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
21
Tried for
depressed mood (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (15) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (12) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
depressed mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

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

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (8) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (7) headaches (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6

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 (14 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) difficulty staying asleep 9 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness with hypotension upon standing 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (15) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
fluid retention (edema) low testosterone 4 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (12) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
anorgasmia auditory hallucinations 11 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion decreased sex drive (libido) 12 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness disorientation 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation blurry vision 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (7) headaches (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
happiness increased appetite
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
grogginess
Total evaluations
2
  • 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?

  • 0 new patients joined this month
  • 123 say concussion is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 191
30s 1032
40s 1287
50s 1223
60s 603
70+ 180

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2234
Female 2320

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