Post concussion syndrome is a series of symptoms that may persist for a period of time, usually weeks or months, after a mild traumatic brain injury or other head trauma.
Symptoms include headaches, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, anxiety, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, brain fog, memory issue, difficulty with word-finding, and sensitivity to light. These symptoms may be exacerbated by certain triggers including alcohol, computer use, or strenuous exercise.
Treatments include supportive therapies and lifestyle modifications including cognitive rest and break from strenuous activities. In some cases, medication may be used including medication to treat migraine. Studies have shown that a type of talk therapy called cognitive behavior therapy may help with recovery.
If you feel you may be suffering from post-concussion syndrome, speak to your healthcare provider.
By: Brooke Steiger, NP