A Medical Student and Cyclist Tells His Concussion Story
Seth Fischer tells the story of a bicycle-car crash that resulted in his having headaches and other chronic symptoms from what was labeled a mild brain injury or concussion. This is the first of two interviews.
In a subsequent interview, Dr. Fischer talks about his recovery, his chronic symptoms, and insurance and legal issues he has faced.
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Is Concussion a Diagnosis?
Clinicians like me say that concussion requires a clinical diagnosis based on the history of what happened to produce the symptoms. However, because these same symptoms appear in other conditions, and we don’t have reliable biomarkers, diagnosing a concussion can sometimes be a challenge. The lingering effects of a mild brain injury can also continue as a chronic condition, often referred to as post-concussion syndrome or persistent post-concussion symptoms, that still require treatment.
Treatment and Prognosis after a Concussion
Learn about treatments for post-concussion symptoms—including medication, various rehabilitation therapies, neuropsychology, and potentially some complementary therapies—as well as factors related to longer concussion recovery times.
A Follow-Up Interview with Dr. Seth Fischer
Dr. Seth Fischer talks about his concussion recovery, his chronic symptoms, and insurance and legal issues he has faced. This is the second of two interviews. In the previous interview, Dr. Fischer tells the story of a bicycle-car crash that resulted in his having headaches and other chronic symptoms from…
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