Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, has been under fire for her health issues and concerns throughout this year’s election process. Many people are speculating as to Hillary Clinton’s health and whether or not she has ongoing neurocognitive damage from her concussion she had in December of 2012. The speculated ongoing neurocognitive damage could be a result of Post Concussion Syndrome. Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is a complex disorder in which various symptoms – such as headaches and dizziness – last for weeks, months, and sometimes years after the injury that caused the concussion. The rates of PCS vary, but most studies report that about 15% of individuals with a history of a single concussion develop persistent symptoms associated with the injury. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, usually occurring after a blow to the head.
In Hillary’s case, she sustained a concussion after becoming dehydrated and fainting. Clinton had been suffering from a stomach virus at the time of the accident, according to a statement from Philippe Reines, deputy assistant secretary of state. The 2016 Presidential Candidate was never hospitalized after the accident and she was monitored by doctors and recovered at home. A senior State Department official added that the fainting occurred earlier in the week and the concussion was “not severe.” (CNN) It is not known why some people who suffer a minor traumatic brain injury later develop PCS while others do not.
The nature of the syndrome and the diagnosis itself, have been the subject of intense debate since the 19th century. However, certain risk factors have been identified; for example, preexisting medical or psychological conditions, expectations of disability, being female, and older age all increase the chances that someone will suffer PCS. Research shows that women are more likely to be diagnosed with PCS, but this may be because women are generally more likely to seek medical care. Some experts believe post-concussion symptoms are caused by structural damage to the brain or disruption of neurotransmitter systems, resulting from the impact that caused the concussion. Others believe that post-concussion symptoms are related to common psychological factors. Most common symptoms like headache, dizziness, and sleep problems are similar to those often experienced by individuals diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. In many cases, both physiological effects of brain trauma and emotional reactions to these events play a role in the development of symptoms.
The condition is associated with a wide range of symptoms: physical, such as headache; cognitive, such as difficulty concentrating; and emotional and behavioral, such as irritability. All of these possible symptoms could affect her role if she is elected. Other symptoms of PCS include dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, memory loss, and sensitivity to light and noise.
Unfortunately, the most common treatments for Post Concussion Syndrome are prescription medications like Amitriptyline and Topiramate, along with recommendations of rest, and minimizing stress. For some patients, the best PCS treatment is education, as patients may experience anxiety about their long-term health. Luckily, there are health care providers and facilities, like ourselves that offer actual treatment for symptoms caused by Post Concussion Syndrome. We offer brain mapping (qEEG), soft laser treatment, LED light therapies, and neurofeedback treatment that relive the symptoms caused by mild and traumatic brain injuries.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome or like symptoms please contact us. 602 524-0222.
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