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What are the precautions to take after a concussion?

What are the precautions to take after a concussion?

Avoid another: The most important issue is avoiding another concussion. Rest, both physical and cognitive is extremly important. Avoiid contact sports. ...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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Is 500mg of Niacin (no flush) safe to take after a concussion? I read it can help after brain injuries but im not sure. I can't see my doc until june

Is 500mg of Niacin (no flush) safe to take after a concussion? I read it can help after brain injuries but im not sure. I can't see my doc until june

See below: There are many claims with very little science to support use of supplements for traumatic brain injury. Please see this peer reviewed article from the National Library of Medicine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3205506/
There is no support for the use of Niacin. ...Read more

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Hos many does it take to get a concussion?

See below: Enough head impact to cause loss of consciousness, loss of memory, or a combination of both. ...Read more

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How long does it take for post concussion headaches to go away?

How long does it take for post concussion headaches to go away?

Post concussive : After a concussion it is not unusual to have some persistent headache, dizziness, vertigo or general malaise. So long as the symptoms are getting better slowly, I wouldn't worry too much. If increased activity worsens the symptoms, slow down and see if doing a little fewer help improve your symptoms. It may take 4-6 weeks to get back to normal. If you are getting worse, go see your doctor!! ...Read more

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How long would it take until it's safe to sleep after assumed concussion?

When to sleep: You should be evaluated by a physician after experiencing a concussion. If there is no evidence of bleeding within the skull or brain or significant swelling, and your mental status returns to normal, ask your physician when he will permit sleep. This is usually 4-6 hours after the concussion. ...Read more

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Does it take a while for a slight concussion to the back of the head to heal?

Does it take a while for a slight concussion to the back of the head to heal?

Yes: A concussion is a "bruise" to the brain. Depending upon the severity and if there is any brain swelling or pressure change in the skull, symptoms can vary widely. It's a good idea to stay in contact with your doctor or neurologist after a head injury to watch for new symptoms but it may take weeks to recover. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a concussion to heal? Can you have on and off headaches in that length of time?

How long does it take for a concussion to heal? Can you have on and off headaches in that length of time?

Up to 6 weeks: In general, the symptoms of concussion may take up to 6-8 weeks to go away. Intermittent headaches may occur as may other symptoms like dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, difficulty concentrating. The overall trend however is one of continued improvement. If the headaches or symptoms persist you should have an evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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My sons head hurting on/off after a fall at bball practice Tuesday. No other concussion signs. Should I still take him to the dr tomorrow (Sat)?

My sons head hurting on/off after a fall at bball practice Tuesday. No other concussion signs. Should I still take him to the dr tomorrow (Sat)?

Head injury: Yes I would see the doctor as soon as possible. Headache is one of those symptoms after a head injury that raises a flag of concern. It maybe worth a trip to the ER for a CT scan to make sure everything is okay Other signs you have undoubtedly been watching for are vomiting and drowsiness. At this point I would not wait to see if they show up. Until he is seen keep him resting. ...Read more

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How long does a concussion take to heal?

How long does a concussion take to heal?

Maybe they don't: Emerging evidence from research in professional sports indicates that they may never heal completely, but may lead to mild traumatic brain injury syndrome. http://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/17/3/297. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take promethzine with a concussion?

No: No such a good idea to take a drug in the phenothiazine family after head injury as it lowers seizure threshold. Wait a couple if months. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for a concussion to heal?

How much time does it take for a concussion to heal?

Concussion: The standard recommendation is to avoid any sort of head impact for 2-3 months after the injury. Typically, by three months, unless it has been a severe injury the studies show typically good healing. ...Read more

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How hard of a hit does it take to recieve a concussion?

It varies: Sometimes a very light blow to the head can also cause a concussion. IT depends on multiple factors, such as what object your head is coming in contact with, the velocity of impact, etc. Its best to get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take a very bad concussion to heal?

Give it time: Should stabilize and fully heal by 6 weeks, if all that occurred was a "bad concussion", followed by post-concussional symptomatology. However, some head injuries are accompanied by low level brain injury. If symptoms persist beyond 8 weeks, get this checked out. ...Read more

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How long does it take for all concussion symptoms to go away fully?

Duration of symptoms: The duration of the symptoms of concussion vary with the individual and the condition of their brain before the concussion. Concussion symptoms may extend from minutes, to hours, days, months. Most affected are symptom free by 1 year after concussion, but symptoms may continue for years or be permanent. ...Read more

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For what length of time do symptoms of a concussion take to go away?

Few weeks: A few weeks in general. Changes in your sleep — waking cycle and ability to focus/concentrate may take longer. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a moderate concussion to fully go away?

Concussion duration: Recovery can take as short as a day and as long as several month to a year. ...Read more

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How long does it take for symptoms of concussion to show up a d what are the signs?

Varies: Immediate or a few days. Signs: any loss of consciousness with a normal head ct. Symptoms: irritability, memory loss, double vision, headaches, nausea or any one or combo are most common. Occasionally, they can persist for over a month and this is called a post-concussive syndrome. ...Read more

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Can you get a concussion from semi-sudden deacceleration? (ie. sprinting then abruptly stopping on a dime). Or would it take more force like carcrash?

Can you get a concussion from semi-sudden deacceleration? (ie. sprinting then abruptly stopping on a dime). Or would it take more force like carcrash?

Concussion stop run: 25 M asked if it is possible to get concussion from stopping on a dime after a sprint. The answer is no unless you ran into a wall to stop on the dime. ...Read more

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When should you take an athlete with a possible concussion to a hospital?

When should you take an athlete with a possible concussion to a hospital?

See below: If head trauma occurred, I think one should error on the side of caution and go to er if there is a possibility of a concussion. Symptoms for me to go would definitely include loss of consciousness, memory loss, nausea or vomitting, bad headache, vision changes such as blurred vision, difficulty walking or other neurologic symptoms. Be cautious and don't ignore changes in the athlete. ...Read more

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Can I take my klonpin after possibly having a concussion from hitting my head 2 days ago?

Can I take my klonpin after possibly having a concussion from hitting my head 2 days ago?

No.: It would not be a good idea until you have had an evaluation and possibly a repeat one done including a ct or MRI scan of your brain to r/o swelling or bleeding. Klonopin (clonazepam) can obtund your level of consciousness and cause you to be less aware of symptoms related to the head injury. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over a concussion? It has almost been a month and my head still feels different.

How long does it take to get over a concussion? It has almost been a month and my head still feels different.

Longer: Six months to a year is a realistic timeframe for a severe concussion, 3-6 months for a mild concussion. Some things get better faster than others. Headaches may persist for much longer, at least mild ones. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take my Aripiprazole and prozac with a concussion?

Is it ok to take my Aripiprazole and prozac with a concussion?

I certainly would -: -ask this of Ur prescribing physician, as both R antidepressants, or mind altering drugs each has significant adverse reactions, so U must B sure 2 clear this with Ur MD. ...Read more

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I think I have a concussion but my mom won't take me to the doctor. What do I do?

I think I have a concussion but my mom won't take me to the doctor. What do I do?

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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Is it bad to take medications such as stimulants when you are trying to recover from a concussion?

Is it bad to take medications such as stimulants when you are trying to recover from a concussion?

Not necessarily: They are often prescribed for post-concussive issues like acquired attentional problems. Talk with your doctor about safe use following head trauma ...Read more

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How long will it take for a mild concussion to heal and what can I do to get rid of the headaches?

How long will it take for a mild concussion to heal and what can I do to get rid of the headaches?

Weeks to months: It may take weeks to months for symptoms of a concussion to resolve. Headaches can be af several types. You should consult a neurologist to make a proper diagnosis and provide you with appropriate treatement for the individual type of headache. ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal my concussion, it has been 19days from my accident & still I feel dizzy.

How long will it take to heal my concussion, it has been 19days from my accident & still I feel dizzy.

Post-Concussive: Syndrome begins within 10 days of concussion, minor head injury, & lasts a few weeks -a year. Persistence of dizziness, headache, & mild impairment of memory & cognition are related to the patient's physiological & psychological "make-up", not the severity of the injury. Avoid "screen time" & reading for now. If symptoms impact your daily functioning, see a neurologist for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more