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Today, I would like to talk to you about a common question: “How long is my concussion going to last? How long will it take for me to recover?” And if you have suffered a concussion or if your spouse or your child has, you may be wondering, “What am I looking at here?”
How long does it take? Of course, the answer is, it depends. There are several factors that might influence how long it takes to recover from a concussion, and I’m going to go through those factors now.
The severity of the concussion
The first factor is the severity of the concussion. Was there no loss of consciousness or was there a loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes? The second is a more severe concussion that one would expect to take longer to heal.
Were there previous concussions?
One of the other factors is a previous concussion. There has been so much talk lately about boxers and NFL players, and how multiple, multiple concussions piggyback on one another. And then, the second is worse than the first, the third is worse than the second, the fourth is worse than the third.
Well, that’s true, and so if you have suffered a concussion in a car crash, but this is your third concussion, it’s more likely than not going to take longer for you to achieve a full recovery and experience no more symptoms.
The next factor to consider is whether there are pre-existing conditions. Let’s say somebody has a mental or physical condition, such as migraines or anxiety before having a head or a brain injury. It’s going to take longer to recover from the brain injury and to continue to cope with those pre-existing symptoms that are probably now exaggerated.
As I’ve said in the past, don’t feel embarrassed. Just know that this is part of the injury. And it’s not that you can’t control something.
Another factor is your age. Older people don’t heal as well as younger people.. Get plenty of rest. This is very important. The brain needs sleep, so the brain needs rest.
We all have so much to do in our lives, but if you get into a car crash and you suffer a concussion, don’t go right back into it. You may have to work and you have clients who need you and deadlines. If you go back into doing exactly what you were doing before, you’re not giving your brain the rest it needs.
Again, if you broke your arm, you would stop lifting heavy things. The same goes for your brain. If you have a concussion, that is a traumatic brain injury and your brain needs rest. So, if you want your arm to heal, you stop using it, and if you want your brain to heal, you got to give it rest.
So, if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of a concussion, or you have a headache that won’t go away, or sleep disturbances that won’t go away, it is extremely important that you go to a qualified provider or a concussion specialist. You need to get diagnosed and to get the proper advice for your specific concussion and injury, and get that treatment so that you can recover and then you can get back to life, hopefully, with no deficit.
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