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How common is it for somebody to get post concussive syndrome?

How common is it for somebody to get post concussive syndrome?

As common as...: It is as common as a whack on the head. Almost any whack on the head (or sudden turning of the head) can lead to post-concussive syndrome. We used to say that you have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Now we know that it takes a lot less to have symptoms. If this is you, see your doc right away. ...Read more

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How can I treat post concussive syndrome?

How can I treat post concussive syndrome?

Time and activity: Unfortunately, the only intervention that has been proven to speed up the recovery time of postconcussive syndrome is light exercise. The best thing to do is stay active as much as possible, and advance your level of activity as tolerated. While there are symptomatic treatments for some aspects of the disease (headache, insomnia, vertigo), they do not help with recovery. ...Read more

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Treatment options for post concussive syndrome? Thanks!

Treatment options for post concussive syndrome? Thanks!

Post-concussion: No simple answer because the manifestations are so diverse. Common symptoms include headache, dizziness, sleep disruption, irritability, cognitive dysfunction, visual disturbance. Your treatment options are best determined in concert with a physician expert in tbi treatment. Your mix of problems will be unique to you so your treatment needs will be unique to you. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for post concussive syndrome?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for post concussive syndrome?

Rest: The best treatment for post concussive syndrome is rest and avoidance of any further potential heavy contact or impact activities that caused it in the first place. I am not aware of anything else that would speed up recovery. Recovery often takes about 2-3 weeks minimum. ...Read more

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Can you die from post concussive syndrome?

Can you die from post concussive syndrome?

Not likely: Post concussive syndrome should not be fatal. Although this is one of the disorders under traumatic brain injury, concussion should not show abnormalities on ct scan or the diagnosis changes to something more severe such as diffuse axonal injury. ...Read more

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How can I treat post concussive syndrome?

Time and activity: Unfortunately, the only intervention that has been proven to speed up the recovery time of postconcussive syndrome is light exercise. The best thing to do is stay active as much as possible, and advance your level of activity as tolerated. While there are symptomatic treatments for some aspects of the disease (headache, insomnia, vertigo), they do not help with recovery. ...Read more

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Can you die from post concussive syndrome?

Not likely: Post concussive syndrome should not be fatal. Although this is one of the disorders under traumatic brain injury, concussion should not show abnormalities on ct scan or the diagnosis changes to something more severe such as diffuse axonal injury. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my post concussive syndrome go away?

How fast can I make my post concussive syndrome go away?

Varies in everyone: By definition, post concussion syndrome means the concussion symptoms have been present >6 weeks. If you are referring to PCS, that can take months to go away. If you mean simply symptoms after having the actual concussion, those typically go away in 7-10 days. Either way, rest is crucial. Cognitive (rest from reading, concentrating work, analyzing things) & physical (rest from sports, etc). ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get post concussive syndrome?

As common as...: It is as common as a whack on the head. Almost any whack on the head (or sudden turning of the head) can lead to post-concussive syndrome. We used to say that you have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Now we know that it takes a lot less to have symptoms. If this is you, see your doc right away. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: post concussive syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: post concussive syndrome?

Prolonged concussion: Symptoms of concussion usually resolve after a week or 2 but can persist. Post concussive syndrome describes symptoms lasting for a prolonged time (many consider 6 weeks or more). Pcs should be managed by a doctor experienced with concussion management and rest from certain activities, medication, and cognitive therapy and counseling can all be helpful. ...Read more

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