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    Old 06-08-2011, 07:44 PM   #1
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    brain trauma, headaches and hunger

    My 12 yr old son had a head trauma, possibly concussion, 4 days ago - fell and bumped the back of his head. He's had bad headaches since (he also has a history of migraines).

    His pediatrician recommended 200-400 mg of ibuprofen, or an adult dose of Tylenol. In addition to headaches, he is constantly hungry even after big meals. Could the hunger be a result of a concussion itself, or of taking the pain killers?

     
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    Old 06-10-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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    Re: brain trauma, headaches and hunger

    honestly, the one thing you never do is anyone who has suffered a level of head trauma ANY type of meds like ibuprofen that has the capacity to thin the blood. just incase there even is a small bleed which CAN occur within the brain with concussion? so for his sake, go with the tylenol for now, seriously.

    since he is still having a headache(has this been a constant ongoing non stop pain or comes and goes?) i would definitely at the very least get a CT scan done to simply rule out anything worse than 'just' a concussion type of situation. alot about how in depth or the level of real damage that can be done when even falling and landing on ones head really does take in soo many different factors that at this point, and as a mom who has had a child with severe head trauma/brain injury, i would NOT take ANY chances here and get him scanned. esp if that was not ever done at the time of injury.

    a person who suffers migrane(i have since i was 13 and now am 50 and STILL have these suckers too) also runs a much higher risk of potential bleed only becasue the blood vessels and been so constricted and dilated with every single migrane, they can become a bit weaker than the average person who does NOT get migrane. its just a bit higher risk factor.

    while i am not too certain if the hunger is totally related to the head trauma(i would doubt it would be from tylenol, but ibu can upset the stomach in some people), if this is abnormal for 'him' at all to just even BE that hungry, i would consider it a "possible" underlying symptom as well. generally speaking, anything that a patient does following an impact to the head/brain that simply is NOT at all 'their own' usual normal activity or just how they are normally could be a possible symptom of something within the brain being impacted/affected in some way. while migranes will only occur on one side of the head(mi means one sided) if he is having headpain at the area of the major impact, that is something that at this many days out also just ups the need for a good look inside with at least a good contrasted CT. just taking him to the local ER and tell them his recent head trauma history should be enough to get that brain scanned thoroughly(and DO mention that "over hunger" too. just NOT "his" normal. could also be a symptom of some impact upon certain signals telling his brain he is full too? just a possible). i personally would not take any chances when it comes to our children. you really just do NOT truely know exactly what is or could be going on in any part of the human body til you just get that good look inside it with some type of scan.

    just exactly what occured that even made him fall backwards and hit his head? what did his head actually hit? was he knocked out AT ALL for even like a few seconds? what was done for him immediately after that? has he had ANY vomiting episodes at ALL like right after or since then? vomiting post head injury IS a rather critical sign, but what i am wondering here is his absolute hunger possibly also being somehow interconnected based upon THAT one symptom but in a more 'opposite way'? how did he 'act" right after this incident and within the initial 24 hours? was he actually seen at an ER at all? is he at all like wanting to sleep more or mentally 'cloudy' from what YOU know is his normal status? is there just ANYTHING else you have noticed, even with his normal walking or hand movements after the hit?

    sorry for all the questions, but the more info you can give, that much easier it is to help you.

    a CT would show possible bruising or a bleed that could have occured at the time of injury or after it(a bleed leaves the iron behind when in brain or spinal cord, its called "hemosiderin"), or anything else that simply does not 'look right' in there. or an MRI too. i just really am kinda suprised that his doc would even tell you to place him on anything right now, this soon anyways that simply does thin the blood at all like all NSAIDS and aspirin too would do? in head injury(even concussion), in almost every case, any NSAID is usually contraindicated. tylenol in this situation just IS way safer for him.

    i would just go to the ER while he IS esp having the head pain, or if more importantly, it has never relented at this point and make them do at least a CT if not an MRI on him. at least you will know for certain whats going on inside his brain. peace of mind IS everything when it comes to our kids. hopefully everything is okay. but depending upon what the mechanisim of injury was, how hard he hit and what he hit among other things here, its better to be safe than sorry. good luck hon,and DO please let me know what you find out. and make certain to not leave that ER if you get him scanned without your OWN copy of his scan results. in any given hosp, they DO have them almost immediately vs when you go TO some place to have a non emergent scan done that takes days to just get the results at all? this way YOU will always have that copy and baseline of how his brain was at THAT particular time in his life too. you just never know what our kids are gonna end up doing next ya know? i do hope all is well. all you are doing here is making 'certain' they are with getting his brain scanned. please keep me posted, **
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    Re: brain trauma, headaches and hunger

    Thank you so much for all the info! He does have headaches still (6 days after), but not constant, they come and go, and the hunger is there, especially at night. I'll take him to a neurologist, and make sure we get a scan. Thanks again!

     
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    Re: brain trauma, headaches and hunger

    still having headpain? the one thing about even getting IN to see certain specialists is the wait that can come along with it. some are booked even months out in some cases. if this IS what you end up dealing with, simply DO take him to the ER for that scan, which would be done THAT very day and the results known too. it would tell alot and show alot and can also be accessed in most cases by most neuros or they(the hosp) can give you a CD and the report to bring to the neuro appt. just something you should be aware of when it comes to most 'specialists. hopefully you can get in much more quickly, but just be aware of "most average specialists", and that time frame to even see them. make certain he also sees a pediatric neuro too, and not an adult neuro. kids ARE very different than adults in the brain way among other areas of anatomy/reaction to certain things.

    good luck and do please keep me posted. if ANYTHING new as far as symptoms go or something changes, make certain to get him to an ER much sooner. esp in kids, small changes can mean bigger things. they just can compensate differently than adults do. **
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