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What are the symptoms to look for after having head injury?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: I fell hard and hit the pavement with the back of my head five hours ago and cut it, but the bleedjng stopped within about ten minutes. the headache has mostly subsided and swelling is way down. I was slightly disoriented for a while but feel much better.Do I still need to be worried about concussion or anything else. If so, what are some signs I should look for?
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Answered by Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
CT scan to be done

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Welcome to HCM.
This is Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta answering your query.

I understand your concern.
First of all, any head injury should be treated seriously and cautiously. You have had a cut injury, headache and disorientation following the trauma. These are indications of a CT scan brain which should be done as a precaution. And though you are much better now, look for symptoms like nausea, vomiting, headache, blurring of vision, disorientation etc and it will be better to take rest for a couple of days. Apply ice locally and take mild painkillers like paracetamol etc if needed. Tramadol might not be required.

Hope this was helpful.
Contact me for further queries.
Regards.
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Follow up: Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta (42 minutes later)
IS IT SAFE TO TAKE TRAZADONE TONIGHT?
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Answered by Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes it is safe but dont take unless you need

Detailed Answer:
Hello again.
Yes its safe to take trazodone but you dont need it i guess. Unless you are very anxious etc, it is not needed. Follow as advised and you should be fine.

Wish you good health.
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What are the symptoms to look for after having head injury?

Brief Answer: CT scan to be done Detailed Answer: Hello. Welcome to HCM. This is Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta answering your query. I understand your concern. First of all, any head injury should be treated seriously and cautiously. You have had a cut injury, headache and disorientation following the trauma. These are indications of a CT scan brain which should be done as a precaution. And though you are much better now, look for symptoms like nausea, vomiting, headache, blurring of vision, disorientation etc and it will be better to take rest for a couple of days. Apply ice locally and take mild painkillers like paracetamol etc if needed. Tramadol might not be required. Hope this was helpful. Contact me for further queries. Regards.