After your accident, you expected to feel some aches and discomfort. If your injuries required surgery, you likely suffered through some very painful moments. Soon you may have noticed the pain subsiding little by little, with one major exception.
If you are still suffering from a headache even weeks after your accident, you may be experiencing post-concussion disorder. Your recovery from your other injuries may allow you to return to work and proceed with your normal life, but your headache and other symptoms make it difficult for you to cope.
How is post-concussion syndrome different from a concussion?
Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury that occurs when the brain strikes the inside of the skull during a violent motion, such as in a fall or a car accident. Your motor vehicle accident may have been so violent that you sustained a concussion even if your head never struck another object.
The pain of a concussion eventually fades for most people within a couple of weeks, although everyone is different. For some people, however, the symptoms of a concussion may last for months or even years. There is no way to know who is most susceptible to post-concussion syndrome, but it is mostly older women who seek treatment for it. Also, it may be more prevalent in those who suffer from anxiety, depression or PTSD.
How do I know if I have post-concussion syndrome?
If you suffered a blow to the head during your accident, there is a chance you sustained a concussion. You may experience the typical symptoms of a concussion except that they will persist for an inordinately long time beyond the typical duration of symptoms. In addition to recurring, migraine-like headaches, you may feel the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue or insomnia
- Ringing in your ears
- Irritability or anxiety
- Changes in your vision
Apparently, the severity of the injury is not a predictor of whether you will suffer from post-concussion syndrome. Even if you never lost consciousness, you may still develop this disorder. Some researchers believe the cause to be psychologically based, but others feel there is a biological cause, perhaps in the structure of the brain that becomes damaged when injured.
No matter the cause, if your concussion and the debilitating symptoms that resulted came about because of an accident that was due to another person’s negligence or recklessness, you deserve to explore your options. It is possible that your situation qualifies you to claim compensation for the losses you suffered. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.