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Concussion

*The terms concussion and mild brain injury (mTBI) are used interchangeably

*Take all head injuries seriously

*Err on the side of caution – research is still being done

*Include omega 3 protocol to minimise symptoms

*Diagnosis may indicate less severe trauma – this does not mean the outcomes are not debilitating

*Sit it out – multiple or repeat concussions can lead to severe disability

*Take precautions to minimise the risk of injury

Introduction

In different countries across the world, medical communities have tended to use the word ‘concussion’ in a generalised way sometimes undermining the possible consequences.

Most people think of a concussion as being a head injury that has resulted in various short-term symptoms such as seeing stars briefly, headaches, nausea, and so on. Generally, these symptoms will clear in a day or two. If they do clear quickly, the concussion is not considered to be serious.

How long symptoms persist also depends on the person, whether they were intoxicated at the time, their age, the cause and severity of the injury, and general health conditions. These variables can mean that a concussion can last longer than a couple of days, but, if treated early, as below, the symptoms can be alleviated.

Michael D. Lewis MD advises applying the ‘Omega-3 Protocol.’ He says, “…over 30% of concussions will lead to long-term, potentially permanent disability.”

Things are often further confused with the medical terms ‘Post Concussion Syndrome’ (PCS) and ‘Mild Traumatic Brain Injury’ (MTBI).

Take all Concussions Seriously:-

Every bang to the head should be taken seriously regardless of the label given as a diagnosis. A second blow happening in quick succession can lead to severe brain injury or disability.

The other thing to bear in mind is that many doctors, and even neurological specialist, believe that concussion symptoms, once cleared up, no longer pose any threat. Researchers are continuing to investigate this because it is a complex area.

The best thing to do with concussions, PCS, or mTBI, is to err on the side of caution.

You don’t need to lose consciousness to be diagnosed with a mild TBI, and the symptoms of this can be harrowing for those affected and can also last for several months, or even many, years.

Manage the symptoms

There are ways to minimise the outcomes, symptoms and dangers of these neurologically less severe injuries. See Healing Your Brain and Supplements

Please remember that just because some diagnostic labels indicate less severe trauma – this doesn’t mean the outcomes are. The symptoms will drag on for longer if you don’t take quick action. You need to act fast, calm the symptoms, think about what you are doing and eating that could aggravate symptoms, and follow the latest guidance. Please see the recommended reading articles below.

While many medical specialists will prescribe synthetic medication for the pain, it is better to treat the inflammation with black seed oil, a good quality omega 3 fish oil and vitamin c/ester c.

Using these supplements not only help with the pain but by treating the causes of the inflammation, will also help with other symptoms such as low mood, sleep problems, slowed thinking, and so on.

Synthetic chemical based drugs can interfere with the body’s own natural ability to heal. Sometimes it is better to treat the symptoms at their cause, rather than treating just the symptoms, and focusing on nutrition and using supplements will do the former, while prescribed medications do the later.

Sports Injuries:-

Multiple concussions, as frequently happen in many areas of sport, are however extremely dangerous, and everyone on this planet needs to be aware of these dangers – preferably in advance.

There has been so much media attention about sports injuries over the last few years that most people are aware of the dangers.

Current aadvicecalls for sitting it out, rather than returning to play. No game or activity is ever worth the risk – multiple or repeat concussions can lead to severe disability.

If you have the time, it is worth taking a look at the story of Josh Olsen on YouTube. Josh suffered multiple concussions, which resulted in ‘second impact syndrome.’ He spent almost a month in a coma and had to have numerous life-saving surgeries.

The story is shared to help educate others and to help people to understand just how serious a ‘concussion’ can be.

There are multiple causes of concussion, and everyone needs to be aware of the dangers. We all need to be keenly aware of the dangers, especially in respect of little ones and elderly seniors who will be less conscious or aware of activities to avoid.

The best way to limit the severity of outcomes of a head injury is to take safety precautions. Wear a helmet, use a seatbelt and in all activities think safety first. And, whatever you do, never use a mobile while driving or even think about driving while tired or after consuming alcohol or drugs.

Another danger is ice; a lot of older adults slip and fall on slippery winter surfaces because they forget that they don’t have the same core strength or balance that they used to have. It is always essential to make sure older relatives and neighbours are safe during the winter.

Reporting Concussion

Most people know that they, or others, shouldn’t be left alone for 24 hours following a head injury. However, what most people are unsure of is whether or not to report a head injury or concussion to a doctor or hospital. The advice is to get it recorded on your medical record so that if your symptoms worsen and you are unable to describe why or what is wrong, someone else knows.

A lot of indecisiveness starts with cultural understandings which tell us that we should feel better after a bang on the head in 24 to 48 hours. Because of this, a lot of people don’t report a concussion at all – and there are further psychological pressures that can come into play.

Some people will feel they don’t want to be a nuisance; some will think that reporting a concussion might stop them from doing the things they want to do.

Whatever is going on, it is crucial, as above, to take all concussions seriously. There is no sense of loss of face for those who report concussions and feel better quickly. It is always better and safer to err on the side of caution and to make sure that medically someone is aware of an event that could change your immediate or even longer life and health.

Information is often inadequate and may not be given. Everyone needs to be aware of how serious a head injury can be. What you don’t want is to wind up months later being unable to return to work or school and to have no record of why or what the instigating cause was.

Go and see someone. Take it on the chin and be sensible and responsible for your health.

Preventing concussion

Get a Heads Up: Keeping Safe from Brain Injury

Recommended further reading :

Mail Online – (March 2018) Rest after a concussion could be bad for children

CDC – Recovery from concussion

Complete Concussion Management – Rest or physical activity after concussion

SportsMD.com – Second Impact Syndrome

Sage Journals – Reporting Skill: The Missing Ingredient in Concussion Reporting Intention Assessment

Medscape – CTE Prevalence High…and Not Just in Athletes

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