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  • #46360

    Chabert
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    hello,

    I had a skull fracture when I was 4 or 5 years old (I fell from the stairs to the basement and landed on glass or metal). I had to remain for a month or 2 in hospital.

    I have been suffering from Mental health since I can remember.

    I have read that the brain can be damaged following a skull fracture. In fact, 26 years ago, when I was living in Paris, I had a brain scan (I believe it was a MRI)and the specialist told me that a part of my brain is permanently damaged (he used the word atrophied).

    I told this to the mental health community service where I live (Greenock Scotland). They performed a CAT scan at the hospital and they say that they don’t see any damage on my brain. However, the cat scan took a few minutes. Whether the scan I went through (I believe it was a MRI scan) took a long time, at least half an hour.

    So my question is, can I ask my GP to refer me for an extensive brain MRI scan ?

    #46363

    AnnieD
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    Hello Chabert

    Welcome to the forum! I’m so sorry to hear about your awful accident as a child. I know there are times when scans can pick up physical problems that could lead to symptoms of mental health issues, for example – a tumour, which is probably why they did a CAT scan, as it usually provides more detail on head injuries.

    I’ve had a quick google, and it says that ‘MRI can show the very small abnormalities that can cause seizures or developmental delay. MRI shows this in children better than x-rays or CT scanning.’ Does your current GP have access to your French health records? I would look to speak with your GP about this.

    Hopefully someone else on this forum can share some more useful words of wisdom for you…

    take care & best wishes AnnieD

    #46364

    Chabert
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    thank you.

    My GP does not have access to my French Medical record.

    Unfortunately, the French health services keep the medical records for the last 10 years and I have been living in the UK since 2001. So I cannot access my french medical records either.

    #46365

    lc
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    Hi Chabert, I have heard of your condition following injury, I don’t really know the answer to your question, but cannot see any problem in going back to GP and have a chat with him/her and tell them, what you have just posted on this site, and just ask or ask if you can get referred to a specialist in brain injury/and function, just to confirm if /if not your childhood injury is related to your mental health along with evidence like an MRI or other sort of brain scan.
    also tell your GP that it is concerning you,as it obviously is worrying you a bit as you would not have posted on here.
    Hope you find answers to your question soon take care and best wishes. Lee

    #46367

    Chabert
    Participant

    thanks.

    #46368

    PaulT_99
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    There should be no issues in requesting this.

    I had to have a full brain MRI last year as part of my pain management diagnostics in finding out why i am in so much pain. They said then the detail is much greater with an MRI which is why they do it.
    Got to say, its very difficult to lay totally still for 45mins !, even though they put your head in a clamp.

    #46520

    Chabert
    Participant

    I had my gp refer me for a MRI scan, but the department for the MRI scan in Glasgow rejected the referal. My doctor forwarded the referal to my local mental health team to ask them to refer me. I also sent a letter to my local mental health team to request a referal for a MRI scan. What happen if the referal is rejected again.

    I looked into private MRI and it too much expensive and I do not know if my insurance will cover it (anyway, I cannot afford the advance of the money, we are talking an amount around £700).

    #46521

    AnnieD
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    Hi Chabert sorry to hear your Gp referral did not go through, what was the reason given? I think it would be good to find out before considering next steos. Hope your mental health team one works out so do keep us updated best wishes AnnieD

    #46524

    Chabert
    Participant

    The reason given was that the referral has to be made through the mental health team.

    #46525

    AnnieD
    Participant

    Ok so as long as your mental health team are happy to do this, think positive and I can therefore see no reason for this to be refused. Keep us updated best wishes AnnieD

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