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Post concussion symptoms

by Josie
(London Ontario canada)


Hi there

I am 54, female and was in perfect health before I fell 6 weeks ago hitting my head on the right side above the eye. I was knocked out for an undetermined amount of time as I live alone. By the time I went to the emergency room hours later my BP was 190/105, I was nauseous and could barely speak. They pumped me with God knows what drugs through IV, gave me a CAT scan and sent me home. No brain bleeds. My family doctor has since ordered an MRI, which did not show anything.

I have not been able to work at my office job as an auditor since.
I have been resting as much as possible, but I don't seem to have the same post concussion symptoms that I am reading on the Internet. I don't feel particularly tired all the time, what I do feel dizzy. I've only had three really bad headaches, but what I feel is a constant pressure in my head as if someone is squeezing my brains. It's like I wore a helmet for a long time and took it off and I can still feel I have the helmet on.

My doctor as me on naproxen 3 times a day and baclofen at night

It's been six weeks and I've had this feeling, when is it going to end? Is my doctor giving me the right meds? I have 2 weeks before I have to return to work, what should I be doing to help my recovery. I am trying not to panic

Help
Josie
London Ontario, Canada

Answer

Most concussive symptoms resolve in 1-2 weeks, sometimes as much as 6-8 weeks. If you are still having symptoms please see your doctor and discuss treatment. I would recommend a week or two of steroid to break the cycle of pain.

Mary K. Betz MS RPA-C

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