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Does a concussion always cause permanent damage?

Does a concussion always cause permanent damage?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Definition)

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


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Will a one time concussion cause permanent damage as articles all over the net suggest? I was knocked out for 5 seconds and had no lingering symptoms.

Research is underway: We're still learning about the long-term impact of concussion on the brain as we age. Given that you blacked out, that is concerning. However, the duration was 5 seconds and you didn't have any symptoms. Continue to monitor for now and see your PCP or a neurologist if you have new neurologic symptoms or concerns. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/concussion.html ...Read more

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I have a concussion and smoke 2 cigs a day? I know nicotine decreases blood flow, will this cause permanent damage?

I have a concussion and smoke 2 cigs a day? I know nicotine decreases blood flow, will this cause permanent damage?

Yes but not that way: Smoking damages many body parts, &may be permanent. Smoking causes cell mutation in respiratory tract, which can be permanent &eventually lead to cancer. Smoking also damages circulatory system so eventually can cause stroke &heart attack, which again causes permanent damage. Smoking also damages lung tissue which leads to emphysema, also permanent. But won't affect a concussion. ...Read more

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Had a concussion in july. constant headache eversince. Clear CATscan. Drinking now will worsen symptoms, but will it cause permanent cognitive damage?

Not permanent: transient , neurological injury with out having any permanent residual symptoms is called conclusion , if you have symptoms this long is no longer concussion . See your doctor for re-evaluation of your condition . ...Read more

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I have a moderate concussion and had the worst rage fits all weekend. Will this anger cause permanent brain damage or cause aneurysms to form??

I have a moderate concussion and had the worst rage fits all weekend. Will this anger cause permanent brain damage or cause aneurysms to form??

Unlikely : Hi, it is unlikely that episodes of anger by itself will cause a significant increase in blood pressure to cause aneurysms to form or brain damage, however if you have high blood pressure normally this can be treated to reduce your risk. ...Read more

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What causes a concussion?

What causes a concussion?

Concussion: Concussions typically can occur after a head injury. It doesn't have to be a severe head injury or have loss of consciousness. It depends on the severity of the injury. The symptoms can include headache, dizziness, vision change (blurred vision/ double vision), nausea/vomiting. If your symptoms or headache are severe, or if you have a loss of consciousness, you should get evaluated immediately ...Read more

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What can cause a concussion?

Impact to head: Concussion is due to the brain absorbing force in either a direct or tangential force that causes the brain to "slosh" around inside the skull. This can cause neurological deficits that are usually temporary. Repeated concussions can lead to permanent brain damage, especially if they occur repeatedly before the effects of the prior concussion has resolved. Rarely in this situation death can occur. ...Read more

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Could a concussion cause reading problems?

Yes: Causes brain injury and can be a problem w vision and even severe enough to cause senility. ...Read more

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How much force is needed to cause a concussion?

How much force is needed to cause a concussion?

Difficult to answer: There are too many potential variables to give an answer that would be useful. However - most experts consider it to be a concussion if a head injury is associated with an immediate alteration in consciousness. That is either being "knocked out" or dazed or confused. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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