Hi, just thought I would share my tale as I thought I had got the PCS beaten,but seem to be having a relapse.
In February of this year, I was involved in an RTA on black ice, early one morning.Not overly fast,as I was aware there was ice around and was driving slow. However, I span my Suzuki Jeep twice, broke 6 ribs and banged my head on the door pillar and head restraints quite severely. Got ambulanced into my local A n E dept, where they checked me over and assessed my pain. Mainly from the rib injury and a headache, but nothing which seemed severe. Sent me home and told me to rest up, signed of for 6 to 8 weeks to let ribs heal. No advice ref headaches. Over the next 8 days my headaches increased in severity and I returned twice to the A n E dept. At no time was i given any form of x ray or mri scan, but eventually I presented my symptoms to a young consultant, who said "You have post concussion syndrome"! After he explained it to me, the jigsaw of symptoms fitted and I went home, advised to rest, but excersise, cycle and keep my stress levels down. Sadly due to my accident and losing my transport etc. I was forced to resign my job and concentrate on recovery. Over the next three to four months,I had suffered from a general "woolly" feeling, headaches and a feeling of being "dis jointed" or just "vague". At one time I described it as feeling like I was in one of those B Movie martial arts films from the 80's with bad dubbing. I felt all "out of sync" with my life. Luckily I had some savings,so did not need to stress over money. After 4 to 5 months, I felt better, but not 100% , though my safety net was running out and I needed to start job hunting. I was still suffering from bad headaches and sometimes in certain locations I just felt an urge to "get out" especially big crowds and supermarkets. I started looking for jobs and got some temp work driving, this was when I started to notice the problem was still haunting me. If I had tasks to do,which were simple and "mapped out" I was fine, doing the same route, same customers,ok. Change the route,the customers or any other variables and I was having almost panic attacks and savage headaches. My concentration, my sharp wit and my ability to be clear and concise, was deserting me. I finished that temp role and progressed into another, yet lasted three days, before the stress of the politics and the way the job was looking freaked me out. My belief in my own abilities seemed to be draining from me. Through this time,I had been taking over the counter headache meds (not working) and trying to cycle,which seemed to give me some relief. I am now nearly 8 months in, just seen another GP, who has prescribed me Amitryptaline and signed me off for another month.Plus is going to get me a neurology appointment. So I am back to square one and shortly will be financially ruined as my savings have gone. "Stay stress free" says the GP lol. So I feel light headed, have trouble in busy places or with bright lights, I have savage headaches and I seem exhausted. My memory seems shot and I just feel "vague" and "disjointed" from reality. None of which are traits I normally have, Thanks for listening. Any tips gratefully received. Ian