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Male, early thirties. Head injury occurred in May 2013. Fell off bike (wearing helmet thankfully). But the knock was severe and I had concussion. A few days later I noticed that the entire right hand side of my body from head to toe was numb. I mean exactly half of my body including the right half of my genitals. When I say numbness, I mean a reduced appreciation of light touch. I also experienced severe sensitivity to bright light, reduction in hearing in right ear (high frequencies), my eye muscles on my right side are weak (probably because of the numbness) because I was getting double vision when looking to the extreme right/left/up/down, the right side of my face slightly drooped (including slight eyelid droop), my speech is sometimes slurred, the right side of my tongue droops, I can barely feel my teeth on my right side. I can barely feel my right foot touching the ground and I dont feel like I'm moving it forward by the same gait as my left leg. I'm right handed and when I'm not looking at something I make mistakes e.g. I'd been very good at touch-typing but not since the accident - I need to be looking at what im pressing with my right hand. All of these symptoms get worse when my body is tired, such as after excercise, late at night or when I've been sat at computer desk for a number of hours, or after 4-6 units of alcohol. I am lucky in that I do not normally experience any headaches, but after the accident I experienced the most awful headaches I could have imagined. These have since drastically reduced in frequency and severity. This is almost the 18th month after the accident, and the 'numbness' remains. I believe that this sensory reduction on my right side is the reason for the double visison (which now only occurs when I look in an extremely downward direction), poor hearing (persistent reduction in hearing high frequencies - often only hearing 'muffled' sounds), slight change in gait of right leg, bright light sensitivity issue (mainly white lights/the sun), and slurred speech. I still can't 'feel' for things in the same way as I used to, and in the same way as my left side. When I smile, it looks like I'm smiling more on my left side than my right side e.g. my face is not symettrical.
I didn't realise it at the time, but I appear to have chipped a bone in my right hand (right side of hand) at the same time. My right hand is still permanently slightly swollen but only gives a short sharp deep pain every so often (like once a week). Also, after excercise (running and cycling) I noticed that the lymph nodes on my right side swell up - particularly so near my right hip.
My question is, now that 18 months have passed, I now assume that these issues are permanent... would I be right in thinking that?
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