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Question: "head shakes" after Concussion


 Supernothing - Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:19 am

I suffered a concussion 3 weeks ago. In following couple weeks I had headaches, concentration/thinking problems, irritability - all the common symptoms. They had subsided almost fully by yesterday morning.

Yesterday evening I went outside to shovel snow with a two hand shovel (which you push like a wheelbarrow) and while moving at a normal walking speed, the bottom of the shovel hit the interlocking bricks on the ground several times, causing me to make an immediate complete stop each time. These stops did rattle my head, but didn't seem that big of a deal deal since my head did not hit anything, just an annoyance.

Very soon after that, my headache came back, i felt the swelling come back a little at the top back of my head, and couple of other symptoms I had before came back as well (concentration problems, and mainly, feeling very irritated). By tonight, only the headaches have somewhat subsided.

Should I be concerned? Can there be any permanent damage from the head-rattles which brought back my concussion symptoms while I wasn't fully recovered from the initial concussion?

Thank you.
 Supernothing - Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:33 pm

the headaches pretty much went away.. but then yesterday night I decided for whatever reason to buzz on my trumpet mouthpiece. 20 seconds of buzzing was enough to bring back the headaches (the worst they've been ever since the concussion and I couldn't fall asleep because of them; I still feel it), minor confusion for a little while, and swelling on the top of my head.

I'm 19 and concerned about the long-term effects of such abrupt rises in intracranial pressure. The symptoms are worst now a month after the concussion. Is this normal and harmless? Is advil ok to take? Is a CT scan or MRI needed or do I just wait this out?

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