MedicFilter: what are guidelines for car travel after a concussion?
July 19, 2014 7:04 AM Subscribe
I suffered a concussion 10 days ago and am still feeling some symptoms. Tomorrow I am supposed to be in a car for four or more hours in total. Is this safe? What are the guidelines for being an automobile passenger post-concussion?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
More context: my concussion was fairly minor, in that I landed on concrete but chin-first, not with my cranium. I never blacked out. Symptoms arrived 36-48 hours after impact. I've experienced headaches, dizziness, neck pain and nausea to varying degrees.
The past couple of days have been markedly better, but I'm still limited in my activity. I can't watch TV too close to bedtime, or spend too much time in front of any screen or concentrating on letters, numbers, rapid motion, etc. Sleep has been somewhat fitful and I occasionally get tired. Again, much better the past three days than the previous seven, but I'm still symptomatic.
The drive is mostly highway, but who knows what the full day has in store, and I'll be in a car for minimum two hours each way. I've been a passenger for short trips around town without noticeably adverse affects, but never longer than maybe 20 minutes.
I tried searching online for answers, but Google concussion + car and you get lots of advice about concussions resulting from car accidents and driving after being concussed. This is neither. I emailed my internist who replied with a simple "should be OK," which didn't inspire much confidence, so I'm turning to the hive mind for perspective.
(Posting anonymously because I'm not completely sure of the ramifications of having a concussion on the public record, or sharing a doctor-patient email in this context.)