What is postconcussion syndrome? — Postconcussion syndrome is a condition that happens after a mild brain injury. A “concussion” is another word for a mild brain injury.
Common causes of mild brain injuries include:
●Falling down and other accidents that can happen from daily activities
●Injuries from playing sports such as football, ice hockey, soccer, and boxing
●Injuries that can happen to soldiers during combat. These include injuries from blasts and bullet wounds.
What are the symptoms of postconcussion syndrome? — The symptoms include:
●Feeling very tired
●Feeling irritable or anxious
●Memory problems or problems paying attention
●Problems with sleep
●Being easily bothered by noise
Will I need tests? — Maybe. Your doctor or nurse should be able to tell if you have postconcussion syndrome by learning about your symptoms and doing an exam.
But depending on your symptoms, you might have tests to make sure you do not have a different problem. For example, some people have an imaging test called an MRI that creates pictures of the brain.
How is postconcussion syndrome treated? — The treatments are different depending on which symptoms a person has. There are medicines that can help with headaches, dizziness, and other problems.
If you have postconcussion syndrome, your symptoms will probably start to go away after about a week. Most people start to feel better in a week or 2 and are back to normal in 3 months. But a few people have symptoms that last longer.