Q: Is it possible to get a concussion even if you weren’t knocked unconscious?
A: Yes, absolutely. In fact, you don’t even have to have hit your head. Any impact to the body that produces rapid and severe enough deceleration can trigger a concussion.
Q: I sustained a concussion. What are some symptoms that I might notice in the aftermath?
A: Nausea/Vomiting, Light Sensitivity, Headache, Vision Issues, Balance Issues, Vertigo/Dizziness, Restless/Poor Quality Sleep, Cognitive Fog, Poor Memory, Confusion, Feeling Tired/Out of It, Variable Mood Swings. Any of these symptoms singularly or together could be present.
Q: I was diagnosed with a concussion and was sent home from the Doctor with instructions to rest and stay home from work and school. Can I just lay on the couch and watch TV?
A: NO. You should literally close yourself in a dark room and sleep (or try to sleep). No TV, music, computers, reading, texting, etc. Parents: if your child has been sent home with a concussion, take away their phone, laptop, ipod, ipad, etc, and ensure that they go to bed. Yes, it’s incredibly boring, but it’s necessary. The brain needs and wants to devote all of its’ resources to healing the damage from the concussion. It does not want to devote resources to thinking or interpreting any type of stimuli whatsoever. Failing to rest adequately puts the patient in jeopardy of having prolonged symptoms. Some of us have learned this the hard way.