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Unread 12-17-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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I was concussed from heading a ball on the 10th of Septmeber. It was a high one but still, it was just a header! For some reason I got pcs after this really mild concussion and I'm still having it and it will take a while until I will recover. I was just wondering if I can play sports like I did ever again. Soccer especially if my brain is so sensitive. I don't get it.
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Unread 12-18-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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Hi,

I was concussed from heading a ball on the 10th of Septmeber. It was a high one but still, it was just a header! For some reason I got pcs after this really mild concussion and I'm still having it and it will take a while until I will recover. I was just wondering if I can play sports like I did ever again. Soccer especially if my brain is so sensitive. I don't get it.


HI! I used to play a sh** ton of sport!!!!! football (australian rules football), soccer, tennis, b ball, swimming, running. I didnt have any major concussions during my time playing sport. I was however assulted 5 months ago, and was concussed. I have had PCS symptoms for just over 4 months. My minor sports injurys may have contributed to the reason for my prologned PCS. I have shown a heap of improvement over the past few weeks!!! If everything keeps going the way it is i feel like I could be symptom freee in a couple of months. But I am going to stay away from sports where there is a chance of hitting my head for at least half a year, and from then on just be careful I dont knock my head!!!!!

how are your symptoms today!?
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Unread 12-18-2012, 02:37 AM   #3
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Lui,

You should not play soccer anymore unless you can be disciplined to not head the ball. Heading the soccer ball has been know to cause brain injury since research done in the 1970's. And, stay out of the goalie box during corner kicks. The risks during a corner kick are high.

I had to give up soccer so I started training as a distance runner and did quite well. The endurance conditioning from soccer practice enabled me to quickly become a champion distance runner.

Besides, girls soccer during the late teen years can get quite violent. My niece was on the Olympic development squad and quit to avoid the injuries caused by the violent play.

Lui,

You have plenty to look forward to without putting your brain at risk again.

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 12-18-2012, 05:02 PM   #4
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Yes, that is what i was thinking...
To your question Peter, I have constant symptoms which are not getting better altough I rest a lot but I have to say that I started playing Baketball in late october with symptoms. I quit after 2-3 weeks because the risk was to high to get concussed another time...since then I have seen no improvment
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Lui,

Your continued efforts to be fully involved with your school activities is delaying your recovery. Just avoiding the risky activities is not enough. Maybe you can get the quiet rest when you get back home.
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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 12-18-2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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Alright,
I quit like eveything involved with school. I just dropped out of jazz band. But what am I supposed to do? Sleeping a lot or anything?
I will get home in seven months so there is much time until then. I thought about it but I really don't want to break up...
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Unread 12-19-2012, 02:35 PM   #7
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Hi Lui,

If you take this a restful week at a time, you have a great chance of a full recovery. You need a quiet, dark space, as you no doubt have been told by doctors. One week of this total rest for your brain can do wonders for recovery. My nephew recovered completely from a serious concussion and PCS from American football through 1 week of rest in a quiet, dark space. He was bored silly, but he did recover. He then took it easy for a few weeks. He didn't exercise for almost 2 months, but was symptom free when he started on easy stationary bike riding.
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So no computer, tv and stuff like this like really in the first week after concussion?
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Unread 12-20-2012, 01:04 AM   #9
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I really wish I had taken complete rest after my concussion. Unfortunately the first clinic I went to said I could go backpacking, watch tv, etc., so I did not pace myself well. The next doctor wanted me to do things in 30 minute chunks and take 30 minutes of quiet rest. I didn't completely follow that either.

I don't think I'll ever return to full contact rugby, but plan on playing touch as soon as I'm back to my normal exercise routine. It probably won't be for another month or two.
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Ok , I did not rest either in the first week because of not understanding the english language quiet well and a horrible host family. Is there a chance of full recovery? I guess so right?
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