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How Many Brain Cells Does A Concussion Kill
Yes: In the mildest cases there is temporary damage that causes loss of consciousness. There may not be detectable damage, but there is always damage to the brain. Damage for multiple concussions is cummulative. ...Read more
The best explanation is from a Mayo Clinic site:
What is a traumatic brain injury?
TBI is an injury to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head from blunt or penetrating trauma. The injury that occurs at the moment of impact is known as the primary injury. Primary injuries can involve a specific lobe of the brain or can involve the entire brain. Sometimes the skull may be fractured, but not always. During the impact of an accident, the brain crashes back and forth inside the skull causing bruising, bleeding, and tearing of nerve fibers (Fig. 1). Immediately after the accident the person may be confused, not remember what happened, have blurry vision and dizziness, or lose consciousness. At first the person may appear fine, but their condition can decline rapidly. After the initial impact occurs, the brain undergoes a delayed trauma – it swells – pushing itself against the skull and reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood. This is called secondary injury, which is often more damaging than the primary injury. ...Read more
Not clear: The actual changes in the brain after a concussion are not properly understood. After concussion, post-concussive syndrome (pcs) can be from mild to severe. It can include a range of symptoms including (but not limited to) headaches, dizziness, nausea, poor concentration, irritability, anxiety, noise or light sensitivity, depression, fatigue, sleep problems, memory problems. ...Read more
Distortion: The brain undergoes a distortion of the brain and brain stem. The brainstem is fixed in place but the brain can be distorted, putting a stretch on nerve fibers traveling through the brain stem. A kink can develop in the brain stem at the level of the area driving migraine headaches, nausea and vomiting. Fibers in the Reticular Activating Sysem are stretched, causing disturbance of alertness. ...Read more
Many good options:
I advise a diet rich in quality protein ; a variety of fruits ; vegetables. Many supplements improve brain health including b vitamins (esp. B12 if you're deficient), phosphatidylserine, acetyl-l-carnitine, rhodiola, bacopa, vinpocetine, lion's mane mushrooms, ashwagandha and gingko. A good article is at http://bit. Ly/1aadgih
also consider seeing a cranial osteopath- see http://bit. Ly/1czftfh. ...Read more
Is it normal to still have headaches two weeks after a minor concussion? What can I be doing as far as nutrition goes to heal my brain?
See below: Post-traumatic headaches are very frequent and do not suggest brain damage. Nutrition may be now key, as many foods can trigger headaches in chemically susceptible patients. Have found supplements of riboflavin or CoQ10 may be useful. Avoid MSG, aspartame, nitrites, pickled or fermented foods. ...Read more
I have a concussion and have been masterbating. Is this bad for my brain? I just realized it may be detrimental and got nervous. Thanks
Relax. Stay relaxed.: If trying to stay on the safe side, avoid over-using the brain after a concussion. That means don't study too vigorously, don't take an SAT practice test (nor the real thing), and don't spend time worrying about masturbation. Over-worrying is over-using the brain, so over-worrying is to be avoided. Also, if trying to be safe, just think of masturbation as having the intensity of a sport. ...Read more
I have a concussion and had to bend my head forward very quickly to avoid an object thrown from across the room. Could this further hurt my brain??
Sudden head move.: Anything reasonable is possible but unaided injury is highly likely. A sudden stop at 5Gs was proven see by Dr./Col. Stapp decades ago. ...Read more
I here people say you don't fall asleep if you may have a concussion because you may die and what I want to know is how does it physically kill you?
Not true: Of course, at some point everyone who has a concussion goes to sleep; and obviously the vast, vast majority do not die. What we are trying to watch out for in all people who have had a head injury, is a declining mental status which could be a sign of a more serious injury than a concussion such as a head bleed, and that could potentially kill you. ...Read more
I've been masterbating while I have a concussion to pass time, and am now worrying that I am hurting my brain and slowing recovery. Is this the case?
Don't think: It will have any detrimental effectGet a more detailed answer ›
Be evaluated by Dr.: Not all head injuries are concussions. Not all concussions have brain bleeds. The only way to "see" a brain bleed is to have a ct scan, and this only shows larger bleeds (relatively). Start by getting a physical exam by your doctor. If indicated, he or she may order a ct or if it has been a longer period of time, maybe mri. ...Read more
Maybe: Although you probably didn't suffer permanent injury to your brain, multiple concussions can certainly cause permanent neurologic impairment. ...Read more
Brain chemistry: After a concussion, the common symptoms include headache, difficulty with concentration, memory problems, increased irritability. It is known that there is a change in the brain metabolism. The neurons are thus much more sensitive to insults. This is why patients with a concussion are more susceptible to a head injury (the second impact syndrome). ...Read more
Brain cells injured: Concussions, a form of mild traumatic brain injury (tbi), are usually caused by a blow to the head which causes the brain to move within the skull. The force of the brain moving suddenly, often bumping the skull, causes chemicals to leak out of the brain cells. It is important to rest to allow the brain to repair the damage to these delicate cells. Www. Cdc. Gov/concussion/. ...Read more
Back: Symptoms that take longer to recover likely represents a "worst injury". This is seen when the back of the brain is affected, possibly from a fall on the back of the head. The symptoms that are typically predictive of a prolonged recovery are balance issues, fogginess, neck pain, and difficulty concentrating. ...Read more
See: http://www. Sportsconcussion. Co.za/Research/Pathophysiology/2013/The%20Molecular%20Pathophysiology%20of%20Concussive%20Brain%20Injury. Pdf
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy can likely come about with many micro traumas. Our improving imaging tests (eg tractography) show this problem to be more evident. CT and even conventional MRI are blunt instruments and could be negative. ...Read more
That's a big subject: Your question cannot possibly be answered in 400 characters, or 400 words, or 400 lines. For more information, you should read http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/books/NBK185339/. ...Read more
I got a concussion back in late february. Is it possible to still have symptoms? The back of my brain feels weird still.
How long does it take for the brain to heal from a severe concussion bc I had brain surg in 1993-95 ans the concussion was 9/16/13.
Up to a year:
Patients with concussion can have symptoms of headaches, confusion, emotional lability, sleep disorder for 6 months to a year. History of previous brain surgery may prolong the recovery period from concussion.
Check with your doctor to make sure there is no structural problems with the brain, such as edema, bleeding, contusion, that may affect your recovery. ...Read more
Mild concussion at age 9 and a more serious concussion with loc at age 26 is the brain starting over or is their lasting effects from first one?
We don' know yet: The science of concussions is constantly evolving. We can say that over the short term and maybe even the midterm, 18 to 24 months there is definitely a lower threshold of injury to cause concussive episodes. We don' t have the data about concussions sustained 17 years apart. Hopefully as we generate a more complete data base with follow up we will be able to answer that question more definitely. ...Read more
2nd mild concussion in 3 months. What happens to the brain after a 2nd concussion and when they are so close together? Scared I won't be the same!
Still symptomatic?: If you are still symptomatic I recommend rest, both physical and cognitive until symptoms subside. If you are no longer symptomatic do not worry. The brain has cerebral reserve which can accommodate. Remember concussions can be cumulative. Avoid the activities that have caused your head injuries ...Read more
2nd mild concussion in 3 months. What happens to my brain after a second concussion? Afraid I will have no brain left, they were so close together.
Cerebral reserve: Although concussions are cumulative, our brains have sufficient number of brain cells to handle whatever loss results from your concussions. You will not run out ...Read more
What is the longest time it takes a brain to recover from a concussion? Is 3 years was the longest? I got 2con. In 2days.19months later I still have pcs?
Yes: Judging by the way you are typing, it sure appears that you have post concussive syndrome. ...Read more
Had a concussion 5weeks ago. How hard is to get a second concussion/hurt brain? I'm scared i'll hurt myself if I go out, do everyday activities, houswork
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