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I had a major concussion about six and a half months ago is it okay to fly?

I had a major concussion about six and a half months ago is it okay to fly?

Yes: High profile celebrities and athletes fly around the country to seek care for concussions and other things, no reason you cannot do it either. Have you had any problem with pressure changes? ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Definition)

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


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I received a major concussion almost 4 months ago. The symptoms subsided approximately three weeks ago. Is is safe to have beer or alcohol?

I received a major concussion almost 4 months ago. The symptoms subsided approximately three weeks ago. Is is safe to have beer or alcohol?

No: I would still avoid alcohol for at least 4-6 weeks after resolution of symptoms. Remember that another head injury after a major concussion can be much more dangerous. ...Read more

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Son 16 had major concussion last may. Past 5 months he's been very fatigued and unable to stay awake sleeping 13+ hrs a day. Is this a delay reaction?

Son 16 had major concussion last may. Past 5 months he's been very fatigued and unable to stay awake sleeping 13+ hrs a day. Is this a delay reaction?

Usually no: "delayed reaction" to a concussion. If he had similar symptoms at the time that resolved then think of something else. On the other hand if the concussion was severe enough and went undiagnosed and treated effectively then this could represent the continuing effects. See your doctor first and follow advice. ...Read more

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I've had somewhat of a major concussion last year and back and neck pain, but no symptoms anymore. My parents won't letme return to contact sports. Any intake?

I've had somewhat of a major concussion last year and back and neck pain, but no symptoms anymore. My parents won't letme return to contact sports. Any intake?

Right to be concerne: As a parent I can fully understand your parents concern. Did you receive a ct after the concussion? Did you see a sports medicine doc? Did you get medically cleared to return to contact sports (you did not say which one). You may need to talk to your family doctor, explain the issue and seek their council. However you are 18 and you have to give your doctor the ok to speak to your parents. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms that follow a concussion?

Several: Some of the more common include confusion, headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and loss of memory. ...Read more

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Should I see someone for this: 20 concussions and 18 years old? I've had 20 concussions thoughout my lifetime, a lot of them major, some minor. I am 18 years of age, and wondering if I - especially at my age - should get an appointment, or see someone for

A: A lot of issues here but the answers start with an examination by a good primary care physician. This individual will be able to begin a process of evaluation that may require specialized testing and evaluation by specialists such as a neurologist. Concussions primarily result from trauma to the head, either direct or indirect, so, if you are constantly exposed to environments and / or activities that lead to this trauma you need a life style modification. This may also be a case where you are experiencing symptoms from another underlying problem that mimic a concussion. That is why you need a through medical evaluation and not internet research. ...Read more

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I've had a concussion tree weeks ago, and the symptoms are getting worse: major headache at the pount of impact + I keep vomitting. What ahould I do?

Agree w Dr. Pappas.: You need immediate medical attention. Possible concussion sxs: + or – loss of consciousness, headache / pressure, can't recall event, dizziness, v coordination, ringing in ears, confusion, slurred speech, nausea / vomiting ; fatigue.. Seek urgent treatment for loss of consciousness, on-going confusion, seizures, unequal pupils, recurrent vomiting, change in level of consciousness, loss of balance. ...Read more

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Motorcycle accident have a concussion what type of tests should be done to see if there is any major stuff going on inside? 3 weeks after the accident

Motorcycle accident have a concussion what type of tests should be done to see if there is any major stuff going on inside? 3 weeks after the accident

Depends on symtoms: If you had a closed head injury, then I will assume that you had a ct of your head. If you are having persistent neurologic symptoms, then this needs to be reevaluated. Being 3 weeks out, if you are otherwise symptom free, I guess nothing else really needs to be done. If the back pain and constipation has been a new problem since the accident, then imaging of your back and belly is indicated. ...Read more

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I fell yesterday on concrete. Hit head hard. Don't remember accident. Major Headache still and food taste funny. Could this be some type of concussion?

I fell yesterday on concrete. Hit head hard. Don't remember accident. Major Headache still and food taste funny. Could this be some type of concussion?

You are correct: Yes, you seemed to have experienced a cerebral concussion when you fell. Might contact your doctor, as your headache and alteration of taste, most likely due to changes in sense of smell, could be treated and potentially reversed. ...Read more

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Can a major atv wreck (bleeding in brain, concussion, coma, etc.) stunt your growth?

Theoretically: Theoretically a severe brain injury affecting the hypothalamus and hormonal regulation could have an effect on growth and other hormone mediated processes. ...Read more

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My son had a syncopal episode with a concussion. He had major swelling on the top of his head (parietal lobe). He cannot smell/taste. Will it return?

Should improve: If this was a concussion and there was no fracture of the cribiform plate, the loss of smell and taste is not uncommon nor is it unusual. This has a good chance of improving over time. It may take 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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I hit my head April 28th and 29th of this year. I was diagnosed with a mild concussion. I had PCS symptoms, and they are better now. Dizziness was a major symptom. I started taking fish oil and it's helped. When will I able to drink again?

I hit my head April 28th and 29th of this year. I was diagnosed with a mild concussion. I had PCS symptoms, and they are better now. Dizziness was a major symptom. I started taking fish oil and it's helped. When will I able to drink again?

Discuss with team: You should discuss this directly with your health care team taking care of you for the concussion. The lack of data makes trying to predict what you've experienced or the results of any evaluation preclude any ability to provide a recommendation. ...Read more

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Signs of concussion ?

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 more

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What are concussions?

What are concussions?

Good question: Concussion is the transitory alteration of brain functions following trauma from a blow or from violent shaking of the brain. Symptoms can persist for days to months typically. ...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's a double concussion?

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 more

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Can you be concussion prone?

Yes: I don't know about "concussion prone", but there is evidence that shows that athletes who sustain a concussion are more likely to have another concussion. The effect of repetitive concussions can be very serious. ...Read more

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What can cause a concussion?

Blow to head: A blow to the head which causes a rapid movement of the head on neck causes the brain to deform a bit and temporally cause the brain and brain stem to deform, causing symptoms of a concussion. Headache is caused by the temporary injury to the headache center in the brain stem. Abdominal pain and nausea results from injury to the nausea and vomiting center in the same area. ...Read more

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What is a level 2 concussion?

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 more

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What exactly is a concussion?

Poorly Understood: We are getting better at understanding it. It is a generalized. ...Read more

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Could you die of a concussion?

Could you die of a concussion?

It is possible: In our community recently, a high school football player died from a head injury he sustained while playing football. So, yes, it is possible. ...Read more

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What to do about my concussion?

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 more

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How can a concussion affect you?

How can a concussion affect you?

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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How many concussions is too many?

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 more

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How do you diagnose a concussion?

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 more

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What can you do for a concussion?

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 more

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I had a concussion and need help?

See your doctor: I recommend you see your regular doctor, a sports medicine doctor, or neurologist. If your symptoms are bad, worst headache of your life, slurred speech, double vision, nausea, vomiting, then go to the ER. You need to be further evaluated. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a concussion?

What are symptoms of a concussion?

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 more

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What are the tests for concussion?

What are the tests for concussion?

Interview, talking.: Often the concussed will answer questions in a way that helps you to know they have a concussion.Ask about where they are, who you are, where they are, what day it is etc. You will be surprised in how messed up the concussed person is in the immediate injury period. ...Read more