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Comment from: Andie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

As a result of concussion the right side of my head is a little swollen. I have ear and jaw ache, a knot on the back of my head, left eye black, and right eye half black.

Comment from: Sgm, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I was involved in a car accident 5/9/2018. I felt like I was out of body, just dazed looking out the window at the car that hit me. Once the fire, police and ambulance removed me from the car I went to the emergency room with these concussion symptoms - memory loss, a bad headache, left ear ringing and in pain, nausea, and off balance. I received a CT scan with dye, and later told I have a concussion and soft tissue injury. After 1 month of treatment I got back to work. After 2 weeks at work more symptoms, and I am off work for 3 months.

Comment from: Shadyside One, 75 or over (Patient) Published: March 29

My initial concussion occurred at birth (forceps delivery) or shortly after. It was not diagnosed until I was 30, however. I may go months or years without symptoms. Each time they show up, it's a different set. Frequent deja vu (30 an hour) is one extreme. Monster hallucinations is another. Anger is a given. Over the years, I have learned that internists on the whole know little about the long-term effects of concussion. Keep copies of your records. (No one suggested that I should do so, alas.) Keep a diary. Do your homework. Read. Research is changing things. Be prepared to be disbelieved. Be prepared to explain and explain again. Remember: you are the expert in what you're experiencing. You may well become the expert in how you are treated. Stay away from alcohol and sugar. Both complicate symptoms. Be willing to say no to drugs, legitimate and otherwise. Be willing to experiment with supplements, if you have a provider whom you trust. Find providers who support you. Acupuncturists can be wonderful support. If you have the energy, provide support for other disabled people, especially children. And if you haven't mourned, consciously, start in on that. It will help you move forward.

Comment from: vikki1183, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I had frequent pain in the area where the injury occurred. It took three staples to close, and it's been eight months since this happened. It still hurts.

Published: October 05

I have had 3 concussions since as small child. When I was 12 I got a concussion from banding my head in the bathroom. I had a concussion when I was 15 years old from being tackled from playing soccer in Gym Class. I had been thrown several feet in the air and landed on my head. I lost consciousness for about 5 minutes. Last August of 2011 I got a concussion and a whiplash from a severe Go-Kart accident. Right now I am a 20 year old girl. Every time I would get the signs of concussion from a head injury I would have to go to the ER and sometimes get admitted overnight for observation.

Comment from: overit, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I fell off my horse at 14. I was going over a jump, and we missed. My horse fell over my head and cracked my riding helmet. The first thing I did was to check his legs and they were OK. Then I passed out. My friends took my horse back to the stable. When I came to, I went back to the stable and said that I have to go over that jump again or I will be afraid and so will my horse. I went back over the jump and he cleared it. I developed a very bad headache. When my mother came to pick me up, I told her that I needed to swing by the hospital. She said that she knew something was wrong. I had a concussion and later developed migraine headaches. Now they are finally gone. I still have depression and anxiety, though.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

The day after Thanksgiving I fell at some point before the next day, I guess, I don't remember the fall, anything for 3 days, still forget so much, it's making me wonder what happened? I also had a wreck and got a DUI. Of course, I don't remember anything, ticket, test, jail, etc. for 3 days and have a terrible memory since the fall on a tile floor, that I cracked with my head. I have to go to court tomorrow to try to make them know that I'm telling the truth. Unfortunately, I have no memory and don't remember the incident, plus days afterwards. I can't pretend to "know" what happened. Using the Police Report to "remember" isn't the best of scenarios, but I have no option because I DON'T remember anything!! I'm going to fight it in court and hope I win. I don't think unless you've had concussions before that you know the capacity of what they can hold for you; present, past and future.... scary!!

Comment from: Daisy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

One week ago today, Friday night, went to bed but woke up at 1.30 a.m. having to use the washroom. When I got up from peeing, I felt very weak, dizzy and light-headed, having been on medication for atrial fib. I knew I was going to fall so tried to hold on to the door frame but could not. I went down hard, falling back and hitting the top of my head on the vanity just left of center as I fell. I had a couple of other scrapes and bruises as well. I managed to get up but had searing pain all over my head but no headache. There was no cut on my head but could feel the swelling of a large goose egg to which I applied a cold cloth. I went back to bed in agony but finally fell asleep. I rested the following day. Then, feeling a little better by the 2nd day I put my make-up and went out for a few hours - all was fine. However, the 3rd day I noticed my left eye started getting bruised so I mentioned to someone that I had a bit of a black eye. That eye has continued each day to get worse, more black and blue each day. Now I have the worst looking black eye I have ever seen on anyone and not sure it is finished yet. I must have been bleeding under the scalp and it found its own route down to my eye where the skin is the thinnest. I am wondering if I had a concussion and should have or still should see a doctor because of this bleeding all around my eye. Has anyone ever experienced this sort of thing with delayed bleeding under the scalp and traveling to the eye. I did not hit the front of my head in the fall so it has to be coming from the area of where the goose egg is.

Comment from: Concerned Mom, 55-64 Female Published: January 12

My 28 year old daughter was thrown off a horse and for the first time in a long time, was not wearing a helmet. She is, or presently was, a professional equestrian trainer. She fell about 8 or 9 feet on the back of her head onto the asphalt. She had a bad concussion and whiplash, was taken to the ER, had a CT scan and released because the CT scan showed nothing. However, as she was wheeled out of the hospital that day, she was dizzy, everything was spinning and she was vomiting. I was beside myself that the doctor would release her in this condition. Four hours later we returned to the ER. My daughter by then had a horrible headache, could not stand light or sound and we could not touch her skin anywhere without extreme pain. She was hypersensitive to everything. She was admitted after a two hour wait in the waiting room. By then her vital signs dropped, she was given IV fluids, pain medication and a medication to stop the vomiting. Six months later, after again falling off a horse but not hitting her head, she is again experiencing symptoms of a concussion. She is starting a new job and new career and has left her professional equestrian career. I wonder if this injury will be a permanent situation or eventually improve. She is irritable and has a headache and a feeling of being in a fog. We did go to the ER, different hospital and a CT scan was done and it also showed nothing. She had been given a prescription to help with the dizziness but she isn't the happy go lucky bright person she was before the injury. My concern is that these symptoms will last a lifetime. She is no longer training horses and people to ride and so I hope that time will heal her injury and she will be back to her normal intelligent happy self and life will be good again for her but only time will tell. It is hard to watch my daughter feel so bad. I just keep her in my prayers and hope time will heal.

Comment from: Buzzcrcket, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

Four weeks ago I got twisted up in two dog leashes and fell backward hitting the back of my head. I could not move though I knew I was bleeding. Someone found me on the sidewalk and called EMTs and police. They cleaned up my bleeding and patched my head. My left eye blackened and my teeth were all sensitive as was my jaw. Fluid continued to ooze from my ears, nose and wound. I have not been to a doctor. I live alone and am fearful because I have a lot of dizziness, headaches, neck pains, erratic heart beats. I was not able to "break" my fall with my hands or body.

Comment from: phyllis, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I was in a serious auto accident in 2010. The worse was concussion and positional vertigo. Yesterday, while working, my head started to feel weird, legs didn't want to go in right direction, felt like my throat was closing up. I am still weak today. During this episode, the back of my head, near brain stem was in quite a bit of pain.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I fell and hit the back of my head rather hard. I do not have any symptoms or even swelling.

Comment from: Jim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I was playing in a racquetball tournament I hit my head on the wall. The player I was playing said I dove at a ball and slid into the wall. He may think I dove but I will guarantee the whole world that I did not intentionally dive. I am 72 years old! That floor and wall are as hard or harder than my head. The scary thing is that I don't remember what happened just prior to the incident. I was unconscious for maybe a minute, woke up lying in the floor with several people around asking if I was OK. I was very disoriented and was asking what happened. I played no more but didn't go to the doctor until the following Monday. She performed several simple tests and said she thought I would be okay, but if certain symptoms occurred to go to hospital and have CT scan. I have had a mild to medium head ache almost constantly since, but no other symptoms.

Comment from: Sara, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I fell off a push bike. My helmet had cracks in 3 places. I had bad concussion. I broke my hip, and had a hip replacement two days later. It's now over a year later, but I still have memory problems, short term memory loss, and trouble remembering names, and forgetting where I am going and what for. I would like to know what I can do to assist recovery.

Comment from: headmaster, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

On Feb 24, 2012 I fell backwards at a hockey rink and hit my head hard. Now, into third month, ringing in the ears has reduced to a buzzing. It's usually quiet in the morning and more buzzing occurs as day goes on.

Comment from: Dizzy spell, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had a fall during my ski trip about a month ago. I did not have any helmet on during that fall. The fall caught me by surprise and I may have a loss of memory for a very short duration. Everything was fine after that and I managed to ski. However, I begun having dizziness a week ago and the dizziness has not gone away since.

Comment from: Max, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 12

I slipped on some snow covered Ice and struck the back of my head hard enough to cause some external bleeding. I was quite dizzy momentarily and after a few minutes I continued driving for several hours to my destination. On the next morning, I went downhill skiing for two hours but due to extreme Fog, I stopped and decided to visit a hospital, where I was examined and I also had a CT scan.

Comment from: Hockey Mom, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 07

My 14 year old son took a terrible headshot while playing hockey two days ago.

Comment from: Mckayla, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

Hi I have a concussion right now. I had vomiting, headaches, sensitive to noise and light, mood swings, couldn't stand, passed out a couple days after the incident, felt like blacking out! It was pretty scary!

Comment from: martha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

Garage door fell on head,I felt strange,dizzy ,spacey and tired and slow for two days. Head was sore swollen .

Comment from: eve, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 24

From my concussion, I had a permanent headache. I got into a car accident that involved head trauma. I was told that the back of my brain was bruised. There are many things I miss doing because I can't stand the noise.

Comment from: neartheend, 55-64 Male Published: November 30

I'm coming up on my 12th christmas since my last head injury, still waiting for a good nights sleep or a day without a headache without having to use drugs.

Comment from: MB, 45-54 Male Published: November 15

42 years ago, I was cycling on the pavement and smashed my head against another boy's head as he cycled out of his house. I was knocked out for an hour, but did not dare report the incident to my parents through fear of being thrashed. The consequence of that accident was headaches for years and the acquisition of dyslexia. At the age of 44, I had a stroke, which removed my dyslexia and the headaches.

Comment from: Debbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I was bucked off a horse on May 22, 2011. I was unconscious from the fall so I don't remember much. I am still experiencing dizziness, fatigue, headaches, focus problems and always feel like I can't balance myself when I walk. CT scan and MRI of the brain showed nothing. I also have a neck and back problem that I am having therapy for. Also, when I write I feel like I do not hold the pen correctly and I am always wondering if I am spelling words correctly.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

I took an elbow to the head during a basketball game almost two months ago. I never lost consciousness, but had some vision problems that first day. CT scan showed no problems. I'm still experiencing some "fuzziness" (not a spinning kind of dizziness), weakness, light sensitivity, ringing in my ears, odd sleep patterns, and occasional anxiety.

Published: July 18

I received my concussion while tripping up cement steps. I got the concussion from falling and hitting my head on the eyebrow line just over the corner of my right eye resulting was a purple-blue shiner. This was three weeks ago and today I still experience dizziness and nausea and fatigue.

Comment from: clumbsy, 55-64 Female Published: July 11

I fell last week, breaking my wrist and pulling chest muscles. I hit my head, too, ending up with stitches. Now, I have a terrible headache and light bothers my eyes. I cannot sleep very well and now I'm somewhat depressed and irritated.

Comment from: chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

Dizziness, slight ringing in the ears, and mild headaches were the residual effects of my concussion.

Comment from: normsw, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 24

I stepped off an 18-inch curb into the air and fell on my knees and slammed my head on the pavement. A CT scan and X-rays all proved negative, but the entire left top and sides of my head is numb. I hit the pavement above my left eye. I have a hematoma and an abrasion on my forehead.

Comment from: TouringGirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I have had several mild blows to the head, only one [very historical] incidence involving loss of consciousness. My recent bike crash and head blow was 1 month ago and I continue to have headaches, apathy/sadness/irritability, dizziness, imbalance issues, and a frequent sense of "mini-explosions" inside my head leading to a profound sense of "fullness". These have grossly limited my outdoor athletics (cycling, primarily), and I feel very worried that the prolonged duration of emotionality will become hard on my social circle.

Comment from: jeanne, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 26

My grandson has a concussion from a hockey game. He got hit last September and he still has a headache every morning and it's on all day. He is getting very upset and he has no more patience. He can't stand noise or bright lights. He is 15 years old.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

I was taken out from behind by an out of control skier 6 weeks ago while snowboarding. I was struck completely blind side and was knocked immediately unconscious for about 20 minutes. I have no recollection of the incident, the Ski Patrol toboggan ride, the ambulance ride or any events that followed for 48 hours after. My recovery has been painfully slow. An MRI reflected no bleeding or other issues but I've been suffering from, in no particular order, headaches, long and short term memory loss, sleeplessness to an extreme degree, fatigue, irritability, moodiness, anxiousness, reduction in my sense of taste and smell and a general feeling of "being lost". My vision has also been greatly affected in that I always need my reading glasses regardless of time or content. This is the first time I've suffered a head injury and the resulting effects are scary. I'm a full-time firefighter and haven't been able to return to work at all in 6 weeks.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I fell off my horse last week and landed directly on the top of my head. I was wearing my hat but still really hurt! I don't think I passed out because Ii was on my own and had a long walk back. I've suffered the usual, severe headache and just wanted to sleep all day. I thought I was better but now my head really hurts, over a week later. I am sensitive to light and I think reading has something to do with how intense my headaches are. I just can't wake up. I am really confused. When I'm at work I'm struggling for words as it seems like my entire vocabulary has fallen out my head! I'm feeling a bit stupid these days, and loud noises are a killer.

Comment from: (Caregiver) Published: March 18

I know that it is not normal for my husband to just fall asleep in the middle of an activity. My husband has back problems and his legs gave out and he fell on his head. I took him to the hospital three different times and they keep saying he is fine. I've never seen this man just fall asleep while eating, drinking, smoking his cigarette or just talking.

Comment from: me-me, 35-44 Female Published: February 23

I got hit in the head with a vase off a shelf over a month ago had a CT scan. I was seen by 3 doctors and I have ringing in the ears some confusion. I also get unbelievable headaches night and day. My right side is numb sometimes and I never know how I'm going to feel. I get very angry with the drop of a feather with my own kids. Lights hurt my eyes so much. My neck is still killing me and it's been a month.

Comment from: bradley, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I recently suffered a concussion, and the residual effects of my concussion are: constant low-grade headaches all day and night 21 days post injury, intense fatigue and light sensitivity.

Comment from: Won't do that again, (Patient) Published: February 22

I went snowboarding and fell on my head doing a 13 foot jump. No one saw how I landed or if I lost consciousness, which makes things difficult for the doctor. I felt I was in a deep dream. I remembered nothing about the whole day and the day before. I was confused about what was happening in my life (like a divorce that happened a year ago and a dog who passed away a couple months ago). It has been almost a week and I am super sensitive and places like grocery stores make me confused and out of it. I get confused easily and have a problem putting my words together. I also forget things easily feeling sometimes like I'm in a daze. I was told this is post confusion syndrome. I was scared and looking for answers and I thought my story might help someone who is having problems like mine.

Comment from: lu-lu, 35-44 Female Published: January 18

I had a minimum of 4 concussions as a child between ages 4-9 that were confirmed by doctors. At 42 I still notice problems that have existed since I was small. I don't know for sure all of these are linked to the concussions but believe they are. When concentrating on something I am distracted by h small sounds such as chewing gum, sniffles, and pencils scraping the paper. Bright lights continue to hurt my eyes. I have memory lapses such as forgetting names of people I've known for a long time or a vocabulary word I want to use in a specific situation. When big pressure systems move into the area I do get Migraines. Migraines were very common when I was a child but don't occur as often now.

Comment from: Car Crash, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I was in a pretty bad car accident yesterday. When I hit my head I know I lost consciousness for a few moments because I had to have things explained to me. All day yesterday I felt like I was walking through a fog, like nothing was quite real. Today I have a mild to moderate headache and I still have the foggy feeling. I refused treatment on-site and was never checked for a concussion. This site helped me to understand what was going on and what to expect.

Comment from: Raine , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 03

I got hit by a car and flipped over and got 51 stitches in the back right hand side top of my head. I cannot bend over without bed spins. The right hand side of my body gets numb then burns. My head aches as in headache not just the residual pain from the wound 24 hrs a day. I snap on people for no reason. Every day is like a hangover. I am so paranoid around people I cannot go out. I feel like dying but have family and just that's a weak thing. Bull. I have changed from a hit and run. I was I guess an Electrician farmer and am trying to carry on. I go to the doctor or emergency room when I suddenly pass out and the ct scan says I'm fine. Well I'm not fine. If there is nothing that can be done tell me. My entire world changed in a moment.

Comment from: Cheeng, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 12

I have had the misfortune of having several concussions. First one at age 4 when my father dropped me on the curb. Cracked back of skull from that. Second one in an auto accident at about 16. Minor concussion. Then at 18 a fractured skull, out for several hours and loss of eye site in one eye. I had headaches almost all the time for over 10 years. Eye site came back after about 6 months.4th time I was 26 and mugged in New York. I was hit in the head by a stool dropped out of a 3rd floor window. They had killed at least 2 other people this way. I was hit hard enough to fracture 2 vertebras and my heel. I was only out for a few minutes. At 66 I still hold a job and I'm doing okay, but I do have some balance and memory problems.

Comment from: 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 12

I got hit in the head with a 85 mph fastball in the back of the head had a golf ball size lump on the back of my head and I still get random headaches and I can't take bright lights.

Comment from: lzycntrygurl29, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

My vision is still blurry sometimes and I see white flashes of light sometimes. I have also had some pretty severe headaches, trouble sleepy, memory loss and poor concentration. Some things that would be second nature to me like tying my shoes I now have to think about how to do it.

Comment from: 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 14

My 13 year old son was punched in the head and knocked unconscious 3 days ago. He had a CT scan and it showed no damage to his brain, but he was kept in hospital for 24 hours for observations. 3 days later he still has no memory of anything from 2 days before the assault and can only remember from the day after the assault, so he has lost 3 days memory! This is still very worrying and do not know if it will ever come back. Both ears are also still sore when touched!

Comment from: VZ998, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I had a concussion about a year ago and I still get constant headaches in the back of my neck and up the right side of my head affecting my vision and jaw. I also still feel dizzy and not all there like I can't focus still. I also got severe anxiety from my concussion as well.

Comment from: Harriet, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I tripped with my hands full coming down a steep driveway and hit my left side of my head and forehead on a stone paver. I did not lose consciousness, but knew instantly that this was a serious injury. After applying ice on an almost instant black eye, along with some facial bleeding, I was taken to an ER and a CAT scan done. It showed no fractures and I was released. While I never had any dizziness or headaches the first week, I had flashes of severe headache that eventually have almost disappeared. Also 3 months have passed and my head is still sore to touch.

Comment from: 13-18 Male Published: January 14

I just got my first more serious concussion today. I got picked up and flipped around hitting my head into the mat and knocked out for 10 seconds while wrestling for fun. It took about 30 minutes for me to actually wake up and realize where I was. At first I felt like I was in a dream waiting to wake up but soon I realized I wasn't in a dream. My teacher and friends asked me questions about random things to test my memory. What felt weird is at the time I didn't feel like my things were mine at the time. My head still hurts and I have a little upper back pain when I move around.

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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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