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Suggest treatment for concussion with vertigo

Hi. My 16 y/o son suffered a hit at football yesterday. Today he has h/a and vertigo. Doctor said he has a concussion with vertigo. Sent him for CT. Scan is negative. Son has continued h/a and some vomiting he feels is from the dizziness. He had a trip planned to cedar point this weekend and is begging to go. I don t know that it s a good idea unless his symptoms subside. With a negative ct and if symptoms do go away, would it be safe 4 him to go?
Fri, 17 Apr 2015
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Hello !
I read your question and understand your concern.
The brain function is not normal after a head concussion and the brain loses for some days- weeks its plasticity. This means that in this perioud the brain is very vulnerable and a second head trauma can cause a serious situation called "Second injury impact". Going to the cedar point would expose your soon to a second trauma , may be not direct trauma, but maybe from the speed acceleration etc.
I would recommend to avoid straining physical activity and risk of further trauma for 3-4 weeks .
Hope to have been concrete and helpful!
Best Wishes !
Dr. Abaz Quka
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