By: Chris Brasure

Concussions & Post-Concussion Syndrome

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I’m Chris Brasure. Today, I’d like to talk about concussions and post-concussion syndrome and exactly what that is.

Definition

The Center for Disease Control defines a concussion as a blow to the head or a traumatic brain injury from a bump, blow or jolt to the head, by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

So that’s the definition of a concussion. It may happen more often than we believe. There may not even be symptoms. But sometimes, there may be symptoms of what is called post-concussion syndrome.

 

How long do the symptoms last?

If somebody is experiencing symptoms, they usually start within the first seven to ten days and they typically last up to three months. Sometimes, the symptoms can also last up to a year although that’s less common. But the important thing to know is what exactly the symptoms are that we’re talking about.

 

Common symptoms

And the Mayo Clinic has provided a pretty long list and I’ll just go over them here: headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, loss of concentration and memory, ringing in the ears, and blurry vision.

Sometimes, you can also have noise and light sensitivity. And rarely, according to the Mayo Clinic, you can have a decrease in the sense of taste or smell. So, those are all of the symptoms.

 

What you should do

If this is something that you or a loved one may be experiencing, it’s probably a good idea to talk to a doctor about getting treatment for that. Most importantly, though, be sure to get a proper diagnosis if you or the loved one does have a post-concussion syndrome issue.

I hope this has been helpful. If you have any more questions, feel free to post in the group or send me a private message. And if I can’t help you, I’ll try to point you in the right direction. Meanwhile, stay healthy and safe.


By Chris Brasure

Brasure Law Firm, PLLC was founded by Chris Brasure in 2006. His legal accomplishments are diverse and numerous. He is a fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation, was a delegate in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and holds a BA in political science and speech communication from Baylor University. He then went on to obtain his law degree from Baylor University Law School. Chris believes that education is absolutely critical to one’s success, so his firm now offers The Brasure Law Firm Scholarship to give back to the community and to help students who are seeking to pursue a higher education.