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Asymptomatic Chiari Malformation with recent Cerebral Concussion

I am a 35 yr. old AI/F w/ADD and a Chiari I Malformation.  In October 06 I spun out of control on a 36' slide with an appoximate 32 degree slope and 6' run off and collided head first into a hay bale and apparently whip lashed back into the hay bale and, therefore, bounced the back of my head twice into this hay bale.  [Hey - you cannot put a 36' slide in front of an ADD patient and expect them to say No! lol]

I immediatley became nausious and a couple of hours later I became extremely angry with my children.

Two days later when I went to work I noticed an abundance of problems (could not process verbal information, could not type, confusion, mood swings, and etc.)  Went to ER and had CT, which found the Chiari Malformation and Partial Opacification Right Mastoid air cells.  Had MRI a month later and found small amount of fluid w/in right mastoid air cells; Inferior Displacement of the cerebellar tonsils, but still located above the odontoid;and Mild inferior cerebellar displacement which represents mild changes of a Chiari Malformation.  [Unremarkable: Ventricles; Sulci; Hydrocephalus; No shift of midline Structures; Intra-axial/extra-axial masses; Intracranial hemorrhage/infarct; visualized orbits;Sella;CP Angles;Sinuses;Left mastoid air cells are clear.]

Neurosurgeon suspects cerebral concussion and I have recently been tested by neuropsyhcology.

It has been over six months since the accident and I am still dealing with the same or additional symptoms and it seems that some have worsened.  Major sleeping disturbances; eyes physically hurting; reversing words in a sentence structure; hearing; daily headaches; mood swings; neck stiffness; depth perception; blurred vision; confusion; verbal processing; and now major depression.

Is it possible that the pre-existing Chiari Malformation is the reason that this concussion will not heal?  Is the fluid in the mastiod air cell contributing to any of these symptoms?  Is there ANYTHING I can do to help myself?
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