What are the Common Symptoms of a Concussion? This was a question I asked on Instagram last week as I had hit my head. Ironically, I do know the common symptoms of a concussion normally but in my brain fog…I couldn’t think of them and it didn’t occur to me to A) call a doctor B) search for the symptoms on the internet. Here are some tips on if you think you (or someone you know) may have a concussion).
Aside: I do have a mild concussion. Medically confirmed by a doctor.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.
Concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head. Violently shaking of the head and upper body also can cause concussions.
–Source: Mayo Clinic
My concussion: I walked into an armoire at full stride. Hit my forehead. Got a pretty good sized goose egg! Cut the inside of my mouth. And yes, even though I’m a grown up…I cried.
Common Symptoms of a Concussion
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurry vision
- Brain fog
- Sensitivity to light/noise
What do you do if you (or someone you know) has a head injury?
- Call a medical professional!
This is a do as I say…not as I do thing here. I did not call a doctor right away. I figured…”It’s just a smack on the head”. I didn’t think brain injury. I iced the area and went to bed. Not the best ideas with a head trauma. Seek medical advice. They will go through a checklist to diagnose a concussion.
Listen to the people around you.
For me it was my family and Instagram. They had a perspective other than my brain fog (clearly) and pointed out it was likely a concussion.
Tips for when you have a concussion diagnosis
- No screens (tv, tablet, phone, ereader)
- Do not listen to music
- Refrain from reading
- No writing
- Stay in a dark room
- Eat well
- Tell others you have a concussion so they can help take care of you (get groceries, clear up work deadlines)
And make life easier…just put out snack foods for the family dinner.