Strange sensation of 'brain jolt' ... anyone else experience anything like this?
I am at a loss to accurately describe what this is/what it feels like when it infrequently yet repeatedly occurs.
FYI: Age 57, 2 previous mTBI @ age 40+ & age 20. I am at ~ 20 mos. post-mTBI/PCS from high-speed, high-impact rear-ended auto collision in which my little vehicle was totalled by a big mini-van. I was perched to make a right turn when we were struck; my passenger says that we did a 360 and a 180 (turns, not rolls) before my vehicle came to a stop some 30-35' out & away from the minivan and some 60' *back from* our original turning position, facing in the opposite direction.
We were not hospitalized; clear CT in the ER, twice in 10 days.
I am in now what I would describe as the 3rd phase of mTBI/PCS. This is where I can say, okay, I see that I am getting better, not 100%, yet I am definitely better, finally feel again more 'like myself'. (It seemed that my personality was 'erased', all of who/what I knew as myself was just 'gone'.)
And now to my question.
Perhaps the most disturbing and alarming symptom(s) which I experience intermittently, not frequently, is this experience of a sudden 'jolt' or forceful 'push' at the back of my head around the occipital area, base of my skull. It hits me with enough of such a forceful sensation almost as if I were being hit/pushed with force from behind enough to nearly topple me over. (Seems uncorrelated to postural position, head position/ movement/ turning, etc.) I feel weak and shaky afterwards.
Neurologist (unhelpful in all ways) diagnosed as 'syncope' and/or 'migrainous'. There is no headache associated with these episodes. He wrote: "suspect Ms.__ is a migrainor".(??)
At other times, it feels like a 'spinning' inside my head, which is very disorienting. It's not 'vertigo' in the sense of "the room is spinning". It's more like my 'inner gyroscope' has been set into a spin, if that makes sense to anyone?
I have not been checked out by ENT, otolaryngoloist (sp?), MRI, MRA, nor QEEG (plain EEG, normal findings) or for vestibular disorder.
Anyone else have experience of this or anything similar?
Any input, experience shared would be greatly appreciated.
50s Babyboomer; 2008 high-impact rear-ended/totalled-MVC, closed-head injury->pcs ... "Still dealing with it."
1993, Fell on black ice; first closed-head injury; life-altering.
Each and every day I am better and better. I affirm and give thanks that it is so.
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