Do I have a concussion or does my head just hurt?

Do I have a concussion or does my head just hurt?

Do I have a concussion or does my head just hurt?

The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not show up immediately. Symptoms can last for days, weeks or even longer. Common symptoms after a concussive traumatic brain injury are headache, loss of memory (amnesia) and confusion.

What is the difference between a concussion and hitting your head?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs from sudden trauma which causes damage to the brain. TBI can happen when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. A concussion, which is common in physical contact sports, is a form of brain injury.

How do you tell if you gave yourself a concussion?

Symptoms of a concussion can include:

  1. Headache.
  2. Loss of consciousness.
  3. Confusion.
  4. Amnesia.
  5. Dizziness.
  6. Ringing in the ears.
  7. Loss of balance or coordination.
  8. Nausea.

Can you get a concussion from slightly hitting your head?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that results from a bump, violent jolt or blow to your head that disrupts normal brain function. A concussion can also be caused by a hit to your body that is strong enough to cause your head to forcefully jerk backwards, forwards or to the side.

What does a concussion headache feel like?

Characteristics: Following a concussion, you can develop a headache that resembles a migraine headache. Pain tends to be in the front of the head area of your forehead or temple. It is commonly described as a 'pounding' or 'throbbing' pain. It is sometimes associated with nausea and sensitivity to light and noise.

How do you test for a concussion?

If you seek medical care, your doctor will do a concussion assessment that consists of: Balance test: standing with feet together, eyes closed; standing with one foot in front of the other, eyes closed; and standing on one leg with eyes closed.

How long does a concussion headache last?

Generally, immediate head pain can manifest within a few hours or days after hitting your head and resolve itself shortly after with proper rest and treatment. However, post concussion headaches and migraines begin within 7 days of the injury and generally last for at least 3 to 6 months.

What happens when you hit your head hard and Dont Know you have a concussion?

  • In the couple of weeks following a head injury, watch out for the symptoms of concussion, including headache, difficulty concentrating, and confusion. “That means it’s not healed yet,” Benzel says. That goes even if you hit your head hard but didn’t think you had a concussion, because it’s possible to have brain injury and not know it.

Can a car accident cause you to get a concussion?

  • Head trauma tends to cause concussions, but violent shaking of the head can also trigger a concussion, such as in a car accident. The fluid in your skull protects the brain from impact.

What happens to your brain when you hit Your Head?

  • A concussion is a brain injury that disrupts your normal brain function. Head trauma tends to cause concussions, but violent shaking of the head can also trigger a concussion, such as in a car accident. The fluid in your skull protects the brain from impact.

When to go to the doctor for a head injury?

  • A “mild” concussion is one that is not life-threatening but typically requires a doctor’s care. So if you took a small hit to the head and had any concussion symptoms, you should leave the activity right away. You should then have a doctor examine you to rule out a concussion. (We would consider it a concussion until proven otherwise.)

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