Post-Concussion Syndrome

ExitCare ImagePost-concussion syndrome means you have problems after a head injury. The problems can last for weeks or months. The problems usually go away on their own over time.


  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor. Do not take aspirin.

  • Sleep with your head raised (elevated) to help with headaches.

  • Avoid activities that can cause another head injury. Do not play football, hockey, do martial arts, or ride horses until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.


  • You feel confused or very sleepy.

  • You cannot wake the injured person.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or keep throwing up (vomiting).

  • You feel like you are moving when you are not (vertigo).

  • You notice the injured person's eyes moving back and forth very fast.

  • You start shaking (convulsions) or pass out (faint).

  • You have very bad headaches that do not get better with medicine.

  • You cannot use your arms or legs normally.

  • The black center of your eyes (pupils) change size.

  • You have clear or bloody fluid coming from your nose or ears.

  • Your problems get worse, not better.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.