Fake concussion

When a person suffers a concussion, the brain is “hit” by an object, usually a hard object. This can cause the brain to miss some regions, and therefore the brain can’t perform some functions.

In the case of a concussion, it can be hard to know if you’ve sustained a head injury.

A person may experience several symptoms, but a person should seek medical attention if they:

  • Are unable to speak, or don’t understand what others say
  • Have trouble seeing, or have double vision
  • Have severe headache, dizziness, or vomiting
  • Have trouble thinking, or have trouble understanding speech
  • Have trouble sleeping

However, a person should also seek medical attention if they have any of the following:

  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • A persistent headache

In some instances, a person may experience the symptoms of a concussion but then recover quickly.

However, in other cases, these symptoms can be prolonged.

If a person suspects they may have suffered a concussion, they should seek medical attention. A person should also seek medical attention if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • A severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Seizure
  • Feeling confused
  • Headache that has lasted longer than 48 hours

Signs of a concussion

Signs of a concussion can include:

  • Signs of a concussion with no loss of consciousness.
  • Headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Seizures.

The symptoms of a concussion can be similar to those of a migraine.

If a person has a history of concussion, they should see a doctor if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • A headache that comes on suddenly

When to seek emergency help?

People should seek emergency help if they have any of the symptoms below.

Seeking help

  • Have a severe headache
  • Cannot find their head
  • Have double vision
  • Have trouble seeing, or have double or blurred vision

Causes of a concussion

The main causes of a concussion include:

  • Falling
  • Sports injuries, such as football, soccer, and hockey
  • Car or motorcycle accidents
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Violence
  • Head trauma from serious head injuries, such as head injuries sustained in a car accident or by a fall
  • Brain tumors
  • Severe bleeding in the brain or aneurysm
  • An infection in the middle of the brain
  • A blood clot

Symptoms of a concussion

People who have a concussion may experience the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Confused, dazed, or disoriented
  • Feeling like they “do not know where they are”
  • Severe headache
  • Feeling sleepy or tired

In some cases, a person may not have any symptoms that are specific to a concussion.

However, a person should still seek medical attention if they:

  • Have a headache or dizziness
  • Have a headache that comes on suddenly
  • Are unable to speak
  • Cannot see, or have double vision
  • Have trouble understanding speech
  • Cannot sleep
  • Have blurred vision
  • Cannot remember recent events

When to see a doctor?

A person should seek medical attention if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • A head injury that lasts more than 24 hours
  • A head injury that causes changes in your mental state, such as drowsiness
  • Headaches that come on suddenly
  • Nausea or vomiting

Complications

Complications of a concussion can include:

  • Headache in the back of the head
  • Trouble seeing or double vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Persistent headache
  • Vision problems
  • Memory problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Feeling out of touch with reality

How is a concussion diagnosed?

A doctor may use several methods to diagnose a concussion, including:

  • Physical exam. A doctor will ask a person about their symptoms and if they have any head injuries or recent head trauma. They may also ask a person to close their eyes or cover their head for a period of time.
  • Neurological exam. A doctor may use a variety of tests to diagnose a concussion.

This may include a walk-and-turn test, which a person will be asked to do, and then repeat the test, but this time turning their head. If they do this correctly, the doctor will consider that person to have a concussion.

The doctor may also use an MRI scan or CT scan to assess the extent of any injury.

The symptoms of a concussion may suggest a concussion, but these symptoms may also be a sign of a different condition. If a person has any of the following symptoms, they should see a doctor:

  • Headache that comes on suddenly
  • Difficulty talking
  • Difficulty understanding speech

What is the treatment for a concussion?

Treatment for a concussion depends on a person’s symptoms and how severe the injury is.

Treatment may include:

  • Drugs that may help relieve pain

Some people may require medication and pain relief after a concussion.

However, doctors may only recommend a person take pain medication if they have a severe headache or a headache that comes on suddenly.

If a person has no symptoms of a concussion, they should not have a prescription for pain medication.

If a person has a concussion, they should speak to a doctor right away.

Although it is not always possible to treat a concussion, a doctor may be able to help a person recover faster by using the following techniques:

  • Tasking a person back to their normal level of activity.
  • Medication.
  • Medicine to ease symptoms.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy.

Summary

Injuries to the head can cause injuries to other parts of the body. For example, a person may injure their head and also their neck.

A person should seek immediate medical attention if they have any of the following symptoms:

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