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If You Have a Concussion You Should Read This

Updated on September 28, 2013

A Silent Conversation

There's something that silently slips past friendly conversations as you try to toughen up and hold yourself together like a football player back in the game as soon as he's down. Concussion symptoms are extreme. They can happen to anyone, and whether you're a football player or not, you are bound to feel the symptoms after getting a concussion. The reality is, all it takes is one split second in the wrong place at the wrong time, and there you have it: something propels you into a different way of life.

In this article, we'll start with some ways to tell if you have a concussion, what you should know if you have a concussion and move on to work with integrating steps you can take to help yourself heal from a concussion. If you suspect you have a concussion see your doctor immediately.

Hillary Clinton wore specialized glasses to help with double vision after her concussion.
Hillary Clinton wore specialized glasses to help with double vision after her concussion.

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Concussion Basics : It's a Brain Sprain

A concussion is technically a "brain sprain", like a sprained ankle, but, a sprained brain. A person usually gets a concussion from a car accident, sports injury, accidental fall, or while in the military. The CDC estimates over 2 million people per year get concussions, yet most of what we hear is of an NFL player's latest concussion news or Hillary Clinton and her funny-looking glasses.

Common Symptoms of Concussion:

  • Dizziness
  • Head pressure
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Fatigue & Exhaustion
  • Blurry vision
  • Memory problems
  • Feeling confused
  • Anger
  • Abrupt mood changes
  • Ringing in ears
  • Nausea
  • Headache

There's some powerful, relatively simple ways to help support concussion health from home, and that's where we're heading next.

Concussion Treatment starts in...bed!

Sleep and rest are absolutely essential for our brains to restore and repair!
Sleep and rest are absolutely essential for our brains to restore and repair!
Homeopathic remedies like Arnica and cell salts have been around for decades, having made concussion symptoms more bearable for many.
Homeopathic remedies like Arnica and cell salts have been around for decades, having made concussion symptoms more bearable for many.

Supplements for Concussion Treatment

  • Fish Oil - High Doses
  • High-quality B-Vitamin
  • "Cell Salts" / tissue salts
  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Whole-food Multivitamin

Supplements for concussions have been used by a wide variety of individuals with concussions, who attest to the benefits. Many of the above have shown promising results when studied by some of the top medical professionals for brain health, combined with other aspects of recovery. Studies on NFL football players with lasting concussion symptoms showed an impressive amount of measured improvement by implementing some essentials, which we'll look at next.

Four ways to treat your concussion symptoms

  • Turn off all electronics! No phones, tv, books, computers, texting, music, or video games. Your brain needs serious rest. You should focus completely on doing so.
  • Eliminate caffeine & sugar, because of the way it effects the brain. Not good (even though it's so good!) Try finding an alternative to coffee, and switch to honey or maple syrup - much better for you than sugar (though not an excuse to go through the whole jar).
  • Switch up your diet - keep it delicious, but make it nutritious by using organic & whole food ingredients. You might be surprised that you actually enjoy some of the foods for your brain, and find comfort in knowing you're helping yourself get better. Extra weight makes concussion symptoms worse. Healthy fats are essential for your brain, so limit bad fat and enjoy cooking with healthy fats such pastured butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado.
  • Reduce stress in any constructive way you can - in your external environment, and internally through meditation.

Take a lesson from the tortoise.

The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination. - Don Williams
The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination. - Don Williams

...slow and steady wins the race!

I know it sounds simple, but there's something about having your way of life knocked down into days of slow rest, when it's not what you want to do, that can actually be quite a challenge. Making the decision to commit to helping your brain recover from a concussion is the first step, and you can start by implementing some of the helpful remedies I've shared.



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      Shakez 9 months ago

      Hi,

      Some dude took a sucker punch at me I fell and it my head on a cement block . This happend 6 days ago I'm not forgetfull I just forgot what happend that day. I want to go back to work because I feel fine I just get these slight headaches during the day and I feel ohk just my cheek is still a little swollen. Does anybody have a solution?

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      Max 19 months ago

      Last year I received a serious concussion as I hit my head on the ground. It didn't seem so bad and it was almost healed until I decided to go to a haunted house and receiving another one while still in my process of healing. Because of that I received symptoms up to 9 months later. Make sure to be careful when recovering from your concussion. I got so much shut from my friends and so many people thought I was faking it or was just simply mistaken. The biggest symptom for me was not being able to talk because it hurt too much and not wanting to walk because each step hurt my head. Bottom line is be careful. The way you treat your concussion is extremely detrimental to your future and your futures health.

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      Alysha 20 months ago

      I am currently recovering from a concussion, I am on week 12 (3 months) and I'm still feeling some symptoms. The main symptoms I have ate sensitivity to light & noise, feeling dizzy and my head always hurts no matter what! I'm getting so frustrated, I just want to get better! I had to stop college 2 weeks into it and it's been very stressful. I've been doing physio and that has been helping with my neck being tense and I defiantly notice a little difference. I have yet to try accu and I am getting my eyes checked soon beside they always hurt too!

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      Solange 21 months ago

      I had a mild concussion, fell on Saturday night, sunday I was not feeling well and stayed in bed most of the day, by 4:00 I was well enough to do laundry.

      Monday I got up and was walking very crooked and weak legs, nausea and vomiting. I went to emergency, they did a ct scan but said there was no concussion. went back home and stayed in bed all day and rested as I suspected I had one, Tuesday am, still not feeling well, went to see my family doctor and I was diagnosed with a mild concussion. I stayed in bed Tuesday and Wednesday, no reading, not too much computer or tv. It is now saturday, nausea is gone, headache is gone, I still have a bit of problem with my balance. I am taking antioxydant as I read it is good for healing the brain and I will take Omega 3 capsules. I am taking one more week off work to rest and heal as much as possible. I am seeing my doctor Monday for a follow-up. This is my first concussion. I am hoping to start work 3 half days a week mid-November.

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      Shane 21 months ago

      I got a concussion (boxing) sparring 2&1/2 weeks ago. Never lost consciousness, never even got dazed significantly, nor did we have to break from the action at all because of the hit. I don't think anyone, including me, knew a significant, damaging hit landed when it did. I just got hit behind the left ear accidentally by a hard-hitting sparring partner in the middle of a combo, and after the 4 rounds of sparring ended, the adrenaline started coming down, and I felt a headache (not first time for that after sparring), but also my vision felt odd. The next day, still had headache on left side of head, and I noticed my left eye was having trouble focusing. I had never had a headache continue to the day after sparring before. Headache was gone the day after that, but eye focus issue has lasted over 2 weeks, and only now seems to be progressing a bit (2&1/2 weeks later). I confirmed no brain bleeding with CT scan after a week went by, and no eye damage confirmed by eye specialist after 2 weeks.

      This was my first time having lasting symptoms of a concussion in like 10+ years of sparring and competing off & on in the sport. Symptoms definitely lasted longer than I thought, especially given that I wasn't really affected immediately from the shot that I think caused it. It's been very humbling to have such lasting effects to my head & vision after sparring, and I had to cancel the fight I was training for, which would've been my first fight in like 5 years. It's got my confidence low, and having to take all this time off from training has me feeling really down (may be concussion symptom too?). Alcohol & caffeine both seem to ramp up symptoms a huge amount, so I'd suggest avoiding both. I probably should have. I found that after drinking even a small amount of alcohol, I'd feel really disoriented, which was really odd for me, being a regular drinker. Also, I haven't taken any break from work (construction), nor from electronics, reading, etc. So those factors .ay have extended healing as well.

      I am finally starting to feel like there is progress, as today and yesterday, symptoms seem overall slightly less. I can't wait to be symptom free again. It is really lousy feeling almost like living in an altered reality with such unfocused vision in one eye, and even worse having no idea when things are going to go back to normal. If it happened again, I would definitely go to the doctor right away instead of waiting a week like I did. Hearing other people's similar experiences definitely helps though. Hope this account of mine helps others too

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      Bill Pickersgill 22 months ago

      so asparagus is great to heal the brain because of the" Doctrine of Signature" , which states any food that looks like an organ of the body greatly and directly benefits that organ , the tips of asparagus look like the brains. And herbs are also how you heal a concussion , just google herbs for whatever physical ailment you may have . I can be reached at biblebill209@gmail.com

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      Karen 22 months ago

      I am working through a concussion and whiplash from falling and hitting the floor. It has been five weeks of severe headache, neck ache, jaw pain, nausea, light headedness, forgetfulness and whatever I may be forgetting to include! I have found that acupuncture brought about some great relief for a few days from my headache. It has also helped with the nausea.

      I am seeing a neurologist who specializes in brain injury. I just received two nerve blocks in my neck and am starting to feel a little relief. No more texting or tv for me either! Good luck all!

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      Margaret 22 months ago

      Update: yesterday I was having random, small, short lived headaches. I had approximately 3. Today I had at least 5. They were slightly more intense but still random and short lived. I decided to make an appointment with my GP, just for follow up. I will continue to monitor my condition over the weekend. My uncle was a nurse and warned me there could be slow bleeding in the brain and I should continue to be aware of my state for at least 6 weeks.

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      Margaret 22 months ago

      Oh, another thing, I have been quick to snap since my fall. That may be my only symptom. Although I have been taking long naps too. Thanks for sharing, everyone!

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      Margaret 22 months ago

      I feel and hit the back of my head two nights ago. I was holding my baby in the dark and was feeling around for the rocking chair. I felt the arm and went to sit. Unfortunately, I was on the outside of the arm and fell backward and hit my head on the windowsill. The baby was fine, just mad because I woke him up by falling. Since I was holding him, I didn't get to use my elbows or hands to protect myself. I saw a flash of light when I hit and stood up immediately to try and comfort the baby. I decided, after less than a minute, to lay him down and assess myself. Side note- my hair was braided in two braids and I am sure I landed on one. I believe my injury would have been much worse if I hadn't landed on the braid.

      I took Motrin that night and went to bed with an ice pack. Motrin twice yesterday and none at bedtime or today. I'm monitoring myself closely though I don't have any symptoms of concussion yet. I know people can die shortly after a blow to the head and my husband is watching me too. I'll try to update if anyone is interested, just wanted to share.

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      Braeden 23 months ago

      Oh the irony, turn off all electronics... yet i found this page on my laptop

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      Denise 24 months ago

      I fell backwards and hit my head on a concrete garden fence. Its been 2 months now I'm beginning to get very frustrated. I have been on disablility since my fall. The only symptoms now are dizziness, nausea,moodiness, the 1st couple weeks I slept all the time now I have trouble sleeping and sensitive to lights. I want to go back to work but I get very sick with computer screens ,TV's , basically all electronics, fluorsecent lighting, stress ect. I'm not one to just sit around I'm used to always going. I'm having a difficult time dealing with it. I spend my time watering plants outside, walking my dogs, and general light housework. I feel like everybody is looking at me thinking I'm such a wimp! It helps alot reading evryones comments. That maybe I really am not a wimp! Thank you.

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      Jaye 2 years ago

      Siri my suggestion is to share this website with your sons. There is a lot of information from everyone. I too stared into space and caught myself putting things in places where they did not belong but would catch myself and redirect. Everyone is different but I think we all need patience with ourselves and from our loved ones and friends. Time is what I needed most of all and sleep....lots of sleep...lots of naps.

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      Kimberly 2 years ago

      Anyone have a seizure week or so after concussion?

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      Siri 2 years ago

      I have four sons dealing with concussions right now from playing hockey. One is doing really well, being cared for by his wife and his other mom, and is well on the road to recovery. They are overseas and their coming home has been delayed by not wanting him to fly, but I'll take it just knowing he's doing well and it's not worth it to jeopardize that. The other three, not so much. They all suffered second concussions just about two months after their first ones. One thing I didn't notice mentioned was the all-around confusion they've been displaying. Simple things don't occur to them, and some of their behaviors are freaky. One gave his daughter thought-out geography responses when she asked him to help her with her math homework. Another one became obsessed with reading baby board books(his wife is pregnant). The third just walks around and stands in random places, staring. He also has repeatedly let the cat outside instead of the dog, even though he told his wife he was letting the dog out.

      All of them suffered their concussions playing hockey, and for the three with the more severe injuries, the doctors said they were fine. They are not. I have spent years researching this subject, and I have always been amazed how little doctors know about concussions, even sports doctors. Anything anyone can help me with would be much appreciated.

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      Tanya 2 years ago

      Ive been taking coconut oil also and fish oil and accupuncture and my symtoms in the last month have improved if say 85 percent :) this is my 5th month with Pcs. also I eat really healthy lots of berry smoothies with chia or hemp seeds it's always worth it to just take care of yur body and it will take care of you. :) good luck everyone and God bless !

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      Jaye 2 years ago

      I'd like to give a quick update on taking Coconut oil. I tarted by looking at several websites on the subject. They all said that it had to be Organic Virgin Coconut. That way it doesn't take a toll on your liver. I used Coconut butter, oil, and capsules. The butter can be used on toast and in stir frying. The oil I put in my tea and decaf coffee.

      The heat will melt it so you can drink it and it really tastes good if

      you like coconut. The capsules are great if you're in a rush or get

      tired of eating it. I started with a teaspoon and worked up to a

      tablespoon in the morning and at night. It does make you regular so you have to see what would be the right amount for you. After the first week I felt like the cloud hanging over my head ha been lifted. Like the sun was shining again. After the second week my memory was better and my cognitive ability was much better. The third week I was remembering peoples names and friends said they felt like they had their friend back. Now I'm dealing with the whiplash and soft tissue problems. I still have the tinitis in my left ear and will get help for that. I'll continue taking the Coconut Oil since I've had such a positive result. If I come up with anything else I will let you know.

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      Adam 2 years ago

      Thank-you for the information provided on this site!

      I'm suffering from my fourth concussion, but probably my most severe. I had a bob-cat bucket give out and smashed the side of head. I was knocked-out for 30-45 seconds (co-worker was present). I've been suffering from PCS for two months now and rarely experience a normal day. Reading, exercise, and watching TV make me feel nauseated, and i've become for sensitive to bright lights. Anytime I drink coffee it intensifies my headaches (This website educated me on caffeine!). This has been a very discouraging/frustrating time in my life. I'm hoping that I wake up one morning symptom free, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon... Again, thank-you for the information.

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      Jaye 2 years ago

      I am so glad to have come across this web site. My journey so far has been an interesting one. On Dec. 25th 2014, Christmas Day, I was walking down my street when both feet went up in the air and I landed on the back of my head, on ice. It was amazing how quickly it happened. It was as if someone pointed their finger at me and said"Down!" I iced my head and rested that day but didn't have any other symptoms. Slowly I seized up due to the whiplash but kept going till the 3rd day. That morning I became very sick. I actually

      thought I had the flu because so much time had gone by. The next

      day I went to a GP at our local clinic, who gave me nausea medication, and the day after that I went to the Emergency Room

      where I was diagnosed with an inner ear concussion. I was in bed

      for two weeks and then slowly started to do regular activities and

      the week after started to work. Now I am 7 weeks out and am still dizzy, have pressure in my head, headaches, and tenitis in my left

      ear. I am taking supplements including Turmeric, CoQ-10, Vit B-2,

      Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Gotu Kola. My Dr. believes that antioxidents

      are most helpful. Although I've had some improvement I will be

      seeing an EENT Dr. next for the tenitis. The things that have helped

      me so far are Position Release Physical Therapy, Massage in any

      form for the whiplash, painting pottery at the local pottery place...the eye hand coordination seems to really help with my dizziness. It calms it down and me emotionally. I guess it's a form of

      meditation. My plan is to start taking Virgin Coconut Oil to see if it

      helps with my cognition. Thanks for listening. One thing I'm tired of

      is people asking if I'm better yet?....".getting there" I say.

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      Tanya 2 years ago

      Hey everyone! I came here because I have no one else who will listen because no one understands I got my concussion from a rollercoaster then a month later I fell and my neck snapped backwards. It's been 3 months of dizzyness nausea and headaches I have a question for the women. Do you notice your symtoms get worse durin yur period? I' seem to be slowly healing or so I think and then I get my period and it all comes back so badly!! Thanks for this site it has given me hope or at least made me feel not alone :)

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      Candice 2 years ago

      I suffered post concussive symptoms after a rear end car accident in Jan 2012. I am an elementary teacher and due to my severity took the rest of the schol year off and only worked part time days the next school year. Recovery is a SLOW process. Every time I went to the neurologist, I felt like a mouse trying to get the cheese on a string. Every time I'd make progress, the dr would pull the cheese back away and keep me in line at a snails pase towards recovery. Rest, no caffeine, no alcohol, sunglasses, and lots of post-its help me cope with continued here and there symptoms. What can I give as advice? REST! Your brain heals different than the rest of your body. Let it do its thing and relax and heal. Take care of your symptoms now so they are not lifelong. Stop being stubborn and become proud of who you are in the face of adversity. Fight to recover but know when to throw in the towel through the day! Hope this helps.

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      Cee 2 years ago

      Well I'm not sure how most will feel about this but I found this article about medical marijuana and pcs. I've heard a lot about this cbd and helping the brain. I live in a state that allows medicinal use. Not entirely sure how I feel about, but I'm desperate for something to actually work and make me feel normal again. Again it's just something I'm throwing out there. http://fusion.net/video/2778/harvard-psychiatrist-...

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      Cee 2 years ago

      Good post. Been dealing with pcs 3 months now. It's way better than the first month, but not completely over it by any means. For me the worst part is the anxiety. I take meds, which help, but hate the fact I am taking them. Going back to my dr to see if I can get pt for vertigo and maybe just be beneficial in general. For me less stress the best. I felt good for awhile, but over did it. Gonna try acupuncture since its been mentioned a lot and vitamins. Rest and minimal stress has really helped. I too have read about exercising helping. My visit with the neurologist was kinda useless in my opinion, but she even said walking would be good. Well I hope everyone well.

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      DeniseLMT 2 years ago

      I couldn't have said it better myself Megan. I've been battling pcs for 10 months now . Some days are better than others. My insurance won't cover most of the therapies that I know would help me. Massage, acupuncture, physical therapy. And I went to the hospital only to be sent home saying I was ok. This has been a damn roller coaster ride. I have balance problem, visual problems, auditory problems . There has to be more awareness on how serious and debilatating this PPCS can be. Especially with that football player they found dead that was dealing with concussion issues.

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      Meghan 2 years ago

      I had a head trauma which forced me out of work intermittently for three months. I'm now five months out and working full time but I have to agree that sugar and alcohol definitely are not recommended after A brain injury. Since I had no obvious external damage, they told me at 90 days that I should be healed but that I should go to counseling in physical therapy as needed. They gave me antidepressants which I refused to take, my brain chemistry has enough problems thank you. Your regular PCP is useless unless you beg for pain medications. Go to a neurologist who specializes in head trauma and be sure they have someone who handles visual, auditory and other types of treatments. I'm in Neuro Rehab now but my insurance didn't cover speech therapy and I talk for a living. Also, check your hospital bill carefully as mine was adjusted $15,000 for errors and I still have some items that I refuse to pay for.

      I think the hardest thing about a brain injury is that you will process information differently and you may not want to engage in small talk anymore. You may have problems with sleeping after the initial phase of constant sleep and you may get frustrated easily because your coordination and your normal techniques seem to get thwarted by a brain that needs extra time to process, assimilate and fully grasp outcomes. I recommend lists and file folders with dates and use automatic bill pay directly from your bank so you don't screw up your credit.

      Make sure you have a good doctor and find specialists. I had a lousy insurance policy with a $5000 deductible but it would've been worth it if I had found the right doctors in the beginning. The hospital let me go with a brain bleed and covered it up so I never got the attention I needed and had to become my own advocate which was really hard with a brain injury. So ask people for help, do your research in the morning when you're fresh and make those appointments no matter how long it takes to get seen. Also, demand to have MRIs with contrast because CT scans are bullshit and open MRIs are the worst. Physical therapy has helped tremendously but my breathing issues continue to be called anxiety panic attacks when in fact the phrenic nerve is irritated from leaking discs in my neck and any movements of my head and neck send me spiraling back into my early symptoms. In the end this head trauma will make you a better person so try not to be angry with yourself or with others because the medical system and the insurance system both truly suck in America.

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      DeniseLMT 2 years ago

      Its been 8 1/2 months and I'm still struggling with PCS . A few symptoms have subsided but I now have photophobia and see the whole looming object thing and I have 2 days with fever. Anyone else have had fever with PCS?

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      Chris 2 years ago

      Good post, I think you covered most of it. There is still more that you can do. Find a "good" acupuncturist and do it, whether or not you believe in it, just do it. The soldiers are benefiting from acupuncture in Afghanistan and they are not stopping the program. Also, I believe in Udo's oil with DHA for the brain. Okay, I can't help myself, cinnamon, Cayenne, Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba, and Turmeric will get blood flowing in your brain too.

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      DeniseLMT 2 years ago

      Its been 8 months of my PCS . I'm wondering if I may need glasses . Also I've started to see a dot fron my right eye especially when im in a bright light. Does anyone else have this too ? I've always had good vision but due to my fall I'm aware of maybe needing to wear glasses.

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      Andrew 2 years ago

      Wow. So glad I found this forum. About 4 months ago, I fell off my bike in a freak accident. Luckily, I landed in dirt, but I still came down directly on my head. Two weeks after the accident, I began to feel great, normal, but my euphoria was quick lived. I resumed my rather strenuous exercises, and on my third run, my head began to throb. Stupidly, I just kept running. For the past 3 months, I have been dealing with never-ending fatigue. So I have a question: what can I do for fatigue/daytime sleepiness? Also, my advice to anyone who just sustained this terrible injury: DO NOT RUN/please limit your physical activity even if you think you're back to normal. Neurologists have recently concluded that the brain is still recovering even 4 moths after the most minor of concussions even if the victim has no symptoms. Let this be a gage of sorts, determining when you can safely return to exercise. Peace.

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      Lucy 2 years ago

      Joe, it would be so great for you to see a neurolopsychologist to help you! It can be tough getting family to understand but the more you understand your needs and recovery, the better off both you and your family are.

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      Laura 2 years ago

      I was bucked off my young horse and did not come off hard, just landed abruptly, my neighbor is a doctor and said I had a concussion. I couldn't remember what happened after being on the ground. My husband said I asked where all the people came from, I had invited friends over to work cattle. It is going on 2 weeks and I am still rummy, forgetting names, what I am doing and so now that I know a couple of things, especially rest and some homeopathic I will be on the path to recovery.

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      Joe 2 years ago

      Back in January i fell and hit the back of my head on a ceramic water fountain before hitting the floor. I was unconscious for several minutes and when i came to had no idea where i was. I immediately started vomiting and continued to all the way to the hospital in an ambulance. I could barely stay conscious during the incident and remember very few details about this. It had been almost 8 months and i am still suffering from terrible neck pain, eye and ear sensitivity, mood swings, and horrible headaches after exerting myself. My family thinks I'm "milking" the injury. I don't know how too make them understand what I'm feeling. And honestly i don't know why I'm still feeling this way after so long. I go to physical therapy weekly and do all the home exercises, yet i still do not feel normal. Is it normal for concussion symptoms to last this long?

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      bob 2 years ago

      for sleep issues try melatonin 3-5 milligrams. it works!

      I have had 3 concussions you will get better. it will just take time

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      Ben 2 years ago

      I was riding my bike at a skatepark 2 months ago and boosted a trick I have done over a thousand times, landed backwards as usual but the angle was wrong and fell straight back to my back and my head whipped to the ground. I laid there for a minute or two and felt really dizzy. I got up, stumbled to my vehicle and drove to the ER at the hospital. Got stitches and dr told me I have a concussion. Since the accident I have been taking Vitamin B supplements, Omega 3,6,9, also a Centrum Performance Multivitamin. Its been very depressing, I have constant vertigo, my eyes are blurry at some moments, lost most of my sex drive, and I stumble with my speech at times. I was off work for a month, and have been slowly getting back into it. Being a construction worker its hard being around the noise and crazy hectic environment 8 hours a day. Coffee makes me feel almost drunk so I had to eliminate that. I eat about 80% vegetable and fruit, 10% carbs and 10% meat and dairy everyday. I do feel a bit better everyday, but a stressful situation or a fight with my gf or co worker can set it all off pretty easily. So I just take it one day at a time. The dr told me it can last for up to 6 months these conditions but there is no rehab or anything I can do to speed up the process. I guess most dr's are mis informed these days because apparently there are quite a few things you can do. Including vertigo excercises, vitamin supplements, after reading some of these posts I will consider accupuncture sessions, and other brain memory excercises. I feel fortunate considering some of the other storys I have been reading here. We all just have to try to stay positive. I will be back on my bike again maybe not this year but next year for sure, I am also looking forward to getting my snowmobile out in the mountains for another great season of that. Just stay positive folks.

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      Dylan 2 years ago

      It was my first day of football practice the 25th. We were going to get

      Are flipping gear and I slipped I musicals on the brand new waxes gym floor. I stumbled into a metal door frame,(although I don't remember it happening). Shortly after I felt sick and I was extremely tired. I got 5 stitches and a concussion. Since the. I haven't had on symptom. What does this mean?

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      Dear Diane,

      I fell 6 months ago and two months later still had hangover like symptoms. It is important to see a Dr. After a fall . There can be brain swelling, bleeding, blood clots ect...... it has been 6 months and I'm still recovering. No one can really predict when the symptoms will stop as the brain needs time to heal . First see a Dr. And then research what you can do to ease the symptoms :)

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      Diane 3 years ago

      I fell and blacked out, I do not recall any of it. That was a month and a half ago. I never went to the Dr. I for sure had a concession, my complaints are....headaches still and if I drink any amount of alcohol like a beer or two I get migraines and hangover like symptoms along with nauseating stomach. Just want to know how long is this gonna last. I cannot afford to see the Dr. Even though I have insurance.

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      Sherry 3 years ago

      I slipped & fell down wooden stairs last Thursday night. Don't have any memory of the fall. I was drinking so I completely blacked out. I have a small scrape in the top back half of my head. Nothing bad. Just really sore and head hurts bad from the left back shoulder all the way up my neck and over the top to my forehead. I have a big knot on the back of my head which is very sore. Didn't go to the Dr cause I wasn't sure if I just bruised myself or what. Plus I am embarrassed cause I was drinking. I am having headaches & a little dizzy if I bend over. I am just taking it easy. It's only been a few days so I thought I should look up symptoms of a concussion. I have a few so I'm thinking I may have a small one. Thanks for this site. Just wanted to see if there is anything I should be doing.

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      **Update** I've made a discovery. I started juicing for two weeks and stopped for a week. And I noticed that when I was juicing, my appetite was increasing. This morning I woke up a little nauseas probably because I'm menstrating but any how I kinda wasn't hungry . So now I made a smoothie of antioxidants and omega (Chia seeds) and I remembered when I was juicing the chia seeds increased my appetite . For those of you who have a decrease in your appetite due to your concussion try juicing with one tablespoon of chia seeds added, it could help. :) Also I had a patient today who suffered an accident last July, he has been to numerous neurologost and had CTs and MRI . They put him on meds and he says that didn't help. On his own he started feeling better for about three months but due to his lack of sleep he went back to feeling symptoms and still has nose bleeds :( . I recommended what has been working for me and hope it works for him. We must continue to educate each other on what works so hopefully one day Drs can understand and educate their patients on how serious this is and how many people are suffeting from this alone.

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      Hi Lorrie, hang in there it will get better. Unfortunelty it takes time for the brain to heal. Its been 6 months since my fall and I'm still recovering. Here's what's worked for me. Accupuncture worked almost immediatley especially with dizziness and nausea. Omega helps with my pressure and light headedness and juicing helps to. Head and neck massages help to you may want to look into cranial sacral therapy. I've had adjustments since I work for a chiropractor but that did nothing for me. I'm so proud of myself because yesterday for the first time I was able to go to walmart without wearing my sunglasses and I wasn't dizzy. It has been a long recovery process but I've worked extremely hard to get better. I advice you to keep your stress level LOW .That's so important . It will make the symptoms worse. Goodluck and god bless ;) there is hope ......

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      Lorrie 3 years ago

      I fell on 3/4/14. I slipped on ice and fell flat on my back hitting my head. I partially blacked out and went to ER by ambulance. The first thing I remember is the extreme nausea and dizziness. I didn't experience any headache or head pain at all. They took a ct scan and diagnosed me with a concussion. I actually think I should've stayed at the hospital but they released me anyway being an RN I was concerned because of the way I felt but the doctors assured me that it take a few days to recover unfortunately I am still recovering there are days that if I get out of bed to quickly the dizziness and vertigo just overcome me and I feel "off" the whole day! I went to an ENT and he gave me exercises to do to help with the crystals in my ear and of course that hasn't helped. It's been almost 4 months and I can't stand feeling like this I recently went to a chiropractor that did NUCCA and he said my atlas was off so he did an adjustment of my atlas but I'm still having all the symptoms. I can't believe how much my life is change since this fall :(. I just wish I would feel better

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      Katrina 3 years ago

      Thanks postconcussionstinks. I posted 7 months ago. I thought I was getting better thou I still used a stick at shops for the lights & so many people around. Was put on antidepressants. But I still have symptoms that seem to have gotten worse again the past month. Yes tired slurry speech stuttering headaches dizzy nausea tired . I have had severe whiplash back in 2008 and still have a sore neck. So after reading post will ask the nuroligist if that would have an effect as well. Thanks for posts it helps to hear from others that r going thru the same thing. From Australia

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      PostConcussionStinks. 3 years ago

      I suffered a concussion 18 months ago due to a sporting accident. I compete as a professional athlete and I will leave it at that. My symptoms did not even appear until two days after my injury. I also suffered a mild fracture in my neck which was not diagnosed until much later. The neurologist I saw also told me not to take fish oil or b vitamins or any of the vitamins i have read about online. I was instructed to sleep in a dark room.

      It's been a long time and I am finally recovering but i am no longer a full time athlete. I must stress that there are so many variables in a head/neck injury and that the neck and soft tissue damage often goes un-diagnosed. I have had the most success in my recovery due to rest, b2 riboflavin,fish oil,vitamin d, staying very hydrated, using polarized sunglasses and maintaining a good sleep schedule.

      I hope that everyone reaches out to family and friends and ask for help. DO NOT BE AFRAID to get a second or third opinion. It's took me 7 yes 7 doctors to find a team that recognized my neck injury and also put me on the vitamin regiment that has given me some portion of my life back. it will get better even if it seems for ever. Stay hydrated. Get off the computer. even years later complete rest for even a few days often leads to notable improvements. Ice helps to ease pain and reduce inflammation.

      STAY POSITIVE. Look at recovery like a fight. Keep fighting for your health this could very well be the most important fight of your life.

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      Update: I had a bad week and it aggravated my symptoms. I felt as if I was recovering and after last week it brought me back to day 1 :( . I skipped two nights of sleep, got into an argument w my boss, got into another argument w my bf and was PMSing which brought down my menstration all in that week. Next day I had a lot of pain in my head the following day I was dizzy and had preasure , nausea and slept for the next 3 days . When I was finally able to get out of bed I went and bought Omega 3 vitamins and started them 4 days ago. The very next day half of my symptoms were gone . Two days ago I started juicing . And I feel really good and energetic . I juice twice a day . In the morning I like to put fruits that are high on antioxidants. Strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, chia seeds and water. Afternoon shake carrots, papaya, pinneapple, ginger . Ginger is an antiimflammatory so its very good . And I'm back on accupumcture also I'm trying cranial sacral therapy ......

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      Lucy 3 years ago from California

      Thank You Denise!!! It is so great to have you here interacting with everyone. You are so awesome and supportive too, and definitely not alone. Also your other comment with your remedies and the update of how you are doing is so helpful. Keep us posted :)

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      Lucy 3 years ago from California

      I was only having about a cup of coffee a day, so I eliminated it all at once. I am so sorry you're having additional problems because of the caffeine! I do know you're not alone in trying to stop altogether, and it should be about a week max before your symptoms subside from caffeine withdrawal. Your best bet would likely be to wait that out and rest as much as possible. You can't rest enough while you're healing from a concussion.

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      bob 3 years ago

      Is it wise to eliminate caffeine completely if you have become relatively dependent on particular doses and timings? If I don't have my morning coffee, I get fairly bad headaches and fatigue the rest of the day. While recovering from a head injury, does your brain actually benefit from a caffeine free environment even with these side effects present? I have been having a hard time distinguishing caffeine withdrawal symptoms and concussion symptoms so far as well which makes it harder to know when to rest.

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      Oh gosh so your still struggling with PCS since december ??

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      Dale 3 years ago

      i got a concussion 12/2/12 i think was the day ( not shore) it was bad ,really bad . the day of the acident was ok i think but the next day i was in ER with a head problem and tunnel vision all confused . they told my wife i would be ok in 3 to 4 days but that i needed to see my reguler DR for a fowle up. i have tinnies ,huporcousse, mermeory problems, eye site problems, problems with light , problems with vioces ,ballance problems, migranes and head akes, shocks that run throw my face and lots of pain in my neck and back and more that i have forgot about . i been to see more specalucasts then I can rember and pasts up the chain or down the road . taken more drugs than i know what tipes had neadles stuck in my brain (throw the skull) . while i have giving up hope of being what I was (two more for the list drepresson and suicidal) I still carrie on each day , why i don't know but I do . i keep a log of what i do because i can't rember what i did some times . best part is I can play hide and seek with my self LOL . got to laffle cause crying don't help . hang in there drink lots of h2o .

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      I have to agree with Amanda, sleep is extremely important to the recovery process. I've noticed that if I have a bad night of sleep it totally affects my symptoms. I've had 15 treatments of accu and I stopped my treatment two weeks ago bc I wanna see the diffrence . So far I've been feeling well . I was able to attend a baseball game and not feel sick or bothered by the light. I've noticed that on cloudy days my dizziness comea back not a lot but it also gives me light pressure on face like by my nose. Although my vision thank god has not been affected and my symptoms have gotten better due to accu and rest and massages, I'm still recovering. Concussions are really awful and for a while I was depressed because I felt hopeless and felt it was a big change to my daily routine. However feeling sorry for yourself won't help. You must focus on what you are going to do to get better. And do research because Dr.s won't tell you much . Everyone has different symptoms. My friend also had a concussion and she said she had blurry vision for a while. Just recently I learned about Hilary Clintons accident and how she suffered from a concussion . Her vision was affected . I also had the left side of my face getting warm at times which was so weird thanks to the accu that stopped. It is very scary and you feel as if you'll never recover :( but you gotta take it day by day and get a lot of rest ....

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      Amanda 3 years ago

      In March 2013 I hit my head after fainting in the bathroom. Other than a black eye and really sore head, I didn't really think much of it. Then I went back to work on Monday. (It happened on a Friday night). I was in a meeting an almost starting crying right in the middle of the board room! lol I felt completely overwhelmed, confused and just...off. I left and went to my doctor to find out I had a concussion. After some rest and time off work, I started getting better. But then in July 2013, I hit my head really hard on a kitchen cupboard. (The whole "stood up too fast thing") My symptoms spiraled out of control and after 4 months later I was dealing with 24/7 vertigo, terrible headaches and vision problems, etc etc. I ended up taking time off work and it took 4 months for my symptoms to subside.

      I am back to work at 25 hours a week now and there are some tough days (my job is very computer driven) but for the most part I manage well. The best thing is I can exercise again!

      The hardest part for me in all of this has been weight gain. Over the course of the year I have gained almost 35 pounds from sitting around, eating and feeling sorry for myself. Really terrible. While I am thankful I can workout again, I feel like this concussion completely derailed my life in so many ways. To say it has been a difficult road is an understatement.

      Most success for me came from Cranial Sacral therapy, osteopathic treatment and complete rest from screens. Also drinking LOTS of water.

      My triggers are now screen time with too much scrolling or watching a show with a shaky camera etc.. That motion seems to irritate me most.

      I am hoping to try more things like acupuncture etc. to speed up my recovery, because I do suffer from migraines now and if I don't get enough sleep my vertigo comes back as well. But all I can do is take it one day at a time.

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      Just wanted to write an update on what has beeb working for me . I'm on my third month of having a concussion and I ve been taking accupuncture treatment which has been helping so much. So far I'm on my 8th treatment and it relieved a lot of symptoms. I was having migraines, especially when I didn't sleep well and that would lead to more dizziness and nausea. I had lost weight due to my nausea. I felt pressure on the left side of my head. After my first treatment of accu I felt different. I started getting accu 3 times a week for about two weeks then I noticed my eyea were getting really dry and irritated. Not sure why but the accu had something to do w it. So I now only have treatment once a week and no more dry eyes. The accu immeditaley increased my appettie, took away the nausea and I'd say about 80% of my head pressure. I'm still sensetive to light and I'm still feeling a light headed at times but its getting better day by day. I'm not saying accu works , but what I am saying is that accu def. Worked for me. So it can be an alternative for those who are a struggling with the same and like me don't like to take meds. This is a natural remedy. It doesn't hurt to try. ......

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      Jason Sanders 3 years ago

      I got a concussion about 1 month ago. I fell off my bike and went face first into the road. I have not been able to work full-time since, and am just on part-time hours. I got dull ache at back of head, tired eyes, sometimes dizzy, and of course tiredness. I had whiplash to my spine too. However I found a really good cranial sacral osteopathy who has helped me heaps. I also believe swimming in the sea has helped the symptoms. I always feel stronger and less headachy after I've been in the sea. It certainly helped my chin laceration heal faster too! My osteo reckons the brain loves water and wanted me to soak in warm baths. I don't have a bath in my bathroom however. I also have taken homeopathics for head trauma, like arnica 200c, nat sulph 200c, and Heel's traumeel. I believe they have given relief too. I can't speak highly enough of my cranial sacral sessions however! Yes to big sleep ins though....

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      By the way awesome job Lucy on creating this forum. It helped me feel I wasn't alone. No one knows how awful this can be until you've experienced it. Many times I got diacouraged and cried . But that doesn't help. Its also important to have a good support . Someone who you can vent to and give you the support you need. I was lucky to have my boyfriend to cry on and deal with my bipolar like attitude whenever I had episodes :).

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      DeniseLMT 3 years ago

      Im glad I have found this site. About 2 months ago I slipped on my wood stairway and landed on my back. I don't remember hitting my head. But what I do remember is standing up and feeling as if my head had been shaken really hard. I got up and went on not thinking anything. A few days later I got a massive pressure on the left side of my head and pressure in my face all on that same side. Then I realized I was feeling lightheaded. I have never experienced anything like this. I didn't have a clue as to what a concussion was. I thought people who had that, were totally knocked out .....I went to the emergency room a few days later. Had all kinds of test only to be sent right back home . What the Dr. Told me was all of it was due to the contusilsion blah blah....so I did my own research online amd found out so much about concussions. The truth is Dr.s know very little about the subject. What I have found is that accordding to brittish studies a concussion starts going away after 3 months and that's just an estimate. Of course no one is the same some recover faster some later. As a licensed massage therapist I also learned from my patients that it can last up to 6 months ?!?! My symptoms started really bad. I went 2 weeks not getting much rest, very dizzy, loss of appetite, restless, anxiety, short term memory loss, pressure in my head and side of my face and very easily irritated. It was a nightmare. Later I learned resting is essential to recovery. I work w an accupuncture Dr who recommended I sleep as much as I could. Well when I took his advice, the next day I felt a relieve the pressure was bearable and I was nauseas....so I started resting more and I cany emphasize enough wear SHADES as much as you can ....I promise you it works...I even wear them indoors. Its been two months and I'm able to go out and drive and enter stores without feeling dizzy.... I still get light heades bu t only at night for a little. I can't wait til I fully recover. I hope this is useful to anyone who's dealing with this. It is a slow process to recovery ....do not get depressed or down be patient ....and god bless.

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Informative article. With what we're learning about the long-term severity of concussions, the more we know about treatment the better.

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      Ben 3 years ago

      I have a history of concussions and am currently dealing with recovering from one. I will share what worked and what did not work for helping me recover--

      Worked: Rest, gradual return to physical activity, vestibular exercises

      Did not Work: Prescription painkillers, Topomax, Doxephin, Accupuncture, Meeting with a Psychiatrist

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      Kelly 3 years ago

      I just got my 1sr concussion by falling and cracking my head on the edge of the wall while carrying in groceries. Very sore neck and shoulders aside from the inability to focus for very long on anything with my eyes.

      I highly recommend juicing with veggies and some turmeric and or ginger. The antiflamatory properties are amazing. An easy juice would be green apples, carrots, spinach, turmeric root and ginger root. Granted you would need to get a juicer if you don't have one. Well worth the investment!!

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      Trainer Joe 3 years ago from Indiana

      I recommend checking out the return-to-play protocol outlined by the "Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport: The 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Zurich, November 2012" You can read it here http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/5/250.full.pdf through the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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      James 3 years ago

      Diana - See the research done by Unjversity of Buffalo regarding their graded exercise program for post-concussion syndrome. It's light exercise but make sure you read it! It has had great results apparently

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      John Henon 3 years ago

      had a concussion June 2013, I fell and hit my head on the bed post while sleepwalking . I took Remeron 3 times at reduced amounts... 3rd time I was sleep walking . I'm treating at Penn medecine Philadelphia Pa for Vestibular Therapy, Speech therapy and doing a lo of PT exercises at home

      Recovery has been very slow which is why I'm on web , looking for better answers . The supplement recommendations above I've have used some of them, but haven't seen any changes so far ... cod liver oil, Magnesium, B12, B2, Liquid D3 and Acupuncture . However, due to the Harsh Winter, and Snow I didn't reach the 5 treatments recommended

      In March I intend to start Acupuncture treatment again ...

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      Diana 3 years ago

      What helps with post concussive syndrome? My daughter has been suffering with symptoms from a concussion she got in October of 2012. The bad part was that she was diagnosis with acid reflux so she played sports and went to school for 4 weeks with what the doctors say now was 2 concussions. She struggles with headaches, upset stomach, and fatigue. She just wants to be a normal 16 year old. With sports pulled from her grades are still A's but it comes with a price. She is on meds for depression. Anyone have any suggestions on how to sleep better, how to help the headaches etc. We have tried Cranial therapy, Occupational therapy, Accupuncture, Physical therapy and other treatments. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

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      3 years ago

      Kiera-

      you may want to look into maneuvers to cure "inner ear crystal displacement" Sounds super hokey, but Vertigo can be caused by ear crystals getting dislodged. There are maneuvers that can really help. It happened to my mom and she is feeling a lot better!

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      Lucy 3 years ago from California

      Oh Kiera that sounds awful, and so many of us can relate. From what you describe, I have very similar symptoms as you. I know it can be hard, to say the least. It helps a lot to reach out and relate with the thousands of people who are living like this too, and I'm glad you posted here. I hope you keep sleeping better & better, and make sure to pay attention to all the small changes that happen & add up over time...

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      Kiera 3 years ago

      About 6 months ago, a horse I was riding tripped and fell (fluke accident). He and I both went down (I catapulted over his head and went head first into the ground). Thankfully I was wearing my helmet. We both got up okay. 4 weeks later after I went for a run, I woke up the next morning to the room spinning. I made an appointment with my family doctor later that week (vertigo went away on its own). I felt foggy and hung over since the vertigo and was really scared. She diagnosed me with post concussion syndrome. It has been 6 months of this. I struggled with vertigo on and off for months, until I had to take some time off work for a month and a half. I recently just started going back. I still have some symptoms, foggy headed, very sensitive to loud noises, some days are better than others. If I overexert myself in any way like walk around too much during the day, I will wake up with vertigo. It's been an awful experience, and I really want to get back to my normal life. I've recently started sleeping better over the past few weeks, so hopefully that means I'm getting better.

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      Elizabeth 3 years ago

      I had a semi serious concussion back in September. I was out of everything for about 2 months and still have serious head aches. I got it playing soccer and me and another player were running full speed and bam! collided. It was terrible. I was dizzy and dazed and many other symptoms. Then this past weekend I collided with another player again but thankfully I was wearing the protechtor so it was not as bad but still pretty bad. Might be a very mild concussion. I have to see my neurologist tomorrow and I hope it all goes well!

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      Lucy 3 years ago from California

      Kevin & Katrina - so glad to read your posts~ though so sorry to hear about your concussion/post concussion syndrome. I too have the myriad of symptoms that come with post concussion syndrome. Hopefully some of these suggestions have helped. For more, see http://healyourconcussion.com, a little recovery project of mine. It can provide you with a bit more help with concussion management.

      Best of luck to both of you!

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      Katrina 3 years ago

      I was hit by a large hail stone 1 month a go & have PCS. My speech & balance went as well as my taste buds (I stutter, Slur & stumble my speech is slow) I had 4 stitches & over a week in rehab/ stroke ward at hospital. I was walking with a walker but graduated to a walking stick. I still use when I leave the house as I get tired quick & so many things moving fast around me even in the car makes me feel strange. I still get nausea. It was scary not knowing what was wrong. I'm not allowed to drive. If I get tired i find my speech goes & balance or I will start to feel like things go in slow motion I feel dazed & things take a while to comprehend. They Dr's don't know why I still have problems. Just have to take it slow.

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      Kev 3 years ago

      I received a concussion in the most stupid of ways. After all the sports I play and as rough as I can get I get a concussion from the freezer door. I was crouched down getting food together on Thaksgiving and I stood up really fast and right into the freezer door that someone opened while I was pulling items out of the fridge. Today is day 9 and I still have symptoms, but slowly recovering, very slow. This is my 24th concussion and I am not happy about it. I am hoping not to have another one ever again

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      Lucy 4 years ago from California

      You're welcome - thanks for your comment! After having a concussion of my own, I realized there needs to be more info like this out there for people with concussions and their family to read...

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      P. Towels 4 years ago

      Great article! Thanks for the upbeat suggestions!