Concussion (?)

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Concussion (?)

Postby 661-Pete » 12 Oct 2019, 11:14am

Although I mentioned my little 'mishap' on another thread, I think I need to bring it up again in H&F....

Fact is, about 5 weeks ago I took a tumble backwards off a step-ladder in France, banging my head hard on the ground. I also hurt my back, but that seems to have cleared up now. I went to the local hospital the following day and was given a checking-over including a CT scan: and was given the all-clear - just told to rest and take painkillers as necessary.

Now I'm still getting headaches and dizzy spells at times. I'm assuming that this is still the after-effects of a fairly severe concussion (reading up about the subject supports this assumption). But I don't get dizzy when cycling (otherwise I'd have had to stop cycling). I do get headaches - particularly when I cycle over a bump in the road (I try to mitigate the jolt to my head by standing off the saddle when I see a bump ahead - but don't always see it in time). No, the dizzy spells usually come after I've been sedentary for a while (e.g. sitting at the computer - like now).

So I'm still cycling - modest amounts, never more than 10 miles in one go. And definitely slower that I used to - I probably average about 10mph on level roads.

I'm sure at least someone on here has had similar, so I'm looking for advice. Should I go back to the doctor? I'm not exactly a cripple, though it is uncomfortable...
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Re: Concussion (?)

Postby Tinnishill » 12 Oct 2019, 12:31pm

Here is a link to the standard NHS advice on head injuries;

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg176
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Re: Concussion (?)

Postby 661-Pete » 12 Oct 2019, 3:22pm

That's a site for medics. I need a site for patients.
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Re: Concussion (?)

Postby Tinnishill » 12 Oct 2019, 4:00pm

Try this;

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg176/ ... -191717245

I should say, I'm a first aider, not a medic. Bottom line, if worried bother your Doctor.
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Postby Tangled Metal » 12 Oct 2019, 10:25pm

Check out patients.co.uk and the. Mayo clinic from the us. The first one is what my gp uses to explain things to his patients. Usually I just read up before I see him to save time and have further questions that it doesn't answer ready for him. :D

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Postby richardfm » 12 Oct 2019, 10:59pm

661-Pete wrote:That's a site for medics. I need a site for patients.

This is for patients https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/minor-head-injury/ or this https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/severe-head-injury/ or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/severe-he ... /recovery/

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Postby brynpoeth » 13 Oct 2019, 1:29pm

Yes, you should talk to your doctors again
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Re: Concussion (?)

Postby geomannie » 14 Oct 2019, 10:46pm

Hi,

I also am no doctor but I have unfortunately been concussed a couple of times.

Pain from the head injuries passed fairly quickly but for whiles I was plagued by what is known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. http://www.menieres.org.uk/information- ... tions/bppv.

Simple head movements can trigger dizziness, from mild to near vomiting in my case.

It seems that a severe head knock can move debris in your inner ear which affects your balance. In my case it passed after a month or so, but there are physio exercises to move the debris in your ears to less sensitive areas.

It's possible that you may have this too but you would do well to check with your doctor.

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Re: Concussion (?)

Postby Cugel » 15 Oct 2019, 9:40am

Here's an interesting article. I don't know where the proper gen is (one should be wary of the precis of a newspap writing).

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... ury-deaths

Perhaps we cyclists who feel at risk of a bonce-bonk should be carrying about some of this stuff rather than perching a plastic bonnet upon our heads?

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Re: Concussion (?)

Postby filiasphil » 16 Oct 2019, 10:00pm

Sounds like you have Post Concussion Syndrome. With regard to your dizziness, take a look at the Dizziness Handicap Inventory and answer the questions. If you answer "yes" or "sometimes" to several of the questions, you will have suffered from some form of balance dysfunction. I would suggest you see a Vestibular Physiotherapist for an assessment and advise.

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Postby axel_knutt » 17 Oct 2019, 1:03am

I had a head injury in a car crash which left me with occasional dizziness for a while, generally triggered by laying on my back. The Dr prescribed Vertigon, but it's difficult to say whether the improvement was any faster than it would have been without it.
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Postby Polisman » 21 Oct 2019, 8:48am

I had similar experience after a rear end from a drunk driver. I'm pretty certain though it was the pain medication I was taking, as the side effects were pretty full on. They included dizzy spells, nausea, lack of appetite and worst of all that 'spaced out' feeling which nearly resulted in me cycling into a brick wall (walls are hard, they do not move and hurt quite a bit when you hit em!)

All of these symptoms stopped almost immediately I quit the pain medication.

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Postby Vorpal » 21 Oct 2019, 9:17am

Concussed heads can take a while to heal. I might give it a week or two, and go back after that, if it isn't better.

But if you are worried, a trip to the GP certainly won't do any harm.
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Re: Concussion (?)

Postby 661-Pete » 8 Nov 2019, 5:30pm

I need to post an update: things are getting more serious.

I thought I was well on the mend, until last Sunday evening (3rd), when I suffered what I thought was a heavy cold. The cold had more or less cleared up the following morning, but now I find I can hardly mount the bike. Once I'm on it, I'm OK: it's the getting on.

It came to a head this afternoon when I gave up and walked the bike home. It must be down to my balance I suppose. When not on the bike I'm almost normal. Anyway, the doctor (on Tuesday) said, if it gets worse, go to A&E. Will probably do that next week. Will keep you guys updated.
Suppose that this room is a lift. The support breaks and down we go with ever-increasing velocity.
Let us pass the time by performing physical experiments...
--- Arthur Eddington (creator of the Eddington Number).