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For what length of time do concussion headaches last?

For what length of time do concussion headaches last?

Varying durations: Post concussion headaches are of several types. Typical achy headaches that worsen over the day may last from days to as long as a year. Post. Concussion migraine is the triggering migraine in someone with a family history of migraine and on e triggered will usually follow the pattern of family members who have migraine. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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What do concussion headaches feel like?

What do concussion headaches feel like?

Post concussion HA: Typically, post concussion ha presents as a dull frontal headache as opposed to migraines. This can be due to slight increases in intracranial pressure and irritation of the meninges (covering of the brain). Keeping the head elevated can assist with the ha as well. ...Read more

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My child ran into a other kid playing hockey. He had a minor headache that cleared. Does he have a concussion?

My child ran into a other kid playing hockey. He had a minor headache that cleared. Does he have a concussion?

Concussion is:: Head injury which causes loss of consciousness, loss of memory, or combination of both. Closed head trauma may or may not result in a concussion, so perhaps this is just a trivial head injury of no potential future consequence. ...Read more

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What does a concussion headache feel like?

What does a concussion headache feel like?

TBI: A concussion headache begins within 7 days of head trauma. It may be mild to severe as well as constant to intermittent. 85% of the headaches are tension headaches. They may involve the whole head, shoulders & neck or can principally involve the back of the head or the across the forehead/ temples. The pain may feel like pressure, pulsating, stabbing or nagging pain. 15% of people experience >. ...Read more

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How long do headaches after concussions last?

How long do headaches after concussions last?

Days...: Headaches after a concussion can last several days and in more severe concussions, weeks. If you are having headaches after a head injury see your primary care physician. Other diagnoses including bleeds adjacent to the brain and the brain lining (dura) need to be ruled out. Do not delay! ...Read more

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Could my headaches be related to my concussion?

Could my headaches be related to my concussion?

Yes: Post-concussion headache is common. Cause could be bleeding in brain, blockage of cerebrospinal fluid from exiting the brain, tightened muscles in the back, neck & scalp, etc & a cause that's commonly missed: injury to tendons where muscles attach to the base of the skull. A good history & physical incl osteopathic hands-on exam may find the cause. Manipulation or prolotherapy may help. See your dr. ...Read more

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Minor headache that cleared. Do I have a concussion?

Minor headache that cleared. Do I have a concussion?

Specifics: Glad that your headache has "cleared". A closed head injury is common, and not necessarily associated with a concussion, which, by definition, is trauma to head resulting in loss of consciousness, loss of memory, or a combination of both. Otherwise, head injury is not a concussion. ...Read more

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How long do you have to have a headache after a concussion?

Highly variable: Patients can complain of headaches and other symptoms lasting minutes, days, weeks, months, or even longer in some cases. With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, the duration may be shorter. ...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 less helps 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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Can you give me advice with headaches 8 months after concussion?

Can you give me advice with headaches 8 months after concussion?

Post TBI headache: Head pain syndromes are very common after concussions, or traumatic brain injury (tbi).

Pain can be a self-propagating cycle, and pain pathways can become hard to break.

A multi-disciplinary team including doctors, therapists, psychologists is the best way to ensure all the various symptoms are being addressed, and a good plan for recovery is in place. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have a headache 3 1/2 weeks after a concussion?

Is it normal to still have a headache 3 1/2 weeks after a concussion?

Yes: Post concussion headaches may continue for several weeks or months after the incident. See a neurologist who can diagnose the specific type of headache and provide you with proper treatment. ...Read more

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I had a concussion last year on october 5th, and the headaches haven't stopped?

You should see a Doc: If you sustained a concussion a year ago and are still having headaches, you need to be examined by a Neurosurgeon or Neurologist who specializes in post concussive syndrome. At a minimum you should have a CT or MRI of brain done. Are you having other symptoms like neck pain or memory problems? Good luck ...Read more

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I am having headaches after having a concussion a couple days ago. What should I do?

Be seen: If you had a concussion, and are having headaches, it should prompt you to be seen. ...Read more

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I'm on wk 3 of concussion? How much longer? Why can't I go back to work with headaches?

I'm on wk 3 of concussion? How much longer? Why can't I go back to work with headaches?

It may not be...: The headaches that are apparently causing your doc to recommend rest. Rather the headaches are signs that your brain tissue is still healing, & hence, needs to be rested. Please ask your doc (neurologist?) to clarify this for you @ help you understand their thoughts on the criteria for you to start work again. Part time and light duty might be a good starting point. ...Read more

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I have had headaches from my concussion for about 4weeks now... Is that common? Hockey injury.

Post Concussion: Headahes after concussion are common and usually settle down on their own. It is recommended to not return to activity/sports till the headaches (or other symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, lack of concentration) subside. If the symptoms persist betond 2 to 3 weeks (as in your case) it is advisable to see a sports medicine specialist or a neurologist specializing in post concussion syndrome. ...Read more

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What to if I am experiencing recurrent headaches two weeks after a concussion - what should I do?

What to if I am experiencing recurrent headaches two weeks after a concussion - what should I do?

Get checked.: 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 ongoing symptoms, you should get evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I had a concussion last year on october 5th, and the headaches haven't stopped?

What do you suggest if I had a concussion last year on october 5th, and the headaches haven't stopped?

Post-concussion pain: Post-concussion headaches are very common. You need to discuss with your doctor to try some preventative medications. ...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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I have had a concussion in the past 4 months ago and I have had headaches since and they are only getting worse.

I have had a concussion in the past 4 months ago and I have had headaches since and they are only getting worse.

See a neurologist: You should consult a neurologist. There are several different types of headaches result of concussion. ...Read more

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How long do concussion symptoms last? How will I know it is safe to workout again if some days I feel great while others I have headaches?

How long do concussion symptoms last? How will I know it is safe to workout again if some days I feel great while others I have headaches?

If headaches: Are related to concussion it's too early. If due to another issue like a concomitant whiplash (neck) injury you can (and probably should) do some activities that might speed recovery from the neck / upper back muscle spasm. Avoid even mental gymnastics in the early stages of recovery from TBI as it increases the metabolic demands in the recovering brain. Recovery varies -two years or less ...Read more

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Chronic headaches with concussions in the last?

Chronic headaches with concussions in the last?

Yes can occur: I surmise that you wish advice regarding headache management, but you do not ask any directive questions. Happy to assist therapeutic directions, so let us know what you wish us to focus upon. ...Read more

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What causes daily headaches many months after a concussion?

Brain injury: Concussions are brain injuries and headaches, even daily headaches much later than the event can be a problem for many. ...Read more

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Got concussion 1 yr ago still suffer bad headaches taking meds for it still suffering?

Post HA / migraine: This is unfortunately a complication of concussion sometimes. You may consider seeing a sports medicine doctor to discuss more treatment options. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for treating severe ongoing headache caused by post concussion syndrome?

NSAIDS: I would recommend either 2-3 Advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hrs or Aleve- 2 tab initially, then 1 every 8 hrs: if not relieved- go directly to the ER-TODAY. ...Read more

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I got a concussion 3 weeks ago and have has constant headaches since. Only goes away if I'm in a dark room.?

I got a concussion 3 weeks ago and have has constant headaches since. Only goes away if I'm in a dark room.?

Get checked: Concussions require complete rest. You should get checked by your doctor and/or neurologist. There may be treatments that you could do to help relieve some symptoms. ...Read more

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If you only get a headache from hitting your head on something, does that mean its probably not a concussion?

Not a concussion: If headache is the only symptom and there is no additional symptoms like dizziness, nausea, vomiting coma loss of consciousness, or weakness of arms or legs with in first 48 hrs., then it is not a concussion. ...Read more

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I'm currently being treated for concussion and experience headaches everyday. When should I expect the headaches to stop?

I'm currently being treated for concussion and experience headaches everyday. When should I expect the headaches to stop?

Can take a long time: Post concussion symptoms are different for everyone. I would be looking at a recovery window in 3 month increments. Track your symptoms for your doctors in frequency, intensity and duration. ...Read more

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I had 2 concussions in 2 weeks. Its been 2 weeks since my second one and I still have headaches and trouble in math. Is this bad?

Encephalopathy: Concussion is a type of brain injury. Repeated concussions cause accumulation of brain injury. However good repair may occur. Avoid further trauma and practice good health habits. Gradual recovery should occur. ...Read more

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I have a small headache the day after walking into some thin branches. I just got over a concussion, so should this be concerning?

I have a small headache the day after walking into some thin branches. I just got over a concussion, so should this be concerning?

Headache: BobW ~ if you mean you walked through some leaves and no severe head bump, no problem. If you walked into a solid branch on a tree, then I would advise you go have someone check you in ER. So it depends on the severity of the injury. Thanks ...Read more

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My friend fell on ice in the winter a few months ago and was told she has a concussion. She still gets big headaches is this normal?

Concussion headaches: It is possible and quite common to get headaches after a concussion, but there are more serious possibilities. Your friend needs an evaluation by an experienced neurologist to assess for other problems. If a CT scan was not obtained at the time of the concussion, then a scan may be indicated in the face of persistent or worsening headaches. If an initial scan was normal that may not be needed. ...Read more

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Someone landed on me at cheer. Everything went black for a few seconds& I've had a terrible headache since. Could I have a concussion?

Yes, & other problem: Any head trauma, even apparently minor ones ias w liam nielsen's wife) can cause immediate problems. A concussion is caused by skull trauma with the brain bouncing from one side to other (headache, n&v). If on a blood thinner, intracelebral bleed may occur. If recover, then develop nausea, vomiting, blurry vision. 2-3 weeks after head trauma, it may be a subdural hematoma; this is a delayed prob. ...Read more

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Hey, I've been having really bad headaches for about 9 months now. I went through a really tough time and got a concussion 9 months ago?

Consult a neurologis: There are many types of headaches that result from a concussion. You should consult a neurologist for proper diagnosis of the type and treatment of the specific headache type. ...Read more

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4 weeks after a concussion, having issues with server headaches, what can I do for the headaches? Any OTC meds or anything to help reduce the pain?

4 weeks after a concussion, having issues with server headaches, what can I do for the headaches? Any OTC meds or anything to help reduce the pain?

Post traumatic: It is common that trauma brings on complex symptoms including headache. Often medications do not help. Good sleep and good health habits are important. Often plain Aspirin with added tylenol (acetaminophen) with some caffeine is effective. Avoid excessive use of medications. Medication to help sleep and treat depression may also help. Discuss these issues with your doctor. ...Read more

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I bumped my head lightly as I was getting out of the backseat of my car yesterday, could that cause a concussion? I have a headache but nothing else.

Doubtful: Most concussions by definition require change in mental status, i.e. Loss of consciousness or being dazed. Persistent headaches do need to be worked up by a neurologist. ...Read more

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I suffered a minor concussion 9 days ago. My only lasting symptom was a minor headache which ceased about three days ago. Can I drink tomorrow night?

Wouldn't recommend: After a brain injury, it would be better to avoid alcohol and any other nervous system depressant for quite a while. Remember, it the only one your have or will ever get. Take care of it now. It has to last a life time! Discuss this with your pcp, neurologist or ns who treated you. ...Read more

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Had a concussion 1 month 18 days ago and I have had a sinues headache almost everyday or and all over headache almost everyday should I worry or pcs?

Had a concussion 1 month 18 days ago and I have had a sinues headache almost everyday or and all over headache almost everyday should I worry or pcs?

No: No, I would not worry, but I think it would be wise to follow up with your doctor to make sure you are making appropriate progress in case further testing needs to be done. ...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