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What is the best over-the-counter pain medicine for a concussion?

What is the best over-the-counter pain medicine for a concussion?

Non steroidals: Best to start with non steroidal antiinflammatories such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen or naprasyn. ...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


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On Neurontin (gabapentin) b/c of post concussion after accident been reading about negative studies. How safe is this drug?

On Neurontin (gabapentin) b/c of post concussion after accident been reading about negative studies.  How safe is this drug?

Neurontin (gabapentin): A relatively new anticonvulsant compared to carbamazapine and phenytoin, differs from most other anticonvulsants because it has minimal drug interaction potential and is not metabolized in humans. ...Read more

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Had concussion for 3 months so far Headaches constant still tried pt for neck and much medicine nothing is working, school is making it worse?

Had concussion for 3 months so far
Headaches constant still tried pt for neck and much medicine nothing is working, school is making it worse?

Post-traumatic HA's: You might want to see a neurologist, especially one who focuses on headaches, and start a medication to prevent future problems, and breakup your current pattern. BOTOX might be a solution, but might be helpful to make certain whether there is an underlying trigger which needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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I've been off migraine medicine almost a year since I had a horse fall a year and a half ago and got a concussion and wanted to see if I'd benefit aga?

I've been off migraine medicine almost a year since I had a horse fall a year and a half ago and got a concussion and wanted to see if I'd benefit aga?

Not sure the ?: Are you querying whether to go on prophylactic migraine medications again? Suggest you speak to your doctor about this and how well you have recovered from your concussion, as well as your headache frequency. ...Read more

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Signs of concussion?

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?

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 serious brain injury can occur. The entity of "dementia pugilistica" occurs in boxers who suffer many concussions in a short period. ...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, the 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

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What should I do for a concussion?

What should I do for a 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 can be done for a concussion?

What can be done for a concussion?

Rest: The most important thing you can do is rest, both physical and mental. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep and eat a balanced diet with moderate amount of carbohydrate. If you have difficulty getting to sleep, try melatonin, over the counter. This is the substance your brain uses to regulate your biological clock. ...Read more

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Will I die from a mild concussion?

Will I die from a mild concussion?

No: But seek examination by a Physician to assure that's what you have. ...Read more

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How much time does concussion last?

How much time does concussion last?

Hours to days: Most concussion symptoms ease off in a matter of several hours. Less often they can persist for several days. And almost all concussions resolve in 2-3 months. If symptoms persist or worsen or if you are concerned, you should seek medical attention ASAP ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of concussion?

Altered awareness: The concussed person is an unreliable historian. Most often they want to get back into the game and will negate their symptoms so they can continue playing. We, in florida, are moving to hold concussed players out for at least a week to measure(as best we can) their injury. ...Read more

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How can I recover from a concussion?

Get evaluated: If you have sustained a concussion, you should be seen by someone trained in the evaluation and treatment of concussions to screen for more serious injuries and monitor your healing progression. Absolute rest (dark room, no stimuli) is the best initial treatment for a concussion followed by a gradual resumption of activity as absence of symptoms allows. ...Read more

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How long do minor concussions last!?

How long do minor concussions last!?

Depends: The effects of concussions can vary and be unpredictable. It depends on the severity of the injury. The best thing is to give your brain complete rest. The more strain you place on your brain while it is attempting to heal, the more likely it is to slow down the healing process. ...Read more