Concussions & Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

Dear IBIA, I have often dealt with post-TBI patients who complain of dizziness. Her column runs on Thursday. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Occurs within minutes of concussion in athlete still symptomatic from prior brain injury, which can be earlier in same event. Have you been to other doctors who tell you they can’t find anything wrong with you…even though you don’t feel like yourself anymore? The medication is also making me very groggy during the day. John Murphy: It’s a loose term, but really I sustained a chronic brain injury and I’m not exactly sure if and when that’s going to clear up, but what that means to me as far as the injury is that I get recurring headaches, almost migraines; tinnitus; and periodic cognitive difficulties — a fogginess of the thought process.

It is important that you discuss the symptoms of PCS with your doctor if you have experienced a concussion. I’m a freshman in college with great friends, a great family, a great girlfriend, and a great life. He developed an addiction to the stimulant and was admitted to McLean Hospital in the summer of 2005 to receive psychiatric care. I didn’t lose consciousness or have memory loss or anything, but I was a little dazed. The exception to this is boxing, as most doctors – especially those who treat head injuries – have stated that the risks of serious brain injury associated with boxing are unacceptably high and the sport should be made illegal. I didn’t lose consciousness or have memory loss or anything, but I was a little dazed. Concussion- A relatively mild form of traumatic brain injury causing temporary neurological changes ranging from disorientation and confusion to amnesia and unconsciousness.

Our expert legal team has been handling serious accidents involving head injuries for decades. Days felt as what I described as “choppy”; I couldn’t remember what I had done earlier. Only a doctor can definitively identify and diagnose a TBI. Automated image co-registration, voxel intensity normalization to global brain activity, linear scaling/non-linear warping to Talairach stereotactic coordinate space, (Talairach and Tournoux, 1988) smoothing (3-dimensional Gaussian kernel; 2.25 mm SD), and 3-dimensional stereotactic surface projection (3D-SSP) were performed using NEUROSTAT software (UW, Seattle, WA). This is because what may appear at first to be symptoms of concussion could also be symptoms of a more serious problem such as bleeding around the brain. It urged me to do things that were painful and uncomfortable. It includes important symptoms to look out for after a minor head injury and when to see a doctor.

In the next few weeks, I began to have times of blurred vision, and would feel dizzy, sometimes even nauseous. It wasn’t until I began having tremors in my hands that I really thought anything was really “wrong”. Students may be either upset or relieved to be held out of athletic activity and an opportunity to talk with a professional who understands their dilemma can facilitate their emotional adjustment to the situation. The neurologist said I had a Post Concussive Syndrome. Since we have a likelihood of an Alzheimer’s like dementia at up to 18 time higher probability than the non-concussed population, developing these memory skills while we still can will be a great benefit to ourselves and our families. My frontal lobe functions at ten times the normal rate. Something inside me said that I should do more than just wait and see.

With that as a background one must entirely focus on the known biochemistry and pathophysiology to make best “guesstimates” on how one should proceed once the concussion has occurred. OK – I hate to do this but I’m going to use unapproved hospital talk. During the first session, I felt energy moving all over the place in my body. For most, memory and concentration problems are better within three months. Over the next week, I noticed the daily headaches happened only twice, and they weren’t nearly as severe. Acute concussion, formerly referred to as simple concussion, is a temporary disruption of brain function that results in an alteration or loss of consciousness, and one or more of the memory symptoms listed in the Concussion Symptoms table below. Serving:  Tampa Bay Florida, Pinellas County Florida, Largo, Bellair, Tierra Verde, Indian Rocks, Indian Shores, Redington,  Seminole, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, St Petersburg, St Pete Beach, Pinellas Park, Palm Harbor.

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