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What are the symptoms of concussion after a head injury?

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Posted on Mon, 16 Feb 2015
Question: Symptoms of concussion after head trauma
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please watch out for a day should you have any symptoms listed below

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX
Thanks for writing in.

I have read through your query in detail.
Sorry to hear about your fall and hope you are not having much pain or discomfort. Regularly I come across patients with mild head injury like the on you have. While the injury mentioned by you seems to be a trivial one, the symptoms experienced by you might vary.

Right now you can try applying ice packs and taking oral pain relievers to feel comfortable if you still feel uncomfortable at the site of head injury.

You might have had a concussion, mildest form of brain injury. Concussions usually do not manifest into anything serious, however subtle symptoms like brain fog may persist for days to weeks. This happens due to minor injury to nerves and is not visible on imaging. Rarely there can be emotional changes and irritability seen even after concussions.

Head injuries need to be observed for the first 24 hours. The following are alarming symptoms (within first 24 hours) of a head injury that needs a doctors attention.

1. Vomiting
2. Seizures
3. Persisting neurological deficits (numbness is a neurological deficit)
4. Difficulty in maintaining gait
5. Vision problems
6. Increasing severity of headache

If any of the above symptoms have occurred and are present even after 24 hours then you need to see a doctor and get a CT scan brain done. If you are experiencing dizziness and nausea which is not subsiding even after 3 days, you might have to visit the ER.

Patients on blood thinners (including aspirin) or anti platelet medications have a small risk of slow bleeds in the brain even after a small fall. If you are taking Aspirin regularly, it is important to see a doctor should you have any of the above listed symptoms.

Please feel free to correct any oversight in my interpretation of your problems and discuss them in detail as per your requirements.

Wishing you a quick recovery.

Hope your query is answered.
Do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
Dr.Vivek
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What are the symptoms of concussion after a head injury?

Brief Answer: Please watch out for a day should you have any symptoms listed below Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX Thanks for writing in. I have read through your query in detail. Sorry to hear about your fall and hope you are not having much pain or discomfort. Regularly I come across patients with mild head injury like the on you have. While the injury mentioned by you seems to be a trivial one, the symptoms experienced by you might vary. Right now you can try applying ice packs and taking oral pain relievers to feel comfortable if you still feel uncomfortable at the site of head injury. You might have had a concussion, mildest form of brain injury. Concussions usually do not manifest into anything serious, however subtle symptoms like brain fog may persist for days to weeks. This happens due to minor injury to nerves and is not visible on imaging. Rarely there can be emotional changes and irritability seen even after concussions. Head injuries need to be observed for the first 24 hours. The following are alarming symptoms (within first 24 hours) of a head injury that needs a doctors attention. 1. Vomiting 2. Seizures 3. Persisting neurological deficits (numbness is a neurological deficit) 4. Difficulty in maintaining gait 5. Vision problems 6. Increasing severity of headache If any of the above symptoms have occurred and are present even after 24 hours then you need to see a doctor and get a CT scan brain done. If you are experiencing dizziness and nausea which is not subsiding even after 3 days, you might have to visit the ER. Patients on blood thinners (including aspirin) or anti platelet medications have a small risk of slow bleeds in the brain even after a small fall. If you are taking Aspirin regularly, it is important to see a doctor should you have any of the above listed symptoms. Please feel free to correct any oversight in my interpretation of your problems and discuss them in detail as per your requirements. Wishing you a quick recovery. Hope your query is answered. Do write back if you have any doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek