Also known as: What to ask your doctor about concussion - adult and Brain injury - mild - what to ask your doctor - adult
- Will I have problems thinking or remembering?
- Will I have a headache?
- How long will the symptoms last?
- Will all the symptoms and problems go away?
- For how long?
- Is it ok for me to go to sleep?
- If I go to sleep, does someone need to wake me up and check on me?
- Do I need to stay in bed or lie down?
- Can I do housework? How about yard work?
- When can I begin to exercise? When can I start contact sports, such as football or soccer? When can I begin skiing or snowboarding
- What should I tell my boss about my concussion?
- Do I need to take special memory tests to determine if I am fit for work?
- Can I work a full day?
- Will I need to rest during the day?
You had a concussion. This is a mild brain injury. It can affect how your brain works for a while.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your concussion.
What types of symptoms or problems will I have?
Does someone need to stay with me?
What type of activity can I do?
When can I go back to work?
What medicines can I use for pain or headache? Can I use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar medicines?
Is it ok to eat? Will I feel sick to my stomach?
When can I drink alcohol?
Do I need a follow-up appointment?
When should I call the doctor?
Giza CC, Kutcher JS, Ashwal S, et al. Summary of evidence-based guideline update: evaluation and management of concussion in sports: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2013;80:2250-2257. PMID 23508730 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23508730.
Pardini J, Bailes, JE, Maroon JC. Mild traumatic brain injury in adults and concussion in sports. In: Winn HR, ed. Youman's Neurological Surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 332.
- Review date:
- May 11, 2014
- Reviewed by:
- Joseph V. Campellone, M.D., Division of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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