Concussion is a mild traumatic injury to the brain. Such can happen because of a direct blow to the head. It’s something that may also be brought about by a violent movement or shaking of the head or body. If various symptoms like headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears and insomnia show up after the injury, the person may have what’s known as post-concussion syndrome.
This article will get you acquainted with some essential matters about post-concussion syndrome. Feel free to share this article on your various social media sites afterwards to have everyone you care about get to know it, too.
What is It?
Post-concussion syndrome consists of various symptoms that are experienced by the individual after having a concussion.
Most of the time, post-concussion syndrome happens 7 to 10 days after the mild traumatic injury to the brain is incurred by the person. Post-traumatic syndrome commonly stays around for about three long months. In some cases, it lasts for a year or even more.
According to health authorities, a person’s risk of experiencing post-concussion syndrome is not affected by the severity of his or her concussion. This only means that someone who didn’t lose consciousness after a concussion is at risk of having post-concussion syndrome as someone who lost consciousness after a concussion.
Some experts believe that post-concussion syndrome is the result of damage to the brain’s structure or a disruption in the transmission of electrical impulses between brain cells.
Others theorize that post-concussion syndrome is due to some psychological factors especially because some of the symptoms encountered by those who have post-concussion syndrome are the same as the ones experienced by those who have anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, and depression.
To date, doctors are not sure why some people who had a concussion develop post-concussion syndrome while others do not.
What are its Symptoms?
Some of the most common symptoms of post-concussion syndrome are headaches. Some of those who suffer from post-concussion syndrome report that their headaches are similar to migraine headaches. Others say they experience tension-type headaches instead.
Aside from headaches, there are many other symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome. The most commonly reported ones include:
Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Loss of memory and focus
There are people who are diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome that complain about decreased sense of smell and taste. However, experts say these symptoms are rarely reported.
How is It Treated?
As mentioned earlier in this article, there is no cure available for post-concussion syndrome. What doctors may do is treat the individual symptoms.
For instance, headaches may be treated with painkilling drugs. In some instances, medications for controlling the blood pressure and fending off epilepsy are deemed effective. Some doctors recommend antidepressants especially for patients who are exhibiting signs of anxiety and depression. Psychotherapy is oftentimes recommended for those who have anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, there are no medications available for people with post-concussion syndrome who are complaining of thinking and memory issues. The good news is these problems tend to go away after some time. Certain types of therapies are known to help in managing cognitive problems stemming from post-traumatic syndrome. For instance, relaxation therapy may prove to be helpful for someone who is exhibiting anxiety and PTSD.
By the way, there is no single test around that can prove that the individual is suffering from post-traumatic syndrome. Diagnosis is dependent on the signs and symptoms reported by the patient and also observed by the doctor.
It’s not unlikely for the doctor to request the person to undergo magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, or computerized tomography or CT scan in order to determine if there are abnormalities in the brain’s structure that can cause additional problems.