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Crash and now headaches(4 posts)

Crash and now headachesSamDC
Apr 8, 2003 11:03 AM
On my way to work last week, my luck finally ran out and I crashed into a car. To make a long story short, my frame was trashed, I think I may have had a minor concussion, and now have mild headaches to remind me of what happened. I saw a doctor and his advice was to take Tylenol. Lot's-o-help that was...

Anyway, I was wondering if anybody else has ever suffered from mild but persistent headaches after a crash? How long does it usually last? Anything to do to lessen the headaches? Any helpful advice?

Thanks for any insight!

There could be a number of causes, ranging from annoying butbill
Apr 8, 2003 11:57 AM
benign to quite serious. In all but the most serious, there may be little you can do about it. If you had the most serious, btw, you probably would have been dead or comatose by now, so I guess you disproved that theory.
I'm not a doctor but a lawyer who was not only premed for a good month but who has handled a number of cases involving traumatic brain injury. There is some controversy about some of this stuff, but less than there used to be. Some doctors, however, remain ignorant and/or unjustifiably blase.
In the olden days, doctors and most everyone else believed that you had to have suffered a direct blow to the head and an actual loss of consciousness to have been considered to have suffered a brain injury. Over the past ten or fifteen years, medicine has come to understand that you can be hurt from a brain shaking, without direct impact, and that there is a range of consciousness that is more nuanced than "on" or "off." To have been considered to have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, you may have experienced nothing more than a brief period where you may not be able to recall everything that happened. Maybe only seconds long.
So, you may have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. Your skull is not this smooth gourd. It has ridges and sharp points inside of it. When you shake your brain, the tissues not only slough against each other but against these bony parts. You can tear the tissues either way. In extreme cases, you can get swelling (just as any other body part swells with bruising) or blood build-up, which can be quite dangerous.
Most mild TBI's heal. But I would take it easy on yourself for the next couple of weeks, at least. If you reinjure yourself, it could be that much worse.
Or, you could have pulled some neck/shoulder/trapezoid muscles and be experiencing referred pain.
Either way, there isn't a whole lot you can do to diagnose it or cure it. Mostly just time. But watch for seizure activity, which could appear to be nothing more than zoning out for awhile.
You may want to consider a different doctor.
Apr 8, 2003 12:09 PM
Man, I think you were more helpful than my doctor. I felt like he wouldn't have told me anything if I didn't ask so many questions. The doc did mention something about neck/shoulder pain, but I wasn't expereiencing any until yesterday. Hopefully that's the source of my headache.

Thanks again!
It might very well be nothing, but . . .djg
Apr 9, 2003 10:11 AM
it might not.

If your headaches persist, see a doctor.

If you don't have confidence in the first doc who saw you, see another one.

If you feel nauseated or disoriented see a doctor.

If you seem to be having motor problems, see a doctor.

If you seem to be having speech problems, see a doctor.

If you seem to be having vision problems, see a doctor.

If you are unsure and have some nagging concern, see a doctor.