A concussion is a very painful, serious injury which occurs when the brain hits the skull during an impact, such as in a impact during contact sports or in some fall from more than 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) height. One of the major side effects is a headache. Concussion headaches are difficult to treat, but there are some methods that can help reduce them. It's important to remember these headaches are usually temporary and the Post-Concussion Syndrome is a totally separate issue.
1Get adequate rest. This not only means physical rest, but mental rest as well. Try avoiding activities that take too much extra strain on the brain, such as texting and reading.
2Find triggers. Triggers, such as the original injury, are things that aggravate the brain, and therefore cause a bigger headache. Some common examples are noise, light, physical activity, mental activity, driving or concentrating. Try to find these triggers and avoid them. For example, if noise causes a bigger headache, wear earplugs or find a quiet environment.
3Try natural supplements, such as milk weed for wasp poison, Vitamin B2, Coenzyme Q10, krill oil, fish oil or a combination of these. These can be found in health food stores.
4Take Tylenol or Advil only when truly needed. If these medicines are taken all the time, they cause rebound headaches that are only worse. This is because the body becomes adapted and dependent on the medicine. It will be difficult, but try to only take medicines a third of the time, such as ten days per month.
5Drink lots of water. The human brain is mostly fat and water. Aim to drink at least 2-3 large water bottles a day. Keeping fluid levels up will help regulate concussions headaches.
6Try to eat at least every two hours. The brain also has lots of glucose, and these levels need to be kept up in order to heal faster and lessen concussion headaches. Even eating a granola bar or a piece of fruit every two hours will significantly help.
7Take frequent breaks. The brain needs time to recharge and will do this faster with breaks. For example, work for 20 minutes and then take a 10 minute break.
8Treat whiplash. There may be a lot of pain in the neck that is restricting blood flow to the brain. Try using a hot pack on your neck to ease the tension.
9Seek other medical professionals aside from your regular practitioner or neurologist. Find massage therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths or acupuncture.
- If symptoms persist, you may need a chiropractor to stretch your neck muscles and the tendons behind the ears after that you need to figure out how to finish stretching your tendons and neck muscles; you may need speech therapy at home and physical therapy, it your brain has been significantly injured. Ensure you finish any course of therapy adjusting your neck bones and neck muscles at home too; this treatment should help you sleep.
- You may need a orthopedic doctor to prescribe a muscle relaxant like Tizanidine or pain medication like Gabapentin and Trama-dol.
- You may need a neurologist to prescribe pain medication.
- Sadly, with concussions, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of headaches. Headaches may also take many months to go away. These methods will help reduce the pain, but will not get rid of it completely if you are suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome.
- You can use a blood vessel dilator like garlic, propranolol or vitamin E to get the medicine to work and you could take Cocoa Extract to improve your blood vessel flexibility and circulation.
- You may be able to adjust your skull bones by putting one hand on the chin and one hand on the back of the head and putting pressure on the offending bone but it is an extremely slow process.
10Ask your doctor about medications that could be used to help, such as amitriptyline. Most of these medicines are not proven, but may help in the long run.
11Be patient. Concussions take a long time to heal. The key is to be patient and keep in mind that it will heal. Take care of yourself first and foremost. Stay positive.Advertisement
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It has been about a year since my fifth concussion and I still have headache frequently. Should I be worried?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Definitely schedule an appointment with your doctor, as s/he may need to perform an MRI to see if there has been any damage. Tell your doctor any other symptoms you have, such as nausea or forgetfulness. The effects of concussions stack, so do not ignore any symptoms which are bothersome or out of the ordinary.
- You might need to do extra speech therapy if you wore braces.
- You might need an AB Circle Pro Version 2.0 to help you breath.
- You might need Lotrimin and Dermoplast anti-itch spray on the inside and outside of your ears and slow release iron tablets and Allergy Relief Tablets.
- You might need to improve your diet by drinking more fruit juice like orange juice or eating more meat like sausages.
- You might need art therapy with modeling clay.
- Don't drink a lot of milk! Calcium may make your skull too hard or you may have a bone spur in your head and cause circulation problems in the brain this tip can help because when there are dents in your skull it isn't completely solid and a chiropractor can relieve the pressure and a neurologist can give you a artificial sugar to force cerebral spinal fluid into the skull and crack the skull.
- You need to stretch the tendons behind the ear and the muscles attached to the tendon and collar bone tilt your forehead up or down and then twist your head to stretch the muscles around your ears especially above the ears and push your head up because an artificial sugar can put a lot of pressure on your body especially your head and that can be very scary!
- You may need a copper fit strap.
- You may need to push the top of your head forward with your hands above where your neck hurts until you can't breath and hold it as long as you can and push the bones in place by moving your head around.
- You may need to regulate your body temperature because your muscles may get too hard so you may need to warm up your body by exercising or going outside or standing in front of a fire or your muscles might become too flexible you may need to cool off by sitting in front of a fan and stay with a responsible adult.
- You stretch the muscles around your ears run a sprinkler, window air conditioner, or grow plants indoors and run a vaporizer.
- You might need reference textbooks like Standard Mathematical Tables and Formula from CRC Press and The Peragamon Dictionary of Perfect Spelling and MS-DOS and Gray's Anatomy and a set of encyclopedias.
- You might need to enlarge words with a scanner and a computer and a Sony camera until you can easily read the words.
- You might need someone to design a sound proof car.
- You might need to sing in church to maintain good circulation in your neck.
- You might need a radiologist to do an magnetic resonances image to find a bone spur in your the head.
- You might need an orthopedic surgeon with lots of experience to remove a bone spur from your head with a surgical tool.
- You might need to improve your diet by eating tropical trail mix or food produced by the people at Nature's Harvest.
- You might need to put small pillows and sleeping bags under your mattress to help you breathe.
- You might need to go for a ride in a motor vehicle and use a copper fit strap.
- You might need to sit on a narrow chair to balance your body by letting the weak side of your body hang off the edge and squeezing the strong side of your body and doing physical therapy to control the pressure inside your head.
- You should be able to prove it with an MRI.
- You can use flour as a catalyst or Niacin and sugar or carbohydrates as a fuel to treat headaches.