Going To The Doctor After Suffering A Concussion
Before your appointment, make sure to:
• Bring along a friend or family member. Especially if your concussion or brain injury is recent, it is a good idea to have someone there who is not suffering from a head injury and who can listen to what the doctor has to say. You may not realize you are foggy-headed or confused until days later. In addition, if you bring someone who witnessed the accident, they may able to be able to tell your doctor what took place more accurately than you can.
• Write down questions – and ask them! It is easy to forget to ask questions during an examine or to ask one but not another. Having a list to refer to ensures that you will remember everything – and that you’ll have a place to write down answers.
• Write down any important medical information, including any symptoms you’ve noticed since the head injury accident. Again, it is not uncommon for you to have difficultly with memory, confusion, and clear thinking after the accident, so write down everything. The more you share with your doctor and the more truthful you are, the more he or she can help you get better.
Concussions, whether they are mild or serious, deserve close, thorough, and swift medical attention. Do not take your mild head injury lightly, and always be sure to take care of your health.