Health Q&A with Dr. Michael Jacobson, D.O.: After a concussion, rest

From the August 2018 issue of Heartfelt Magazine.

Q: My wife has been seeing doctors after a mild concussion about two weeks ago. She had a CT scan while in the emergency room and everything looked OK, but she’s still suffering from dizziness and feels overwhelmed. We’ve scheduled an appointment with a neurologist, but first we’re going to an ophthalmologist. My wife is 57 and is in generally good health otherwise. If you have any experience or thoughts with regards to concussion I would like to know. Thank you.

A: The most important treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI) is near-total “brain rest” for the first week or two following an injury. Since this time period has already passed since your wife’s injury, unfortunately that benefit may be lost by now.

However, I still encourage her to continue this type of rest, particularly if symptoms persist. Also, a physician’s re-evaluation does sound necessary and further scans may also be required to make sure there is not a slow, venous bleed (subdural hematoma).

I agree with your assessment to see a neurologist (or someone who works often with TBI patients, such as a sports medicine physician).

If you have a health question for Dr. Jacobson, CHM Medical Consultant, please email it. This information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician.

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