What are you likely to experience during the first few days of a concussion?
Here are some common concussion symptoms that occur during the acute rest phase.
- Some patients find they have a hard time falling asleep, or staying
asleep…and some have difficulty with both. The timing of sleep also may be off, with patients wanting to sleep during the day, and then sleeping again at night. Sleeping too much, in other words, is a type of sleep symptom, just like not being able to sleep.
- Let your doctor know if your sleep pattern is off in any way.
Patients need to eat well and stay hydrated. If nausea is getting in the way of
eating or drinking properly, let your doctor know. The brain needs proper nutrition and hydration during the healing process. Drink water!
This is, by most research observations, the most common symptom of
concussion. We advise not taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as Aleve or Advil, for the first 24 hours after the injury. After that, these medications may be helpful. Check with your doctor first!
Screen time, socializing and school/work
The goal is to be comfortable while you’re going through the healing process, but to not completely withdraw from the world if you don’t have to. Try to take school/work and time texting/gaming/socializing at a reasonable pace. Don’t do too much.