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What Are The Precautions To Take After A Concussion
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Concussion duration: Recovery can take as short as a day and as long as several month to a year. ...Read more
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
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?
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
Possibly never: Depending on severity and how well and healthy your brain was and doing prior to trauma. ...Read more
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
I suffered a concussion last week. Today was told I had a vagal response. How long does that take to heal?
Concussion: Generally should resolve within a week headaches can persist. ...Read more
How long does it take to get over a concussion? It has almost been a month and my head still feels different.
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
Is it bad to take medications such as stimulants when you are trying to recover from a concussion?
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 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
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