    Still, I am suffering from this and while I am aware of some of the effects and I have followed medical recommendations...I am still not right. The nausea, memory issues, concentration, vision, sound, balance, headaches, vertigo, etc are very disruptive, disturbing and unpredictable.....still...the mood disruption and the change of my sleep patterns and my appetite and overall lack of desire to exercise is scaring me. I have worked SO hard to loose a lot of weight and to improve my health.....this injury/concussion is reversing my progress of the last 8 years.... My sons, family, coworkers and friends have all noticed the changes too...I am seeing a therapist, a sports med MD, my bariatric surgeon, nutritionist, get blood work done about every 6 weeks......and I am panicking!....I developed a love of exercise, running, lifting, biking, etc when I lost the weight......and now I can't move myself to do it on a regular pattern....
    I know this is a "Brain Injury".....I am worried......being aware of damage or change is not helping me to repair and re-establish my previous healthy habits...Is anyone else fighting this? I know there are survivors of other types of brain injury, I dread the change that has happened.....is undoing all of my work...all I want is to get back to where I was....before the concussion....I hope this post makes sense...I am asking for suggestions or personal experiences...please help me, this is killing me.....and I know it is happening, but feel powerless to do anything....icon_confused.gificon_sad.gif

    not sure how this will work...this is the general area it happened.
    I was on Broad St.(us-40) headed east,in the left turn lane to I-70 West.Traffic in the turn lane had me sitting under the bridge of I-70, when the chunk of concrete fell through my open sunroof....from googlemaps....

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    Jul 29, 2012 1:34 AM GMT
    OMG. Best wishes for your speedy recovery and peace of mind.
    Hugs.
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    Jul 29, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    What horrible luck.Keep turning to Our Lord in prayer...nothing is impossible with his help.I will surely say a prayer for you.Ryan
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    Jul 29, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    I suffered a very mild concussion recently and had to take a single week off working out. I understand your sense of losing something you worked so hard to gain: just 6 days away from the gym made me very unhappy. It must be much stronger for you.

    One thing I learned: I was given vicodin to cope with some pain that accompanied some surgery I had to have in my mouth as a result of the same thing that gave me a concussion. I found I was moody, angry, almost paranoid and learned that mood changes are also a side effect of vicodin in a small number of people. So it might be worth asking if there's any medication you're taking now that could be amplifying the effects of the concussion that way.

    Best wishes in all this.
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    The brain is pretty fragile, it may take a while for you to recover. You should avoid stress and meditate often. I really think that high intense cardio, such as running or bike riding can help. It raises your blood flow, and it increase the release of brain endorphins. Hang in there, how you feel better soon.
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    Oh my!! I hope everything goes better! I have only had a mild concussion from sports..

    My QB threw and interception, was going to tackle the guy then got blind sided.. Supposedly I was doing chicken noises the whole bus ride back.
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    Wow! That's terrible. That was no small hit in the head. A piece of concrete falling that far would have picked up some momentum.

    I hope you get better soon.
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    In 2005 I woke up, strapped to a bed with a nurse yelling at me to calm down as I had been in a serious crash and was being rushed to ER. due to head trauma for swollen brain and to relieve. pressure. I lost my math and reading skills and it was a few weeks of hell . took me several years to regain all my normal functions but slowly it happened.. had to learn to re-read by reading upside down...I still get dis-oriented when driving and short term memory issues.. bud I understand and it caused me so many other issues I can't list them .. it does get better and you just have to adapt.
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    Sorry for your cranial trauma, Sporty_G! I Hope you recover and are able to get back to, or close enough to, your "business as usual". I've had a few skull fractures myself as a kid. I'm surprised I'm not mentally handicapped or less cognitively aware than I really am... that is actually a blessing... I'm on a website now that helps with working out your brain and helping you recover from brain damage. Lumosity.com, I've also go petit epilepsy and cerebral atrophy; so this website, and any other mentally stimulating games/books/tools help keep my mind focused, sharp and in working order. I sound like free advertising... but I really don't recommend it. HUGS* Get Better, stay optimistic and don't give up on your recovery. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    Have you consulted a neurologist?

    Best of luck, this sounds awful and I hope someone is able to help
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    Oh my, thats crazy...this is the reason I have a phobia of being stuck in traffic under the overpasses.

    Whos paying for all those med bills btw?

    Get well.
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    So sorry for your pain. A friend of mine had a very similar injury and while he did recover fully, I seem to recall that he was feeling the effects for a couple of years afterwards.

    (Some douchebag stood up and opened the overhead bin while the plane was still bouncing on the runway. A big metal briefcase fell on my friend's head.)
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    Jul 29, 2012 10:14 AM GMT
    Not to politicize this issue, but this is why we need infrastructure spending.

    You are suing, aren't you?
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    Jul 29, 2012 10:43 AM GMT
    credo saidNot to politicize this issue, but this is why we need infrastructure spending.

    You are suing, aren't you?


    i was about to ask that as well, does he have grounds for that?
    ive heard of cities where they qualify that as "An act of God" and therefore washing their hands from the incident.
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    Jul 29, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    Holy crap!!..
    Sorry to hear that..you have to sue...!!
    Get better ,,hugz
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    Jul 29, 2012 12:01 PM GMT
    Sporty_g saidI know this is a "Brain Injury".....I am worried......being aware of damage or change is not helping me to repair and re-establish my previous healthy habits...Is anyone else fighting this? I know there are survivors of other types of brain injury, I dread the change that has happened.....is undoing all of my work...all I want is to get back to where I was....before the concussion....I hope this post makes sense...I am asking for suggestions or personal experiences...please help me, this is killing me.....and I know it is happening, but feel powerless to do anything....

    First, contact some attorneys who specialize in personal injury actions. Many will give you a free initial consultation, and take a case like this on contingency, meaning they only get paid if they win your case. Problem is they take much of your settlement for themselves, and it can be difficult to know the good ones from the bad. Check with your State bar association, and other resources you can find online. But act quickly, time is your enemy in an injury case.

    Second, your symptoms are typical of a traumatic head injury, including personality changes and mood swings. Often only time will lessen them, much like the slow recovery of a stroke victim. And that time is highly variable with each individual. Recognizing these effects and seeking help are very good signs, the best thing you can do for yourself right now.

    I've had a number of such injuries in my life, from childhood throughout my adulthood. It was depression after the most serious one at age 19 that was a factor in my enlisting in the Army. You won't be doing that at 52, but beware of making other decisions right now, which you seem to understand from this thread. Think several times before any major decision, and run it by a trusted friend first.

    And keep telling yourself that it can get better with time. Six months isn't that long with such an injury, sorry to say. You may be looking at a couple of years or more (have you had a full neurological study done?). Now is the time to be brave and positive in your attitude. An accident like this could have left you a vegetable, or of course killed you. Work with what you've got, your post here sounds logical & coherent, all good signs that your higher thought processes survived this. The rest you can work on, with time & patience. My thoughts are with you, and contact me directly as you wish.
  • PeterCT

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    Jul 29, 2012 12:22 PM GMT
    I hear you brother!

    I had a concussion/ contusion from a cycling accident in late September of '11. I landed in the ER and then the hospital overnight for monitoring. I had very intense headaches for about two weeks... tremendous pain on the left side of my body where I hit the ground. Who knows what I was on that day at the hospital, but for home I was given an oxycodone prescription to dull pain.

    I missed out on about a month of work from one of my two jobs and then started to take a class in October which I found very hard to focus on. In December I had a numbing paralysis beginning in my hand that then migrated to my lower chin. I was pulled over a few times for lousy driving in the months after this accident (not drunk, just bad driving skill).

    Fortunately, an electroencephalogram (EEG) turned up nothing of concern and I was just told to take it easy.

    So, I think unfortunately this stuff can take sometime to heal. Keep in touch with your doctors and don't ever feel like there is time you should ignore ailments, paralysis, etc. as just getting older, get medical attention.

    Very best to you on a full recovery!
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    Jul 29, 2012 12:34 PM GMT
    Wow Gary,
    So very sorry to hear this! You have enough things on your plate without having to contend with this and I had no idea this had happened. I don't have much to offer here in terms of advice... except, I hope you have consulted an attorney as well. You may have some valid legal claims,
    you certainly need input!

    Certainly good thoughts and prayers for a quick and speedy recovery!
    Know we care and are thinking of you in this challenging time.....

    Chris
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:12 PM GMT


    Good lord, Sporty! Hang in there!

    Have you considered a referral from your GP to specialists and a brain injury clinic?

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    Jul 29, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Ouch! No kidding? What a scary incident. I'm sure you'll heal well, but it'll take some time. It's only been a few months, perhaps you're rushing your recovery. It sounds like you have all the doctors in place and you are making good medical decisions. Best wishes during your recovery.
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    thanks for the comments and concerns...

    I have not consulted an attorney....I don' t have the energy or the focus to go after this...I am struggling to do day to day and this is beyond my "functional habits" My dr told me that just the slightest increase in weight or velocity or change in location of the fall should have killed me....but I am in this middle ground of purgatory...having trouble ....also I am afraid....
    The bridge that the chunk fell from is an interstate, I-70, which is maintained by the State (of Ohio) Dept of Transportation (ODOT).....I work for ODOT and fear that I would loose my job and my benefits and retirement and leave my family in an uninsured and unemployed situation....I have 6 months of savings for a cushion, but not enough.........so I have not done anything.... work is a real challenge....The suggestions of a neurologist is a good suggestion, I will explore.....it took me 75 minutes to compose this note and I did it in word to try to catch spelling and context problems........not like me at all.....thanks.
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    Jul 29, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    Wow. What a freak accident and what a tough situation.

    While suing your employer could lead to getting fired down the line, if you're no longer able to do you job, that could lead to getting fired too. I have no idea as to how to advise in this but I would seek out someone who can. I'd be careful about getting advice from an attorney who would profit from a law suit.

    You've got more than anyone should ever have on their plate but there's another concern I didn't see mentioned here that you should be aware of (also for the other poster who commented on getting a concussion). It has been shown that repeated concussions in football players give rise to the chance of getting Alzheimer's or other dementia later in life.

    The study is here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16239884
    Our findings suggest that the onset of dementia-related syndromes may be initiated by repetitive cerebral concussions in professional football players"

    Also I recall reading somewhere but can't find it just now that it is the head injury causing a person to lose consciousness at the time of injury which possibly leads to Alzheimer's.

    I mention particularly because this could be like getting whiplash in a car accident which might not show up until later and I'd assume there is some sort of time limitations on claiming the incident.

    I assume also that if you were unconscious on a road that the cops had been called? If no report was made, or you've no witnesses, you might have a tough time proving fault.