Emergency Department and Minor Injury Unit
Following your head injury it is felt that you have post concussion syndrome.
Concussion can be difficult to define and is largely regarded as a collection of symptoms following a head injury.
Sensitivity to light and noises
Low mood or tearful or anxiety
Generally a person with a concussion syndrome will develop a combination of these symptoms within a couple of days of their head injury. It can however be very difficult to predict how long these symptoms will last for and how severe they will be.
Most people make a full, quick recovery within a few days or weeks. However a proportion can experience issues for several months or longer.
This can affect the concussed person’s life in many ways:
- It can be difficult to maintain your prior performance at work/school due to concentration, problem solving or fatigue.
- Relationships can become affected through changes in your mood. Fatigue and memory problems can make it harder to interact.
Have plenty of rest
Sleep if you feel tired
Take analgesia for headaches
Drive or operate machinery until you have recovered
Return to work or school until you feel able
Take aspirin or sleep tablets without your doctor’s advice
Return to contact sport straight away
It is important following a head injury that you do not sustain a further head injury within the next few weeks, or until you are symptom free if longer than a few weeks.
It is therefore advised that you avoid sports or situations where it is possible you could sustain another head injury. Second Impact Syndrome (although rare) can be very serious.
If needed, painkiller options include the following:
- Paracetamol is usually recommended for painful sprains or strains.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) relieve pain and may also limit inflammation and swelling. You can buy some types (for example, ibuprofen) at pharmacies, without a prescription either topically as a cream, or as tablets.You should check the medication advice leaflet to ensure you are safe to take these as some patients with asthma or stomach ulcers may not be able to.
For further advice and information about your condition, please choose from the following:
- ‘NHS Patient Choices’ website: www.nhs.uk
- ‘Making Lives Better’ patient website: www.patient.info
- Telephone NHS 111
- Contact your General Practitioner
- The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW
Telephone: 01642 850850
- The Friarage, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1JG
Telephone: 01609 779911
- Redcar Primary Care Hospital, West Dyke Road, Redcar, TS10 4NW
Telephone: 01642 511000
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