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Concussion - what to ask your doctor - adult

You had a concussion. This is a mild brain injury. It can affect how your brain works for a while.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your concussion.


What types of symptoms or problems will I have?

  • Will I have problems thinking or remembering?
  • Will I have a headache?
  • How long will the symptoms last?
  • Will all the symptoms and problems go away?

Does someone need to stay with me?

  • For how long?
  • Is it ok for me to go to sleep?
  • If I go to sleep, does someone need to wake me up and check on me?

What type of activity can I do?

  • Do I need to stay in bed or lie down?
  • Can I do housework? How about yard work?
  • When can I begin to exercise? When can I start contact sports, such as football or soccer? When can I begin skiing or snowboarding

When can I go back to work?

  • What should I tell my boss about my concussion?
  • Do I need to take special memory tests to determine if I am fit for work?
  • Can I work a full day?
  • Will I need to rest during the day?

What medicines can I use for pain or headache? Can I use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar medicines?

Is it ok to eat? Will I feel sick to my stomach?

When can I drink alcohol?

Do I need a follow-up appointment?

When should I call the doctor?

Alternate Names

What to ask your doctor about concussion - adult; Brain injury - mild - what to ask your doctor - adult


Giza CC, Kutcher JS, Ashwal S, et al. Summary of evidence-based guideline update: evaluation and management of concussion in sports: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology.Neurologywww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23508730

Pardini J, Bailes, JE, Maroon JC. Mild traumatic brain injury in adults and concussion in sports. In: Winn HR, ed.Youman's Neurological Surgery

Update Date 11/5/2014

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