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Old 09-05-2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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head injury

hey, I recently experienced an accident which involved me hitting my head (among other things) on pavement. I was unconscious for about a total of 5 seconds, and when I woke up, I recalled everything that happened and was well aware of my surroundings, however I had quite a knot near my eye, and a bit of swelling otherwheres, so I was admitted to the hospital. I was xrayed, and the doctor said there was zero structural damage and that my 'concussion status' was either zero or very trivial. This was about 3 days ago, and I have been functioning normally, without any obvious trouble, but I do feel a bit slow.

I'm a terrible worrier. I'm horribly worried I've suffered some permanent brain damage, but I don't know how to tell. What are the chances of experiencing lasting mental issues given the symptoms above, and what are the chances that the minor slowness I'm experiencing now is just temporary and goes with healing? Any more suggestions on finding out if I've sustained any mental damage?

Thanks;
Sean.

 
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Old 09-07-2005, 01:44 AM   #2
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Re: head injury

Hi there Sean

I would have thought anything that could cause lasting damage would have shown up on your x-ray. Your perceived slowness is probably caused by stress and excess worrying about your head injury.

If you are very concerned, go back to your G.P, he may be able to alleviate your fears and/or send you for further tests.

Symptoms of head injuries that do need immediate medical advice:

Loss of consciousness, confusion, or drowsiness
Low breathing rate or drop in blood pressure
Convulsions
Fracture in the skull or face, facial bruising, swelling at the site of the injury, or scalp wound
Fluid drainage from nose, mouth, or ears (may be clear or bloody)
Severe headache
Initial improvement followed by worsening symptoms
Irritability (especially in children), personality changes, or unusual behavior
Restlessness, clumsiness, lack of coordination
Slurred speech or blurred vision
Inability to move one or more limbs
Stiff neck or vomiting
Pupil changes
Inability to hear, see, taste, or smell

Take care & try to stop worrying so much

Best Wishes Pootle

 
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