Delayed Concussion Symptoms
Bill Allen | September 12, 2022 | Brain Injuries
You know when you are hit in the head. Sharp pain, a bump on your head, and dizziness or headaches are often the earliest and most reliable signs that you suffered a blow to the head. However, what is not always known is what damage has been done to your brain.
Concussions are types of traumatic brain injuries that you should take seriously. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that approximately 223,000 people went to the hospital for some kind of traumatic brain injury in 2019.
A concussion signals that there has been damage to the brain. Obtaining medical care quickly is essential for mitigating any harm inflicted on your brain. Knowing the signs of a concussion, and knowing they may not appear immediately, can help you get the medical care you need.
Common Signs of a Concussion
Some signs of a concussion will appear immediately after a head injury. If you are hit in the head by a falling object or knock your head against a low ceiling or cabinet hard enough, you may immediately black out. You may have trouble remembering the accident, and you may develop a headache.
Some indicators of a concussion, however, either do not appear right away or are not immediately recognizable. It can be hours or days before you take note of them and decide to seek medical treatment.
If you experience any of the following in the aftermath of a blow to the head or other head injury, do not take the matter lightly. Get medical attention and care as soon as possible.
Persistent or Worsening Headaches, Dizziness, and Vomiting
A headache that comes back after initially going away, or a headache that persists and gets progressively worse, should be cause for concern. You should also take note of any other symptom that has not gone away after your accident or that has disappeared and reappeared. This includes dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
Each of these symptoms is a sign of head trauma, and they are frequently felt immediately after a head injury. But when these symptoms do not go away, go away and return, or get worse over time, this can signal that more serious harm to your brain has occurred.
Difficulty Remembering People and Events
Any memory loss can indicate damage to your brain. Immediately following head trauma, you may find it difficult to remember details about the incident. You may remember what you were doing before the accident and what you did immediately thereafter, but how you were injured may be something you cannot recall.
Memory loss that extends to other topics, though, can begin to happen in the days after an accident. When it does, the matter should be taken seriously, as it might indicate continuing and widening brain damage. Medical help may not restore your lost memories, but it may prevent the damage and memory loss from worsening.
Changes in your behavior, demeanor, and attitude are always a cause for concern after a head injury. If you or your loved ones find that you have developed a temper, are acting more confused than usual, or have sudden or unexplained changes in mood, you may have suffered a concussion and need medical intervention.
Head Injuries Should Always Be Taken Seriously
You should not wait until symptoms of a concussion persist before seeking medical help. A medical professional should evaluate any notable head injury that results in immediate loss of consciousness, memory loss, headache, or other symptoms.
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