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Symptoms of concussion, blurred vision, fatique, headache, dizziness. Consult ER?

I was in a car accident 11 days ago, in which I was rear-ended. I have been exhibiting the "normal" symptoms of concussion (memory loss, confusion, blurred/tunnel vision, seeing spots, ringing in ears, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, irritability/mood swings, occasional tingling/numbness in hands, difficulty/slowness when reading or doing math, loss of balance), as well as neck/back pain and stiffness. I've been seeing a chiropractor, which has helped my neck and back tremendously, but the "mental" symptoms seem to be getting worse. I've spent nearly the entire day in bed due to dizziness and loss of energy, and feel pressure in my head, as well as flushing of the skin and cold hands/feet. I also feel my pulse throbbing throughout my body. Is a visit to the ER necessary?
Asked On : Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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Unfortunately I do feel that a visit to the ER is necessary. The worsening of mental symptoms suggests that there is a possibility of intracranial bleeding and perhaps hematoma formation which may be gradually increasing in size and compressing surrounding structures. An imaging study of the brain either with computerised tomography or magnetic resonance imaging would greatly help in finding out what is wrong. So please visit the ER as soon as possible so that this can be done.

Hope this helps you. Best wishes.
Answered: Fri, 11 Oct 2013
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