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Brain Scarring

Hi everyone,
I am 27 years old.  In 2005, I was attacked from behind in a bowling alley parking lot and sustained a concussion.  After recently having done an MRI (for a completely different reason), I discovered there is scarring on the brain from that incident.  I am a little bit spooked by this.  What exactly does this mean?  My neurologist said it is obviously not affecting my ability to do anything – as we do not use all of our brains.  He also mentioned to do my best not to take another blow to the head, obviously – but this is where I am a bit scared.  How exactly can I prevent this?  Every time I get in a car now, I’m worried I’m going to get in a wreck or do something to hit my head.  Should I be this concerned?  I’m just new to this whole concept, and it’s still so fresh in my mind.  
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Scar tissue can happen for a variety of reasons - trauma, strokes, surgery... and the brain can work around some of it. Like real estate, it is all about location location location... and of course size is a factor.

There really is not anything you can do except live a healthy life - avoid stroke risk factors for instance. I don't think there is a real way to avoid trauma as well, no one really looks for that unless you are out on a rugby field. It would have to be pretty severe trauma, like what you had before, to *maybe* cause damage.

I hope that you can come to terms with it and learn to live your life.
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Apparently you didn't suffer from any symptoms so which means other parts of brain took over.  Brain is so unpredictable and some times people with mild concussion suffer from disabling symptoms for long time and some time people with severe brain injury get back to normal life within months.  So you are going to be fine and nothing to worry about.  
1287446 tn?1313951238
Thanks, I hope you are right!  I think my biggest worry right now would be a car wreck, but I guess I can't think about that every time I get in a car..  
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