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Is It Safe To Concussion
I got a concussion almost 5 months ago and am getting my tetanus booster vaccine in a few days? Is a vaccine safe after concussion? Any concerns?
When to sleep: You should be evaluated by a physician after experiencing a concussion. If there is no evidence of bleeding within the skull or brain or significant swelling, and your mental status returns to normal, ask your physician when he will permit sleep. This is usually 4-6 hours after the concussion. ...Read more
Is 500mg of Niacin (no flush) safe to take after a concussion? i read it can help after brain injuries but im not sure. I can't see my doc until june
See below: There are many claims with very little science to support use of supplements for traumatic brain injury. Please see this peer reviewed article from the National Library of Medicine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3205506/ There is no support for the use of Niacin. ...Read more
Unknown: There is no magic number of concussion allowed before not returning to play. You will be at greater risk of another concussion since you have had so many. Each concussion should be evaluated and monitored by a doctor familiar with concussion treatment. If each concussion has completely healed without any residual symptoms you can discuss returning to full contact sports with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: This would depend on whether you have completely recovered from the concussion.Generally most people recover from their concussions by 6-12 weeks after the injury.The way to tell is if all the symptoms of the concussion have resolved-ie. Headaches, dizziness, trouble thinking or focusing, nausea.If they haven't you may need brain imaging first to make certain there is no structural residual problem. ...Read more
How long do concussion symptoms last? how will I know it is safe to workout again if some days I feel great while others I have headaches?
If headaches: are related to concussion it's too early. If due to another issue like a concomitant whiplash ( neck ) injury you can ( and probably should ) do some activities that might speed recovery from the neck / upper back muscle spasm. Avoid even mental gymnastics in the early stages of recovery from TBI as it increases the metabolic demands in the recovering brain. Recovery varies -two years or less ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Yes: 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
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