Multiple New Medical Issues - All from PCS?
I am new to the forums after doing much research on TBI and PCS. I will try to keep this concise. I am a 31 y/o female and have recently been experiencing very disturbing memory problems, along with difficulty concentrating.
I have recently been diagnosed with ADHD, Fibromyalgia, Erythromelalgia, and Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR, or silent reflux). In the last 6 years, I've also been diagnosed with Migraines and IBS.
I had two head injuries when I was young; one at (approximately) age 10 and one at 12.
The first injury was when I ran right into a neighbor. We hit heads, and I had a huge goose-egg on my forehead. I was not unconcious.
The second injury was playing softball. I was hit directly in the eye with a softball thrown by a grown man (the sun blinded me), and knocked unconcious for approximately 2 minutes. I am not sure if I hit my head again when I fell, but that is a possibility. I had a swollen, black eye.
My parents did not take me to the doctor for either of these. They observed me for 24-48 hours to ensure I was "normal", so no tests were ever conducted and nothing was diagnosed. I suspect I had a concussion for at least one injury.
As an adult, the only thing I remember hitting my head on is the car door frame - thinking I had "cleared" it, but only to find out (painfully) that I hadn't.
As long as I can remember, I have always had the following symptoms:
Absent-minded (lost keys, forgot homework, etc.)
Difficulty with Balance (would walk into still objects)
As an adult, in addition to the above, I've seen an increase in the following:
Increased memory loss (forget names, can't find words, don't remember entire conversations, etc.)
Difficulty concentrating and focusing
Color Vision Deficiency - More than one eye specialist has told me this is rare, but unlikely to have been caused by the softball/black eye incident. My mother is a carrier, but my father isn't colorblind. I am no scientist, but a female has to have two copies of a faulty gene to be colorblind.
In the past I've had both an MRI and CT Scan, when trying to figure what was causing headaches, and they must have been normal. I was not notified otherwise.
I am wondering if a diagnosis can be made after close to 20 years after the last injury. I made an appointment with my neurologist, as he is the first likely step in all of this. At every appointment, he does a simple neurological diagnostic/function test (flashlight, eye movement, reflexes, walking, etc.) which I am assuming have been normal. My doctor hasn't shown any concern.
I know that no one here can give medical advice, but any help you could provide in the way of knowledge or personal experience would be MOST helpful.