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Headache from Post Concussion Syndrome

Post concussion syndrome is a disorder that is accompanied with severe bouts of headaches and dizziness. As the name suggests, the post concussion syndrome occurs as the aftermath of concussion. (Concussion refers to a mild traumatic injury of the brain as a result of a severe blow to the head.) Headaches from post concussion syndrome usually feel like a tension headache or migraine. They are also accompanied with sudden emotional or behavioral changes.

It is believed that structural damage to the brain is the result of headaches that are caused due to post concussion syndrome. Many a times the factor that causes concussion leads to disruption of the neurotransmitter systems. This disruption in turn leads to a headache. The severity of the headache from post concussion syndrome does not depend upon the severity of the injury. Psychological factors can also be another cause of a post concussion syndrome headache.

If you are suffering form a headache that is the result of a post concussion syndrome, your headache would be accompanied with one or more of the following symptoms.

* Dizziness
* Fatigue
* Irritability
* Anxiety
* Insomnia
* Light sensitivity
* Noise sensitivity
* Memory loss
* Lack of concentration

Risk factors
Age is the most important risk factor that you need to deal with in post concussion syndrome headaches. The headache usually worsens with age. The risk of post concussion syndromes headaches is more in women than in men. To avoid headaches from a post concussion syndrome, it is important that a concussion be treated at the earliest.

To know whether or not your headache results from a post concussion syndrome, you would be required to undergo sever tests. Computerized tomography or CT would be one of the first tests that you would be required to go through. If your problem is found to be more intricate, you may be required to go through MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI scans are a lot more sensitive as compared to CT.

Medications that are helpful in treating tension headaches and migraines also prove to be effective in treating post concussion syndrome headaches. Some anti depressants also prove to be of great help. However avoid overuse of any OTC drugs or medications. This is because the overuse of these medications could contribute to the post concussion syndrome.

You may experience more relief on withdrawing from the offending painkiller. But along with withdrawing, you will need additional treatment to help you deal with these headaches. Your doctor can prescribe any safer medication or may give you preventive medications to deal with these headaches. Post concussion syndrome headaches should be treated on time with proper medical intervention.