Post Concussion Syndrome

Post Concussion Syndrome

Overview

Concussions can simply be defined as slight traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injury occurs when the head strikes a hard object during a collision. Traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of road accident, slip and fall accident or after being hit on the head with a blunt object such as a baseball bat.

According to numerous medical studies, concussions can greatly affect your normal brain functions. Some of the side effects of severe concussion include loss of memory, inability to maintain concentration and momentary loss of consciousness.

However, there is a difference between concussion and post concussion syndrome. The latter refers to the effects that follow a severe injury to the brain.

Causes

There are several factors that can cause you to suffer a concussion ranging from automobile accidents to slip-and-fall accidents and sports activities. In fact, you are more likely to suffer from concussions if you are actively involved in contact sports like wrestling, boxing, ice hockey and football. Loss of consciousness after a concussion is normally as a result of jarring (i.e. movement of the brain in different directions). The severity of the injury to the head is usually determined by the number of hours that a person stays unconscious.

Then again, it is important to point out that loss of consciousness does not always occur with each concussion. As a matter of fact, most people who have concussions hardly lose consciousness. However, this does not denote that they will not suffer from post concussion syndrome.

Symptoms

Post concussion syndrome can be identified by a number of symptoms such as: Headaches, a feeling of lost time, nausea accompanied by vomiting, feeling of confusion, sights of flashing lights, loss of consciousness, feeling of drowsiness that makes it hard to stand on your two feet and memory loss.

When Should You See a Doctor?

Odds are that you would like to know when to see a doctor if you think that you are suffering from a post-concussion syndrome. You need to consider consulting a specialist if:

  • You keep experiencing levels of confusion that seem not to go away.
  • You are experiencing muscle weakness on both sides of your body.
  • You think that you level of alertness or concentration has diminished.
  • You keep experiencing seizures or convulsions.
  • You cannot see properly with your two eyes.
  • You have a problem with maintaining your balance while walking.
  • You keep on experiencing abnormal eye movements.
  • You keep experiencing unexplained blackouts.
  • You keep on vomiting regardless of the kind of food taken.

An injury that causes concussion is usually accompanied by injuries to either the neck or spine. Consequently, it is important to exercise caution while handling the patients, lest you aggravate the injuries.

While recuperating from a post concussion syndrome, patients may experience the following:

  • Solitude. Patients tend to keep to themselves and are easily irritated. On the other hand, you may notice that the patient is confused.
  • Difficulties in executing the tasks assigned to them. In fact, the patient may not remember being assigned a task.
  • Spells of exhaustion thus requiring long periods of rest in order to recover lost energy.
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