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Chronic headache, dizziness, blurry vision

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 8, 2007
  • 09:50 PM

I am 20 and I have hadfairly severe 24/7 headaches for 5 months, dizzy spells with any physical exertion whatsoever, and blurry vision with reading, even though vision tests show my eyes have vision slightly better than 20/20.

This all started five months ago when I noticed I was getting dizzy and feelings of nausea after wrestling practice, other symptoms following shortly. (I wrestled for my college, I've had to leave both school and sport for the time being.) This led my doctor to beleive I had post concussive syndrome, but I never hit my head and 5 months is way to long to show symptoms of this. Tension headaches were also considered, but I have always been a low stress personality, and high stress would not explain dizziness and blurry vision. Even if it did, Now I am at home with my family, spending time trying to relax and recoup, My only activity is coaching kids rugby, which i enjpy greatly, so I think any possible stress would have dissapated by now.

I've had all sorts of blood work and scans showing normal results, so I went to a top neurologist. He gave me a definitive diagnosis witha treatment plan, but backpedaled on it at my next visit, saying he no longer knew what was wrong. I believe his hope was that my problem would sort itslef out in the time between the visit where he gave the diagnosis and the visit he backpedaled on his diagnosis.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what could be wrong?

Thank You

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  • I think there is a good chance that it is post-concussive syndrome, also. You can get it without really hitting your head. Coup contrecoup is an injury you can get just from moving really fast, and then stopping really fast. Unusual in wrestling, but possible.Here is a web page with an explanation:http://www.tbi.org/html/coup_contrecoup.htmlMy advice is to have someone write you a referral to a Speech and Language Pathologist. I know, that sounds like the wrong specialist. So, a quick history lesson...Speech and language pathologists originally worked with stroke victims who had speech and language problems. But over the years, they got real knowledgeable about brain damage in general, and after some time, doctors started sending regular brain damage patients to them. So even though they are still called "Speech and Language Pathologists" they really are the very best specialist to go to when there isn't much regular medicine to help, but you still really need help. Here's a definition: Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP): A regulated healthcare professional responsible for the evaluation and treatment of problems with speech and language, auditory, cognitive (comprehension), attention, writing, reading and expression skills. I can write more later, right now I have to run.Shula
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  • Thats really interesting thank you. The neurologist I saw is a headache speacalist and although he is unsure, he believes that my symptoms could be caused from chemical imbalances in the brain. Could an SLP help address this? His current plan is to give me medicine to treat the pain, and hopefully I'll get better on my own. Maybe this is rational but its frustrating and I would love to find a solution rather than just waiting around.are there cases of post concussion lasting 5 months? ive had concussions before but have always gotten better within a week. With this, I feel no better than 5 months ago.Thanks againC
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  • I was in a major auto accident 3 years ago. NO head injury. Just coup contrecoup.And still LOTS of post concussive problems. Some people I've talked to say that five or six years out things were still getting much better!You mentioned you had concussions before...that increases your chances of having more problems with each successive concussion. Not sure why, but that is what I read in some research paper.Try reading this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-concussion_syndromeI know wikipedia can be less than helpful sometimes, but I've scanned through this, and I think it is pretty good, and not too long.Best,Shula
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  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
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  • C.Instability from IMDB here, I couldn't use the PM system to reply there, so I thought I'd post here.I am a psychologist, working in the field of early onset psychosis, so I don't think my skills or knowledge really equip me for helping you sorry.I would say though that it may pay you to find out you have postural hypotension?Whatever the trouble is, I hope you get a speedy resolution!Thanks for trusting me with your information,Best wishes,Instability
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  • Hi theresorry to hear bout ur symptoms...im also in my early twenties and started getting symptoms very similar to urs...but i also have heart rate and blood pressure fluctuations maybe u should have that checked...the condition is called neurocardiogenic synscope..... if u have ever gotten dizzy or near fainting spells right after working out u should have that checked... a cardiophysiologist should be able to diagnose it...if u do have it...note that its hard to diagnose.... usually a tilt table test is conducted....good luck
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