Too much too soon?

I had my brain injury four weeks ago, it even feels weird calling it that, and I felt I was doing fine, just some pain at the site of the injury. I had booked a holiday before it happened and I was unsure if I should go as I would be going on my own and with a lot of travelling, but I decided, and my friends told me it would do me good. I had severe seizures at the time of my injury but nothing since. I did go to my doctor before travelling and he said if I felt well enough it was up to me Apart from feeling a little dizzy lying down I felt fine. But for the past four days I have been feeling really dizzy and I actually fell twice. I am walking very slowly but I feel like I am drunk, literally staggering about. I am ok when I'm sitting down. Sorry for rabbiting on, but I feel quite apprehensive, though I am so glad this forum exists. I thought a couple of times about going home as I'm here for another week, but I don't want to give up. I'm not sure what to do so if anyone has any ideas I would be most grateful.


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  • Hi Mary

    It really doesn't sound ideal for you to be alone on holiday if you've so recently had seizures for the first time as a result of a head injury. The symptoms you describe are very similar to those I experienced at the time of my bi but I was advised to take things much more slowly. I have no medical training but I'd advise you to seek medical advice about the changes in your symptoms first thing tomorrow, and be sure to notify someone back home that you're feeling this way as well. If possible, call your own GP too and explain that things have changed somewhat (presuming you're in the uk and not abroad). Did they prescribe any medication for the seizures at the time of the injury? Perhaps you require a different medicine? Whatever is causing the symptoms you're experiencing requires medical investigation. So sorry to hear if your predicament - hope your get sorted out quickly x

  • Hi Elanor. Thank you so much for your reply. I am in Spain having travelled from Portugal. The symptoms I described went away yesterday as quickly as they came. I do feel much better now, but I know that they could come back. I am on medication for back pain which have an anti-epilepsy drug in them as my doctor explained to me. I am now with people who I have stayed with before and they are aware of my situation. I am away for another week, I really don't know what to do.

  • Poor you.....what a time you're having. Perhaps ask your friends opinion (the poeple you're staying with)? They might be better placed to advise as they're actually with you, and they might help you access a local hospital if you still feel poorly. Maybe you were over tired from all the travelling? If you're feeling much better and decide to continue with your holiday, I'd still try and get yourself checked out as soon as you arrive home next week. Wishing you all the best for the rest of your trip. I've been cleared to fly now but still haven't plucked up the courage, so I admire you getting all the way to Spain and Portugal. A bit of sunshine would do me good....I should take a leaf out of your book. Best wishes.

  • Thank you for your message Elenor. I was wondering if I might be tired as I do tire a lot more quickly, and I also wonder if stress can have an effect also. I have overcome several serious physical illnesses in the past few years, and I knew what my physical capabilities were, but this is very different as there are things happening which are different from just feeling pain. I'm not explaining myself very well but it is good to be able to talk to someone who has been through the same thing. I don't think I have been brave Elenor, maybe stupid!xx

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