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Wrestling Accident

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  • Posted By: wrestlemom
  • April 17, 2007
  • 04:49 PM

In mid December my son suffered a stage 3 concussion during a wrestling tournament. He was in and out of consiousness for about an hour. Hospital did xrays and cat scans- all clean.

Two weeks later he compalined of a headache (expected) but within 30 minutes his coloring changed, started having severe chest pains. ER gave him morphin for the pain. Again did chest xray and catscan. Found nothing- diagnosised it pericarditis. Kept him home next day from school- sympton free. Next day sent him to school, same thing happened- chest pains, trouble breathing,uncontrolled body shaking, went into shock in ambulance- ER did ekg- found nothing sent him home. Two weeks later- same thing. This time we took him to a different hospital. Cardiologist diagnosised him with POTS syndrome (body's inability to retain electrolytes and salt). They put him on 100 ounces of gatorade everyday and high salt diet. We've been doing this for a month but it's not working. Went to neurologist and they did MRI with contrast but saw nothing unusual. My son was on vacation in Georgia this past week and was rused to ER again. ER doctor checked electrolyte/salt leveal which were ok - referred us to a cardiologist again. Neurologist did an EEG this morning so we're waiting for results.

Anybody have any other ideas?

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  • Did your son have a CT of the brain or of the chest? CT of the brain is almost essential in any cases of significant head trauma, and seems to be vastly preferred over MRI. It seems unlikely your son would spontaneously develope POTS without any prior history or symptoms. It is typically seen as a condition following an inflamatory infection. It sounds like he has a condition known as "Post-concussion Syndrome" which can last for years at worst. If both damage to the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland has been ruled out then it's highly likely this is what he has. If you do a search on the internet you can probably find out more. Please keep us up to date with his condition!
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