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Concussion

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Comment from: Earl, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 29

On December 24 I was stabbed 4 times and then hit with a big pipe wrench attached to a 3 foot cheater pipe. He hit me in the right side of my head, it never knocked me out but I heard a blow that should have killed me. I had no swelling and no black or blue marks, now I am having headaches on my right side, neck pain and some blurry vision from concussion.

Comment from: Maria, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

My concussion symptoms were mainly extreme sleepiness (I slept for 20 hours without realizing it until an Emergency Medical Services crew woke me up in my bedroom), nausea, and dizziness. The nausea was so bad that, even though I didn't vomit, I couldn't eat for two days, which only made me worse.

Comment from: Katie, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 26

Twenty days ago I slipped on my newly waxed floor and it knocked me out. I came to with horrible dizziness and dry heaves. I spent two days in the hospital for the concussion. My dizziness is still bad but getting better. My doctor sent me to physical therapy for the vertigo. The therapist said when you get a blow to the head it affects the inner ear and that's what causes the vertigo. It knocks loose tiny crystals in the inner ear and they move where they don't belong. The exercises he has me do has a 95 percent success rate; hey, I'll try anything to rid myself of this dizziness. Call your physical therapist and give it a try. I'll report back if the treatment works for me.

Comment from: Kumajiro the Bear, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 20

I had a significant concussion 20 years ago from a car accident. I was struck above my left eye during the accident. I had personality changes, short term memory changes, one of two kinds of headaches several times a day every day for 2 years. One day I woke up and realized I had not had a headache for a couple of days. At that time I was given the term post-concussion syndrome. Until that time, I thought all syndrome medical diagnosis were 'hooey', that event changed my attitude for certain. Since that time I have had the occasional headache, memory loss associated with being an over 50 female, but no other lasting issues. Two weeks ago I was head butted by a 90 plus lb. Labrador while breaking up a dog fight. I had two black eyes and a laceration to my forehead above my eyes. Twenty four hours later I began to vomit and bought myself a CT scan which was negative for a bleed. Obviously I am concussed again. It has been the worst two weeks of my life, between the initial nausea and vomiting and the headaches. Now it is just the fog I am in, the occasional headache, and how I just feel a 'bubble off center'. I am a critical care nurse. I now have a new appreciation for the head injured patients I see. I am also amazed at how some of these sports figures go through this time after time. I know one head injury or concussion makes you an easier victim for a second concussion but this really makes a believer out of me!

Comment from: Bzrtzr2190, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I am not sure if I had a concussion but I got head-butted and my nose was hit and is sore, and left eye won't stop watering. I wonder if I should see a doctor.

Comment from: MLou, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I had a significant concussion 20 years ago from a car accident. I struck above my left eye during the accident. I had personality changes, short term memory changes, one of two kinds of headaches several times a day for every day for 2 years. One day I woke up and realized I had not had a headache for a couple of days. At that time I was given the term post concussion syndrome. Until that time, I thought all syndrome medical diagnosis were "hooey" - that event changed my attitude for certain. Since that time I have had the occasional HA, memory loss associated with being an over 50 female :-) but no other lasting issues. Two weeks ago I was head butted by a 90+ lb Lab while breaking up a dog fight. I had two black eyes and a laceration to my forehead above my eyes. 24 hours later I began to vomit and bought myself a CT scan which was negative for a bleed. Obviously I am concussed again. It has been the worst two weeks of my life, between the initial nausea and vomiting and the headaches. Now it is just the fog I am in, the occasional headache, and how I just feel a "bubble off center". I am a critical care nurse. I now have a new appreciation for the head injured patients I see. I am also amazed at how some of these sports figures go through this time after time. I know one head injury or concussion makes you an easier victim for a second concussion but this really makes a believer out of me!

Comment from: GM MAIN, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I had a bad fall resulting in a hard low to the right side of my head just above my right eye. I was knocked out for about 15 to 20 minutes. I have had a cat scan and have been off work for 11 days now. I still feel like my head is swelled and have headaches throughout the day. I have been having constant neck pain. I went back to the doctor today and she finally said I want you to have a MRI done, but I don't think we will find anything.

Comment from: ALAN, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

I fell backward down some tiled stairs, and hit my head hard, I don't remember a thing, people who were there related this to me. I lay on my back, my eyes were rolling and my head bleeding, I stopped breathing for about a minute, they poured water over me. I awoke after about 8 minutes, I went to bed. The next day I had a lump at the back of my head, and felt awful all day. The next day I had to take a plane trip, of over 35 hours, using 3 planes and waiting around in airports etc. I'm now home, but feel disorientated, and a permanent headache, I think the pressure in the cabin of the aircraft I was in, has exacerbated my condition, I have had concussion before, whilst playing sport, but nothing as bad as this, I'm going to the doctor shortly.

Comment from: Creevs, 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 29

I went to an amusement park over the weekend and I love roller coasters. I still have headache two days later.

Comment from: SMEEHAN, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 10

I had dizziness, dry heaving, and a slight pressure on the top of my head.

Comment from: SallyO, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

For my concussion, I had an extreme headache, especially at night. It felt like a baseball bat had hit my head. The pain went away after 36 hours. I went to the hospital and had a scan and results came back with no bleeding in my brain. I took Tylenol 3 for pain. 48 hours later, I was feeling much better. A horse came down on top of my head full force. I had two other blows of the same spot two months prior due to an overhanging beam out of my peripheral vision.

Comment from: samuel ravi, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

Last Sunday, I was knocked down by a two-wheeler and I was crossing the road after prayer to reach my car. I hit my head on the ground and I was unconscious for a few minutes. I was bleeding. My family and a few bystanders helped me to the hospital where I work as a nurse. My CT was normal, but I had nausea and vomiting for an entire day. I was on IV fluids for a day and now I am back at home. It looks like I need to wear a helmet while walking! By the way, the concussion write-up here is simple and gives patients hope and guidance. Thank you.

Comment from: Skier93, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

Hit my head with a snowboard just above my right eye and just below the helmet line. I had a bump and a laceration which bled for a few minutes. Severe headaches, confusion, irritability, neck pain, nausea, fatigue, memory loss, dizziness, sleep disturbances, and sensitivity to light and noise were among my symptoms in the days to follow. I don't think the fact that I went back snowboarding that afternoon and skiing that night helped me in anyway. Unfortunately I had to fly home the day after and all that traveling didn't help. Over two months later and I still have the majority of those symptoms, especially the headaches. Went to the doctor and had blood tests and a CT scan done. Everything came back fine.

Comment from: living with it, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 06

I was hit on the head four years ago. I was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, post-concussion migraine and epilepsy. I live everyday one day at a time. I cannot make plans to do things because it just depends on how bad the migraines get or if I can actually function that day. I feel for anyone out there who is in my situation. This has turned my world upside down. I have lost my job. I have a hard time spending time with friends and family. I get irritable and so sensitive to light and noise that I most have to stay to myself. But life goes on no matter what and I learned that you have to make yourself better and live with it because after you feel this for so long, you know that you just have to push yourself to do things. Good Luck!

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I fell and hit the back of my head two days ago. Sometimes, I feel dizzy and lightheaded and I sometimes I get a slight headache. Also, my head feels tight.

Comment from: momof two, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 08

This website was very informative. Being a mom of two very active young boys, we get a lot of bumps and bruises, on the head sometimes. This helped to calm my nerves, when other websites were not as informative. Thanks again!

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I was found unconscious at the bottom of stairs. I awoke the next day in ICU with a severe concussion, and I was discharged two days later. It has been 16 days, and I still have headaches, dizziness some nausea and sometimes a little shortness of breath. I remember nothing about the fall which is very frustrating. I want to know what happened to me.

Comment from: Husband and wife, 55-64 (Patient) Published: January 26

My husband and I were in a serious car accident 8 days ago. We both experienced concussions. I experienced dizziness for4 days. He is still very dizzy, particularly when he looks down or turns his head sideways. He also experienced some short-term memory loss (he does not recall what he said to me in the car after the impact). We were both in hospital and discharged. We are using pain relievers when needed, ibuprofen, and resting as much as possible. Our lives were spared and we believe that with time all symptoms will subside.

Comment from: ellie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I got my concussion from being rear-ended in a car accident, just before I was hit head on. I don't remember much about the accident, but people were telling me that my car did a complete circle and then I went into the other lane and hit an oncoming van. I have had a constant headache and I can't sleep a full night since them. Also, I am finding it harder to focus and I have been getting dizzy and seeing floaters in my eyes.

Comment from: travis, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

This is my second concussion, but both times, I could not remember anything. Days afterward, I had headaches, and I felt lightheaded all the time. This time, I was hit in the head by a basketball and hit my head on the bleachers.

Comment from: wheels, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I have had five concussions and with all five, I have had blurred vision, migraine headache, short term and long term memory loss, and I have been told that I have been asking the same question over and over. I got my five concussions in 14 months: I fell out of a tree and wrecked my dirt bike four times racing. The best thing to get rid of concussion is wait it out. It might last days, weeks or months.

Comment from: Confused, 25-34 Female Published: January 08

I can't remember what happened, how I ended up on the couch, after hitting the back of my head in the kitchen. Each time I walk, I can feel the back of my head ache. However, I do not have a constant headache.

Comment from: hockeyman13, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

When I had a concussion, I also had a headache and dizziness. I was light-headed and nauseated.

Comment from: Angel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I was in a car accident 7yrs ago. I only remember the impact. The next thing I know I was out of the car walking around, I had the worse headache ever. It consumed my whole head. I still do not know if I was unconscious. I went to the ER and was sent home. I began vomiting and my headache became worse. Went back to the ER and was told that I had a concussion. I have never been sent to a concussion treatment center. I have days that I don't remember. I have driven places and not remembered. I have had conversations with people that I don't remember. Noise irritates me more than it did before the accident and if I do not take a sleeping pill, I don't sleep...at all. It seems that my temper is also short. I have 2 children that I have not been able to enjoy. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, please seek help. Do not let it continue on the way that I have. I thought I was "losing my mind" or "going crazy", but this is real. Get help as soon as possible. Get 2nd and 3rd opinions if necessary.

Comment from: Alicia, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I had a really stupid fall yesterday when I slipped on a floor I had just mopped with water. I took most of the impact on my chin and my teeth knocked together. Luckily, I didn't lose any teeth but I was terrified and disoriented. I felt dizzy, nauseated and my vision had something similar to a flashing "camouflage" pattern. I stumbled over to my father who sat me down on a chair with my head resting on my hands. After doing that for awhile and drinking some water my vision started to clear but I was near hysterical, laughing and crying at the same time. That mood lasted for a couple hours but I recovered fully after everything cleared up. I have a rather large bump on my chin though.

Comment from: Ashley, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I fell two days ago and hit the back of my head very hard. More than 24 hours passed and nothing happened. Yesterday, during school, my vision went completely black and I apparently fell (asking my friends). I could hear everything but couldn't see. The day I came home (same day), I started to get a headache and I felt slightly nauseated, and I was very tired too. Today, I apparently asked my mother a question I had already asked. She is considering taking me to a doctor.

Comment from: julie, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 07

My six-year-old just slipped and hit the back of her head on the cement walk. She cried for 15 minutes, felt a bit dizzy, and now she is sleeping and holding the front of her head. Her eyes were dilated when we moved through the light in the room. I have heard that we should not let children sleep after hitting their heads because they could lapse into a coma. I'm thinking I should call the doctor while she's asleep.

Comment from: mtjones_83642, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

I was told I had a concussion on December 8th 2009 where I was in a major car accident. I was out of work for two weeks and went back to work for a day and a half. I began to suffer from stroke like symptoms, blurred vision, my left side went limp, my blood pressure was 188 over 122 (I'm 26), and I was extremely disorientated. My doctor put me on multiple prescriptions where I pretty much turned into a zombie. It is now February 10th 2010 and I'm still missing work due to headaches, cold sweats, and the shakes. I hope I get better soon. My headaches are extremely painful and I still have short term memory issues. My symptoms were headache, lost consciousness, nausea, and dizziness.

Comment from: Marmalade, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: December 14

My husband had a dream and jumped out of bed, probably getting his feet tangled in the covers, and he fell, hitting his head on the thick carpet. He rolled as he fell and promptly got up. I examined his eyes and had him talk to me, describing what happened, and he was surprised, but coherent. I cleaned and bandaged the "rug burn" injury on his forehead and put an ice pack on it. He went back to bed and later fell asleep. When he woke up in an hour or so, he said he had aching muscles in his neck and shoulders and that his forehead was sore. I gave him Ibuprofen for the pain and kept ice on his forehead frequently. The next day, he had very ugly black eyes that grew worse all day. There was no pain from this, but his swollen eyelid on one eye caused a bit of narrowed vision.

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

REFERENCE:

Concussion and mild traumatic brain injury
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Sport-related concussion in children and adolescents: Management
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Sport-related concussion in children and adolescents: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis
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