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10 Signs That You Have a Concussion

Katie T., SNO Editor

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Did you run into someone in football, get hit in the head with a ball at practice, or land on your head trying to do a new skill at cheerleading practice or gymnastics? If you did and you just do not feel right, then here are ten signs that you may have a concussion.  You should see your doctor right away if you suspect that you have a concussion.

  1. Headache or pressure that ranges from barely anything to feeling like your head is going to explode.
  2. You temporarily lose consciousness, depending on how hard you hit your head.
  3. You may experience temporary memory loss depending on where you hit your head and the part of your brain that is affected.
  4. Some people experience vomiting.
  5. Nausea is very common.
  6. After the impact, you will most likely experience dizziness and might start “seeing stars.”  The dizziness can last for a long time.
  7. If somebody says something simple, that you would normally understand, and you are confused, it is another symptom of a concussion.
  8. You may hear a ringing sound in your ears.
  9. Abnormal pupils – One pupil may appear larger than the other.
  10. Concussions can cause seizures.  You have to be careful swimming after a concussion because you could drown if you had a seizure while swimming.

Your doctor will look for signs of a concussion and ask you a series of questions to test your brain’s cognitive abilities.  If they suspect a concussion, the only cure is rest.  This means spending your days in a dark room with very little stimulation.

I wanted to share these signs with you because I recently suffered a concussion and have learned a great deal about it through my personal experience.  I have been healing for a month and my brain is still suffering the effects.  I can only handle short periods of schoolwork and I have to stop whenever I get a headache.  If I don’t, the headache will be so severe that my head feels like it will burst.  Please be careful whenever you hit your head and watch out for these symptoms so that you can get treatment quickly.  The longer you try to use your brain after a concussion, the longer it will take your concussion to heal.

Internet Sources:

10 Sign Your Child’s Concussion is Serious

Mayo Clinic – Concussion Symptoms

 

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