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Old 06-14-2012, 07:51 PM
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Default Skull Fractures, Anyone?

I don't know how many of your are uncoordinated/unlucky enough to have any extensive head-injury experience, but I figured I might as well throw this out there. It seems that nobody can really point me in the right direction and I'm just confused =(

I was in a rush to get to class early in January of this year when I apparently slipped and hit my head on the wall and then the floor. I went to class without incident and retreated to my dorm room where I vomited and eventually went to our Student Health Center. When she asked me if I'd hit my head, I couldn't remember, but when I put a hand on the back of my head it came away bloody. She sent me to our athletic department (because I am an athlete the Health Center is not allowed to treat us), which prescribed rest and told me to go to class if I could. I waded through about two weeks of classes with sunglasses on and my head down before I started to feel marginally better.

About a week after I returned to my usual activities (track, classes), I fell off a ski lift on my snowboard and hit my head again.

I didn't think I'd hit hard, but I knew within several minutes that I had given myself another concussion. I went back to school and had a seizure and was still vomiting within the first 24 hours. At this point I was alarmed and I tried to go to the Health Center, only to get lost several feet outside my dorm. Security escorted me to the Health Center which again directed me to the athletic department.

They again prescribed rest and suggested that I avoid classes for a week or so. After three weeks of this I was still having symptoms (and I had missed my final exams), so I sucked it up and finished the semester.

For almost two months after my second fall I was having seizures and regularly getting lost on paths that had been familiar before. I would have crippling headaches that left me curled under my bed and popping Tylenol.

I returned home from school early this month, where my normal doctor ordered skull x-rays to determine the potential source of my continuing symptoms (maybe once a week, depending on my activities). It was then that she discovered that I had fractured my skull and damaged my neck (presumably following the second fall).

I have another appointment tomorrow, and I just don't know what to expect. I thought I did everything right. Nobody told me that I should have seen a neurologist...I was scared about the seizures but they all said it was normal. Does anybody know anything about concussions? What happens now? Will the symptoms ever go away or have I screwed myself over? =(
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:58 PM
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I can't answer the head injury question, though I'm imagining that, given time, the symptoms will probably go away unless there was more extensive damage done. I know head injuries take quite awhile to heal.

I have to say, though, I cannot imagine what the school was thinking sending someone having seizures to an athletic dept.. Not college, but I know the athletic trainer at the high school refers the athletes to physicians for head injuries. And those are people not having seizures... Telling someone that seizures just happen is, frankly, some of the most dangerous advice I've heard and I do hope that they are held a bit accountable.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:02 PM
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You probably suffered a TBI. I cant tell you anything more but get checked out. My father has a SEVERE one but we have no clue how its affected him.

Neuro or not you would be most likely dealing with this for life. TBIs dont just go away. They are there for life.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:06 PM
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Grab, unfortunately it seems like they just dropped the ball and/or there was a miscommunication somewhere along the line. The athletic department is completely swamped most of the time, and since I didn't have IMPACT testing on file they just didn't know what to do with me/didn't have the resources to refer me anywhere. To be honest, I'm not sure what happened, but I know it's not what should have happened.

That said, the health care at my school is unfortunately very lax...I came in once with a double sinus infection and the nurse asked me if I "felt like I needed antibiotics."
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Dark, thanks. I will ask my doctor about it; my sister had a TBI as an infant that led to Autism, but I imagine the effects on an adult would be quite different and dependent on the severity of the original injury.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:11 PM
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Its very different as a adult and the degree of injury. I didnt mean to be short just couldnt think of how else to put it LOL. My father will NEVER live alone again and most likely will never walk again BUT his TBI is severe and put him in a coma. You can go to counselors and what not to help you and you can live a normal life it just depends. See a neuro and DEFINATLY research TBIs multiple hits to the head are usually classified and do cause TBI. Ill look into my resources and see if there is anything that can help you.
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definitely follow up with Neurologist--your symptoms may or may not change, depending on where in the brain the injury was/is, and if it will resolve. Some changes occur due to swelling of the brain tissue, and when that resolves--symptoms may as well. Your memory issues are concerning--and the seizures should have been a massive red flag for medical care for you. I hope you get fully checked out and feel better!
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Holy crap how did they not send you to a hospital for a head injury!?! Especially with seizures involved!?!

Augh. Honestly, I think there might be some malpractice suit potential right there. And with the cost of treating/managing your symptoms at this point, it wouldn't be unreasonable to look into pursuing. Head injuries are so serious that at UMC in Tucson they require everybody, even with seemingly minor head injuries to stay overnight with a patient sitter.

I am infuriated that you weren't referred to a competent doctor who could even run appropriate diagnostics. They didn't even refer you for a flippin' xray? Augh.
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The neuro will probably order an MRI right off the bat, we had a thread on here a while back about brain/skull MRIs if you're worried about it. I had one two years ago, it wasn't pleasant being that I'm claustrophobic, but definitely not the worst thing in the world. Maybe an EEG too which is more simple, but an MRI will find fractures in the bone - ALL of them, x-rays don't always pick up all fractures! - as well as image the brain itself while the EEG records the electrical activity in your brain.
Definitely see a neurologist and I think you'll know more once you go down that route. Head injuries are nothing to mess around with. If you were vomiting after hitting your head, I seriously can't imagine why they didn't send you to a clinic/hospital rather than just the school health department or the athletic docs... that's alarming and I hope it hasn't caused more serious issues because they failed to get you taken care of the way you should have been. =<

You might have post-traumatic epilepsy - the good news is that it can certainly go away with time, and anti-seizure meds can help you out too. I've also been reading some about recent research on anti-depressants to treat seizures, and there's some interesting stuff going on there too. (I'm doing bizarre research for a story I'm writing, don't ask... =P) Don't freak out just yet! One day at a time, that's the only way you can do it. I hope they can get you into the neurologist quickly.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:34 PM
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Most anticonvulsants are also used to treat bipolar actually thats how we got a pretty GOOD suspiction Jeremy is bipolar. He went off his seizure meds for the first time since 9 and OMG.
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