I had a concussion 3 1/2 months ago and still have persistent ear ringing [tinitus] and appear to be a bit lathargic and tired [varies each day] and excercise benefit is not progressing [aerobic] and at times difficult. CT scan at time of injury revealed no skull fracture and no internal bleeding on brain. And immediately after injury, I could not get out of bed for a week [headaches and tired]. When I lie down now, and get up, sometimes head feels funny or slight headache. Over-all, feel subtle funkiness [with head]; not my same self. Neck is still stiff. When I shake head slighly, it feels a little tender or sore (inside head and neck). Should I just let it get better [hopefully] or should I have further exam done if possible [neurological]?
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 53
rest, taking it easy, no travel.
This is a very good question as this is the time post-concussion that one would expect to be much better, and getting on with one's life. I think it would be a good idea to be evaluated by your family doctor and possibly a neurologist as well, to make sure there is nothing else going on, and to ascertain what deficits you might still have that may linger on.
Keep in mind that some cases of post-concussion syndrome are prolonged for up to 6 months to a year. In some individuals there may be permanent residual issues, including chronic headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, memory problems, slowing of thinking, word finding problems, even personality changes. The brain is a very delicate organ and its circuits can be easily damaged and take a long time to repair or develop work-arounds. Neuropsychiatric testing can help to elucidate what deficits you might have so that you can work on them. A neurologist can set this up for you.
Neurology & Int Medicine (US Trained): 20 yrs experience