Anna Doten’s Concussion Story
I am a 22 year old from Western Springs, IL and currently attend Allegheny College.
|Sport||Years Played||Highest Level|
|Cross Country||4||High School|
I have had 1 diagnosed concussion and I believe 1 more undiagnosed with my longest recovery being 6-9 months.
Symptoms I experienced through my recovery included headache, “pressure in head”, neck pain, dizziness, balance problems, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, feeling like “in a fog”, don’t feel right, difficulty concentrating, fatigue or low energy, drowsiness, trouble falling asleep, more emotional, sadness and nervous or anxious.
Emotionally, the most frustrating aspect of my injury/recovery was feeling helpless – not being in control.
What I Would Have Done Differently
I would have taken more time away from classes to focus on my health. I would study and become frustrated that I wasn’t retaining information. I tried to avoid my symptoms and hoped they would go away. I think accepting my symptoms and resting would have helped me.
Advice I Would Give To Others
I think it is important to remember that concussions are different for each individual. It is important to focus on your own symptoms instead of comparing yourself to another person’s timeline. While at times you feel no one really understands your battle, it is important to know that you are not alone. It is important to use your support system and ask for help.
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