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Symptoms of a concussion

Common signs of a concussion

Being on the lookout for the warning symptoms of a concussion is crucial for the first few hours, owing to the fact that a  concussion does not appear on imaging tests like an X-ray, CT, or MRI scan. There is no objective test, such as the drawing of blood or saliva, to confirm if a person has a concussive injury. A doctor can assess concussions from the findings of a thorough exam, which includes looking for the signs of trauma and experiencing symptoms of concussion following an injury on the body or head.

Concussion indicators are things a doctor can observe about you to determine if you’ve suffered the signs of a concussion. Concussion signs vary from simple to more complex. Any indication of trauma after a hit to the head requires reporting to a medical professional.

The most common signs of concussion are:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Problems with balance
  • The glazed look in the eyes
  • Amnesia
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Forgetting an instruction, confusion about an assignment or position, or disorder of the game, score, or opponent
  • Inappropriate crying
  • Inappropriate laughter
  • Vomiting

When you respond to a possible trauma of a child, be aware that a child who has suffered a trauma might not be able to communicate effectively. Their age, limited vocabulary, and recent brain injury are all contributing factors to the symptoms they’re exhibiting.

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    Categories of concussion symptoms

    Concussion symptoms generally are classified into four categories:

    1. Somatic (Physical) Symptom

    • Headache
    • Light-headedness
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Sensitivity to noise

    2. Cognitive Symptoms

    • Difficulties with attention
    • Memory problems
    • Loss of focus
    • Difficulty multitasking
    • Difficulty completing mental tasks

    3. Sleep Symptoms 

    • Sleeping more than usual
    • Sleeping less than usual
    • Having trouble falling asleep

    4. Emotional Symptoms

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Panic attacks

    It should be kept in mind that it can take a few days for signs of concussion to show up after an injury.

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