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Hit head on falling. Having headaches, neck pain. Visit to ER required?

I fell and hit my head yesterday. I was ok immediately following - no dizziness , nausea or visual issues. I still have a headache today and am light and sound sensitive. It s not any worse but no better either. I am also experiencing neck pain because when I fell I got a whiplash to my neck. How do I know if I should go to the ER?
Asked On : Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Hi Barb,
Thanks for writing yor query.

After reading your post, it seems that you have not suffered from any internal injury of the head.
Neck pain can be due muscle spasm as a result of injury.

Headache and other symptoms will subside in few days to weeks time.
Proper rest will speed up the recovery.

If the pain is severe, you can take pain killer like Ibuprofen one tablet twice a day after meals along with an antacid like Omeprazole 20 mg.
You can apply locally pain relieving gel on your neck for some relief.

Avoid any physical or mental stress. Also avoid watching television, computers and text messaging untill you feel completely normal.

If you develop any abnormal symptoms or your symptoms are persisting, you should get a scan of your head and neck done and get medical attention.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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