Understanding Post-concussion Syndrome and What To Do About It
Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is something that you need to keep an eye on. These are the types of brain injuries that can result in hospitalization or even death.
In the United States, there are about 1.7 million people have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unfortunately, there are also about 52,000 deaths due to TBI per year.
If you or a loved one are participating in activities that increase your risk of getting a concussion, you need to be aware of the symptoms and the risks of leaving a concussion unchecked.
What are these symptoms? What are the most important things that you need to know about concussions? This is your guide.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
One tragic possibility that you have with a TBI is getting diagnosed with CTE. Unfortunately, this is a brain disease that can only be confirmed after a person's death at this time.
The most common people that end up getting CTE are athletes, particularly football players. CTE is also connected with dementia, as people that experience TBI in the middle of their life are two to four times more likely to develop dementia later in their life.
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CTE has no cure, mainly because it currently cannot be confirmed until after an autopsy is performed. However, some possible symptoms of CTE include personality changes, confusion, memory problems, and even suicidal thoughts.
Mild Concussion Symptoms
Despite CTE being a morbid case of TBI, luckily, 80% of TBI cases are only considered mild head injuries. With that in mind, you still should be aware of the possible symptoms of a concussion.
The easiest way for it to happen is if you take a direct hit to the head in a contact sport. It can even come from hitting your head on a hard surface.
Some of the obvious signs of a concussion include confusion, a headache, slurred speech, unconsciousness, dizziness, nausea, and amnesia.
Treatments for Concussions
While there is no treatment for CTE, there is treatment for more mild TBI head injuries. One thing that you may have to do is develop good sleeping habits again and perhaps even take medication to help you sleep.
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You will likely have to take some medication with your treatment and have no caffeine with said medication. Also, make sure you do not take large doses of this medication.
If you or someone you know has sustained concussions or post-concussion syndrome TBIs, then you understand how overwhelming the symptoms can become.
Sallie® aims to ease this feeling by being an incredibly easy-to-use and free TBI symptom-tracking dashboard. Using the dashboard at the beginning of one’s recovery can help them to identify symptoms and triggers.
The robust data collection approach includes various varying symptoms for our users to track. If you have injured yourself during a football game or even an accident, using Sallie® for your TBIs can lead to a better recovery.
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