Am I imagining my Brain injury?
Having slipped on black ice four years ago I suffered with severe headaches, balance problems, vision problems, neckache, nausea, sinus problems, memory, cognitive, organisational skills. A year later I started to be bullied by my two bosses in a subtle way, this continued. I, went through two grievance procedures but couldn't cope with this on top of the work pressure and my continuing symptoms and eventually quit the job. I tried three other jobs couldn't cope with the first two and got made redundant from the last this year due to not being able to take more work on and suffering fatigue. It took me two years before I could drink a small glass of wine without exacerbated headaches and having to crawl to the bathroom the following morning. I received very little support from my Doctors, initially refusing me any diagnostic referrals, telling me to get some glasses sorted when I told them my vision was affected. My repeated requests for cognitive tests were ignored. I have had limited access to rehab. I lost my home because the Doctor refused to provide any more sick notes and I couldn't claim any benefits. I got a solicitor who basically left me to do all the work, I felt like they were supporting the third party instead of me. I travelled down to London the beginning of last year to get a standing MRI of my CCJ and neck because of unremarkable results from a brain MRI and CT scan. The brain MRI which I got two and a half years post accident had just shown several white matter hypertintensities which I was told was normal for my age (54). The upright scan showed I had torn left alar ligament, substantially thinned transverse ligaments, brain herniation and kyphotic clivo-axial angle. Now my medico-legal consultant said I suffered a concussion which would have lasted one month. For the record, his name is Mr Peter Goulding and he practices in the Leeds/Harrogate area. He couldn't open the disc with the images on and refused toeven try. He said I had a history of balance problems before my fall which was an absolute lie, I have my medical records to prove I didn't. he said the torn alar ligaments would be due to an existing neck problem lower down, he didn 't believe I had a DIA which had been suggested by two previous consultants and to cap it all he said it was his belief I had no physical injury. Because of his report I got a meagre compensation settlement. I am still suffering with memory, cognition,organising and fatigue. I go to bed at night my brain still throbs and my eyes still rapidly blink and roll whenshut. I've had to move out of my home yet again because of him. I am so angry , the charges for his shabby report were over £2500 which was taken out of my compensation. Who needs a brain injury when people like this make you ill? I would be grateful for any feedback on this type of injury causing these symptoms or if any one else has had an upright MRI.