Concussion

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What is concussion?

A concussion is a type of brain injury that may or may not be accompanied by loss of consciousness lasting seconds to minutes. Concussions are a common type of injury related to sports but can also occur from a blow to the head or fall involving the head.

Common symptoms reported by people with concussion

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with concussion

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
depressed mood (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
depressed mood (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
depressed mood (24) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
anxious mood (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (11) depressed mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (9)

Data from patients with concussion, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with concussion

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth sexual dysfunction 13 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
anorgasmia auditory hallucinations 14 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood change in taste 13 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
depressed mood (24) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
crying dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
anxious mood (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
fluid retention (edema) low testosterone 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain binge eating episodes 6 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction cognitive confusion 12 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (11) depressed mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision cognitive impairment 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry eye syndrome dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
erectile dysfunction shaky hands
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (9)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with concussion, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has concussion on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 17
20s 281
30s 1,094
40s 1,256
50s 1,131
60s 487
70+ 120
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 106
20-29 years 93
30-39 years 90
40-49 years 96
50-59 years 68
60-69 years 31
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2,189
Female 2,227

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 914
Not Diagnosed 59

These charts show data from concussion patients who have completed their condition history
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