Concussion and it’s symptoms

Posted by deener @deener, Jul 29, 2021

Has anyone had multiple concussions. I got my first one roughly 4 years ago, my second one in April, and then I lightly hit my head again in June. I was doing ok beside the odd headache but then 9 days after my second vaccine I passed out in my washroom and have been awful ever since, that was on July 13th. My anxiety has gone through the roof, I have depression symptoms that I have never had before, my head feels like it’s on fire, headaches, extreme nausea where I can hardly keep anything down, my body feels so weak and tired. I literally feel like I’m dying. Just wondering if anybody has had any of these symptoms and what did you take to help get better. I have been going to Physio 3 days a week, and I’m starting Physio tomorrow at a Physio clinic.

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I had purchased a step stool from Fanwer and one side fell apart when I stepped on it causing me to fall and hit my head on the door of my oven- I dented the door! I also got cellulitis in my leg and an abcess in my knee. I went to the hospital and they said I had a concussion. I am on Eliquis so they did a CT scan. Thankfully, I didn't have a brain bleed. I have been back to the hospital 4 times. The cellulitis and abcess have healed but the concussion is still causing the severe headaches, nausea, brain fog and dizziness. My doctor has ordered an MRI of the brain and an MRA or the head. Have you had any of these tests? I am taking anti-nausea meds and tylenol. It has really messed up my life. It's been 6 weeks. I hope you get better soon. Has your doctor tested you to see why you keep falling? I hope you get better soon. If anyone can offer ideas on how we can get over this, I would appreciate it. Thank you, Joan

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Hello @deener and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am really sorry to hear how you are feeling and the complications you've been dealing with.

I have the same question as @jmb73… wondering if you have had an MRI or any other diagnostic tests since the onset?

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@jmb73

I had purchased a step stool from Fanwer and one side fell apart when I stepped on it causing me to fall and hit my head on the door of my oven- I dented the door! I also got cellulitis in my leg and an abcess in my knee. I went to the hospital and they said I had a concussion. I am on Eliquis so they did a CT scan. Thankfully, I didn't have a brain bleed. I have been back to the hospital 4 times. The cellulitis and abcess have healed but the concussion is still causing the severe headaches, nausea, brain fog and dizziness. My doctor has ordered an MRI of the brain and an MRA or the head. Have you had any of these tests? I am taking anti-nausea meds and tylenol. It has really messed up my life. It's been 6 weeks. I hope you get better soon. Has your doctor tested you to see why you keep falling? I hope you get better soon. If anyone can offer ideas on how we can get over this, I would appreciate it. Thank you, Joan

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Thank you for your reply. I had a cat scan and it came back clear. My brain feels frozen like delayed in so many areas. The part I fear the most is the emotional part. I was fine before this, except for anxiety and now I’m so low that sadly I think about ending it all. I don’t get these feelings as I have never had them my whole life and it scares me so much. My doctor put me on a new antidepressant and I’m hoping it kicks in soon and makes me feel much better. I hate this. Good luck with everything and I really hope you feel better soon.

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@amandajro

Hello @deener and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am really sorry to hear how you are feeling and the complications you've been dealing with.

I have the same question as @jmb73… wondering if you have had an MRI or any other diagnostic tests since the onset?

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I had a cat scan done and it was clear. Thank you for your reply.

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@deener
I have had more concussions than I can count as a result of seizures not to mention a little stupidity when I was careless and fell for no good reason. I have had a number of brain bleeds however they were mild and never required surgery. But usually only drowsiness and occasionally blurry vision but never any emotional symptoms.
I just had the vaccine 2 1/2 weeks ago and I had absolutely no reaction to it whatsoever. Do you think the vaccine played a part in your emotional difficulties?
Jake

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Hi Deener, When I am depressed, I take a shower and let myself cry. The good thing is if anyone asks why your eyes are red, I tell them I got soap in them. . The water seems to wash away a lot of my problems. Then I list all the good things I have in my life. It helps me. I hope it helps you. I also will only watch happy movies. I watch Hallmark as I know it will have a happy ending. I won't stay around negative people. It's a battle to stay positive but you can do it. I just have another question to you, Jake and Amanda.
Have any of you had an MRA? I am nervous about it. I had the Moderna vaccine and it didn't effect me at all either physically or emotionally. I think the concussion after effects is the cause of my issues. If I am talking to someone and can't remember something -like their name, I apologize and say I am recovering from a concussion. Everyone, is so nice about it. Take care and please keep in touch.

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I have had the "uneasy" stomach with dizziness and my Dr prescribed an anti-nausea as well as a motion sickness pill. You might also try the Eppley maneuver or the Foster Somersault to see if it relieves the vertigo/dizziness. I had a bad concussion in 2015 and I felt like it was almost 4 years before I could think again – it was tough paying bills and doing taxes, for instance. I did get an MRI as well as being referred from Neuro to Neuro Psychologist and they tested my cognitive skills.

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I join @amandajro in welcoming all of you to Mayo Clinic Connect.
I’ve never had one myself, but I have helped care for many children and adolescents with concussions- I have a past in Pediatrics.
Concussions come in different severities. However, they are all important and require observation for quite a while. It was especially difficult to tell young athletes that they have to rest for 6-8 weeks.
I think all of you have experienced headaches, fatigue and some memory problems. Some patients have brief cognitive difficulties.
My advice is to give your brain time to heal- your bodies will tell you too with feeling tired.
Also, if any new symptoms pop up, have them checked out.

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@jmb73

Hi Deener, When I am depressed, I take a shower and let myself cry. The good thing is if anyone asks why your eyes are red, I tell them I got soap in them. . The water seems to wash away a lot of my problems. Then I list all the good things I have in my life. It helps me. I hope it helps you. I also will only watch happy movies. I watch Hallmark as I know it will have a happy ending. I won't stay around negative people. It's a battle to stay positive but you can do it. I just have another question to you, Jake and Amanda.
Have any of you had an MRA? I am nervous about it. I had the Moderna vaccine and it didn't effect me at all either physically or emotionally. I think the concussion after effects is the cause of my issues. If I am talking to someone and can't remember something -like their name, I apologize and say I am recovering from a concussion. Everyone, is so nice about it. Take care and please keep in touch.

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@jmb73 I have not had an MRA. In case this is of any help, here is some information about the procedure, however.

– MR Angiography (MRA):
https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info/angiomr
What worries you most about the procedure?

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My son had 3 concussions while he played football, and the doctor and trainer both told him it was critical that he let his brain rest….by staying in dark rooms, moving very little, and not reading anything. That most especially applies to screen time! No cell phone, no TV, no iPad, etc. He hated that bcz he was so bored, but we were told it's necessary for the healing process.

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@amandajro

@jmb73 I have not had an MRA. In case this is of any help, here is some information about the procedure, however.

– MR Angiography (MRA):
https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info/angiomr
What worries you most about the procedure?

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Thank you for the information about the MRA. I think with everything going on in my head, I am worried about what it will show. I have a lot of other diseases including a meningioma that I had Gamma surgery for 3 years ago. I keep telling myself that I will deal with the results. My motto is to "prepare for the worst and hope for the best".
Thank you for your help. Joan

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@jen26

My son had 3 concussions while he played football, and the doctor and trainer both told him it was critical that he let his brain rest….by staying in dark rooms, moving very little, and not reading anything. That most especially applies to screen time! No cell phone, no TV, no iPad, etc. He hated that bcz he was so bored, but we were told it's necessary for the healing process.

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I hope he is better. Joan

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