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What are post-traumatic headaches?

If you happen to sustain a concussion, the common school of thought is that the symptoms that accompany it will abate in a few days or, in some extreme cases, a couple of weeks. Yet what if they do not? One of the more common symptoms of a concussion is severe headaches. Oftentimes, concussion victims will complain of chronic headaches months to years after having suffered their initial injuries. This problem is referred to as post-traumatic headaches. If such an issue is plaguing you, then you may be wondering how it could impact your life and career in Bozeman.

According to the website, it was long thought that the root cause of post-traumatic headaches was psychological. However, recent research has shown that the trauma associated with concussions can cause a disruption of nerve fibers in the brain that effect its function. This damage not only can contribute to chronic headaches, but also many of the other complications associated with post-concussion syndrome. These can ultimately lead to issues that affect your everyday activities, such as:

  •          Difficulty concentrating or maintaining attention
  •          Memory retention issues
  •          An inability to work effectively

The one area of your life where post-traumatic headaches may have the biggest impact is with your job. The Job Accommodation Network lists concussions are being among the contributing factors leading to the need for work accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA does not recognize any certain condition as being a disability. Instead, you must meet its definition of being disabled to qualify for accommodations. This includes any physical or mental impairment that limits your life activities. Indeed, does that state your employer should be made aware that post-traumatic headaches are related to functional deficits in the brain, thus meeting the requirement of having a physical impairment. 

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