You shouldn’t let this go unattended
It happens. Sometimes you bump your noggin during a fall, a vehicle accident, playing sports, or some other unforeseen misfortune. Regardless, ignoring a concussion (suspected or otherwise) can have serious and sometimes dangerous effects on your brain.
“After a jarring hit to the head, it is common for people to experience headaches and dizziness, and sometimes even fatigue and balance issues” explains Dr. Ryan Murphy, emergency medicine medical director at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI. “It’s when those symptoms last more than a few weeks that concerns grow more serious.”
That’s why, if you suspect you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury – or, as more commonly known, a concussion – you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
“If left unattended for too long with prolonged symptoms, it means your brain hasn’t healed itself, as most brains do,” Dr. Murphy says. “The chances of someone’s brain not healing after a concussion can be increased if a person has had two or more concussions in their lifetime.”
When a brain fails to heal itself, these symptoms can become permanent. However, if medical help is sought as soon as possible, your chances of recovery are greatly increased.
“There is a series of tests we can do to help assess the severity of the injury, as you can have a mild, moderate, or severe traumatic head injury. If left untreated, a concussion has the potential of resulting in permanent mental, physical, and/or emotional issues,” says Dr. Murphy.
These consequences can include:
- Loss of vision, speech, or hearing
- Behavioral changes and issues
- Frequent or constant headache
If you suspect you may have a concussion, contact your doctor right away. You shouldn’t let COVID-19 keep you from seeking the health care you need. Read how Advocate Aurora Health is taking additional steps to keep you safe with its Safe Care Promise.
About the Author
Brianna Wunsch, health enews contributor, is a public affairs specialist for Advocate Aurora Health with a BA in public affairs from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. In her free time, Brianna enjoys living an active lifestyle through biking, hiking and working out at the gym, but even more than that, she especially loves spending quality time with her two cats (Arthur and Loki), son and husband.