Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Mountains of West Central Idaho, USA
There are a lot of reasons why symptoms can show up so late after the original injury. Illness or any immune system compromise would be first on my list. A cold, the flu, allergies, a period of high stress from work or relationships, getting drunk, etc. can all put stress on the brain. Even good stress such as happy events, can cause the brain's stress load to increase. Attending a concert or other high stimuli event can cause a serious crash.
The progression of a concussion usually peaks within 2 to 3 months. But every injury is different.
The best treatment is the same as all PCS. Good nutrition, low stress, good rest, etc. Avoid more than a single serving per day of alcohol and/or caffeine.
The CT scan will probably be negative, as will most imaging after a concussion.
There are no ways to prognose a time line for recovery.
So, be easy on your brain. It has had if share of trauma.
My best to you.
Mark in Idaho
59 years old, retired due to disability, married 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and 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 successfully stopped all paroxetine after 3 months of tapering down. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan when I wake up, 500 mgs after breakfast with my vitamin regimen and 500 mgs late in the evening.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, my docs put me on three meds. Clonazepam (Klonopin, a dreaded benzo but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc prescribed .25 mgs twice daily but half a tablet is doing good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic before bed. I have lost over 30 pounds since mid July. The olanzapine is supposed to help me gain some of it back but it has just stopped the weight loss. They took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.
I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation
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