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Concussion (Definition)

An injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered ...Read more


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What kind of test should an athlete go through after suffering a concussion to be cleared to go back into a game. Asking for a friend he’s 30?

Neuro exam: A very specific neurological exam is done on a patient after a concussion to determine when it is safe for them to return to play. ...Read more

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Its been little over 3 months since my concussion. I had a tough time. Is it ok to get back to exercising and what kind of exercise do you recommend?

Its been little over 3 months since my concussion. I had a tough time. Is it ok to get back to exercising and what kind of exercise do you recommend?

See your physician: Returning from a concussion can be a complicated thing. Most concussions resolve spontaneously with no lasting consequences. Provided all symptoms of concussion have resolved (headache, cognitive changes, dizziness, nausea, etc), you have probably cleared the recovery as expected in this time frame. With that said, you've waited this long to return, what's a few more days waiting to see a doc ...Read more

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What do I do if my concussion symptoms are coming back?

What do I do if my concussion symptoms are coming back?

See your doctor: See your doctor right away. Go to the emergency room if you have having the worst headache of your life, chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, visual changes, nausea, vomiting. Some of these can be signs of a brain bleed, heart attack. ...Read more

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How to lose weight an get back into shape after a concussion?

How to lose weight an get back into shape after a concussion?

Easy does it: After a concussion, its best to slowly ease back into your routine. Don't overdo it. You have to re-train yourself to tolerate the same amount of activity you previously were capable of. If your symptoms return, then you need to stop the exercise. Its best to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get a concussion from hitting the back of your head on a wall?

Concussion: Any head injury may cause a concussion. Some are mild, some are moderate, and some are severe. They may cause symptoms of headache, dizziness, nausea, etc. If you retained consciousness and there are no symptoms, you will be alright. ...Read more

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Does it take awhile for a slight concussion to the back of the head to heal?

Yes: A concussion is a "bruise" to the brain. Depending upon the severity and if there is any brain swelling or pressure change in the skull, symptoms can vary widely. It's a good idea to stay in contact with your doctor or neurologist after a head injury to watch for new symptoms but it may take weeks to recover. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my concussion symptoms to leave for a week and then come back?

Is it possible for my concussion symptoms to leave for a week and then come back?

Yes, especially -: -if U have become quite active. This can happen even without head trauma. U should B followed in a clinic with a head injury protocol, under the supervision of a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm on wk 3 of concussion? How much longer? Why can't I go back to work with headaches?

I'm on wk 3 of concussion? How much longer? Why can't I go back to work with headaches?

It may not be...: The headaches that are apparently causing your doc to recommend rest. Rather the headaches are signs that your brain tissue is still healing, & hence, needs to be rested. Please ask your doc (neurologist?) to clarify this for you @ help you understand their thoughts on the criteria for you to start work again. Part time and light duty might be a good starting point. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son who is 5 has plagiocephaly. He now get concussions sometimes when he falls can anything be done to help?

Plagiocephaly: Plagiocephaly and concussions would not be related. If he is falling a lot that is likely due to motor skills and not a result of his plagiocephaly ...Read more

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I have been recovering from back to back concussions for over a year and yesterday someone patted my head four times kinda hard and it still hurts?

I have been recovering from back to back concussions for over a year and yesterday someone patted my head four times kinda hard and it still hurts?

Scalp pain: May take a year to resolve. If you injured a cutaneous nerve and it tried to regrow from its origin and came up against an obstacle (such as scar tissue between the skull and skin) It may form a neuroma. If this is the case tenderness may persist for years. These are issues that are of course separate from the myriad cognitive / behavioral issues that may arise following a single TBI. ...Read more

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I’ve recently found out I have a concussion but not bad enough for a head scan and was allowed home. When am I able to get back to physical activities?

I’ve recently found out I have a concussion but not bad enough for a head scan and was allowed home. When am I able to get back to physical activities?

Call doctor back: Concussions are graded one, two and three. Grade three being a knockout or loss of consciousness.
Call back to find out when its OK. More information is needed as well as your job situation. ...Read more

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Would the weight of a laptop falling over on it's side be enough to give someone a concussion? Can't tell if I had one or If I am just overly anxious.

Would the weight of a laptop falling over on it's side be enough to give someone a concussion? Can't tell if I had one or If I am just overly anxious.

Possibly: A concussion typically causes feeling dazed, headaches, impaired balance and slowed thinking. The weight of an object is not the only variable. It depends on whether it just impacted your head/skull, or if it actually "jolted" your brain to the point of experiencing brain symptoms. Monitor to see if you have the above symptoms. If yes, then avoid mental and physical strain and seek medical care. ...Read more

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Concussion almost 1 month ago, no symptoms for 1 week. Today I feel like some symptoms came back. Why/is that possible or are these things unrelated?

Concussion almost 1 month ago, no symptoms for 1 week. Today I feel like some symptoms came back. Why/is that possible or are these things unrelated?

Waxing waning: The course of a concussive brain injury can wax and wane depending on the severity and presenting symptoms at the time of the injury. It is not uncommon for symptoms to return due to some level of provocation, sometimes very mild in nature. You should discuss with your treating physician and/or TBI specialist. ...Read more

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Can my old concussion be the main cause of back pain and nerve pains?

Can my old concussion be the main cause of back pain and nerve pains?

Generally No: While Concussions are considered a mild brain injury, they are not know to cause pain in back or in extremities. My recommendation is to see a doctor to evaluate your spine for real causes of this back and nerve pain. ...Read more

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Could a pat on my head cause a concussion if I've had repeated falls before?

Could a pat on my head cause a concussion if I've had repeated falls before?

Concussion: It depends on what you call a pat. A light tap on the head should not cause a concussion. A blow to the head or shaking of the head may. ...Read more

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I just got hit in the back of the head with a hockey puck. Would there be obvious symptoms of concussion?

I just got hit in the back of the head with a hockey puck. Would there be obvious symptoms of concussion?

Can be: Some of the more common symptoms include confusion, headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and loss of memory. ...Read more

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Can an accident where a car backed into another car going 5 mph and haed didn't hit anything cause a concussion?

Can an accident where a car backed into another car going 5 mph and haed didn't hit anything cause a concussion?

No: If one car is at 5 mph and the other car is at 0 mph, nobody inside the cars should be worried about a concussion. Otherwise, we humans would be getting concussions all over the place, during our everyday chores, and during all sports activities. Fortunately, we're tougher than that. ...Read more

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I had a concussion and my sense of smell has become all distorted due to it. When will I get it back to normal?

It may not: Loss of smell following head injury is worrisome for breakage of the olfactory fibers going through the cribriform plate. This damage is usually irreversible. ...Read more

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My 6 month old fell and hit the back of her head how do I know if she has a concussion and do I keep her awake if so for how long?

My 6 month old fell and hit the back of her head how do I know if she has a concussion and do I keep her awake if so for how long?

Watch over the next: Day or so. It would be extremely unlikely to have significant bleeding, but watch for unusual sleepiness, difference in pupil size, nausea/vomitting. Concussions have variable presentation and symptoms can show up even much later. You know your child best, and can tell if there is anything worrisome going on. I would not necessarily keep her awake, but stick to a routine sleep schedule. ...Read more

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After a sports concussion, after how many months before you are back to normal, and consider yourself as having had zero concussions?

Never: Injury from concussion is cumulative over time. It's more dangerous to have them close together, but the risk never goes down to the level of folks who never had one before, even with years between them. Always consider the importance of high risk activities if you have a history. If you've had more than 2 in a season you may consider not participating. Talk to your doc if you have questions. ...Read more

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Had a concussion a year or so before. Last night someone whipped a ping pong ball and it hit the back of my head? Should I be worried?

Had a concussion a year or so before. Last night someone whipped a ping pong ball and it hit the back of my head? Should I be worried?

Probably not: It is very unlikely a ping pong ball would create enough force to cause a concussion, even if it was hit very hard. Observe yourself for headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, memory and concentration problems and other post-concussive symptoms. Seek medical attention if these develop and last beyond a day. If I can be of help then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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I leaned back a bit on my bed's cushioned headboard, on the top of my head. I tapped it a bit. Could I get a concussion if I had one months ago?

I leaned back a bit on my bed's cushioned headboard, on the top of my head. I tapped it a bit. Could I get a concussion if I had one months ago?

Head trauma: From your description it does not sound serious and any symptoms related would have started earlier. If you have any other neurologic deficits and these make a consult and we can discuss it further. ...Read more

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Had a concussion from car wreck 11-23-12. Been passing out 12 times since then. Falling tp floor or sitting in car. One EEG was slightly abnormal the?

Had a concussion from car wreck 11-23-12. Been passing out 12 times since then. Falling tp floor or sitting in car. One EEG was slightly abnormal the?

Get more work-up: Although you may have had a work-up when you were first in the hospital, your specialist may want another set of studies. In particular, a ct or MRI scan of the brain is useful to ensure that there are no structural lesions such as a subdural blood clot or hydrocephalus. Another eeg might be useful if yourr symptoms are getting worse. ...Read more