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Should CT scan be done for the headache due to an injury?

I got hit with an elbow in my right temple (in the middle of it, relaxed face), saw stars , pretty big pain, no other side effects. I applied an ice for 1h, saw a little swelling and redness which disappeared by morning. It s been 36h after an injury, I still have a headache (non-stop, but not stronger, taking ibuprofen), lightheaded. I ll have a doctor s visit tomorrow morning... should I wait or go to ER instead? Do I need CT scan? I don t see bruisers or swelling but it is painful to touch, and just sore over there (not sharp but strong enough pain).
Fri, 3 Jan 2020
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Hello,

In my opinion, in your case, it is not necessary to rush to the ER or to have a CT scan.

This because you didn't experience any serious symptoms such as loss of consciousness, vomiting, etc. that point towards brain injury.

If you will experience any of these or other symptoms, you should see your Doctor.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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Should CT scan be done for the headache due to an injury?

Hello, In my opinion, in your case, it is not necessary to rush to the ER or to have a CT scan. This because you didn t experience any serious symptoms such as loss of consciousness, vomiting, etc. that point towards brain injury. If you will experience any of these or other symptoms, you should see your Doctor. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr. Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical