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Can You Die From Post Concussive Syndrome
Time and activity: Unfortunately, the only intervention that has been proven to speed up the recovery time of postconcussive syndrome is light exercise. The best thing to do is stay active as much as possible, and advance your level of activity as tolerated. While there are symptomatic treatments for some aspects of the disease (headache, insomnia, vertigo), they do not help with recovery. ...Read more
Varies in everyone: By definition, post concussion syndrome means the concussion symptoms have been present >6 weeks. If you are referring to PCS, that can take months to go away. If you mean simply symptoms after having the actual concussion, those typically go away in 7-10 days. Either way, rest is crucial. Cognitive (rest from reading, concentrating work, analyzing things) & physical (rest from sports, etc). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
As common as...: It is as common as a whack on the head. Almost any whack on the head (or sudden turning of the head) can lead to post-concussive syndrome. We used to say that you have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Now we know that it takes a lot less to have symptoms. If this is you, see your doc right away. ...Read more
Prolonged concussion: Symptoms of concussion usually resolve after a week or 2 but can persist. Post concussive syndrome describes symptoms lasting for a prolonged time (many consider 6 weeks or more). Pcs should be managed by a doctor experienced with concussion management and rest from certain activities, medication, and cognitive therapy and counseling can all be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Post-concussion: No simple answer because the manifestations are so diverse. Common symptoms include headache, dizziness, sleep disruption, irritability, cognitive dysfunction, visual disturbance. Your treatment options are best determined in concert with a physician expert in tbi treatment. Your mix of problems will be unique to you so your treatment needs will be unique to you. ...Read more
Rest: The best treatment for post concussive syndrome is rest and avoidance of any further potential heavy contact or impact activities that caused it in the first place. I am not aware of anything else that would speed up recovery. Recovery often takes about 2-3 weeks minimum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My boyfriend has had post concussive syndrome for the last 7 days. What should he lookout for? Should he go to the doctor?
Three weeks ago I suffered a mild concussion. Over the last couple weeks, i have displayed symptoms of post concussive syndrome. Safe to air travel?
Yes: Generally speaking it is safe to travel with concussion, although the altitude change may give you a headache. Tylenol should help. Be sure you have seen a doctor and they made sure this is "Post Concussion Syndrome" and not something more serious beforehand. Symptoms lasting past 10-14 days should be consulted by a neurologist and perhaps even a MRI to be sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more
Is having post concussive syndrome something to worry about? My wife is upset since my daughter's doctor visit.
Tincture of time: Post concussive syndrome occurs in the weeks and months following a concussion or even a minor head injury. This is usually a constellation of headaches, memory problems and personality changes which are most often self limited and resolve just with passing time. This is not a major illness but can cause significant disruption of a person's life if symptoms are severe enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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