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Forehead injury, numbness and swelling in eye, dry and burning eye, looks droopy

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I hit my forehead extremely hard twice. It left a big lump from the top of my head down to my nose and around 3 days after this happened I started to experience numbness and swelling in my left eye. Most of the pain now is on the left side of my head but when I look at my eye it looks like its very droopy. It feels very dry and sort of burning. I've tried holding a cold washcloth to it but its been like this all day. I've also been seeing what is like pieces of glitter above my eyes when I move them around especially at night-this started before the blow to my head. Has not gotten worse since I hit my head though.
Posted Fri, 20 Apr 2012 in Vision and Eye Disorders
 
 
Answered by Dr. N. K. Misra 1 hour later
Dear,

Thanks for sending your query to us.

There is a certain amount of injury to the soft tissue. This injury is not too much, as in that case you may have what is known as black eye.
The trauma to the soft tissue and nerve is what is causing you these symptoms. The pieces of glitter you have mentioned, if they had occurred after injury then their significance would be more. Now if it does not subside in a short while, then we have to go in for detailed retinal examination to rule out peripheral retinal degenerations.

Cold compresses are very useful in the early stages to prevent oozing and reducing the initial inflammation, which it did to a certain extent, is not of too much of help at this stage, as the second line of body defense, the anti inflammatory response, takes over.

As the initial effects are over it is just a matter of time before this inflammation subsides, and you will keep on improving. In severe cases we have to resort to medication, which apparently does not seem to be in your case.

Please do get back to me in case of any problem.

Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.

Regards,
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Follow-up: Forehead injury, numbness and swelling in eye, dry and burning eye, looks droopy 7 hours later
thanks for your help. I know I sound like a huge hypochondriac but I cannot get in with my eye doctor for 2 more months and my regular one for at least another month. I get a buzzing sensation all through my body especially when I stretch or move my head around. it used to happen in my sleep and almost zap me awake and my heart would be racing but now I just have it on going throughout the day in all my extremities and head. I've now noticed it when I start working out after about 20 minutes and it gets really intense at times to where I have to stop and try to calm myself down. Its an intense tingling feeling whenever I move or stretch that makes me want to cringe. All my regular doctor has done in the past 5 months of this is give me other anxiety medication which always worsens it. I don't want more medications. I want to know if this is stress related or if I need to see if a different sort of doctor then XXXXXXX medicine. I take 1 to 2mg of klonopin a day for anxiety and restlessness in legs. It works as an antidepressant because I've tried every kind(zoloft, etc) and I get jaw problems. xanax only if I'm having a serious panic attack and I'm down to about 2mg of Suboxone(buprenorphine & naloxone) sublingual film a day. If you can't answer then its fine. I will ask it as another question. I'd just really like someone else's insight to what is going on besides a shrug and a prescription. I'm trying to cut down and slowly get off my medication in a safe way.
 
 
Answered by Dr. N. K. Misra 6 hours later
Dear,

Thanks for getting back to us.

There are two things that strike me in your query that are important one is a 20 mt.time gap befor your problems get intense and that you do not want another shrug and a prescription.
There are two importent factors in my advice to you one is that I am not professionally qualified enough for what I am saying next and two that you are young enough to have a lot of flexibility in your body.What is importent here is that you have to realise that YOGA poses or asanas as they are called are not quick fix solutions and they have to become your way of life.They have greatbanifits as I have after doing them for last 44years,that is why I am over riding my first reservation.
What I wanted to convey to you is that after 20 mts. Of workout you can start with a yoga session.
Sit in Lotus pose(padmasana).

Do some XXXXXXX breathing (pranayama)e.g.bhastrika.kapal Bhati,anulom violom XXXXXXX namaskar,this is a 12part pose
Lastly Shav asana

I would have liked to go into the details of each and every step that I have advised but it easy to google it and find good videos.
Once you start doing it the result is an incentive for you to carry it on.

I have tried to give you a different approach to solve your problem,there is no reason for it not to succeed.

Regards,
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Follow-up: Forehead injury, numbness and swelling in eye, dry and burning eye, looks droopy 29 hours later
what I mean by another shrug and prescription is that every doctor I've consulted about this wants to put me on a different antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication and says they have no other advice for me. all antidepressants i've tried make me feel very uneasy and weird. I'm trying my best to get off my medications or at least lower my dosage because I feel there are other answers. And thanks for the advice for yoga. I haven't done a lot of it yet but have been thinking it would be a good idea. I will look those up and thanks again. I only asked the second question because the tingling along with headaches from my accident both got worse after. Thanks for your time.
 
 
Answered by Dr. N. K. Misra 5 hours later
Hi,
Thanks for getting back to us.
Every modality of management has its own limitations. A holistic approach with emphasis on management of mind as well as body is important.
I have seen tremendous improvements and am talking from personal experience. It is good that you have already had experience of yoga, then you are already primed for achieving a greater degree of wellness.
Best wishes for a healthy life.
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