First of all, you have no idea how happy am i to have found this forum. I almost shed a tear when i fould out i could find a bit of support in people with common experiences.
I'm a 25 year old male. I'm an avid competitive cyclist (or trying to be) About a year and a half ago, i was involved in a serious crash during a race, i was unconscious for less than a minute and woke up with some degree of amnesia that went away after a couple of minutes. When taken to the ER, i didn't have a CAT scan because the doctors thought that further damaged was unlikely. Long story short, i ended up having surgery a month later to remove a subdural hematoma. I still have the burr holes in my skull.
After a long recovery and ongoing battles with anxiety and depression that were misdiagnosed as epilepsy
i managed to put my life back on track and started riding again.
In all this time i had managed to avoid falling off the bike up until last week. It wasn't a serious crash at all. I was riding back home at a very low speed (25 km/h) and hit a pot hole. Obviously, i was wearing a helmet and my head was the last thing to hit the groud, it was a very light hit to the left side of my head. In the past this small hit wouldn't have bothered me at all but this time i felt jolted and a bit dizzy although i didn't lose consciousness and managed to get back home on my own.
The next day, the headaches started and haven't subsided yet, their intensity varies. Sometimes i get tingling all around my arms and legs and I feel like my brain is swollen. The sudden anxiety attacks have returned. I don't even want to get back on the bike for now for fear of making things worse.
There's so many things i want to ask:
Is all of this normal?
Should i get a CAT scan?
Why did such a light hit affected me the way it did? What more can i expect from more serious injury?
Will it be like this for the rest of my life? Will it get better?
What can i do to prevent situations like this in the future?
What kind of medications or supplements do you use? What works and what doesn't? I've been reading for a while and found the following:
Anyway, i know I'm asking to many questions. But I'm just so relieved to have found a support group. I wish i had known about you guys a year and a half ago.
Thank you so much in advance!