How Can You Test Yourself for a Concussion?

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After a blow to the head, any loss of consciousness, numbness or weakness in an extremity, or tenderness and/or loss of motion in the neck can all be signs of a concussion. Diagnosing oneself can be a tricky process, so seeking help is the best option, notes Dr. James Hubbard, The Survival Doctor.

While it is ideal to have someone else who has not suffered a head injury perform a concussion test, there are some ways to self-test to see if a recent head injury was actually a concussion. People who have trouble standing on one foot with their eyes open; walking in a straight line; or stretching out a hand and then touching their nose with their index finger, alternating arms, may have experienced a concussion, explains Dr. Hubbard.

People who are confused, foggy or have trouble remembering events that took place around the time of the injury may all have had a concussion. Slurring of speech, slowed physical or verbal responses and inappropriate drowsiness are also signs of a concussion but are more difficult to self-diagnose. People who think they may have had a concussion should visit an urgent care clinic or their physician as soon as possible, but those who cannot stop vomiting, suffer seizures or find their confusion or headache level is steadily increasing should head to the emergency room immediately if no other facilities are open, recommends Dr. Hubbard.