Delayed Concussion Symptoms

When a person gets a severe concussion, they know it right away. Symptoms such as loss of consciousness, blurred vision, dizziness, and memory loss are obvious. However, mild concussions aren’t always as easy to recognize. The symptoms of a mild concussion may not be apparent for several days after the incident. 

However, a mild concussion can still be a serious health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of the traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that occur in the United States are concussions. If you or someone you know is experiencing delayed concussion symptoms after a fall or some other accident, seek medical help as soon as possible. 

Concussion Symptoms You Should Know About

Some injuries, like whiplash, don’t always show symptoms right away. Concussions can also go undetected for several days, or the symptoms may come and go. 

Delayed concussion symptoms are easy to miss. You may not relate a persistent headache to the minor car accident you were in several days ago. That’s why it’s important to be aware of delayed concussion symptoms and be on the lookout for them anytime you receive a blow to the head.

The symptoms of a delayed concussion include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling like you are operating in slow motion
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Problems with coordination
  • Sadness, depression, or feeling emotional
  • Poor balance
  • Difficulty forming coherent thoughts or forgetting words
  • Anxiety 

An individual who has had a concussion may experience all, a few, or just one symptom. The symptoms and their severity may come and go. Any violent blow to the head should be considered serious. Visit the emergency room or call your healthcare provider. 

Symptoms may worsen with time, or new symptoms might occur as time goes on. This doesn’t necessarily mean your injury is getting worse. These could be signs that the brain is trying to heal itself as it adapts to the injury. 

Understanding Post-Concussion Syndrome

Delayed concussion symptoms may indicate an individual is suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS). In most cases, concussion symptoms disappear within two to six weeks after the injury. Symptoms lasting longer than that are generally characterized as post-concussion syndrome. 

Concussions are common in the U.S. Up to 4 million concussions are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Around 15% of those who’ve experienced a concussion will develop post-concussion syndrome. Going without medical care after a concussion increases your chance of developing PCS. Other risk factors are:

  • Past head injuries or concussions
  • A history of behavioral disorders, such as depression
  • Having a large number of concussion symptoms or more severe symptoms
  • Having other brain conditions
  • Concussions that cause complications, such as a skill fracture

The symptoms of PCS are the same as the symptoms of delayed concussion, with one important addition: people with PCS may experience thoughts of suicide or self-harm. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or text HELLO to 741741. 

If the situation is an emergency, dial 911 and stay with the person until help arrives. 

Don’t Take a Chance With Delayed Concussions

Concussions are serious injuries, and even a mild concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury. Delayed concussion symptoms may not appear for several days or weeks after your injury and can be easily dismissed as “nothing to worry about.”

Getting treatment for a concussion could prevent pain and potential damage. Seek medical care if you’ve been concussed and follow up with all recommended treatments.

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