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How Do You Diagnose A Concussion
Symptoms & exam: Concussions are diagnosed by a pattern of symptoms after a blow to the head. Some doctors also use a computerized test to evaluate brain function. Typical symptoms are headaches, dizziness, poor sleep, grumpiness, and sensitivity to light and sounds. More symptoms are possible, depending upon the area of the brain affected. Examining the injured helps. Ct & MRI scans do not show concussions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 major symptoms: People who are concussed have problems in one or more areas: thinking (foggy, slow, poor concentration, trouble learning) body (headache, blurry vision, nausea, light/sound sensitivity, fatigue) mood (irritability, sadness, nervousness) sleep (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, increased sleep) if you think you have a concussion, rest and see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Very dangerous: There's a syndrome called "second impact syndrome" which can occur as someone has a second concussion while recovering from their first concussion. The resultant injury to the brain can cause malignant cerebral edema (swelling) and this can be fatal- mortality is 50-100%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ratings change: The rating scale of concussion has undergone many changes. In general, a level 2, indicates that the concussion symptoms last longer that about 30 minutes. People with level 2 concussions have not lost consciousness, but individual becomes alert and relatively clear thinking. However, symptoms evolve over time and may last weeks to as long as a year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seek Medical Help: If a concussion is severe enough that there is a loss of consciousness, headaches, nausea/vomiting, blurred or double vision, trouble with thinking, amnesia, or any neurological signs- you need to seek medical attention right away. There may be some underlying structural damage such as a blood clot that may get worse and lead to serious permanent damage. Concussions are seen frequently by ers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The effects of concussions can vary and be unpredictable. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on severity: Ideally, we would prefer that patients don't have any concussions. However, these do happen. The concern with multiple concussions is their cumulative effect. If the concussions occur within a short period of time serious brain injury can occur. The entity of "dementia pugilistica" occurs in boxers who suffer many concussions in a short period of time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: A concussion is a serious injury and should be evaluated by a medical professional, especially if you have lost consciousness, feel nauseous or dizzy. Concussions are impact injuries of the brain and repeat injuries can cause irreversible damage. See your primary care physician, a neurologist, or the er if you think you may have recently sustained one. Don't take it lightly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CONCUSSION: To concus means 'to shake violently'; which is what happens to the brain when the head or trunk is violently impacted. This violent event causes brain injury at the cellular level, which is why symptoms and recovery are vary from person to person. The key to recovery is close follow up with a provider knowledgeable in the concussion who'll monitor symptoms & neurocognitive test results. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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