Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: The Treasure Valley of Idaho
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 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 100 mgs of 5-HTP AM, 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan at noon.
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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