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Concussion - what to ask your doctor - adult

Definition

You have 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 doctor or nurse to help you take care of your concussion.

Alternate Names

What to ask your doctor about concussion - adult; Brain injury - mild - what to ask your doctor - adult

Questions

What types of symptoms or problems will I have?

  • 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?

Does someone need to stay with me?

  • For how long?
  • Is it okay for me to go to sleep?
  • If I go to sleep, does someone need to wake me up and check on me?

What type of activity can I do?

  • 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?

When can I go back to work?

  • What should I tell my boss about my concussion?
  • Can I work a full day?
  • Will I need to rest during the day?

What medications can I use for any pain or headache? Can I use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar medications?

Is it okay to eat? Will I feel sick to my stomach?

When can I drink any alcohol?

Do I need a follow-up appointment?

When should I call the doctor?

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