Concussion / Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) self-management planning includes:
- Getting plenty of sleep at night, and taking it easy during the day.
- Use ice or a cold pack on any swelling for 15 at a time with 15-30 minutes in between the next application. Always put a thin dry cloth between the ice and your skin.
- Ask your doctor when it's okay for you to drive a car,
- Avoid activities that are physically demanding such as housework, exercise, riding a bike, operating machinery and strenuous labor. *
- Avoid activities that are mentally demanding such as schoolwork, video games, text messaging, or using the computer. *
*Your doctor may require you to take time off from work if necessary or change your school or work schedule while you recover.
- Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs.
Take only prescription medications and over the counter medications as directed by your functional neurology doctor.
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen: These medicines decrease pain. They are available without a doctor's order. Ask your functional neurology doctor which medicine is right for you. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow your functional neurology doctor’s directions.
- These medicines can cause stomach bleeding if not taken correctly. Ibuprofen can cause kidney damage. Do not take ibuprofen if you have kidney disease, an ulcer, or allergies to aspirin. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage. Do not drink alcohol if you take acetaminophen.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your functional neurology doctor and or primary care doctor if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him/her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
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