Help Needed With Brain Injury
Q. 13 Months ago I suffered a fall of 7-8 feet and was diagnosed months later as having a diffuse axonal injury. It was a work related injury and I also had rotator cuff repair. I have been having multiple neuro problems and just found out I have also injured my hearing and will need hearing aids in both ears because of it. My symptoms seem to be getting worse instead of better and I really ..really..think I am loosing my mind. All literature substansiates (sp) what is happening to me. But the med. professionals don’t seem to. But there again…Am I being paranoid ?? I am so messed up ? So scared. They have also diagnosed me as having had “whiplash” with said symptoms. What the hell is going on with me. Visual problems, Hearing loss, Memory problems, worsening in some regards , migraines (breakthroughs) medications are topomax, flexeril, axert, efexor. I don’t want to sound like a hypocondriac, or a whinner. I was hoping to talk to someone live. I really don’t want to whine about my issues :) P.S. Yes it is a workmans comp injury. But I must say, as far as my limited knowledge of how they work is , I think they are being fair. They have spent a fortune. But they just keep handing me off. I have asked for 13 months to have my hearing checked. I WANT to get better. It is as though THEY don’t want me to !! Damndest thing I have ever seen in my life. I need to get better with or with out them though because this is making me sicker. Thank you for what you do for others. I know it helps.
A. I once worked with a team of researchers who specialized in helping individuals and families deal with the after-effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The most common complaint they received, from clients and/or their families, was that there were not enough doctors or specialists who had expertise in TBI.
You need to find a doctor and or a specialized facility that deals with TBI. The doctors you have been seeing may not possess the particular knowledge or training that is needed to treat an individual who has a complex set of neurological injuries. Please check out these resources to get you started. Thanks for writing.
Randle, K. (2008). Help Needed With Brain Injury. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 26, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2008/05/26/help-need-with-brain-injury/