Postconcussional syndrome is a collection of symptoms that some people develop after they have had concussion. Concussion is a brain injury that may occur after a blow to your head. Post-concussion syndrome is a complication of concussion. It is sometimes called post-concussive syndrome.
The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can include:
Emotional and behavioural symptoms:
- Dizziness. This may be accompanied by dizziness with a spinning sensation (vertigo).
- Double, or blurred, vision.
- Headache. This is the most common symptom.
- Hearing loss and/or a ringing noise in the ears (tinnitus).
- Reduced sense of smell and taste.
- Problems tolerating bright light and loud noise.
Problems with mental processes (called cognitive symptoms):
- Changes in your appetite.
- Feeling anxious easily.
- Having sudden outbursts of emotion - for example, sudden crying or laughing episodes.
- Personality changes such as showing socially or sexually inappropriate behaviour.
- Concentration and attention problems.
- Difficulty learning new things.
- Difficulty remembering things.
- Problems processing information and problems reasoning.
Not everyone with post-concussion syndrome will have all of the symptoms mentioned above.
In general, for most people, symptoms of post-concussion syndrome only last for up to a few weeks. But for some people, the symptoms last longer and can last for three to six months or (rarely) a year or more.
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