Post-concussion syndrome

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What is post-concussion syndrome?

Post concussion syndrome is a set of symptoms such as headache, dizziness, fatigue, and problems concentrating, that may be experienced for weeks, months, or more after a concussion, especially if the concussion was severe enough to lose consciousness.

Common symptoms reported by people with post-concussion syndrome

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 post-concussion syndrome

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

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (7) post-concussion syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) fatigue (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)

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

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

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) neck movement dizziness (cervicogenic dizziness) 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
forgetfulness numbness in face 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (7) post-concussion syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea numbness in legs
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction ejaculation delayed 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constipation 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
crying suicidal ideation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4) fatigue (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
back pain dizziness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 27
20s 132
30s 274
40s 428
50s 450
60s 227
70+ 42
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 34
20-29 years 55
30-39 years 53
40-49 years 45
50-59 years 29
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 587
Female 1009

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 266
Not Diagnosed 28

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