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Post-concussion syndrome has the potential to impact you for many months (or longer) after your initial injury.

While most people find that their concussion symptoms all but disappear within a week of the injury, this doesn't always hold true. Post-concussion syndrome is a serious concern as it can impact your life for the foreseeable future.

The most common symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Loss of memory and concentration
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Insomnia

If one or more of these symptoms linger after a concussion, it's critical to follow up with your doctor. They may order additional tests to ensure that there's nothing else affecting your health.

How to prevent post-concussion syndrome

There is no guaranteed way to prevent post-concussion syndrome, but there are some things you can do to speed up the recovery process:

  • Follow the treatment strategy outlined by your medical team
  • Don't resume normal activity post-concussion until your doctor clears you to do so
  • Avoid additional head injuries, such as by taking steps to prevent falls

Who's at risk of post-concussion syndrome?

While anyone can suffer from post-concussion syndrome, some people have a higher risk than others. Risk factors include:

  • Sex: It's believed that women are more likely to receive a post-concussion syndrome diagnosis. However, it's unsure if this is related to the fact that women are typically more likely to see treatment.
  • Age: Studies show that the older a person is, the more likely they are to suffer from post-concussion syndrome.

With your health, it's better to be safe than sorry. If your concussion symptoms are lingering, your doctor can conduct another physical exam, while also ordering additional tests, such as an MRI and CT scan, to pinpoint any lingering concerns.

As you attempt to make a full recovery, don't lose sight of the steps you can take to seek compensation for your injuries. For example, if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should file an insurance claim and consider other ways of holding the negligent party responsible.

The compensation you receive can help pay for medical bills and other expenses you've incurred as a result of the accident.

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