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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I injured my forehead 2 days ago (friday morning) at the level of my left eyebrow. I've had a bump which is going down, but I am concerned about a numb/tingling sensation over the entire side of my head and scalp on that side. It started right after the injury and I assumed that it was due to local swelling putting pressure on a nerve. However, the swelling/bump is getting smaller yet the sensations remain. In fact, it seems to be getting worse. Now not only do I have numbness, but now an odd, tight 'pulling' sensation straight through
my scalp.
User :   Hi
User :   Pls. give me few secs. to go through your query.
User :   Ok.
User :   May I ask you a few questions pertaining to your problem ?
User :   yes, please...
User :   May I know if the swelling is red, warm or has any inflammatory changes?
User :   Like pus , etc ?
User :   absolutely not. It did bleed a small amount, but the cut has been clean and now scabbed over. No local redness/pain or any sign of infection.
User :   Ok.
User :   May I know if you have tingling sensation & numbness & tightness extending what all parts - scalp, jaw, forehead, ear, etc ?
User :   from temple area, top of ear to top of head, extending to back part of head. All only left side.
User :   How bad ws the injury, did you hurt any spinal muscles or nerves or any other part ?
User :   Ok.It is referred pain along the nerve root of the cervical nerves and I feel it may be involving other nerve roots .
User :   May I know your age please ?
User :   I fell into my car door as I was opening it to get into the car. Hit the corner of the door on forehead only. I am 42 years old.
User :   Usually we notice a smaller injury only after the major injury is cured or becomes symptom less or starts waning.
User :   I feel you might have injured some Cervical nerve or root due to the injury to your eyebrow in the process of injury as the brunt would have been taken by the nerve root as a shock absorber , as it reflects back on the neck part .
User :   So the refferral pain of the cervical nerve C1,C2 is being seen.
User :   Hope you are following.
User :   will that slowly resolve, or could there be possible permanent damage?
User :   No it wont be causing any permamnent damage.It may resolve in a week's time. Please use a Diclo gel and hot water sponging. And Tab.Advil thrice daily for 3 days.
User :   If it doesnt subside in a week's time , then you have to get an X-ray of neck .
User :   cervical spine.
User :   okay. Thank you for your time!
User :   Thank you for consulting me.
User :   Take care , bye for now.
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