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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 more
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
Brain trauma: It is a syndrome that occurs when the symptoms of concussion are prolonged. These symptoms include decreased concentration, mood issues, sleep disturbance, and attention difficulty. Neuropsychologic testing is important along with the history and physical in order to best determine the severity and possible treatment. It is purported to be due to damage done on the neuronal level. ...Read more
Had post concussive syndrome for 3yrs. Been for help many places. Not better at all-bit worse then the first year. Its so hard. Will I ever get better? Tha
I certainly hope so: Post-concussion syndrome, as you can attest to, can be challenging to treat. Treatment can include medications, avoiding triggers, neuropsychological treatment, tincture of time and making sure there are not other causes of your symptoms. If I can be of help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more
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 more
My boyfriend has had post concussive syndrome for the last 7 days. What should he lookout for? Should he go to the doctor?
Yes, he should: If he had a head injury which has resulted in ongoing symptoms, it would be very worthwhile to have a doctor evaluate this. ...Read more
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?
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
Had post concussive syndrome for 3yrs. Had 1 more concussion since. If I hit my head another time should I be worried even if my head is only bit worse?
Multiple consussions: Increase the risk of symptoms. Are you living a lifestyle that raises the probability of getting concussed? If so, please think about making some changes w/out becoming overly anxious. ...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 more
Had a minor concussion almost two months ago and still suffer from minor post concussive syndrome, would it be safe to drink alcohol?
No, but: The cause of the syndrome (drooped eye, lack of sweating, pain in the shoulder or arm) is usually lung cancer! first described by hare in the london medical gazette in 1835. Pancoast was a radiologist at penn and said it was incurable. It is cured as frequently as other lung presentations, commonly treated with chemo/rt, then surgery. ...Read more
No.: Asperger's syndrome (which actually no longer a diagnosis in the new dsm-v) is an autisitc spectrum disorder characterized by poor social skills, a lack of understanding social interactions and interpersonal skills as well as being disconnected from others. In now way is fatal. ...Read more
Overall mortality is <2% (so its rare to die).
Tako-tsubo (or 'broken heart') syndrome is a temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. Symptoms mimic a heart attack. These symptoms may be brought on by the heart's reaction to a surge of stress hormones. In tako-tsubo syndrome, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn't pump well. ...Read more
I have a cousin who is down syndrome. Is it true that they die at an early age? And that they don't live longer than 20 years?
No: Although some ds kids have life threatening conditions at birth these are usually recognized & fixed as they would for any other newborn. In life they have many challenges but generally live out a long life if these issues are managed. Expected lifespan of a newborn with ds today exceeds 60 yrs. ...Read more
No: Sjogren's does give you a somewhat increased risk of malignant lymphoma, and it may run with a disease like lupus or scleroderma which you'd know by now whether or not you have. By itself, sjogren's is a nuisance disease. The most dangerous feature is that maybe 1% of patients get a vasculitis that can cause brain dysfunction that mimics multiple sclerosis. Be alert as it's manageable. ...Read more
Nope.: Asperger's syndrome is a high functioning form of autism which affects an individuals communication and their development of social skills. Understanding of others emotions may be a challenge. Many individuals with asperger's are intelligent and successful, however they may have difficulty with interpersonal relationships. ...Read more
Can a women die if she has abortion at 5 months, what are affects of women? If the baby want to come out at 5 months, what Down syndrome baby have?
See below: There are risks with any procedures, but with this procedure the risk is very small. The major problem a woman has after an abortion are muscle cramps and some minor bleeding. At about the 5 months old the child becomes technically viable, that is to say it can survive in an isolate in the ICU with lots of support. A down's syndrome child has a genetic abnormality. Please ask your md these ques. ...Read more
I understand it is contraindicated to use alcohol if you have pots syndrome, but I would really to know if I decide to enjoy some drinks will I die?
Not worth the risk: I would just not drink.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, SJS is serious: Stevens johnson syndrome (eryth. Multi. Major, ten) is a rare but sometimes fatal allergic reaction. A person can have fever, malaise (general discomfort), skin itching, joint aches, and a fairly rapid appearance of reddened spots or patches all over. The rash can have "target" or "bulls-eye" spots, and even blisters. Eye irritation can occur, as well as sores on eyelids, lips, and in the mouth. ...Read more
Actually uncommon: Serotonin syndrome gets a lot of mention, but is actually more often a potential problem than a clinical issue. Concerns with certain medications and drug interactions seem to highlight the category. Best you discuss your current and future medications with risks in mind. A conference with your doctor should answer all of your concerns. ...Read more
It can and it does: Ze patients eventually bleed to death from their eroded stomach linings, if they have not died first as a result of malnutrition from their damaged gut or the direct effects of their tumor. These folks also often have pituitary tumors and parathyroid disease, both life-threatening. Thankfully, ze is generally manageable. I admire your strength in asking -- be brave and beat this thing. ...Read more
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