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What do soreness and swelling at the back of the head indicate?

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Dr. Erion Spaho

Neurologist, Surgical

Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Thu, 4 Oct 2018 in Brain and Spine
Question: I woke one morning about three weeks ago, I felt that I had been hit in the back of the head with a blunt instrument. I had recent problems with meds I was taking. Lots of stomach problems, Taken off Prolosec, blood pressure meds etc. Where is this possibly heading?
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Unstable blood pressure to consider at first.

Detailed Answer:


An episode of suddenly increased blood pressure (a hypertensive crisis) may cause such symptoms. So, unstable high blood pressure should be considered and evaluated further.

Since the suspected increase in blood pressure happened during sleep, 24 to 48 hours monitoring of heart rhythm and blood pressure (Holter monitoring ) is necessary.

If the blood pressure values are found abnormal after such evaluation, it means that current blood pressure meds aren't working and further treatment adjustment should be considered.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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