Q. Can childhood head injuries cause bad coordination later in life?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 28, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 14, 2020

Hi doctor,

For four years I have the really bad coordination. I fumble things a lot. I am very clumsy, weak, tired and I pee all the time. I drag my feet along the ground while walking and my legs do not work when I try to stand, but that is a rare thing for me. I have memory issues, moderate vertigo, blurry and double vision and often trouble using my hands. Severe anxiety and depression, but I do not have any emotions. My mood changes rapidly. Sometimes, while talking I slur my words and I often have jumbled speech. When I was 15, I was kicked and punched in the head while I was sitting down and I was unconscious for about 10 minutes. Also, when I was around 8 to 10 years old, I fell off from the roof and twisted my vertebrae. I have done my brain scan and spine scan. Please help me.

 

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Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concerns. From the available description there are two possibilities which need proper evaluation.

  • The first is a punch-drunk syndrome. The disorder is common in those who have repeated trauma to head and present with varying mixtures of symptoms as described in your query.
  • The second possibility is depression along with anxiety. Anxiety itself can present with varying symptoms and generally present in an episodic manner as in your case.
  • For proper diagnosis, there is a definite need for MRI brain (magnetic resonance imaging), which can reveal the true damage across the different areas of the brain.
  • In punch-drunk syndrome, there will be lesions in different areas of the brain and while in anxiety, no specific findings are present.

For further information consult a neurologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/neurologist


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