A concussion is a brain injury, and while many are mild with minimal effects, some can be serious. Lasting effects of a concussion can impact the rest of your life.
If you have severe or repeat concussions, you are at a higher risk of ending up with long-term effects.
After a concussion, one of the most prominent effects is a headache. This can persist. You may suffer from headaches more often or ongoing even after healing from the initial trauma.
Other effects that could be persistent include mood changes, ringing in the ears, fatigue, dizziness, impacts to smell and taste, anxiety, sleeping and memory issues, vision changes and sensitivity to light and sound.
Some of these issues may come and go, or they may persist. You may have to alter your life because of the severity of them. Sometimes, they may be a minor inconvenience. There is no way to really know how a concussion will impact you and what lasting effects you may end up with if any. Some people heal with no lingering issues.
The reason that some long-term effects occur is repeat damage to the brain. In other situations, it is the area of the brain that sustains an injury that leads to lasting effects.
The brain remains an unknown territory. As much as researchers know about it, there is still a lot they do not. Because of this, any brain injury should be something you and your doctor take seriously. Fast treatment may be able to help you avoid lingering effects.