Hi all ,
I'm 23 years old and I recently suffered a head injury just over 3 weeks ago , I was assaulted outside a local bar with a 2 litre glass bottle over the top of my head. I remember events before the injury but don't have any recollection of what actually happened. I was intoxicated at the time and was unconscious for a short time I don't know if the blow to the head caused me to fall and bang the back of my head aswell.
I was taken to A and E and had a small cut cleaned and a scan of my brain which they said was normal. I was told I would have two black eyes for a couple of weeks but that was all the advice I was given , I wish now while writing this I asked for more advice because I did not realise the severity of what happened and what would unfold.
I stayed at home for a week before returning to work and apart from a sore head which painkillers where dealing with I felt fine.
I returned to work after a week and started noticing problems with my vision , a flash of light which looks like a orb moving down the top right corner of my eye to the bottom which comes and goes randomly. A constant static fuzz overlay in my vision. Sensitivity to light and headaches that come and go. Problems when walking feeling a tad of balance. I also lost some of my appetite and started having problems getting to sleep and staying asleep.
I was immediately worried about what was going on and booked an emergency appointment with my GP , one of the doctors was sick that day and the practice was very busy. I understand this but when I was eventually seen the doctor I saw was not taking me seriously and seemed like she was in a rush to get me out.I told her about what happened and how I felt and she advised me to drink milk before bed to help me sleep and see a eye specialist or optician regarding problems with my vision. I went to the GP for reassurance and came away even more anxious than I felt before which was making me feel worse.
I visited a eye hospital close to my work the next day and had my eyes looked at which they said they could not see anything wrong.
Growing in anxiety and worry I went to A&E a few days later they tested my blood , after telling them of the symptoms I was suffering from they adviced me to contact my GP and get referred to a concussion clinic and that it could take me up to 3 weeks to fully recover sometimes longer.
I have since tried to book an appointment with my GP but there is no available appointments until 2-3 weeks.
So it's been 3 weeks now , my black eyes have nearly almost gone. The scab from head has fallen off .I have now been getting pins and needles in my arms hands legs and feet randomly and can feel an odd sensation in my head like some sort of pressure which shifts when I tilt my head. There is also a lump/dent I can feel on my scalp.My neck has been getting stiff. I have not been soicialising since my friends keep saying it's been 3 weeks now your fine but they don't understand what I'm going through. I'm scared to smoke or drink incase it makes me feel worse. I'm scared to play sports. I have lost interest in absolutely everything.the one thing that has kept me going is spending more time with my family.my levels of performance at work has dropped also and I don't want people to think I'm being lazy or anything I just feel absolutely in a mess.
I feel as if my life is collapsing all around me and there's nothing I can do about it and no one cares.
I guess I am just looking for some support and advice as none whatsoever through this whole horrid experience has been given to me and I've been left to google my symptoms which is getting even more worked up as I now think I have a blood clot on my brain. I'm also scared I will randomly have an epileptic fit while I'm by myself as I have read epilepsy can develop after head injurys.
I ideally would like another scan just to put my mind at ease and my vision to return to normal and everything else so I can get on with living my life the way it used to be.
is this normal after a head injury or is there something seriously wrong with me ?!?