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what are the effects of altitude on a week-old concussion?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Depends: If you live at sea level (san luis obispo) you probably would not benefit from traveling to a high altitute place ( eg. Denver) as the metabolic demands are increased during the early stages of recovery from tbi / concussion. If your used to life near sea level it takes time for you to get used to being at high altitute. It has to do with oxygen dissociation from hemoglobin in the red blood cel.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the lasting effects from a concussion?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 32 years experience
Many: A concussion is a microscopic brain injury. Symptoms depend on what part of the brain was injured. Poor memory and concentration, anxiety, insomnia, confusion are the most common symptoms. In most cases, symptoms improve over time. If the symptoms are bad enough, they can be treated medically. For example, I use alzheimers drugs on people with poor memory.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does a concussion always cause permanent damage?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
No: Most concussions do not cause lasting damage. Concussions are a brain injury caused by a blow to the head. While the concussion is healing you should take it easy, avoid physical exertion, and may need to take a break from work or school. Avoid being hit again. Concussions are serious, you should see your doctor. The CDC has a website explaining them and how to manage them: www.Cdc.Gov/concussion.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can a doctor help a concussion?

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Dr. J.Milo Sewards
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Identify one early: There isn't anything a doctor can do to "help" a concussion get better faster. However, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion to help avoid making it worse. A doctor can help diagnose the concussion, identify activities that should be avoided to let the concussion resolve, and help avoid the "post-concussion syndrome.".
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long should I wait after being diagnosed with a concussion before playing again?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Until healed: Concussions are a brain injury. When your brain is concussed chemical changes occur. You need to rest your brain (no physical activity or school/work stress) until the brain heals. This process takes a different amount of time for each person. Your doctor may choose to use a computerized test to help assess your progress along with your symptoms. www.cdc.gov/concussion/.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose a concussion?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Symptoms & exam: Concussions are diagnosed by a pattern of symptoms after a blow to the head. Some doctors also use a computerized test to evaluate brain function. Typical symptoms are headaches, dizziness, poor sleep, grumpiness, and sensitivity to light and sounds. More symptoms are possible, depending upon the area of the brain affected. Examining the injured helps. Ct & MRI scans do not show concussions.
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
diagnosed by clinical tests of balance, cognitive function (memory, reaction time, orientation), neurological exam, subjective complaints
Jan 24, 2013

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