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Old 04-10-14, 07:30 AM   #26
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As a diver, I hit my head on a dive on time when I was a teen. It made me lose my fearlessness and I backed away from diving after that. Had tunnel vision and complete loss of vision with decreasing frequency over the next 2-3 years. Scared the **** out of me that the next time it happened I was going to be behind the wheel of a car. Never happened, but that feeling of not having any control freaked me the hell out.
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Eh, it lasted like a few seconds usually and really only happened when I was going up or down stairs or standing up suddently (I was a runner and did other sports and never had it happen, so it wasn't an exertion thing). I was just a kid and was afraid it meant something was really wrong, so I never told anyone figuring that if I did, I'd have to have tests done, they'd find out it was something serious, and that'd make it real. If no one knew and I wasn't tested, it couldn't be real. That's how kids think you know.

But yeah, it'd start at the edges of my vision turning black and staticky, and then the black edges would expand and the parts I could see would contract until they were partially or fully gone and there'd be black with bits of white static and then a 5-15 or so seconds later it'd go away. 15 seconds isn't a long time, but each time you're not sure if it's ever going to come back and it gets kind of scary. Especially if you're trying to be calm and hide it so no one finds out that there's something wrong with you.
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Old 04-10-14, 07:41 AM   #28
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. The other thing about head injuries is that you are more susceptible to further damage once you have one. Understand the risk that you (and I for that matter) are taking.

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This. You had at least a mild to moderate brain injury. It does make you suceptible to greater damage from the next injury to your brain. Of course everyone is at risk of a brain injury in most any activity, but your risk is somewhat higher. Doesn't mean you shouldn't race. It is however a fact that you need to take into consideration for your own risk/reward calculations.
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Eh, it lasted like a few seconds usually and really only happened when I was going up or down stairs or standing up suddently (I was a runner and did other sports and never had it happen, so it wasn't an exertion thing). I was just a kid and was afraid it meant something was really wrong, so I never told anyone figuring that if I did, I'd have to have tests done, they'd find out it was something serious, and that'd make it real. If no one knew and I wasn't tested, it couldn't be real. That's how kids think you know.

But yeah, it'd start at the edges of my vision turning black and staticky, and then the black edges would expand and the parts I could see would contract until they were partially or fully gone and there'd be black with bits of white static and then a 5-15 or so seconds later it'd go away. 15 seconds isn't a long time, but each time you're not sure if it's ever going to come back and it gets kind of scary. Especially if you're trying to be calm and hide it so no one finds out that there's something wrong with you.
Oh I used to have that. I was a kid in my teens, and when I get up, I think not enough blood would go to my brain, and I end up seeing static (like static on a broken TV) for a couple of seconds. It only happened on occasion, when I've been sitting around for a long period of time, like watching tv or something. I would just stand still, and wait for it to pass. Once, I actually blacked out briefly and ended up sideways on the floor the next second. I don't know wth happened, but it doesn't happen anymore.

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Old 04-10-14, 08:42 AM   #30
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Oh I used to have that. I was a kid in my teens, and when I get up, I think not enough blood would go to my brain, and I end up seeing static (like static on a broken TV) for a couple of seconds. It only happened on occasion, when I've been sitting around for a long period of time, like watching tv or something. I would just stand still, and wait for it to pass. Once, I actually blacked out briefly and ended up sideways on the floor the next second. I don't know wth happened, but it doesn't happen anymore.
My main training partner and teammate sweats a lot. I've only seen one or two others sweat this much. He has a big challenge staying hydrated (even though he drinks a ton), and your symptoms match his. Hydration was the cause that came out of a visit to a cardiologist and a neurologist. Hydration is important, so if you're not sure you're getting enough water, get more.
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I have the same issue as your teammate. Add low blood pressure (100/65 yesterday) and I get dizziness after hard training and racing. The other indicator is some scar tissue I have in my right hamstring. It lets me know when I'm not drinking enough on the bike.
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