How are you? I'm sorry to hear what you have been through for the last few months. Treatment for post concussion is focused on the individual symptoms present since the severity and extent are unique to each person. While symptoms usually resolve after a several months, medications and other adjunctive therapies may also help. Prescription medications may help with headaches and associated symptoms. However, try to avoid overuse of over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers to prevent persistent post-concussion headaches. Certain forms of cognitive therapy as well as relaxation therapy may also be helpful. If anxiety and sometimes depression are present, psychotherapy and anti-anxiety medications may also help. Discuss with your neurologist about your management plan and have regular follow-up. Take care and do keep us posted.
Dr. Santos, THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE! I will definitly try some relaxation therapy and techniques. Currently for my headaches my neurologist has me on fioricet, topamax, imitrex, and diclofenac. For my nausea i am taking meclizine and phenergan. My question is typically how long will the auditory hallucinations last. They came on suddenly, several months after all of the other symptoms had already shown up. They scare me some and just make me feel uneasy. Somedays they are much louder than others. They are especially loud in the middle of the day and at nights lasting until about 3am. It is so hard to sleep,really i do not sleep much at all. Is there anything i can do specifically for them?
Has anyone looked at your neck? You could have at least knocked something out of alignment. Can you find a good chiropractor? I know of one in Illinois, MI, and WA. I took have pcs and a chiropractor helped a lot with the buzzing/ringing I had in my ears after my concussion.
I hope this helps,
PS Has anyone tried neurofeedback (nf)? I saw a neuropsychologist for my pcs and he prescribed nf and it helped a ton.
Achilles, thanks for your response. No, i have not had anyone look at my neck nor have any of my doctors suggested that... Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I will definitely try to get in with a chiropractor ASAP. I have not tried nf and my neurologist has not mentioned it but i am going to address this at my next appointment. Thank you so much!!
Actually i forgot to mention that i had an EEG done and there were abnormalites so i guess that falls in the category of neuro feedback.
Neurofeedback is not an EEG.
We apply electrodes to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and we extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. (All brainwave frequencies are equal, but some are more equal than others….) We show the ebb and flow of this activity back to the person, who attempts to change the activity level. Some frequencies we wish to promote. Others we wish to diminish. We present this information to the person in the form of a video game. The person is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is "shaped" toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies we target, and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address, and specific to the individual.