Added: Elsie Burg - Date: 15.02.2022 01:39 - Views: 43094 - Clicks: 5408
Jump to. People who've just had their brains jostled may be in no condition to decide if they need medical care. And the people around them may not know that hitting your head can be dangerous even if you don't lose consciousness. How do you know when you should go to the hospital after having "your bell rung"? Going to the hospital after a head injury can mean the difference between life and death. But how do you know when to go?
This can seem like a difficult decision, but let me sum up the answer for you: when in doubt, go to the hospital. Not later.
Not tomorrow. The hospital is the only place that has a CAT scanner that can "look" inside your head and determine if there is any bleeding in your brain. Bleeding in the brain can be life-threatening when there is enough blood in the right spot to press down on the brain and squeeze it. These dangerous forms of bleeding are called epidural and subdural hematomas. Because the brain is trapped inside the skull, slow bleeding can force important parts of the brain against the inside of the skull and through the small hole in the base of the skull called the foramen magnum.
These important brain areas, which control breathing and heart rate, stop working when they get squeezed and this is what in death. With a CAT scan, epidural and subdural hematomas are easily diagnosed. The treatment requires surgery to remove the blood clot. The quicker the surgery, the better the chances for a good outcome. So, how do you know when to go to the hospital? The decision is easy if you're the one making it for someone else and that person is not responding to you or looks asleep. This is called coma. The risk of a subdural or epidural hematoma in comatose head injured patients is high and you should summon an ambulance immediately!
But what if the head injury doesn't cause a coma? What if the head injury just causes a brief loss of consciousness, brief period of amnesia, or a sensation of feeling dazed? A person who has such an injury — termed concussion or mild traumatic brain injury — can look, and even feel, just fine. The problem is, even though the person looks good on the outside, inside the skull there is a small chance that slow bleeding is taking place. After a concussion, the chances of this happening are not large — about 1 in — but the only way to diagnose it is with that hospital-based CAT scan.
Here are the symptoms of a concussion that should prompt an immediate trip to the hospital or emergency department. One word of caution: because any brain injury — even a concussion — has the potential to injure the brain, the brain-injured patient may lack the judgment to make an informed decision regarding whether or not to go to the hospital.
Family and friends can be instrumental in helping the patient chose a course of action that is best for him or her. And when in doubt, go to the hospital! Please remember, we are not able to give medical or legal advice. If you have medical concerns, please consult your doctor. All posted comments are the views and opinions of the poster only.
Bazarian is an emergency physician with a strong research interest in traumatic brain injury. My ex and I had got into it and he hit me in my face with his pistol and I have had a headache ever since and that was 13 days ago. I dont have insurance and I'm scared something is wrong. I was in a little store, 42 hours ago. I tripped and hit my head on an antique hard wood door. I was very confused as I was picking up the things I had bought. My husband who was outside and 2 small shops from where I fell heard the sound of my head hitting the antique hard wood door I have a bad headache, no bumps but my whole right side of my body hurts.
Especially my shoulder where the ball socket is and my elbow. I broke my elbow 5 months ago and it feels like I may of fractured it again. Should I seek medical attention? Do you think something is damaged from inside if being hit hard on head and then pulled hair so hard a few times and your head is hurting alot like it's bleeding. I am on Xarelto, last night I slipped on mud and hit the concrete hard, no head injury, but I am unable to bend my knee and now the left side of my abdomen where I hit is slightly swollen and feeling pain and nausea, should I be worried?
I fell backwards from a bench bruising my bottom badly and banging the back of my head on a concrete floor. My head is slightly painful to touch. Head tender to touch, neck tender to touch. I hit my head two days ago on short closet on top of my head and it still hurts, I'm high risk for covdI'm needing to know what to do for it?
Hello, this may sound silly. Seven years ago I hit my head in the floor of a bathroom pretty badly, had to had stitches and everything. Apart from that there were no other procedures or studies made to see if I had any internal bleeding. I was a minor at the time so I didn't think much of it, but now I'm a bit concerned. I don't think I have any symptoms, but should I still go to the doctor and get my brain checked?
Or is it too late? I am 75 years old and I was on the second step of a small latter organizing my kitchen cabinets when I lost my balance and fell to the rise side of my body. I hurt my head. I immediately started putting ice every hour gor 20 minutes.
I did not loose consciousness or anything like that. No vomiting either. Should I go to the ER of the hospital? Just looking for advise on whether I should seek further medical advise. I was struck by a metal object just 9ver a month ago, there is a small literally smaller than a pea that is still very painful. Could it be an issue. So me and my friend where playing around and I tried to skip a rock and I hit her head, and she has a. Help please. I fell backwards 10 days ago from trying to climb a 2 meter fence and landed on concrete hitting the back of my head.
I went to after hours within 2 hours, but am still suffering from terrible long lasting headaches with occasional dizziness and sometimes blurred vision. Today my headache wont leave. Please help.
I fell really hard when rollerblading but I didn't hit my but instantly my right side of my head hurts it's been one day and so far it hurts to laugh and turn my head side to side quickly. I slipped on a toy today and slammed the back of my head on a concrete wall. I have a small bumpmy bead feels heavy my neck hurts and I have a head ache. Should I be seen at the hospital? I fell tues evening while attempting to catch one of my dogs who had gotten out of my fenced yard.
I had him by his collar with one hand and the mail and a flashlight in the other. He was apprehensive and pulling and the closer we got to the car the harder he pulled and somehow my feet got tangled with his and i lost my balance abd fell. My face hit the wheel and by the time i got back inside the house i had a knot on my forehead and my head was hurting. I put ice on it which took the swelling down some. The next day Wed.Need some head badly
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