Post-Concussive Syndrome

Symptoms

Post-concussion syndrome involves a continuation of symptoms experienced in a previous concussion. Up to 80% of individuals who have had a concussion will also have some form of post-concussion syndrome. Doctors believe that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions are more likely to experience this condition.

Common symptoms seen in patients with this condition include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea

Other symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sound and light sensitivity
  • Insomnia

In order to confirm the diagnosis, a physician will often perform a brain scan, such as an MRI.

Cause and Treatment

There is no treatment for post-concussion syndrome. The approach doctors generally take is to treat the associated symptoms. Pain medicine can be prescribed for headaches, while anxiety medications are necessary for some patients. Rest and relaxation is recommended to alleviate stress and symptoms.

The exact cause of post-concussion syndrome is unknown. Some physicians believe it is a result of structural damage to the brain following concussion. Psychological factors, including stress, may also play a part.

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