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Unread 11-23-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
christopher rhoten
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I am 44 yrs old and was a motocross racer for over 20 years, during those years I was knocked unconscious 6 times and had 3 concussions in a 2 month span resulting in missing*one turn on the way to work everyday and generally just being different so I am told.

I have been doing well until lately, leaving the wood stove door open, leaving vehicles run all night, and simple things. I have not been to a doctor but know I have to. Nothing has happened to bring this on that I can think of. I have ridden a bicycle, done triathlons ate well and felt great. has anyone experienced this,? Does it usually get worse?
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Unread 11-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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christopher,

Welcome to NeuroTalk.

It sounds like you may be hitting the 40's age where your past sneaks up and tries to kick your butt. It will help if you try to learn the triggers that cause you to have a bad day. Many of us know we need to live life slower and with brain nutrition in mind. There is not much a doctor can do except confirm your symptoms.

I just learned of another ex-motorcross racer who at 42 is hitting the same wall.

Besides eating well, you will benefit from nutritional supplements. I have my regimen posted.

My best to you.
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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 11-24-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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IMO it will not get worse if you learn to manage your symptoms. Yes I have short term memory issues similar to yours. You will need to be more careful with what you do. Slowing down will help as some have processing issues. If your body is going faster than your brain then tasks can be dropped and you will not be aware it is happening.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 12:00 AM   #4
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Yes-by all means go to a doctor! A good neurologist. I think you need to get a diagnosis, rule out the possibility that your symptoms are something other than a concussion. It may be the PT or OT or some other therapy can help you.
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Unread 11-28-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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Hello, concussedlawyer,

Thank you.
I've sent a private message to you.
Will be in touch w/ you.

Appreciation,

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