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I’m kind of freaked out because last night I was awoken at 3:00am to the smell of what smelled exactly like death. Like I was mostly convinced that either a small animal had died in my room or that I would need to conduct a welfare check on my neighbors. I spent all night looking for the source, getting wiffs of the smell from different directions. Sometimes it would go away and would return. It kept me awake all night. So I wake up and leave the apartment for 10 mins or so and come back and it smells fine. So I take a shower and when I come out, it’s still gone. I proceed to deep clean the entire apartment all day today just for good measure.
Now it’s 11:00 at night and I’m starting to get little whiffs of it again. Same exact smell. I’m freaking out. I feel like I’m going insane. How do you go the entire day without smelling something that smells like a dead body but appears late with no apparent source?
Is it possible that I’m having a olfactory hallucination?! Does anyone else experience this? I also have stopped eating meat recently because it smells awful to me ever since my accident, so I think something is different with my sense of smell but this is wild.
Just hoping someone else has experienced what I’m going through.
Had a bad concussion about 12 years ago (left temple) and recovered pretty quickly all things considered.
About two years ago I suffered a pretty good ding to the back of my head. Occipital lobe area. And ever since I’ve suffered bouts of headaches, problems with short term memory, issues with recall, reading and overall just feeling... off.
I’ve run the gamut with cognitive tests and head scans and the best I’ve gotten was a run with methylphenidate and Valium.
Every day is a struggle to some degree but occasionally I get flare ups that are just brutal. Like I can’t process conversations, headache (no light sensitivity or aura) and my entire nervous system feels like it wants to jump out of my body like it’s in overdrive. It’s like my brain wants to shut off and my body wants to TAKE off. Meditation and Valium help when these “attacks” occur but no one seems to be able to explain them. I’m hoping SOMEone else out there can at least understand what I’m going through.
Thanks for reading and good luck with the fight, brothers and sisters.
Hi everyone, I'm new here. I am a male in my late thirties from the US. I have battled depression anxiety all my life and finally sought help for it late last year. I was prescribed an antidepressant and later an anti-anxiety medication was added. It took quite a few months to hit a stride but things finally started falling into place.
Three weeks ago, I slipped on stairs and bashed my head into a ceiling beam. The impact was hard enough to make my neck crack (no injury from it) and leave a small bruise and some swelling above one of my eyes. In the seconds following the impact, everything looked bright and I thought I might lose consciousness but ultimately did not. I was home alone so I texted someone to tell them what happened in case I passed out. I sat for a half hour and then got up and was able to drive (probably not smart, I know).
Since then, I have been more easily irritable and incredibly anxious. My short term memory has been scarily bad and I have almost no ability to concentrate. Tasks requiring complex thought easily overwhelm me. I feel like the irritability has maybe improved but the other issues, especially memory, concentration and anxiety, have not.
I have not seen a doctor because, like so many other things, the thought of the cost causes me anxiety. I don't know what to do and I guess I just wanted to vent unless anyone has suggestions.
Hey y'all. I'm super awkward posting anything on reddit, so I'm just gonna get to the point.
I have had multiple concussions in my life. I was roughly 6 when I had my first one by tripping and smacking my head on the concrete, another when I was 25 by hitting myself with a rear hatch door of my car (still don't quite know how I did that one), and again about 1.5-2 years ago when I fainted after getting up too quickly and landed head first on the tile floor. (My parents have also mentioned that I had a couple as a teenager, but I don't really remember what ages I was or what I did that caused them.)
I have suffered with migraines since I was 12 (the really not fun ones where you lay in a dark, cold room with an ice pack on your face and no noise or light and try not to move bc you WILL vomit...). I am now 30. I have lately been experiencing an increased amount of short term memory loss, and wouldn't be fully aware of it without my husband and kids reminding me of things I forget. I've seen several doctor's and they all brush me off saying that I'm a mother of 3 so memory loss is common bc my brain is "too busy," or, my favorite (insert sarcasm) explanation, "your migraines are just triggered by your hormones fluctuating due to your cycle." While I know and have proven that that last bit of info is true, I have been on a form of birth control that has basically stopped my cycle for the last year and still have migraines regularly.
My suspicion is that my migraines and memory loss are both somehow related to the numerous concussions I've had, but every time I ask a doctor, they brush me off. However, in the last month, my headaches are worse than ever, though with more time between them, and my memory loss is also at an all time high.
My question is: what advice do any of you have with these issues? Am I crazy or is it possible that my symptoms are in fact related to previous head trauma? I am at my wit's end with it and am at a complete loss as to how to seek effective help so any advice or information is welcome.
Edit: looking back over texts with my husband, I should also mention I have a light sensitivity (that he finds annoying) and my migraines are occasionally ocular migraines - basically, I lose vision in one eye for a few minutes to a few hours (doesn't happen often, but those freaking hurt).
Hello everyone, I have been lurking for a little. Its late where I am and I am exhausted, so this might not be very clear. Also, id like to thank everyone on this sub. You have all helped me feel a little less alone in all of this.
A little background: I'm 17m and suffered a TBI in January (I was struck by a car in a parking lot and hit the back of my head very hard on the asphalt the way down) It hasnt been diagnosed, but i feel noticeable differences in memory, conversation, and speed of thought. I havent gone to a doctor or anything like that because of my living situation. I couldnt afford it then, and I cant afford it now. (As soon as I can land a job with health insurance i will get checked out by a doctor)
That's not why I'm posting this though. Ive had my pity party and I want to move forward with my life. I want to know what is in store for me for the rest of my life. I know every brain injury is unique, but could anybody let me know what life will be like for me in the future? How can I fight this? How have any of you all taken steps to move forward?
sorry for long post hopefully someone will read it also sorry for my grammar English is my second language been thinking for writing this post for a while but didn't have courage finally today i did it
this is a throwaway account for my privacy issue like my subject line stated i want to know the consequences as i never knew about TBI until last 6 months ago as i was busy searching the web to figure out why i have so much troubles in understanding and following direction and in that random search someone mentioned about TBI and i did more research and realized i am candidate of TBI as well
I am a guy turning 31 by end of this year so here is my story so during the year 2002 July 7 (13 years old) in 3rd world country i was involved in a car wreck i was in the front passenger side had not buckled up the car rolled over 8 times and i was thrown out from the car i dont remember anything at all but i was heavily injured on my face with lots of bruising both my right and left hand fractures my right hand elbow was dislocated
On the left upper side corner my head was bleeding and it was stitched both my ear lob had to be stitched as well mind you all this happened in a third world country physical appearance is all the doctors check luckily i survived and my injuries were cured.
But down the years i struggled allot with school failed all my classes people used to laugh at me and make fun about me telling me how dumb i am as i could barely understand anything.
i was labeled as crazy and it used to hurt me allot on how people think about me but i did not know what was wrong with me i admit i used to get mad at myself as well and i still do like i forget stuff almost instantly like if you give me a task to complete that involves more than 1 activity to it more than like i will not remember it.
i am almost 31 still single no kids no gf trust me i tried dating but it never worked out most of the time they figured out something was wrong with me and they just used me for money when i realized all female want is my money because they cant see any potential with me i quit talking and refused giving money out that also backfired me i was called all kind of name such as weird, funny looking,short, ugly.
how do i support my self?
i work in warehouse where i got fired (2011) as i over heard conversation of my fellow worker talking about me calling me dumbass so i confronted her and exhanged some profanity to her and i was mad so she went to complain about me and the management fired me
same year 2011 few weeks later i got job in another warehouse climate control (still employed there) i think i got lucky there may be my boss felt something is wrong wih me and he has kept me there for long time. i was hired as data processor (sitting job) not physical at all that does refund to client and u have to reach certain quota a day which i never did one gets 3 write ups and they fire you but luckily they didnt fire me after getting more than 3 write ups instead my boss told me i can be material handler that is drop work from the aisle move the pallet to the processing here those pallets are super heavy so i accepted that position and ever since i am doing same thing atleast i have job
so i am a mateial handler i drive forklift and move around pallets and boxes been there for almost 8 years,
i am very lucky to have my mother in my life and she lets me stay with her as long as i pay the utility bills and buy grocery please guys shade some more lights and let me know what happens if tbi is never treated i do have a valid drivers license no tickets as well
p.s currenly i do not take any kind of medication nor do i smoke or drink all i want to know what issue i can be faced with if my tbi has never been treated since 2002.
EDIT: Forget to mention people barely understand me when i talk i have to repeat myself more than 4 times to make them understand, also i consider myself as a slow person also i have difficulties keeping up the conversation and also while talking i have hard time coming up with words and cant talk right and no motivation
Like the title says-- I survived a tbi, and now I want to write a book to help others.
There is just so much to talk about since there hasn't been much written about traumatic brain injuries, I dont know what to focus on... In 2009, I survived a botched robbery where I was shot in the back of my head... I want to ask the brilliant people of reddit to lend their fellow man a helping hand. My contribution will hopefully serve as a reference to the recipients of a tbi, their family members, friends and caregivers, as well as medical personnel in assessing, planning and executing expected and/or common scenarios found in the world of "tbi living" ... Should I write about my life, and all the is encompassed by that? Should I write exclusively about my tbi? And if so, should I focus on a specific niche within this niche? I appreciate any feedback. Please state of you have a tbi or know anybody living with tbi. Thankyou