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Unread 05-05-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Hello there -

New to the board. Back in December 2011 I had a major concussion but was discharged from the hospital the same day. Now after 5 months after my concussion, I feel dizzy, fatigue and eyes movement were affected for 2 weeks now. Is this normal and what they call PCS? Should I be concerned and check with the doctor?

Any help and advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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Unread 05-05-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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tinerloo,

Welcome to NeuroTalk. Sorry to hear of your concussion.

Dizziness and fatigue are common concussion symptoms. Sometimes, the Epley maneuver can help with the dizziness. You can even find a video of it on YouTube. Some people have been successful doing it at home. A hearing and balance center can also be able to help you.

Your vision/eye movement is not descriptive enough. Can you explain more about that symptom?

A common problem from mTBI is called nystagmus. It is where the eye does not scan from side to side smoothly.

Tell us more about yourself and your struggles and maybe we can be of more help.
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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


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Unread 05-05-2012, 10:23 PM   #3
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You should definitely talk about your symptoms with your Doctor if you haven't already.
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