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Unread 12-30-2012, 12:57 PM   #11
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I am glad you wrote into Neuro Talk. You will get compassion and some very good advice. I know just enough about PCS to tell you to listen to Mark from Ihaho. He is correct on ever point and he knows from experience. I hope you heal soon. ginnie
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Unread 12-31-2012, 10:31 AM   #12
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Happy New Year's Eve to everyone! Best wishes from England
GP prescribed me amitriptyline 10mg and nefopam as an analgesic. Took some of the nefopam to deal with my usual 1pm increase in pain and seems to have worked quite well as I had a nap and now I feel quite good, if a little drowsy and faint. Won't take the amitriptyline today as they recommend taking it 12 hours before you want to wake up, but I don't want to be falling asleep halfway through new year celebrations! So will try tomorrow and see how it helps. Will try the other things too to improve my condition, apart from diet, which is very healthy anyway and can't really change because of the diabetes.

Thank you for all the suggestions!
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Unread 01-01-2013, 12:20 AM   #13
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Keep in mind that, because amitriptyline is a preventive, it will take a couple of weeks to reach maximum effectiveness. You won't feel complete relief after the first dose. Also, it made me INCREDIBLY sleepy at first. This did get better over time.

I'm not familiar with nefopam. One important question to ask about any analgesic is whether or not it can cause rebound headaches and, if so, at what dosages or after how much/how frequent usage.

Good luck! Hope this is your answer and gives you some relief!
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mTBI and PCS after sledding accident 1-17-2011

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Persistent headaches, fatigue, slowed cognitive functions, depression
Symptoms exacerbated by being in a crowd, watching TV, driving, other miscellaneous stress & sensory overload
Sciatica/piriformis syndrome with numbness & loss of reflex


Largely recovered after participating in Nedley Depression Recovery Program March 2012:

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Unread 01-01-2013, 11:51 PM   #14
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Hi Eowyn,

How long did it take to lose the sleepy feeling with amitriptyline? I tried it once amd hated feeling drugged....but still suffer from daily headaches. Just came through a three day doozer. Horrible. Wanted to cut off my head!
My docter wants me to try it again. But i need to feel alert for my own self esteem and belief in the future. I have two young kids and they need me to have some energy!
Thanks,
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Unread 01-02-2013, 12:36 AM   #15
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The worst of the sleepiness wore off in a couple of weeks for me. I still needed to be sure I took it at bedtime and that I had PLENTY of time to sleep, but I was able to function in the daytime after that.
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mTBI and PCS after sledding accident 1-17-2011

Was experiencing:
Persistent headaches, fatigue, slowed cognitive functions, depression
Symptoms exacerbated by being in a crowd, watching TV, driving, other miscellaneous stress & sensory overload
Sciatica/piriformis syndrome with numbness & loss of reflex


Largely recovered after participating in Nedley Depression Recovery Program March 2012:

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Eowyn Rides Again: My Journey Back from Concussion

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Unread 01-02-2013, 09:52 AM   #16
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The trick is to take it 2-3 hours before you want to go to sleep then it wears off in time and you don't wake up drowsy. Also, you want to find the lowest dose that works so don't be afraid to cut them in half. I take 10mg. It's really helped with my headaches and sleep once I realised I needed to take them early in the evening and not right when I'm going to bed. Good luck!

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I'm a 39 year old, female, accountant. On July 2, 2012 I crashed my bike at the end of a 65KM road ride. I was fine that day but woke up the next morning to my current world.

Ongoing symptoms include: dizziness, blurred vision, light and noise sensitivities, cognitive problems, uncontrollable emotions/depression/anxiety, headaches (but they're getting better), mental and physical fatigue, difficulty communicating and sleep disturbances.

Currently seeing a fabulous Neuro Psychologist and vestibular physiotherapist and hoping to soon see a neuro ophthalmologist. I am currently doing 20 minute stationary bike rides daily, 20 minutes of meditating, 15 minutes of Lumosity and lots of resting. I have not been able to work or drive since the accident.

The things that have helped me the most since the accident are vestibular therapy, gel eye drops (for blurred vision, sensitivity and dryness), amitriptyline (10mg), and meditating. I am finally starting to see some slight improvements and am hopeful!

My brain WANTS to heal itself... I just have to let it and stop trying to get better!
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