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For what length of time do symptoms of a concussion take to go away?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Several weeks: In general, the symptoms of a concussion may take up to 6 weeks to go away. The symptoms are varied and include headache, clouded mentation, nausea/vomiting, ringing in the ears, dizziness, fatigue, to name a few. If there is not improvement after about 6 weeks, your physician may get a ct or MRI scan of the brain to make certain that there isn't a structural problem like a subdural hematoma.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Few weeks: A few weeks in general. Changes in your sleep - waking cycle and ability to focus/concentrate may take longer.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

For what length of time do symptoms of a concussion last and when should I go to the doctor?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Duration : Symptoms of concussion are often momentary with brief confusion. When there is any loss of consciousness a person should be seen in the emergency room. For milder symptoms including headache, tiredness or difficulty with balance, symptoms usually clear within 24 yours. However, symptoms may continue for hours to as long as a year. In rare cases symptoms continue permanently.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for all concussion symptoms to go away fully?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Duration of symptoms: The duration of the symptoms of concussion vary with the individual and the condition of their brain before the concussion. Concussion symptoms may extend from minutes, to hours, days, months. Most affected are symptom free by 1 year after concussion, but symptoms may continue for years or be permanent.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Advice? Would my concussion symptoms ever go away?

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Dr. Frederick Nahm
Neurology 27 years experience
Yes: Symptoms from a concussion can last for a long time, but most resolve. Sometimes, other symptoms arise like depression, ptsd, and other emotional and psychological issues, and these can get in the way of recovery, so be sure to share all of this with the provider taking care of you and get the appropriate treatment if needed.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What can you do to make concussion symptoms go away?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Rest: The most important ways to speed healing rest and avoiding further head injury. Avoid strenuous exercise until symptoms have resolved. Treatment of individual symptoms, for instance Ibuprofen for headache.. Avoid sedating medications. Eat a balanced diet and get sufficient sleep.

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