Dealing with a Concussion
Any hard blow to the head or body can cause a concussion. The brain can jiggle around inside the skull and become impaired. If you suffer a concussion, you might black out immediately for a few seconds or longer. More serious traumatic brain injuries will cause a longer period of unconsciousness.
But blacking out is not required to have a concussion. Instead, notice other more common symptoms:
- Double vision
- Slurred speech
- Impaired short-term memory
- Disrupted sleep
- Behavioral changes
If you suspect you have a concussion, go to the doctor immediately and explain what happened. Your doctor can ask you questions about your injury and might even order different tests to confirm the diagnosis.
There is no way to treat a concussion directly, though you can manage the symptoms. Your doctor might recommend bed rest to start and encourage you not to use electronics, such as the phone or television. You also need to protect your head so you do not suffer a second concussion, which can be much harder to recover from.
Your doctor might also prescribe prescription drugs for many of your symptoms, such as sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, and headaches. These can provide comfort, allowing you to rest and regain your strength.