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Post-concussion syndrome: Things you need to know

While most people who suffer a concussion are able to make a fast and full recovery, this isn't always the case. It's imperative to keep a close eye on your symptoms, as post-concussion syndrome is always a possibility.

This complex disorder is associated with symptoms, such as dizziness and headaches, which last for several weeks or months after the injury has occurred.

The most common symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Memory problems
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

It's easy to mistake these symptoms for something else. For example, post-concussion syndrome headaches often have the same feeling as those associated with stress or excessive tension. If you have any reason to believe your concussion symptoms are dragging on, it's best to follow up with your doctor.

Prevention is key

Don't assume that you'll make a full recovery after suffering a concussion. You should take extra precautions as you recover, as this reduces the risk of ongoing issues.

Here are some prevention tips to follow:

  • Follow doctors' orders: Your doctors know best when it comes to your recovery, so do whatever they tell you. If you have any questions, check in with your medical team as opposed to making your own decision.
  • Get plenty of rest: Rest is the best treatment for a concussion, so don't overdo it while you're supposed to be recovering. Avoid both physical and mental exertion, as this can worsen and prolong your symptoms.
  • Take action to prevent another blow to the head: For instance, don't partake in physical sports and do your best to avoid driving in a car while you recover. Another blow to the head, even a minor one, is likely to result in additional pain and a prolonged recovery.

Even though a concussion isn't the most serious type of head injury, it's possible for it to cause you trouble both now and in the future.

If another person's negligence caused your concussion, such as the result of a motor vehicle crash, don't hesitate to learn more about the accident and your legal rights. It may be possible to hold this person responsible for your injuries and other damages.

Browse our website for more information on catastrophic injuries and how to protect your legal rights in California.

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