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Question about recovery.

Hello. So in June of 2011, I was assaulted from behind while walking in to a McDonalds. At the time I was intoxicated, as I was coming back from the Fremont St Experience in Las Vegas. I was brought to the hospital after complaining about severe dizziness and head pain. CT scan showed a contusion and hematoma on the left frontal lobe. I was there for 3 days before they released me, as the bleed was not getting any worse. I went home and stayed in bed, only getting up to use the restroom, shower and eat for the first month. In the beginning of August, I was feeling back to my normal self. So I started working again, drinking and living a normal life. Then in September, I woke up one morning with strange symptoms. Dizziness, numbness in hands and face, trouble thinking and concentrating, memory problems and other things. One night I woke up feeling very scared and out of my mind....so I went to the ER. I explained what was going on with me and told them about the sudden symptoms. They told me I have Post-Concussion Syndrome.

So here I am, almost 7 months post injury. I'm miserable. My cognitive problems have not improved, I have trouble remembering things, I have massive anxiety and panic attacks, I have a hard time learning things, can't follow along when people talk to me, I have trouble doing multi-step tasks like cooking, I can't watch TV for more than 20 minutes without becoming a space cadet, I can't play video games for more than 2 minutes or I become very very foggy....basically I can't do anything and I don't feel like I'm getting any better. I have a neurologist that I'm seeing, but he's no help. He doesn't even tell me what I should be doing to improve my recovery. I'm on medication for anxiety and depression as my day revolves around thinking about how bad my symptoms are, I tried cognitive behavioral therapy and I felt like it was pointless. I couldn't even keep up with what the guy was talking about, even though he kept it simple and I could only remember one thing we talked about.

I'm eating 3 meals a day, I've been taking Vitamin C, B12, Brain Power, One-a-Day every day for 2 months now, I drink tons of vitamin water and Powerade, I don't drink alcohol or do any drugs or smoke cigarettes. I usually just stay home and do nothing because when I go out my brain becomes overwhelmed.

Is this as good as it gets? I know it takes awhile to heal but since I don't feel like i've been making any improvements, could this be what i have to live with for the rest of my life? I want to go back to work. I have an 8 month old son that needs me. I had to cancel my enrollment to medical school because there is no way my brain can handle the stressloads of school.....What do I do?

Any help and incite would be appreciated.
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I wish I had something to offer that would be of help.  
I wanted to post just to give you my support.  I cannot imagine what you are going through.  
You are doing so many positive things for yourself.  You have tried to improve your situation even when it was scary and overwhelming.  
Keep up the fight. You have a cheerleading squad here.
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Thank you for your response. I appreciate the support very much :).
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Still looking for a response from somebody that has been through a similar experience as mine. Would help to know if there is a light at the end of the tunnel...I'm becoming impatient and frustrated with how I feel all the time.
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