Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Facts about Concussion and Brain Injury: Where To Get Help

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

Concussions Are Serious

Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious.

Because the brain is very complex, every brain injury is different. Some symptoms may appear right away, while others may not show up for days or weeks after the concussion. Sometimes the injury makes it hard for people to recognize or to admit that they are having problems.

The signs of concussion can be subtle. Early on, problems may be missed by patients, family members, and doctors. People may look fine even though they’re acting or feeling differently.

Because all brain injuries are different, so is concussion recovery. Most people with mild injuries recover fully, but it can take time. Some symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer.

In general, recovery is slower in older persons. Also, persons who have had a concussion in the past may find that it takes longer to recover from their current injury.

This article explains what can happen after a concussion, how to get better, and where to go for more information and help when needed.


Medical Help

People with a concussion need to be seen by a doctor. While most are seen in an emergency department or a doctor’s office, some people must stay in the hospital overnight.

Your doctor may do a scan of your brain (such as a CT scan) or other tests. Other tests, known as “neuropsychological” or “neurocognitive” tests, assess your learning and memory skills, your ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly you can think and solve problems. These tests can help your doctor identify the effects of a concussion. Even if the concussion doesn’t show up on these tests, you may still have a concussion.

Your doctor will send you home with important instructions to follow. Be sure to follow all of your doctor’s instructions carefully.

If you are taking medications—prescription, over-the-counter medicines, or “natural remedies”—or if you drink alcohol or take illicit drugs, tell your doctor. Also, tell your doctor if you are taking blood thinners (anticoagulant drugs), such as Coumadin and aspirin, because they can increase the chance of complications.


Danger Signs

In rare cases, a dangerous collection of blood (hematoma) may form on the brain after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that may squeeze the brain against the skull. Call 9-1-1 right away or contact your doctor or emergency department if you have one or more of the following danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:

  • One pupil larger than the other.
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up.
  • A headache that gets worse and does not go away.
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching).
  • Unusual behavior, increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
  • Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously.

Danger Signs — Children, Toddlers, and Infants

Take your child to the emergency department right away if the child has received a blow or jolt to the head and:

  • Any of the signs and symptoms listed in the Danger Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion list.
  • Will not stop crying and cannot be consoled.
  • Will not nurse or eat.

Symptoms of Brain Injury

“I just don’t feel like myself.”

Persons of All Ages

Most people with a concussion have one or more of the symptoms listed below and recover fully within days, weeks or a few months. But for some people, symptoms of concussion can last even longer. Generally, if you feel that “something is not quite right,” or if you are feeling “foggy,” you should talk with your doctor.

Concussion symptoms are often grouped into four categories, including:

  • Remembering and Thinking
    • Difficulty thinking clearly
    • Feeling slowed down
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty remembering new information
  • Physical
    • Headache
    • Nausea or vomiting (early on)
    • Balance problems
    • Dizziness
    • Fuzzy or blurry vision
    • Feeling tired, having no energy
    • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Emotional/Mood
    • Irritability
    • Sadness
    • More emotional
    • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sleep Disturbance
    • Sleeping more than usual
    • Sleeping less than usual
    • Trouble falling asleep

Some of these symptoms may appear right away, while others may not be noticed for days or months after the injury, or until the person starts resuming their everyday life and more demands are placed upon them. Sometimes, people do not recognize or admit that they are having problems. Others may not understand why they are having problems and what their problems really are, which can make them nervous and upset.

The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to sort out. Early on, problems may be missed by the person with the concussion, family members, or doctors. People may look fine even though they are acting or feeling differently.

Young Children

Very young children (i.e., infants, toddlers, and preschoolers) often bump and bruise their heads. This can happen as a result of motor vehicle crashes, falls, getting hit in the head with a ball or toy, or from tricycle/bike accidents. Sometimes these events can be serious and result in a concussion.

Young children can have the same symptoms of a concussion as older children, but it is harder for them to let others know how they are feeling. In addition to the symptoms mentioned on page 5, call your child’s doctor right away if your child seems to be getting worse or if you notice any of the following:

  • Crying more than usual
  • Headache that will not go away
  • Change in the way they play, perform or act at school
  • Change in nursing, eating, or sleeping patterns
  • Becoming easily upset or increased temper tantrums
  • Sad mood
  • Lack of interest in usual activities or favorite toys
  • Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
  • Loss of balance, unsteady walking
  • Poor attention

Older Adults

Because concussions are often missed or misdiagnosed among older adults, be especially alert if you know that an older adult has fallen or has a fall-related injury, such as a hip fracture. Older adults may have a higher risk of serious complications from a concussion, such as bleeding on the brain. Headaches that get worse or increased confusion are signs of this complication. If they occur, see a doctor right away. Older adults often take blood thinners; if they do, they should be seen immediately by a health care provider if they have a bump or blow to the head or body even if they do not have any of the symptoms listed above.


Getting Better

“Sometimes the best thing you can do is just rest and then try again later.”

Although most people recover fully after a concussion, how quickly they improve depends on many factors. These factors include how severe their concussion was, their age, how healthy they were before the concussion, and how they take care of themselves after the injury.

Some people who have had a concussion find that at first it is hard to do their daily activities, their job, to get along with everyone at home, or to relax. Ignoring your symptoms and trying to “tough it out” often makes symptoms worse.

Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal. You’ll need to be patient because healing takes time. Only when the symptoms have reduced significantly, in consultation with your doctor, should you slowly and gradually return to your daily activities, such as work or school. If your symptoms come back or you get new symptoms as you become more active, this is a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. Stop these activities and take more time to rest and recover. As the days go by, you can expect to gradually feel better.

If you already had a medical condition at the time of your concussion (such as chronic headaches), it may take longer for you to recover from the concussion. Anxiety and depression may also make it harder to adjust to the symptoms of a concussion. While you are healing, you should be very careful to avoid doing anything that could cause a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. On rare occasions, receiving another concussion before the brain has healed can result in brain swelling, permanent brain damage, and even death, particularly among children and teens.

After you have recovered from your concussion, you should protect yourself from having another one. People who have had repeated concussions may have serious long-term problems, including chronic difficulty with concentration, memory, headache, and occasionally, physical skills, such as keeping one’s balance.

Tips for Healing: Adults

Here are a few tips to help you get better:

  • Get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day.
  • Avoid activities that are physically demanding (e.g., heavy housecleaning, weightlifting/working-out) or require a lot of concentration (e.g., balancing your checkbook). They can make your symptoms worse and slow your recovery.
  • Avoid activities, such as contact or recreational sports, that could lead to a second concussion. (It is best to avoid roller coasters or other high-speed rides that can make your symptoms worse or even cause a concussion.)
  • When your doctor says you are well enough, return to your normal activities gradually, not all at once.
  • Because your ability to react may be slower after a concussion, ask your doctor when you can safely drive a car, ride a bike, or operate heavy equipment.
  • Talk with your doctor about when you can return to work. Ask about how you can help your employer understand what has happened to you.
  • Consider talking with your employer about returning to work gradually and about changing your work activities or schedule until you recover (e.g., work half-days).
  • Take only those drugs that your doctor has approved.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages until your doctor says you are well enough. Alcohol and other drugs may slow your recovery and put you at risk of further injury.
  • Write down the things that may be harder than usual for you to remember.
  • If you’re easily distracted, try to do one thing at a time. For example, don’t try to watch TV while fixing dinner.
  • Consult with family members or close friends when making important decisions.
  • Do not neglect your basic needs, such as eating well and getting enough rest.
  • Avoid sustained computer use, including computer/video games early in the recovery process.
  • Some people report that flying in airplanes makes their symptoms worse shortly after a concussion.

Tips for Healing: Children

Parents and caregivers of children who have had a concussion can help them recover by taking an active role in their recovery:

  • Having the child get plenty of rest. Keep a regular sleep schedule, including no late nights and no sleepovers.
  • Making sure the child avoids high-risk/ high-speed activities such as riding a bicycle, playing sports, or climbing playground equipment, roller coasters or rides that could result in a second bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Children should not return to these types of activities until the doctor says they are well enough.
  • Giving the child only those drugs that are approved by the pediatrician or family physician.
  • Talking with the doctor about when the child should return to school and other activities and how the parent or caregiver can help the child deal with the challenges that the child may face. For example, your child may need to spend fewer hours at school, rest often, or require more time to take tests.
  • Sharing information about concussion with parents, siblings, teachers, counselors, babysitters, coaches, and others who interact with the child helps them understand what has happened and how to meet the child’s needs.

Where to Get Help

Help for People with Concussion

“It was the first time in my life that I couldn’t depend on myself.”

There are many people who can help you and your family as you recover from a concussion. You do not have to do it alone.

Show this article to your doctor or health care provider and talk with them about your concerns. Ask your doctor about whether you need specialized treatment and about the availability of rehabilitation programs.

Your doctor can help you find a health care provider who has special training in treating concussion. Early treatment of symptoms by a specialist may speed recovery. Your doctor may refer you to a neuropsychologist, neurologist, or specialist in rehabilitation.

Keep talking with your doctor, family members, and loved ones about how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally. If you do not think you are getting better, tell your doctor.

For more information, see the resources listed below.

Help for Families and Caregivers

“My husband used to be so calm. But after his injury, he started to explode over the littlest things. He didn’t even know that he had changed.”

When someone close to you has a concussion or a more serious brain injury, it can be hard to know how best to help. They may say that they are “fine” but you can tell from how they are acting that something has changed.

If you notice that your family member or friend has symptoms of a concussion that are getting worse, talk to them and their doctor about getting help. They may need help if you can answer YES to any of the following questions:

  • Are any of the concussion symptoms substantially affecting their life activities (such as feeling restricted in their activities due to symptoms, performance in school or at work has changed, unhappy with life changes)?
  • Has their personality changed?
  • Do they get angry for no reason?
  • Do they get lost or easily confused?
  • Do they have more trouble than usual making decisions?

You might want to talk with people who share your experience. The Brain Injury Association of America can put you in contact with people who can help (listed in the resource section below).

Resources for Getting Help

“I thought I was all alone, but I’m not. There are lots of people out there who understand what I’ve been through.”

Several groups help people and their families deal with concussion and more serious brain injuries. They provide information and put people in touch with local resources, such as support groups, rehabilitation services, and a variety of health care professionals.

  • CDC’s Injury Center has created resources and conducts research to help prevent concussion and more serious brain injuries and improve outcomes for survivors. For more information contact CDC toll-free at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or visit CDC’s Injury Center on the Web at www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury.
  • The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has a national network of many state affiliates and hundreds of local chapters and support groups across the country that provide help in your community.

    You can reach BIAA by calling the toll-free National Brain Injury Information Center at 1-800-444-6443.

    You can also get information through their website at www.biausa.org. Both the help line and the website can provide you with information about the BIAA affiliate closest to you.

  • The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) works to ensure that active duty military and veterans with brain injury receive the best evaluation, treatment, and follow-up. You can reach DVBIC by calling toll-free at 1-800-870-9244 or by visiting their website at www.dvbic.org.

    For more information about TBI in the military, including an interactive website for service members, veterans, and families and caregivers, please visit: www.TraumaticBrainInjuryatoz.org.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov.
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader is advised to always seek the advice of a physician prior to changing any treatment or to receive answers to questions regarding a specific medical condition.

Posted on BrainLine November 17, 2017

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader is advised to always seek the advice of a physician prior to changing any treatment or to receive answers to questions regarding a specific medical condition.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017, July 6). Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion. Retrieved November 17, 2017, from www.cdc.gov

Comments

I hit my head hard two days ago on a metal weight bar. I had several symptoms of a concussion but they went away, and are now back. I took two ibuprofen and it hasn't helped. Should I see my doctor?

I was in a car accident back in July 2017 which spun my car into a concrete barrier. I remember feeling my brain "spin" and hit my skull and thinking "oh wow, I'm really hurt." But I had a hard time describing it to the doctor and he just said I was over-exaggerating. I didn't even think to look up concussion symptoms, because I thought to get one, you had to become unconscious. Now, after loads of research, I know better.

I had a 2-week long summer class that started literally two days after the accident and I honestly don't remember half of it. I'm struggling with short term memory now, specifically processing new information is hard for me, and my emotions feel like they've been kicked into overdrive. I used to have no trouble remembering things--and now I'll be in the middle of talking and I'll forget the word I want to use even though I know I know it! I still even occasionally feel the ache from where my brain hit my skull, and I've had trouble sleeping--though stress hasn't helped at all. I haven't gone to get a CT or MRI because I feel like nothing will show up on the scan and I don't want to waste money.

It's been a hard road, and I keep thinking things will improve in the next month, but it's been almost 5 months and it's been hard getting used to the "new" me. I'm not my old bubbly optimistic self, and I miss that most. I think the hardest part about having a concussion is that it's an invisible illness--you forget about it until it impacts your life in some way. Anyway, thanks to everyone who has contributed with their own stories--it's been really helpful to read and relate to. Here's hoping this month and next sees me one step closer to being the old me. Or at least accepting where I'm at.

I believe that one of the most debilitating things dealing with concussions are the lack of knowledge of the basic concussion symptoms. A person may just overlook a concussion symptom as a ordinary feeling that may just go away in time such a common cold not knowing that these symptoms need to be reported and treated medically by an medical professional.

You may wonder, "what can I do?" The answer is: simply be present. Show up to the fight. Reach out to your old Veteran buddies, let them know that you are there if they need it. Let them know that you will answer the phone, day or night, rainstorm or snowstorm, close or far away. You don’t know what to say…that’s fine.


Anytime you are knocked out you have had a concussion.  A neurologist is who you need to see.  Research them as they specialize - strokes, seizures, headaches, etc.  Make sure to get your medical records from the hospital visit.   Note that tests on the brain do not show all the issues -such as defusion- also when you fell your brain bounced around and that can take time to heal.   

Most doctors charge less for cash payments when paid in full at the time of the visit.  Many hospitals have grants that with a proof of low income will write off testing.

It can take a year or more for your symptoms to subside or they may never. The first five years after a brain injury is when you see the most gains.

You may also some alternative healing such as MCKS Pranic Healing  (don't knock it till you try it   - its a non touch modality and has had proven results in many aspects of healing)

Eating for the brain is very important especially when you are healing.  Rest and de stress, rest heals the brain.

You need to see a neurologist. Do some research as neurologist specialize in certain aspects of the brain. (strokes, headaches, seizures etc) You may also want to look at some alternative healing like MCKS Pranic Healing (Check it out before you judge) Eat foods that are good for the brain and avoid all that isn't healthy for the brain. ( also excerdin for migraines helps some as well as the combination of taking with aspirin - get your doctors permission before you do this)

I have a 30 year old who is severe TBI from an auto accident 28 years most of her brain is dead but she walks talks runs remembers names high observant and understands more than people realize. My other child is 23 and has suffered 7 concussions and this one is having major brain issues and has little short term memory major head pain that does not seem to stop. We are dealing with those issues now.

I fell nearly a year ago, tripped in a pothole and fell face down on the cement in a grocery store parking lot and broke my nose, hit my for forehead so hard I had an acute concussion and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The ER was so full, they put me in a wheelchair and made me wait for 5 hours before I was finally seen by a doctor and given xrays and a CT Scan. I was sent home that evening with pain medicine and ice packs, but not advised very well about my concussion. I went to a neurologist on my own 2 months later because I kept having sleep issues, dizzy, balance problems, and nausea. My vision has been blurry at times, and so noticeable lately, that I just associated the changes in my vision with my fall. I didn't realize head injury could effect vision. I was driving today, and had to position my eye glasses at a different angle to read the road signs. I forgot to tell my optometrist about my fall when I went 5 months ago. It's embarrassing to tell people why I've had memory and concentration problems. Friends seem to care for a little while, but no one understands unless they've been there. Concussion is very disruptive to your life, and it's easy to minimize it, or dismiss how much it does change your life and daily functioning because it's an invisible disorder. Friends who see the pictures of my face after my fall, are blown away at how awful my blue and purple swollen eyes and red lump above my eye looks, but they tell me how good I look now, and I want to cry, because I still have pain and tenderness where my head hit the pavement, and I know my personality feels different to me. I've had to rely on my self to recover and pace my self. It's an ongoing process. Be patient with your self, and realize,it takes time for the brain to heal. My neurologist said it might be a couple of years. It has been frustrating, but I did feel somewhat better reading every one else's experiences. I do think age plays a big part in recovery, I am going to be 60, so I do think being older may require longer for my concussion to heal. It could have been so much worse, the ER doc said I was lucky I didn't crack my skull open, but it did bruise the bone. It is amazing how resilient the human brain really is though, and I am thankful to still be here! Prayers to everyone for a fast and full recovery!

I was diagnosed with the same condition 18 mos again and still have issues with staying asleep at night. My neurologist placed me on Amitriptyline, 10mg. This med help me to stay asleep for a long time at night. When I don't take this med, I will surely have trouble staying asleep.

thank you for the info i am doing a project on concussions and this helped me a lot

About 2 years ago I got hit on my left side of my temple, it hurt unlike anything else when it first happened, but I just thought it was like any other time I hit my head so I didn't go see a doctor or worry much about it... Now 2 years have passed and I am having really bad aching pain on that exact spot, when I touch that spot it hurts so bad, and it feels different compared to the other side of my temple, also my left eye starts hurting randomly or when I blink, the left side of my forehead is also very sensitive. I recently got ringing in my ears and blurred vision at work a few weeks back, too. I am so scared because I don't know what to do or what it is. I don't want to not wake up one day, either. If anyone knows what this could be please let me know.

I think that you have a concussion and that you need to go to the doctor again.

I hope you're doing okay!

I understand, I fell down the stairs in my on campus residence in university the first saturday of last month (october 7th), i was knocked unconcious and was found by a student resident on the floor. I have managed to rest for two weeks but returned back on the third week not fully recovered. the thing is i visited my doctor last week and got lectured hard on how i should consider quitting this semester (i'm a double major with 5 subjects this semester, used to have 6 but dropped one after i found out that i can't handle all 6), as it is slowing down my recovery saying that health is important. the thing is i can't because there are alot of issues, and best way to sumit up, i have to graduate by the end of next semester or else i'm done for. now i'm cognitively feeling somewhat better, but physically i'm starting to get worse. I'm running myself to the ground everyday trying to complete assignments, just this week i haven't been able to sleep for two days trying to finish an essay (i still partly have some fogginess so it makes things difficult), by the end of monday's evening i looked like a "ghost" according to my mom. my mom tells me to "relax" but at the same time we both know i can't quit my courses, i still have to do them no way out. how can i "relax" and "heal" when i constantly have to worry about 5 subjects and loads of assignments in my head? I am torn between fatigue and mental breakdown every hour of the day and night

Got hit on the right side of my face near ear temple with a book on the job. Had all your symptoms and more was out of work four months. Best treatment vestibular treatment some symptoms get better but it takes time resting sleeping is the best thing to help your brain heal you will not be the same again. Understand being the bread winner part too try getting a lot off sleep when you are off work. People don’t believe when you are telling them your symptoms they can’t see it. but some symptoms get better with time it’s a year and a months since my injury still having problems the vestibular therapy help me cope Gods blessings it gets better with time.

I fell 3yrs ago hit the back of my head. Have concussion still dealing with symptoms had swelling like for 2yrs memory problems cognitive and fears and emotional brain I have done without any meds for it and eating lots of protien hope to still heal but to tell you the truth it is a long heal and your patience are challenged every day a terrible injury to be honest just never give up and have hope work on the healing every day

Things really changed for me when I saw a D.O. (osteopath). It was SO worth the money. Take care ~

Did your doctor ask you to fill out a form called a concussion protocol, or an Acute Concussion Evaluation? This will result in a total symptom score, which can then advise your doctor as to the seriousness of your symptoms. Be an advocate and ask for a different type of test (MRI?? not sure). Good luck. I have also recently suffered from a concussion....it's been a rocky road for sure!!

I hit my head hard on a door frame 9 days ago and saw my Dr. 3 days later as it was hurting so bad. As I'm on blood thinners, he said I needed to go to hospital for a CT scan immediately. The results came back clear and I was sent home, but the pain has gotten worse. I phoned the Dr. and was told to take Tylenol which doesn't work for me, he just doesn't seem concerned.

About a month ago I got hit in the side of my head with a plastic drink that was unopened thrown from about 90 feet in the air estimated going about 50mph when it hit my head.

I am still having some issues that are alarming me. Still getting dizzy when I stand up or walk around, still have numbness on the side of my head, still have sharp pains and a constant headache, I can’t get my words out that I am wanting to say and still having blurry vision when trying to read anything
How long do these symptoms go on ??? When do you know if it is long term nerve damage?
I’m seeing a Neurologist and I have had several CT Scans and an MRI and tomorrow I get an EEG.
The scans so far show a severe concussion with some damage to nerves on the side of my head but they don’t give me a time frame for healing. Just keep telling me to be patient and relax. Don’t work... don’t do anything that uses my brain but how do I do that when I am the bread winner for my whole family of 6 and we don’t have money saved for me to take off work for months at a time?????

I’d like to know this as well!

I got a concussion back in August and I was diagnose PCS I haven’t been able to work bc of the dizziness, migraines and loss of memory, but my sleeping has been getting worse I can’t fall asleep I maybe fall asleep between 6 am-11 am and sleep a few hours. Has anyone had issues with sleep getting worse?

If I may say...music of any kind relaxes the mind...for all what were all going through on here....really to everyone on here...classical music at night calms the brain......makes the best relaxer!!!

Fell and hit the back of my head in a parking lot a few months ago, knocked me out for an unknown amount of time... Woke/came to with extreme spinning, dizziness, loss of hearing in the left ear with loud ringing, loss of smell and taste, unable to walk without a cane (and I'm not even 30 yet!) Severe nausea and headaches, hort term memory loss, etc etc the list goes on... Went to the hospital the next day, an MRI showed no fractures so they basically kicked me out. I have no insurance and it's been almost three months and nothing has changed... I'm terrified.. is this normal? Should I be worried and seek advice from a specialist ​or just stop being a baby and wait it out? I can't function and none of my research is helping!

i feel the same, my accident happened 11 dys ago but my headaches started occuring over a week ago, my headache although isnt gettinf worst, is always constant midly still, did yours end up improving ?

I had a very bad car accident last week and had concussion. my eyes are still very sensitive on lights, i get dizzy whenever I walk and i'm always tired. I hope it's nothing serious!

last Sunday I got knocked over playing kickball and slammed my head against the ground. This same thing happened about 4 years ago and I had a fractured skull and concussion from that incident. This time did not seem as bad but it has now been over a week and I am still having constant headaches, even after taking tylenol or ibuprofen. I also am not sleeping well and I notice every little sound. I have also noticed in the last few days that food does not taste good. Its almost like it tastes old or bland to me. I went to the dr last week and he said I most likely have a concussion but I do not know if I need to go back b/c of the headaches and lack of taste or if I just need rest.

I fell and hit forehead on cement sidewalk 4 months ago, CT showed all OK, but definite concussion with extreme vomiting, etc.
Went thru PT for balance/dizzy issues 10 weeks; much better. Still struggling with exhaustion half the time; have 2-3 normal days, but I then crash (sleep 9-10 hours 2-3 nights). I've always been active and this is a little depressing and discouraging. I've heard it can take a year for full recovery for us older (70) gals. ????

I fell recently and went to the ER tests showed no stroke but the symptoms come and then get better. It is frightening and great to know I'm not alone.

I hit the back of my head on a wall after a chair I was sitting in my officer broke. I didn't have any issues expect pain at the beginning which became ok after 10 minutes. I slept that night fine. Then the next day I started having headaches, which I still have 5 days after the injury. The headache is not severe but sometimes is bad. Even though at night I sleep well and when I sleep I don't feel any headache.

Aside from the headache I also started having nausea and I don't feel like eating. I do have acid reflux so I am not sure if that is causing it.

I went to see a doctor and he said there was no issues, that I was fine and i should only take anti-pain medicine.

So what I am asking is that, is it ok to feel this way after head injury?

You are experiencing exactly what my daughter has been dealing with for a long time. It's unfortunate how the medical community doesn't know what to do with long term concussion sufferers. One type of therapy that might have a positive affect for what you're dealing with is EMDR. It addresses the PTSD symptoms which also mimic Post Concussive Syndrome. Music helps my daughter and after being tested by a neuro psychologist she was able to get an IEP for school.
Don't give up. You will get better.

I recieved a severe head injury in my home. I don't know how or when but I had so many other injuries my head injury seemed not important. After calling an ambulance and arriving at the hospital I was basically taken by the EMT's to the waiting room and dumped into a wheelchair. I was totally treated so badly after arriving at the hospital I tried to leave. After waiting 3.5 hrs I finally saw a Dr. After he ordered some test the Dr came back to tell me I had brain cancer and a broken wrist. I was very confused but not so much that I believed I had braincancer. I was admitted to the Hospital and was told I needed to call my family. My daughter wasn't speaking to me very much and I called her and she didn't seem to care. The nurse cam back and asked if I had gotten to call my daughter. I had but it was clear she wasn't coming and I felt so embarrassed that the hospital had to call her again. I guess she convinced her to come then all my family came in. I was heart broken that I was told I had brain cancer and my only child didn't care enough to show up. I was taken to surgery and after the surgery I was told it was a brainbleed and they had stopped the bleeding. I went home after 3 days in the hospital. I was alone and scared because I was having a hard time doing everything. I learned very quickly who my friends were and how much I was loved. The most important thing I learned is you can't depend on anyone but yourself. I know no matter what happens you have to get back up and believe in yourself. It has been 1 1/2 years and I am able to do everything I did before except use my hands without watching them. I never realized how many things I used to do without watching myself. I am more lucky than many.
Now over 5 months and still head spinning and ringing in my left ears but doctor's don't give medicine what should I do?
3 DAYS ago my head was busted open by a metal pole falling the hospital did a cat scan and I was told I did not have a concussion but was given 6 staples in my head. However my vision is still blurry and I get dizzy very easily if I move to fast. Should I go back to the hospital?
I've always thought there was something different about me ever since high school football where I got flat-backed after a helmet to helmet during a kickoff. It was my first football play ever and I was really excited to hit someone. I gave and received hits for the next two years until I seriously injured my elbow and decided to quit. Recently last February I was in a collision where the impact energy caused me to hit my head against the hard plastic part that sticks out from the ceiling. It got me right on the temple and I felt really distorted the whole rest of the night and I was afraid to go to sleep but I did anyway. It went away and I never got it checked out. I do have all the symptoms though. I have had up and down mood swings, pressure headaches, and I never was this way in high school. I was prescribed zoloft for anxiety and depression that I was feeling a couple years ago because of mulitple deaths in my family in short periods of time my grandpa and grandma and one of my best friends all past away within a year of each other. My grandparents died of natural causes and my friend was hit by a drunk driver. I'm wondering why I've had trouble holding a job and making friends as of late and I now always just want to be in my room and I don't like going out with my friends anymore because I am scared of being seen as weak. I don't want to talk to my parents except I'll force myself to talk to my mom because she also is going through some depression and I don't want her to feel alone. I forgot to mention when I was little, I think 3, I was playing outside and climbing a tree I hung onto a branch and fell onto my head and bled all over the concrete, I felt a really stinging feeling all around my head like it was on fire and I was rushed to the hospital. Dont remember any other memory after that for at least a year when I started preschool. I remember on day one I was so scared of meeting new people and I still am. I made some friends though like I still am able to do but the problem has veen keeping them and really being able to trust someone. I don't trust my doctors, the president, my parents dont love each other anymore but pretended to for about 10 years growing up until I made them see clearly and now they sleep in seperate rooms..they seem a bit more peaceful since they kind of know the truth now, but I digress, I don't think that freak accident when I was three has played a part in my learning and growing capabilites but I'm not a doctor, maybe it has? Maybe all three of my head injuries have? None of which I've discussed with my doctors in detail but even if I do, I've had past experiences where I tell them that I have a problem and I think it's blank, but all they say is "it could be lets send you to a specialist", the results of which always come back negative. I had an incident where I hyperextended my elbow, or at least I think thats what its called, then in those moments I felt sort of like my whole arm was shocked with a taser or something. Coach said it was just a stinger and dismissed it. But ever since I've had complications that have spread throught my body. One doctor explained it to me in lamens terms he said my nerves were too short for my body, hence why I feel the numbness in my pinky and ring fingers of both hands interchangeably, and pain in my neck and ringing in my right ear. Physical therapy didnt help much just made the pain worse. I don't like taking pain killers because I'm afraid of damaging my liver more than it already is. I should probably start excercising regularly since I havent dont that since high school. I'm 25 but feel like my dad is my age and I'm 60.

Hello I do not have a concussion although this site greatly helped me. I am a seasoned debater (very experienced) sorry I have to have and ego in debate. Sorry off topic, I am debating a topic that states- -Full contact football should be banned for students under age 18 (this topic is fake of course) this is moc debate if you will. After reading through multiple comments I have now been able to understand the effects concussions can have on a person. From what I can tell the long term effects of concussions can really change a persons life.  I am touched by the accounts of many I am begining to feel what all of you are going through. thank you so much for giving me an insight to how bad concussions really are. my prayers are with yall!
 

My 14 year old was play boxing with gloves yesterday with friends he's been having a head ache ever since

Can stress make the concussion symptoms worse?

To the 16 year old who posted February 2017. GO TO A DOCTOR!

I'm 17 and I was hit to the back of my head in October 2016 and still having symptoms to my concussion. A lot of people noticed I've changed because I used to be so happy and energetic and always wanting to do fun things. Now I don't feel like being in school or outside my room it feels like I'm suffocating into a small hole and can't breathe or be myself I hate people. Now I feel like just someone being in same room as I am I wanna yell because I feel annoyed. I am diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression. It's scary to even think or have thoughts like I do now. I wish I was myself and happy so I could graduate next year, excited for future events in my life but I just want a simple boring future now and it sucks to even want nothing for myself or anything from others. In may I'll be turning 18 and dealing with this traumatic stuff maybe for the rest of my life it will be a big nightmare that will never fade away.

I have a concussion and this helped me.

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I am 16 years old and I play football. I suffered two back to back concussions. The first one I got popped in the head while running full speed down the field on a punt and got hit by a player on the opposing team, but it didn't feel like a normal hit.  I did not feel any pain in my head the whole game because I had a twisted ankle, on the bus ride back I was laughing and having fun, then about an hour or two after the game I started getting very severe headaches and extreme nausea. It was one of the most painful things I ever felt. I did not mention this to anybody because I went to sleep and woke up fine the next morning. The following week I was not in practice due to other injuries but decided to play in the game (because we had no other good o-lineman). This was a bad idea, that game I was in for every play. I am a guard on offense and we run many pulling plays which result in head to head contact. The average weight of the d-lineman on the other team was close to 300 pounds and I weigh 180. I did not feel any pain like in the previous game but I was getting very dizzy and I started to forget where I was, I was about to tell the trainer what I was feeling but then our starting center got injured and I decided to stay in. 2-3 hours after the game (which we lost) I felt the same pain from the previous week but 100 times worse. The sound of a tv in the other room was killing me and the room was pitch black but I was still sensitive to the light, I threw up 20-30 times in the toilet and then passed out without remembering. It has been a year since then and I don't feel like I have healed at all. I have never ending headaches and recently I have had uncontrolled outbursts over nothing. I have a hard time concentrating now and my memory is very much worse. Recently I have even had a loss of appetite and now I weigh 145 pounds. I don't know what to do anymore because my concussion has interfered with my school work now and I'm scared it will ruin my life. Is there anything that I can do to make the pain go away besides painkillers?

I got a concussion on Feb 17 2012. Because I was involved in a auto accident, I was seen at UCI Medical Center in Irvine, CA. They said there was "no evidence" of brain injury, and I was not given instructions to follow-up with my Dr. I did mention it to my Dr anyway, but he did not seem concerned and now, five years later, I am having memory issues 🙄

I understand what this guy is talking about. I feel the same way! I'm not sure when I got my first head injury. The first time I can put my finger on was when I was 4 yrs old. All I remember is waking up in a what I thought at the time was a space ship! But now I know it was just my a CT scan. Since then I have taken many blows to the head. On Dec.12 2016 I received 3 traumatic blow's (two on the top of my head and one on the back of my head). I went unconscious for last time. On Dec 28th I started remembering my life up to that point (this whole time other people didn't know anything was wrong with me unless I told them). Sometimes I feel almost back to normal then something changes and I get all mixed up again. My eyes and ears start going in and out and my body goes numb. I have learned to cope with it by wearing sunglasses and playing music in my ears. The music also helps me keep time. Although I'm learning to deal with my lasting side effects I sometimes get discouraged because I'm missing out on life! I have a lot to live for even though it is hard to remember that sometimes. I write a lot and take a lot of pictures so I can remember, and I have learned not to focus on negative things that way when I get down I can look back on memories that remind me why I have to keep going!

I know the feeling. Former Army Soldier. I broke my neck in January last year for the second time. I walked away didn't know anything was wrong for hours. I hit my head so hard I dented my skull. One year later still having trouble and my headphones still hurt! Memory everything.

I have had multiple concussions over the years from playing too hard, motorcycle racing, street racing accidents, stock car racing, figure 8 racing and just forgetting I have a head on my shoulders. I seem to hit it a lot. I have had 3 concussions just in the last year. Jan 2016 ran into a support beam in a basement. I got hit hard in turn 1 at a track. Don't remember that but I saw photos of the car. Two days later I got dizzy and fell into my truck. Once again my head did not make it in. Bled like a pig. I've noticed a change about half way through the year. I'm 57 now. Always been forgetful, now appears short term memory is gone. I'm at the point that I leave notes on my phone to tell me what day it is and what to do. Can't concentrate, can't figure out problems, get lost while driving. Confused, headaches, dizzy, depressed. I get anxiety attacks. Hard to breath sometimes. I feel like I'm getting worse instead of better. Only had 1 violent episode but directed it on the dinning room chairs. They wound up breaking a couple things in the living room. I'm suicidal, that's not new but think a lot more about it. Wife doesn't understand. May end in divorce. I feel I'm slipping away. I don't want dementia. I've seen it. I'm scared and no one understands what I go through on a daily basis.

Many people have recovered from long term effects from a TBI, some don't. Researchers are trying to find a link as to why some recover and some do not. Some benefit from simple therapy. Based on the trauma you have had, I would look into it.

I find all of this fascinating. I'm researching latent brain function issues from trauma. I had my first major head trauma when I was about 16 when I was hit on the side of my head, by a person, and didn't fully lose consciousness, but 'saw stars' for a good while. When I was 19 a horse kicked me in the head, I was knocked out for about 5 mins, disoriented/confused, emotional, and ended up with 8 stitches just below the crown of my head. I'm pretty sure they only tooK x-rays back then (the late 80s, early 90s). By the time I was 25 I'd been in two major car wrecks, one of which rendered the car (and me) upside down & crawling out of a back window. ER sent me home. Fast forward to my 30s. I took up riding horses again, this time jumping. Always wearing a helmet, I received many blows to the head during falls. Most weren't a big deal, not even painful. The final one was bad. I came off after a jump, and I slammed the back of my head on the hard ground. It dented my helmet. (**I cannot say enough about wearing helMets to people who ride horses...and the adults who let their kids ride without - shame on you!!). I was knocked out for a min or two, got up talking (never remembered what I said to friends or talking to them). I didn't remember walking back to the barn. Waited a bit, then drove myself home. My mother fussed and forced me to go to ER the next morning. Scans all fine, sent home. Ok. So now I'm reading these articles on newer research and I realize, could I have a TBI? The last 10 years or so (I'm 49 now) I've noticed depth perception issues, I'm emotional to the point of annoying myself yet have periods where I show almost no affect at all. I get headaches, which vary in severity, but are mostly mild. I've had a full blown migraine 2-3 times ever and not recently. But I'm increasingly feeling like things aren't as they should be cognitively. It's hard to explain as there's nothing concrete to report. I've had some issues with work, which I never, ever had before now. I don't stay on top of tasks well and feel very lazy (the latter having been totally opposite of my personality in previous years). My question is, why should I bother with seeing a doctor? I feel as though they will just take another mri and report that all looks normal and send me home. Do I even need to follow up on this? I can't even make a decision about whether I want to or not. Am I being sent to the wrong doctors (ER)? I don't have a regular doctor, as I'm rarely hurt or ill now, but I don't even know what I'd say if I did see a doctor. Or if it's worth going through. (Lol, oh and I almost forgot my reason for writing this. I just hit my head again yesterday, accidentally, on a large, dense metal beam (I didn't see it). I have a lump, small dent, and it's very tender. I was disoriented for about 5 mins, but I think I was mostly shaken up.)

I performed a tumble on my bed which is hard and bouncy and had a headache all day. The next day I did some shadowboxing and felt a dull pain on the left upper part of my head. This was caused by accelerating and abruptly decelerating my head in a rotationary motion. Now I have many of the symptoms listed, tire easily, difficulty concentrating, feeling exhausted, slow reading etc. I believe that past concussions from accidents have made my brain very vulnerable to new concussions from seemingly mild forces.

I'm sorry. I hope for justice for your situation. People who have been through it understand it more. I can tell you as a female it wasn't much better for me. Blessings

i suffer fro m my incident for three years took to many blows to the head from fights last one left me blind in left eye didn't really know what was going on with me at first just i haven't been me have angry moods  have head ahces that keep me up with insomnia and fatigued concentration and focus and memory gotten bad and can't find the right words to say a lot and things come out all screwed up when i'm trying to carry a conversation on and my mind gets stuck on one thin g alot and can't get it to change subject on topics have fallen down and bumped into walls and can't see at night at all at night head lights from cars disorient me i get light headed and dizzy sleep schedule all jacked up hate going to get groceries cause it stresses me out trying to keep up with all I'm getting and shopping for good prices  blurred vision double vision and have been watching TV and the graphics be in like 3D almost like video game like and wouldn't be last about 5 to 10 minutes and it goes back to normal  and just recently i had a head ache that kept me up and it went away but i still couldn't sleep anxious mood and i lay in bed and my head felt weird just over my eye on left side in the front felt numbness  never felt that before  that was new to me but I'm still learning to deal with it all and its been 3 years now just take it one day at a time. reading and writing spelling and people take a toll on me i struggle with keeping up with that stuff can but really wears me out to wear i just want to be left a lone and go to sleep . used to never be like this I'm a people person now just leave me alone you get on my nerves. find my self doing things two or three times as well which is good make sure i lock the doors and turn off the stove and stuff have for got. like i said one day at a time.

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