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Managing Headaches After Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
This patient fact sheet focuses on non-drug options to help you manage your headaches.
- Headaches are the most common symptom following a concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury
- You may have new headaches, or a worsening of headaches you had before your concussion
- Most people recover quickly from post-traumatic headaches
- Consult with your health care provider to determine the cause of your headache, and to make a plan for treatment
Although each headache is different, identifying common causes (triggers) is important to help you and your provider manage your headaches. Check off any triggers in this list that seem to come before your headache starts:
- Too much sleep
- Too little sleep
- Too much caffeine
- Missing meals
- Muscle tension
- Bright light
- Loud noise
- Warm room temperature
- Emotional stress (anxiety)
- Certain foods
- Physical activities
- Sexual activity
- Straining or coughing
- Bending over
- Weather changes
- Menstrual cycle
Your health care provider may prescribe medicines to help relieve or prevent headaches, however there are many good non-drug options. If you are taking prescribed medications, continue to take them as directed by your health care provider. Discuss these non-drug treatment options with your health care team.
|Issue||What Can I Do?|
These therapies may require a referral from your provider
|Recommendations||Description||Type of Provider|
||Rehabilitation medical provider|
|Cognitive behavior therapy||
||Mental health provider|
A headache diary can help you remember information to share with your health provider.
|Date||What makes my headache worse?||What makes my headache better?||What time did my headache start?||How long did my headache last?|
Concussion Coach is a mobile app for anyone with symptoms of a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). This app is intended to support face-to-face treatment with a health care provider and provides portable, convenient tools for the patient to assess symptoms and cope with TBI-related problems. It is not intended to replace professional diagnosis, medical treatment, or rehabilitation therapies. (iOS only).
Ask your health care team about additional treatment options and contact a DVBIC recovery support specialist for additional resources. Visit www.dvbic.dcoe.mil to find a specialist near you.
Do you have questions about this fact sheet? Feedback? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DVBIC is proud to partner with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard on this product. This product is reviewed annually and current until superseded. Visit dvbic.dcoe.mil for the latest information. DVBIC is the TBI operational component of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.