The Causes and Diagnosis of Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)
Any time you’ve had a blow to the head, there’s a risk of concussion. Often, there are immediate indications you’ve suffered a concussion—difficulty speaking, disorientation, severe headache, amnesia or confusion. In some situations, though, where your injury is relatively mild or there are no obvious symptoms, you may still need medical attention for a concussion. That’s why it’s always important to keep an eye out for the signs of post-concussion syndrome.
The first thing to understand about PCS—it may persist for a long period of time. Many people experience the symptoms over weeks or even months. It can also show up differently, based on your age or your past medical history. Studies show that women and older people are more prone to post-concussion syndrome, as are individuals with a prior history of headaches. It’s also important to recognize that there’s no definitive test to accurately diagnose PCS, as many of the indicators are also associated with other types of injuries. In many instances, the diagnosis follows the elimination of other causes of injury.
The typical symptoms that manifest when you suffer from PCS include:
- Persistent headache that may not respond to painkillers
- Dizziness, vertigo or balance issues
- Changes in sleep patterns, including insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Psychological changes, from anxiety or irritability to depression
- Difficulty with cognitive function, including loss of long or short term memory, challenges concentrating or focusing, or diminished problem solving
Post-concussion syndrome can be effectively treated, however. Typically, a patient is prescribed rest and advised to avoid any type of stress. Anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-depressants and headache medications may be recommended. A patient may also undergo psychotherapy.
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