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What are the signs and symptoms of head trauma?

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Posted on Sat, 20 Jun 2015
Question: I fell last night, hit head hard on stone floor around midnight ; no bleeding , no swelling at impact site (upper back of head). Put ice on and took Advil . I am 68 yrs old. Body never recovered fm 2004 surgery for toxic mega-colon. Site is in state of continuous inflammation and blood loss. Pain treated with Fentanyl patch.. Question : What signs should I look for possible concusson (or other effects) fm fall? Advice re
hospital ER visit.(want to avoid if possible)



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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (54 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I don't think you should go to ER right now.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your query and understand your concerns.

It is important to clarify if you use drugs such blood thinners, and did you lose consciousness after head trauma?

Regarding to mild head trauma, symptoms that show brain damage include worsening atypical headaches, feeling nauseous or vomiting, excessive sleepiness, any difficulty speaking or interacting with others, any limbs weakness or numbness.

If any of the above mentioned symptoms present, then you need to rush at ER for further medical evaluation and brain imaging.

Since you passed approximately 24 hours without any of above symptoms, you don't have to go to ER right now.

Rest and NSAID drugs or Paracetamol help improve your condition.

Hope this helps.

If you have further questions, feel free to ask, if not, you can close the conversation and rate the answer.

Wishing you good health.


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What are the signs and symptoms of head trauma?

Brief Answer: I don't think you should go to ER right now. Detailed Answer: Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your query and understand your concerns. It is important to clarify if you use drugs such blood thinners, and did you lose consciousness after head trauma? Regarding to mild head trauma, symptoms that show brain damage include worsening atypical headaches, feeling nauseous or vomiting, excessive sleepiness, any difficulty speaking or interacting with others, any limbs weakness or numbness. If any of the above mentioned symptoms present, then you need to rush at ER for further medical evaluation and brain imaging. Since you passed approximately 24 hours without any of above symptoms, you don't have to go to ER right now. Rest and NSAID drugs or Paracetamol help improve your condition. Hope this helps. If you have further questions, feel free to ask, if not, you can close the conversation and rate the answer. Wishing you good health.