January 23, 2017
By Haley Goldberg
...Post-concussion syndrome can often occur after a concussion and last for a few weeks to a few years, as it did for Carter. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, loss of concentration and memory, and noise and light sensitivity, according to the Mayo Clinic. Balance issues, like the equilibrium problem Carter mentions, can also occur after a concussion or head injury. For Carter, that was the symptom that plagued her relentlessly. "It just always felt like I was moving on a boat all the time, just like rocking back and forth," Carter says. And the bright lights and loud sounds of New York City caused problems for her, too.
The most frustrating part about these symptoms: There's no specific treatment to make them go away. "There's nothing that you can, unfortunately, do in terms of take medicine or something to make the recovery fast," Peter Kim, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, tells SELF. "What we do is essentially tell them to rest because you need the brain to heal up in itself. What you don't want to do is stress it out"... [read more]