General Medical Issues


DEAR PAT:

Dear Pat, my dad told me that my cousin has a brain injury. I am very nervous because my dad said she may get a tumor. What should I do?

DEAR PAT:

Why would a neuropsychologist recommend Ritalin to a person with a traumatic brain injury? Can a brain injury cause Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?

DEAR PAT:

Our son suffered a serious TBI 18 months ago. He remains very spastic in both his upper and lower extremities. He cannot walk or use his hands. What state-of-the-art approaches are being used to help patients with this problem regain normal motor function?

DEAR PAT:

My wife had a postpartum hemorrhage and is in a rehabilitation hospital now. She suffers from lack of oxygen to the brain. Can we classify her as a TBI patient? How can I get more information about her illness and the treatment needed?

DEAR PAT:

Hi Pat, I was in an automobile accident in 1983. I sustained a concussion and was in and out of consciousness for the first 3 to 4 days. The doctors at the time showed no real concern. In 1997, after experiencing severe headaches, I was diagnosed with Chiari I malformation and Hydrocephalus. After having 2 separate surgeries to correct the conditions, I still experience the same symptoms. My question is: Is it possible that the Chiari was triggered by the head injury I sustained over 16 years ago? Since being diagnosed I have done a lot of research, and there does seem to be evidence that any "head injury" may be a contributing factor. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. God Bless you Pat.

DEAR PAT:

I have a cousin that just had an accident that resulted in a brain injury. They discovered in doing x-rays that he has calcium deposits, which the doctor said it was not caused by current trauma-is this to be concerned with? What causes calcium deposits in the brain? Can it be reversed? I have been searching for answers on the web for 2 days and have not found anything. Can you help or lead me in the right direction for answers? Thanks.

DEAR PAT:

My Cousin was 28 years old when she was thrown from a car in an accident and suffered a brain stem injury. She was not expected to live. Yet, she made an almost complete recovery. We were rather happy about here recovery, when she began to fall down a lot. My aunt went with her to the hospital to do some tests, and they discovered numerous brain tumors. They were cancerous, and she has been undergoing chemotherapy for a while now. My whole family has been wondering whether or not the tumors were caused by the accident that happened almost 18 months prior.

DEAR PAT:

My nephew sustained a severe brain injury three weeks ago. It seemed as if he was recovering but this has stopped. At the same time, he continually spikes high fevers. Could these fevers be deteriorating his recovery?

DEAR PAT:

Do you know of any resources available for obtaining a specialized wheelchair for a low-level brain injured patient with no access to financial resources?

DEAR PAT:

It seems like most of your questions are related to severe head injuries. What about the minor ones? I’ve had a headache daily now for over 4 months since being injured. Any advice?

DEAR PAT:

I am a 29-year-old who has suffered several concussions.

1. Bicycle accident at age 6
2. Fall and blow at age 8
3. Fall and blow at age 10
4. Car accident at age 19
5. Car accident at age 28
6. Hockey accident at age 29

The first one resulted in stitches and the 6th one with a loss of memory of the day it happened. I have had headaches for several years and then they went away. The last car accident restarted them. I am now seeing a psychiatrist that is helping me deal with my emotional difficulties such as memory, anger and social skills. I am on a diet that includes fatty acids to help heal my brain. Am I going about things correctly or should I be doing more? After the last accident my wife left me due to my behavior. Thanks for the information as it is helping me understand me.

DEAR PAT:

My mother had a seizure, and was found to have a large mass last month. An MRI was not helpful because the swelling was so great, they cannot see what is inside. She doesn't have insurance, so she was sent home from the hospital and ordered another MRI three weeks later. The swelling had remained the same, but with a new pocket in a new location. She has an appointment to see a neurosurgeon next month. No angiogram was done, and besides the MRIs she has not seen a doctor since being released from the hospital. Worse, her doctor does not return our calls when we have concerns. I am concerned that she is not getting proper care because of her lack of insurance. She was in a car accident in October, and it is possible that this is a related injury from that incident. What will happen to my mom if this swelling continues to increase? Are there other diagnostic tests to see what it could be? I am afraid for her, and I don't think this case is being treated with the appropriate urgency. Am I overreacting, or is this normal for brain injuries?

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