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Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a hangover if I fell down drunk?

Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a hangover if I fell down drunk?

Duration of symptoms: The difference is the duration of symptoms. The symptoms of a hangover should resolve quickly, within a day. On the other hand, symptoms of a concussion can take much longer to resolve. However, these persistent symptoms can be subtle. As you recover from a concussion, you may experience symptoms during exercise or physical exertion. Be on the lookout for these. ...Read more

Hangover (Definition)

Various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following the consumption of wine, beer and distilled spirits. Hangovers can last for several hours or for more than 24 hours. Typical symptoms of a hangover may include headache, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, absence of hunger, depression, sweating, ...Read more


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Yesterday I tripped and hit my head while walking up the stairs. Later I got drunk but I recall the events before/after. Concussion or hangover?

Yesterday I tripped and hit my head while walking up the stairs. Later I got drunk but I recall the events before/after. Concussion or hangover?

Have no idea: Because you haven't listed any symptoms of either condition. Getting drunk after a head injury doesn't sound like its using your best judgement, or even just common sense. If you have symptoms of a concussion (dizziness, imbalance, nausea, vomiting, headache, or any neurological complaints) see your doctor. A hangover is marked by nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and can have headache. See your Dr. ...Read more

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If you got hit pretty hard and blacked out while you were drunk. How do you know if you've had a concussion or just had too much to drink?

If you got hit pretty hard and blacked out while you were drunk. How do you know if you've had a concussion or just had too much to drink?

Hard to say: Black outs if they preceeded the knock on the head are probably alcohol related. I would talk with my doctor and track any symptoms and signs of cognitive issues in the next 2 weeks. Balance, vision issues, inattentiveness, fatigue, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, etc. ...Read more

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I was very drunk last night and walked into a pole. It swelled up right above my eye. I recall the event and most things after. Concussion?

I was very drunk last night and walked into a pole. It swelled up right above my eye. I recall the event and most things after. Concussion?

Not likely from Hx: Do you recall the details before & after the event? What or how did you feel when you got attacked by this rogue pole? Were you dazed or disoriented (aside from the disorientation from the alcohol). If you weren't dazed or lost consciousness then, you probably didn't suffer a concussion just a pretty good smack to the face & a shiner to show but no TBI. You should report the pole to the police. ...Read more

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Took two extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) and got drunk last night. Now next night have headache and nausea am I ok? 23 yo male. Concussion 6 weeks ago. Healthy

Took two extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) and got drunk last night. Now next night have headache and nausea am I ok? 23 yo male. Concussion 6 weeks ago. Healthy

Headache and nausea: Your symptoms are likely only due to the alcohol. The concussion 6 weeks ago should not be an issue if you were feeling well up until the time you got drunk. Still, alcohol and extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not a good mix. Two pills of the Tylenol (acetaminophen), however, would not be a problem, even with the alcohol. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can get drunk with out the hangover?

Can I tell me how I can get drunk with out the hangover?

Well, you can't: And this is a pro-health site. Am sure there are plenty of places on the internet to get advice about more effective ways to hurt oneself, but I am not one of them. People who want to get drunk often enough so that they are concerned about the downside to want to eliminate the downside rather than the drunk, are people with alcohol problems. If you get help for that, it will solve hangovers. ...Read more

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Hi I've been drinking a lot for the past 4 nights 3 of them getting drunk but yesterday I got through the hangover and now my hearts racing like mad?

Hi I've been drinking a lot for the past 4 nights 3 of them getting drunk but yesterday I got through the hangover and now my hearts racing like mad?

Dehydration: It is likely that you are still very dehydrated from the excessive alcohol consumption and the fast heart beat could be a result of this. If you have any other symptoms such as chest pain or if this issues fails to resolve after increasing your water intake, you need to go to the emergency department to get evaluated and treated ...Read more

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My friend got really drunk tonight and is throwing up. What is the quickest hangover remedy?

My friend got really drunk tonight and is throwing up. What is the quickest hangover remedy?

He may not feel: Very well for a while. Recommend hydration. Water is usually fine. Sometimes people drink fresh juices. Rest is important. Avoid caffeine (if will just dehydrate him more). If he isn't able to keep liquids down, he might need intravenous fluids. ...Read more

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I am on suboxone. I find when I drink alcohol I can drink 3 times as much as I used to. I don't get as drunk & never get a hangover. Why is this?

I am on suboxone. I find when I drink alcohol I can drink 3 times as much as I used to. I don't get as drunk & never get a hangover. Why is this?

Not a good idea: By and large, and despite some anecdotes to contradict this, mixing and opiate or partial opiate agonist like Suboxone (a component of Naltrexone) is NOT a good idea. On the contrary, both can depress the central nervous system, and cause from driving to any activity requiring full attention. Maybe a part time effect from the other component (Naltrexone) will increase the alcohol tolerance. ...Read more

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If you drink, but don't get drunk, you still get hangover next morning? I feel nauseous but don't know if it is a hangover, or just irritated stomach.

If you drink, but don't get drunk, you still get hangover next morning? I feel nauseous but don't know if it is a hangover, or just irritated stomach.

Yes: If you have the equivalent of 6 drinks or more, even if you aren't drunk, you can have the effects of a hangover the next day. Alcohol depresses the neurons in the brain and when the alcohol wears off the neurons are over active for a period of time causing the symptoms you're describing. ...Read more

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I got drunk Saturday night, don't remember if I hit my head but woke up Sunday with a terrible headache, thinking it was just a hangover I went home a?

I got drunk Saturday night, don't remember if I hit my head but woke up Sunday with a terrible headache, thinking it was just a hangover I went home a?

Alcohol abuse: You passed out and hit your head. Get checked at the ER. Next, consider the role of alcohol in your life- worth dying over? BTW: excess alcohol by itself can cause brain damage- understood? ...Read more

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Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a coma?

Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a coma?

Yes: A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that typically results from a blow to the head, and may or may not result in the loss of consciousness. A coma, on the other hand, is a state of unconsciousness in which people do not interact with the environment. The causes and outcomes of coma vary. ...Read more

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I have been waking up lately feeling as if I was hungover or drunk. Do you know what could cause this?

I have been waking up lately feeling as if I was hungover or drunk. Do you know what could cause this?

Think Cortisol: Once ur pcp has ruled out the zebras (those serious but rare medical conditions that could be causing ur symptoms) consider testing for cortisol (saliva) and brain chemicals (neurotransmitters ( (urine))).

Based on test results, more specific lifestyle (diet, sleep, activity, etc.) and natural approaches can be customized.

General measures include cleansing and modified elimination diet. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between the symptoms of a pinched nerve and a concussion?

What can you do to tell the difference between the symptoms of a pinched nerve and a concussion?

No head trauma: Shouldn't really be confused. Radiating pains into the arm (singular) suggests pinched nerve. Concussive symptoms are grouped into: 1) cognitive; foggy, concentration, memory issues 2)somatic; headaches, dizziness, nausea, light sensitive 3)mood; irritability, anxiety, sadness 4)sleep disturbance including too much/too little. Again, not too much alike. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between closed head injury and concussion?

Head injuries: A closed head injury refers to an injury to the head without fracture of the skull or intrusion through the skull. The brain may not be involved.
A concussion is the mildest for of a brain injury. M. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a knockout and a concussion?

Unconscious: With a knock out, there is a definite loss of consciousness. With a concussion, there may or may not be a loss of consciousness. Frequently with a concussion, the patient may be awake during and after the incident. They may still have a dazed appearance and not be able to answer questions appropriately (the sidelines test). ...Read more

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What's the difference between a concussion and basiclar skull fracture. Also does a drip always in back of throat normal with concussion?

What's the difference between a concussion and basiclar skull fracture. Also does a drip always in back of throat normal with concussion?

Concussion v BSFx: A concussion happens when the brain is rocked (shook) in the cranial cavity. A basilar skull fracture is when the bones at the base of skull actually get fractured. People will have a bruise behind the ear or bruising around both eyes. The drip at the back of the nose could be a Cerebral Spinal fluid leak if it is salty constant and associated with headaches. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi, what are the signs of concussions? I fell down the steps and hit my head really hard on a solid piece of wood

Symptoms over signs: The american academy of neurology defines concussions based on the presence or absence of a loss of consciousness, confusion after the event and the persistence of neurologic symptoms. Treatment includes complete cognitive rest followed by a gradual reintroduction of physical and mental activity. Other symptoms such as headaches and sleep disturbances are treated symptomatically. ...Read more

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Long term effects of concussion as a child? I was sleepwalking fell down stairs and didn't wake up after for awhile.

Long term effects of concussion as a child? I was sleepwalking fell down stairs and didn't wake up after for awhile.

May or may not: If you have not had any ongoing symptoms until now since childhood then there would be none. If you have had some symptoms all along since the fall without interruption for few months then these are likely permanent. ...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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Need advice on what is the the difference between the high feeling and the drunk feeling?

Need advice on what is the the difference between the high feeling and the drunk feeling?

Lots of things: Intoxication is a continuum, from very mild feelings of euphoria with low alcohol levels, to lots of euphoria and disinhibition with moderate levels, to slurred speech, impaired gait, judgement, reflex times etc. Etc. With higher than moderate levels. People who drink regularly get tolerance, and need more and more alcohol to produce the same feelings. Depends on how fast, how much, what kind... ...Read more

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What's the difference between being high and drunk?

What's the difference between being high and drunk?

Not medical terms: These are not medical terms for intoxication from a substance, intoxication is a set of symptoms of acute effects from any mind altering substance be it alcohol or "drugs"

in every day usage however, being drunk usually refers to drinking too much alcohol, and being high refers to effects of just about every other substance ex. Marijuna, cocaine, heroin, etc. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could falling on your tail bone give you a concussion?

Unlikely: Unlikely that this kind of injury would lead to a concussion, though if you fell at a high velocity, it could be possible, but likely not. ...Read more

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I fell down my stairs 3 days ago and banged my head on the radiator. I still have a painful headache, feel dizzy, sick and very tired. Concussion?

I fell down my stairs 3 days ago and banged my head on the radiator. I still have a painful headache, feel dizzy, sick and very tired. Concussion?

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 more

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What are the differences between waking up from a concussion in movies and in real life?

Big difference: With a concussion, you won't necessarily have a loss of consciousness, so you might not 'wake up from a concussion.' Concussions can vary in severity. The best thing would be to get checked out by your physician. Concussions are not nearly as glamorous as the movies portray. ...Read more

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Concussion & whiplash, what's the difference and is it serious?

Brain vs neck: A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury usually after a direct blow to the head or a violent collision. Common symptoms include headache, dizziness, neck pain, memory and concentration problems. Whiplash is a strain/sprain involving the neck muscles and ligaments usually seen during a deceleration mechanism such as a car wreck. The degree of seriousness varies from patient to patient. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a coma, contusion, and concussion?

Differences: Coma is a state of unconsciousness unresponsiveness.
Contusion is a bruise with a bit of bleeding
concussion is a state of altered mental status, confusion, disorientation, clouded thinking, difficulty with vision and walking. The individual may have a feeling that they do not recall what happened to them. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a mild and severe concussion?

What are the differences between a mild and severe concussion?

Concussion class: There shouldn't be any classification for mild moderate severe concussion. That is old thinking. Every concussion is as serious as the other. Some people recover faster than others. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the best possible way to stay in shape other than eating well while having a concussion?

Exercise/concussion: Itis important for the patient to avoid another concussion until after they have healed completely from the first concussion. Low impact exercises that avoid head contact are recommended. Also, avoid repetitive bending and stooping. If headaches, nausea, dizziness occur during exercise then it is too early to start exercising. ...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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My friend fell on ice in the winter a few months ago and was told she has a concussion. She still gets big headaches is this normal?

Concussion headaches: It is possible and quite common to get headaches after a concussion, but there are more serious possibilities. Your friend needs an evaluation by an experienced neurologist to assess for other problems. If a CT scan was not obtained at the time of the concussion, then a scan may be indicated in the face of persistent or worsening headaches. If an initial scan was normal that may not be needed. ...Read more

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My roommate fell off her bike and hit her head (wearing a helmet). She doesn't think she has a concussion, but what should we look out for?

My roommate fell off her bike and hit her head (wearing a helmet). She doesn't think she has a concussion, but what should we look out for?

You don't: If any person has head injury, trained person (ER Or doctor) the best person must be first one for evaluation to avoid tragedies and will instruct what to look for. ...Read more

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Concussion (Definition)

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