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Concussion symptoms can appear within minutes of impact but can also take several hours or days to emerge. Symptoms can also change and others can develop when the brain is stressed with use.
Concussion related headaches often occur unexpectedly and can last for several hours, days, or even weeks.
Your brain will seem to have less energy and even after minimal amounts of effort you might feel worn out or tired.
Memory & Concentration Difficulties
Memory deficits as well as difficulties with paying attention or concentrating are common with concussions.
The term “Brain Fog” refers to feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, and a lack of mental clarity related to concussions.
With a concussion, you may experience challenges with falling asleep or staying asleep – even if you’re feeling tired.
You might experience drastic changes in mood. Feeling abnormally sad or irritable is common with a concussion.
You may experience ringing or buzzing in the ears when exposed to loud sounds or when in noisy environments.
Light sensitivity, blurry vision, and difficulties with judging distance are common symptoms of a concussion.
Frequently Asked Questions
The signs and symptoms of a concussion can vary significantly from one person to the next. They can be subtle and might not show up immediately, or they might be extreme and become prevalent right after a traumatic brain injury.
Although concussion symptoms may vary for each individual case, there are common symptoms that most who go through a concussion will experience, including: headaches, fatigue, brain fog, sleep issues, mood changes, vision problems, concentration difficulties, and noise sensitivity.
The reaction to a concussion is often unique based on the individual and the intensity of the symptoms. The most common concussion symptoms can be categorized into four main types:
- Physical Symptoms (headaches, dizziness, fatigue)
- Cognitive Symptoms (confusion, memory difficulty, disorientation)
- Emotional Symptoms (depression, irritability, anxiousness)
- Sensory Symptoms (vision problems, sensitivity to light and noise)
Some visual characteristics and symptoms that individuals who suffered a traumatic brain injury may exhibit include:
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Slurred Speech
- Slow Response Time
- Repetitive Questions
- Loss of Consciousness
With proper treatment and follow-up, most concussion symptoms will subside and can be resolved within 1-2 weeks. However, if you experience concussion symptoms for longer than 6 weeks, you may be diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.
Without proper diagnosis and a treatment plan, concussion symptoms can last for months and even years.
When it comes to experiencing specific concussion symptoms following a traumatic brain injury, each case is different. Most people will experience symptoms immediately, but they can also be delayed and come a few days later. It’s important to note that concussion symptoms can come and go sporadically, even after you’ve gone through the recovery period.
Yes. Although it’s rare and most people will experience symptoms from their concussion almost immediately, there are cases in which symptoms can be delayed by a few days or even weeks. That’s why it’s important to start a recovery and treatment plan as soon as possible!