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Unread 04-29-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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WEll, other than the weird thursday, I've had a much better week! I think learning to recognize the signs of fatigue and setback before it happens has been good, as well as accepting that my life really did need to change in order to finally start improving. I cannot thank all of you here enough!

I am on progesterone though, so I wonder how much of me feeling better is due to the protective effects of progesterone on the brain, as well as thyroid medication which helps with the fatigue. I worry about when I have to stop the progesterone though... and what kind of whiplash effect it'll have on my recovery, but I guess I'll have to deal with that as I go. I cannot worry about every single eventuality!

Anyways, just wanted to share some good news for once, and say a giant thank you to all of you for helping to keep me sane (ok, well, I am never sane but at least not insane!!!)
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Feb 24, 2012 - Slipped on a large puddle of ice at work, hitting the back of my head. No loss of consciousness, so I assumed I'd be back at work within a few days. I was wrong.

When resting, symptoms are low. With exertion, I still suffer from fatigue, migraines, vision problems, problems thinking or reading, troubles sleeping, issues finding or getting words to my mouth when the headaches are bad, tinnitus, and thyroid issues which I think are due to the concussion. Seen one specialist, and now a few others through insurance review of my case. Hoping for further treatment.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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Grin Yay!

So glad to hear that you are doing better!

I will be thinking of you and hope your week goes well!
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Unread 04-29-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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I'm glad you are feeling a bit better. Its remarkable how a couple decent days can really make you feel like you might get through it all, I know!

I've been overdoing it for days in a row now and am having to pay the consequences. Its bad when you know when you're doing it and still choose to keep going. Oops.

Weekend is over now, time to get back to my "one thing a day".

Good thoughts to you Camyam!
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It wonderful how getting one's hormonal ducks in a row can make one's days go so much better.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


"Be Still and Know That I am God" Psalm 46:10
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Thanks guys... I have no doubts that I'll still have bad days... and I worry about when I need to go off the progesterone, and I worry about if I do become pregnant.... what effects either of those will have... but I am just going to take this one day at a time... Today I am even going to READ. Not much, ten minutes maybe, but this will be the first time I'll have picked up a book in nine and a half weeks!!!
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Feb 24, 2012 - Slipped on a large puddle of ice at work, hitting the back of my head. No loss of consciousness, so I assumed I'd be back at work within a few days. I was wrong.

When resting, symptoms are low. With exertion, I still suffer from fatigue, migraines, vision problems, problems thinking or reading, troubles sleeping, issues finding or getting words to my mouth when the headaches are bad, tinnitus, and thyroid issues which I think are due to the concussion. Seen one specialist, and now a few others through insurance review of my case. Hoping for further treatment.
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Way to go camyam73
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Head Injury 10/2011. Diagnosed with contusion/concussion....Now PCS with Tension/Migraine combo headaches.

Symptoms: focus/concentration issues, short term memory issues, nausia, dizziness, sleep problems, noise/light sensitivities, extreme fatigue, irritability, vision problems, slow processing, tingling in extremeties and a few more I can't remember.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 06:23 PM   #7
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Thanks Headstrong! I still feel pretty darn good. I haven't read at all.... Still a bit nervous and even when I see a long post online my eyes glaze over....

I have very faint headaches daily, but they are so minor, I am able to actually enjoy sitting on the couch everyday. LOL

Next week I'll try to extend my times out, and increase my walking.... fingers crossed that everything stays improving.
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Feb 24, 2012 - Slipped on a large puddle of ice at work, hitting the back of my head. No loss of consciousness, so I assumed I'd be back at work within a few days. I was wrong.

When resting, symptoms are low. With exertion, I still suffer from fatigue, migraines, vision problems, problems thinking or reading, troubles sleeping, issues finding or getting words to my mouth when the headaches are bad, tinnitus, and thyroid issues which I think are due to the concussion. Seen one specialist, and now a few others through insurance review of my case. Hoping for further treatment.
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