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What causes dizziness after a head injury?

I slipped on wet tile and hit my head pretty hard on wooden door - just right of center high up on the back of my head(and twisted my knee) - I rested for next 7 days - but my memory is VERY short since... SOMETIMES when I tip my head back to the right I get dizzy (bed spins) mostly when watching TV in bed at night when tired. It appears there is not allot you can do for a concussion... and it s been 3 weeks now - do you think I should get an x-ray? CT scan? MRI? or just wait it out? Thank you, Alisha YYYY@YYYY
Mon, 9 Jul 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

This may indicate concussion which is a mild traumatic brain injury . It presents with loss of consciousness which is temporary and last for less than 1 minute and amnesia.Headache may happen in any head trauma even without concussion but if this is severe or associated with nausea, vomiting and dizziness then you need to visit ER and do head scan to rule out more serious injuries. It can occur after an impact to your head or after a whiplash-type injury that causes your head and brain to shake quickly back and forth. If the concussion is causing headaches, we recommend over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Also, you need to avoid lights, noise and smoky areas for several days. If there is no improvement you can see doctor but in most cases this is not required.

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