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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (6) post-concussion syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter 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)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription 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)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (3)
1 more

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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
forgetfulness numbness in face 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (6) post-concussion syndrome (1)
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 (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
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)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea numbness in legs
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision constipation 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
ejaculation delayed ejaculation difficult 5 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (3)
1 more
  • 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 16
20s 132
30s 259
40s 418
50s 477
60s 243
70+ 61
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 34
20-29 years 55
30-39 years 52
40-49 years 48
50-59 years 29
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 596
Female 1028

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 269
Not Diagnosed 28

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