Concussion and light sensitivity

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I had a recent MRI of my  brain (without contrast) after I experienced 10 seconds of nausea, light-headedness and a frontal headache. The MRI showed no large vessel stenosis or aneurysm but patchy areas of signal abnormality in subcortical and periventricular white matter of both cerebral hemispheres, mainly in the frontal lobes & periatrial regions. No evidence of infract. Nonspecific white matter lesion. No bleeding.
Symptoms are variable including dizziness, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, loss of concentration and memory, light and noise sensitivity, headache varying from a tension type to cluster headaches. You need to consult a neurologist immediately. no single test can prove the syndrome and the doctor may ask for a MRI scan to detect brain abnormalities, ear pathologies need to be ruled out since a lot of dizziness is there and psychiatrist to rule out anxiety and depression.
Because my eyes were the most effected from the fall wtih the eye tremors and light sensitivity. I couldn't watch tv, or look at computer for weeks because my eyes would literally begin to tremor. The night I hit my head my eyes formed a crust. And eveyr night since. I am a speech path..I have worked with TBI's many times (now I know! for sure how to NOT treat them! ) and so i feel like I have some knowledge.
I suffered a mild concussion in July 2007 and am still currently experiencing symptoms of dizziness, inability to concentrate, sensitivity to light/noise, and the primary symptom (that seems to be the most debilitating) is a sensation that I am always in a 'dream'. This PCS has now persisted for 5 months and although symptoms have SOMEWHAT diminished, I am concerned with the time it is taking to get better.
Should I be worried at this point, with the headaches and sensitivity to light? Should I go and see a doctor about this? Everything I have read so far tells me that doctors cant really understand or predict the post-concussion effects, I hope this is not true!
The second one gave me a trip to the ER in a helicopter, I had to take a week off and very slowly resume activites. Sensitivity to noises for approx 6 weeks, to light for 3 weeks. Dizzyness, headache, feeling off, trouble concentrating, trouble remembering. Started being able to drive two months after the second concussion and returning to normal life. I"m keeping away from biking, soccer, hockey, rough housing with the kids, playing baseball and the like.
Your symptoms include cognitive slowing (i.e. memory loss, concentration difficulties), light sensitivity, blurred vision, depressed mood, and changes in personality, onset following a biking injury in which you sustained a concussion with loss of consciousness.
I have major sleep problems, dizziness,nausea,fatigue,bad balance,headaches,memory problems,no sense of smell, sensitivity to light and noise, very poor concentration. Everything is a huge effort. I try pushing myself but that only has made me so frusturated I turn into a monster! I'm looking for some advice from someone who has gone through this. Do i really have to go through this for another 6 months?
She fell face first and had the usual symptoms of vomiting, memory loss, slurred speech, and sensitivity to light. At the emergency room, they evaluated her and then released her. She dealt with the symptoms at home and seemed to recover. Last spring (a little over 1 year after the accident), she began developing migraine headaches that were debilitating.
I was diagnosed with post concussion disorder and i have constant migranes, memory losss, sensitivity to light and sount, nausea, and dizzyness, and i just recently have begun to have auditory hallucinations. Ive been seeing a neurologist but so far nothing is working for any of my symptoms, can anybody please recommend anything?
Well it's been 3months since my accident and I still have dizziness,ringing in ears,unsteadiness when i walk, nausea,headaches,light and sound sensitivity and my head feels heavy. My doctor is puzzled and doesn't know what to do for me anymore, he gave me topamax for my headaches, phenegran for nausea, celexa for depression and amitriptyline for sleep problems.
MRI and blood tests were fine. Headaches may be observed after injury or trauma to the head and neck following a concussion. This may also be due to exertion headaches which occur during or following physical exertion such as running, jumping, or sexual intercourse; and even passive exertion like sneezing, coughing, or bowel movement. Majority of these are related to migraine and cluster headaches. However, if it persists, check with your doctor for proper evaluation.
The headache did not relent. It continued and manifested as a typical migraine with nausea, light sensitivity, motion sensitivity, and severe pain over either or both temples. After weeks of trial and error we settled on Maxalt, Topomax (now at 75mg BID), and Verapamil. I am now diagnosed with Post-concussion syndrom and currently in PT for Cervogenic Dizziness and while there has been no improvement in the HA, the dizziness is almost gone. :).
She was seen by her medical doctor on Wed and we were told her symptons of bad headaches, focusing with her eyes and balance were all a result of the concussion and whiplash that she experienced. We are aware that she is not going to heal with 24 -48 hours, but we would like to know what the expected time for her recovery is. The ER suggested she return to school 48 hours later- which wasa no given!!!
About six weeks after the accident, I started to develop really bad headaches at the top of my head, nausea, dizziness, blurry vision and sensitivity to light (to the point of wearing sunglasses indoors!) My physiotherapist was convinced that I have post concussion syndrome so I went to see a neurologist, but he said that it can’t be PCS because the symptoms didn’t occur until 6 weeks later.
I think everything is over and I clean up. I walk out of the toilet and in about 2 minutes time the stomach cramp and the fainting sensation comes back (I've fainted only once to date from this and was out for about 15-20 minutes). 6. When I get back to the toilet I have a really violent Diarrhoea episode in pure liquid state.
Approximately 4 months ago I had a biking accident whilst holidaying in Australia, the outcome was fractured ribs, broken wrist, numerous abrasions and severe concussion. I was told I was unconscious for about half an hour, however due to memory loss I do not remember anything of the incident, or much before and after. The past 4 months have been extremely difficult due to a number of symptoms which I have been suffering.
First I would just feel uncomfortable and kinda warm and then I would feel dizzy. Then I would feel even more light-headed and dizzy and would feel as though I would faint if I didn't sit down. This all felt not painful, but extremely unpleasant. Then my arms and legs would go numb and feel weird, kinda like pins and needles but not quite. I would have to breathe in and out heavily to reduce the discomfort a bit.
Migraines usually present with one-sided throbbing headaches associated with nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound. Rest, avoidance of triggers and pain medications prescribed by your doctor may help provide relief. A headache journal will help identify the triggers that you could avoid. You would benefit from a complete neurological examination by your doctor and imaging studies of your brain to rule out organic causes.
Post concussion syndrome can cause abnormal sensitivity to light. See your FP or GP or ophthalmologist.
There is also confusion, headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, memory or concentration problems, sensitivity to light and noise, irritability and sleep disturbances. Continue with your medications and do update us with your neuro consult. Take care and best regards.
My son suffered a concussion on November11, 2010 and has been having post concussive syndrome symptoms ever since this includes headaches almost everyday, light sensitivity,balance issues and short term memory problems. We have been to a pediatric neurologist and have had the following tests done CT scan, EEG,and MRI all were normal results. My son is taking 900mg of gabapentin 4 times a day which doesn't seem to be doing anything for him.
Vomiting/nausea, light sensitivity, sensitivity to noise, confusion/altered mental state, headache, fatigue.... All are concussion symptoms. If he was hit twice he needs to see a Dr.
Since that accident, I have had severe eye issues including pain behind my left eye, headaches that leave me irritable everyday, sensitivity to light, occasional blurred vision and spots. I had gone to my Opthalmolgists who diagnosed me with Optic-neuritis. However, over the past week, I have gone to another Eye specialist-Neuro-opthalmologist who said it was NOT optic-neuritis and could not define what it was I had. I then went back to my primary care doctor who referred me to a Neurologist.
One Saturday morning as I bathed my 2 yearl old and listened to a live radio show on hollistic nutrition, I saw the light. He spoke to a caller about having a toxic liver being related to anxiety. That is all I had to hear so I called, made an appointment, got assessed, and got on a detox plan. I feel so much better in so many ways: I'm able to sleep, I'm not always worried, and I'm not as constipated. The tightness in my head and the heaviness on my left side are still present.
Headaches, Dizziness, Fatigue, Irritability, Anxiety, Insomnia (loss of sleep), Loss of concentration and memory, Noise and light sensitivity and many others. There could be a brain injury due to the accidents causing the symptoms. Please go for an MRI of the brain and consult a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. Hope this helps you. Take care and regards!
When I did body work for the first one (whiplash, concussion and herniated disc, with field-and-ground disorder, light and sound sensitivity, and extreme weight loss with vomiting) I did neuro-organizational work with my kinesiologist, who postulated something wrong with my hypothalamus. I was cut lose from PT for the combined second and third accidents (2 in 11 months, at stoplights when I was stationary...my luck...more whiplash, concussion, herniations, torn tendons etc.
Concussions may present with headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, memory loss, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision and sensitivity to light, difficulty in concentrating or with balance. For complex concussion, symptoms may last longer than 7-10 days. Try to rest and to avoid any physical activities. Acetaminophen or other aspirin-free medications may help with the headaches. If it persists or other symptoms arise, have this evaluated further by a neurologist for proper management.
The second one said I probably had an infection between the ear and the nose. I was give an antibiotic and antiinflammatory medication. It seemed to relieve the light head, vertigo feelings at the time, but then came a big congestion in my head, my nose when examined looks ok, but I can feel intense pressure in the head, behind the eyes, under the forehead and behind the head.
This include confusion, headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, memory problems, sensitivity to light and noise, sleep disturbances and irritability. In addition to this, post-traumatic headaches, especially from motor vehicles share many symptoms with primary headaches. If your medications do not help, have this evaluated further by your doctor. Prescription medications may also be indicated. Take care and do keep us posted.
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