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What actually occurs inside the brain after you get a concussion?

What actually occurs inside the brain after you get a concussion?

Not clear: The actual changes in the brain after a concussion are not properly understood. After concussion, post-concussive syndrome (pcs) can be from mild to severe. It can include a range of symptoms including (but not limited to) headaches, dizziness, nausea, poor concentration, irritability, anxiety, noise or light sensitivity, depression, fatigue, sleep problems, memory problems. ...Read more

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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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Where is the worst area of the brain to get a concussion?

Where is the worst area of the brain to get a concussion?

Back: Symptoms that take longer to recover likely represents a "worst injury". This is seen when the back of the brain is affected, possibly from a fall on the back of the head. The symptoms that are typically predictive of a prolonged recovery are balance issues, fogginess, neck pain, and difficulty concentrating. ...Read more

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Did I get brain damage from concussion?

Did I get brain damage from concussion?

Maybe: Although you probably didn't suffer permanent injury to your brain, multiple concussions can certainly cause permanent neurologic impairment. ...Read more

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Can you get a brain damage if you get a concussion?

Can you get a brain damage if you get a concussion?

Yes: Concussion does result in a small injury to the brain, that's why having many of them can lead to serious problems in the future. ...Read more

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To get a concussion, does the brain have to hit the inside of the skull?

To get a concussion, does the brain have to hit the inside of the skull?

Mechanistics: Concussion by definition is loss of consciousness, loss of memory, or combination of both. Caused by transient impact on base of brain, brainstem, but any additional brain trauma might cause post-traumatic encephalopathy. ...Read more

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Could you get permanent damage to the brain after getting two concussions in a period of 6 months. I am worried I won't be able to function.

Could you get permanent damage to the brain after getting two concussions in a period of 6 months. I am worried I won't be able to function.

Avoid head trauma: Repeated head trauma can cause chronic problems. Try not to worry about what has happened in the past as this will only make things worse. Instead, focus on avoiding activities in which you might experience additional head trauma, such as contact sports, etc. ...Read more

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Can you get t CTE with just 2 concussions? I've had 2, a couple years ago and am worried my brain won't recover since I still have headaches/problems.

Can you get t CTE with just 2 concussions? I've had 2, a couple years ago and am worried my brain won't recover since I still have headaches/problems.

All concussions: are serious and MULTIPLE concussions can result in permanent brain damage..however most of the NFL statistics were from multiple (continuing) concussions over a definite amount of time. I do not believe your history merits WORRY ..WORRY about what you cannot control is in itself harmful Hope this helps you! Dr Z ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you don't get concussion , does it mean you haven't got brain damage?

Head vs brain injury: There is a difference between a head injury which is an injury to the skull or head structures outside the skull and a concussion which is a mild brain injury. Without symptoms of concussion you have probably avoided brain damage. ...Read more

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Read that one should rest the brain after brain concussion if i don't get tired or headache doing reading does that mean i can start doing it please?

Read that one should rest the brain after brain concussion  if i don't get tired or headache doing reading does that mean i can start doing it please?

Yes: The reason behind resting the brain after a concussion is to avoid prolonging the duration of a concussion--brain rest allows the brain to recover faster. If reading does not aggravate any symptoms you're fine to continue. ...Read more

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I have had about 3 concussions in my lifetime. (I am 45). I was never knocked out but did get nauseous and had terrible headaches. I am concerned about developing a brain disorder because of this past trauma. Please discuss my potential prognosis.

I have had about 3 concussions in my lifetime. (I am 45). I was never knocked out but did get nauseous and had terrible headaches. I am concerned about developing a brain disorder because of this past trauma. Please discuss my potential prognosis.

Hard to say: Hard to say. However the studies being done on traumatic brain injuries as you know are not hopeful. The brain tissue once destroyed or injured will develop deficits for you savoy age. See your doctor now for evaluation so you see what your baseline of damage is. ...Read more

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I play sports and substain a concussion and every time I substain a concussion I sit out and let my brain regroup for the time needed,Can I get CTE ?

I play sports and substain a concussion and every time I substain a concussion I sit out and let my brain regroup for the time needed,Can I get CTE ?

See you doc: Multiple concussions at such a young age is SERIOUS. We are just beginning to learn about CTE and the consequences of multiple concussions, so I don't think your question can be answered easily. A greater concern would be second impact syndrome, in which a second concussion too close to the first leads to death. You need to see a sports medicine/PMR doc comfortable with concussion. Best of luck ...Read more

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I was punch at the head but I dont feel any dizzy when I was hit just pain at the skull is it mean my brain didnt get any concussion except my skull?

I was punch at the head but I dont feel any dizzy when I was hit just pain at the skull is it mean my brain didnt get any concussion except my skull?

Brain rattled!: Any blow to the skull will "rattle the brain." If you have no symptoms, it obviously did not cause a noticeable injury. However, repetitive injuries, even with no symptoms at the time, cause more and more damage as time goes on and makes the brain more likely to be hurt with each episode. Peace, brother! Violence to you (by anyone) and by you (to anyone) is unhealthy to all (obviously). ...Read more

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Doctors! what actually occurs inside the brain after a concussion?

Doctors! what actually occurs inside the brain after a concussion?

Distortion: The brain undergoes a distortion of the brain and brain stem. The brainstem is fixed in place but the brain can be distorted, putting a stretch on nerve fibers traveling through the brain stem. A kink can develop in the brain stem at the level of the area driving migraine headaches, nausea and vomiting. Fibers in the Reticular Activating Sysem are stretched, causing disturbance of alertness. ...Read more

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Does concussion cause damage to brain?

Does concussion cause damage to brain?

Yes: In the mildest cases there is temporary damage that causes loss of consciousness. There may not be detectable damage, but there is always damage to the brain. Damage for multiple concussions is cummulative. ...Read more

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Does the brain swell after a concussion?

Does the brain swell after a concussion?

Below: The best explanation is from a Mayo Clinic site: What is a traumatic brain injury? TBI is an injury to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head from blunt or penetrating trauma. The injury that occurs at the moment of impact is known as the primary injury. Primary injuries can involve a specific lobe of the brain or can involve the entire brain. Sometimes the skull may be fractured, but not always. During the impact of an accident, the brain crashes back and forth inside the skull causing bruising, bleeding, and tearing of nerve fibers (Fig. 1). Immediately after the accident the person may be confused, not remember what happened, have blurry vision and dizziness, or lose consciousness. At first the person may appear fine, but their condition can decline rapidly. After the initial impact occurs, the brain undergoes a delayed trauma – it swells – pushing itself against the skull and reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood. This is called secondary injury, which is often more damaging than the primary injury. ...Read more

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What happens to your brain after having a concussion?

What happens to your brain after having a concussion?

Brain chemistry: After a concussion, the common symptoms include headache, difficulty with concentration, memory problems, increased irritability. It is known that there is a change in the brain metabolism. The neurons are thus much more sensitive to insults. This is why patients with a concussion are more susceptible to a head injury (the second impact syndrome). ...Read more

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What happens to the brain when someone gets a concussion?

What happens to the brain when someone gets a concussion?

Brain cells injured: Concussions, a form of mild traumatic brain injury (tbi), are usually caused by a blow to the head which causes the brain to move within the skull. The force of the brain moving suddenly, often bumping the skull, causes chemicals to leak out of the brain cells. It is important to rest to allow the brain to repair the damage to these delicate cells. www.cdc.gov/concussion/. ...Read more

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Does the brain swell up from a mild or moderate concussion?

Does the brain swell up from a mild or moderate concussion?

Usually not: Mild to moderate concussion may cause some inflammation or irritation but is not known to cause swelling. If you have concerns, please see your physician for evaluation and further management. ...Read more