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
39
Tried for
depressed mood (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
depressed mood (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
anxious mood (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (9) pain (2)
2 more

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
drowsiness dry mouth 13 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
anorgasmia auditory hallucinations 13 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
depressed mood (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) anxious mood 11 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
depressed mood (27) 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
14
Tried for
anxious mood (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
edema (fluid retention) numbness in face 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea erectile dysfunction 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (1)
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 (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea sleepiness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
suicide attempt tiredness 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (9) pain (2)
2 more
  • 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 21
20s 320
30s 1,117
40s 1,246
50s 1,074
60s 430
70+ 99
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 104
20-29 years 89
30-39 years 89
40-49 years 93
50-59 years 68
60-69 years 27
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

50% Female
50% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 701
Not Diagnosed 99

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