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What Happens When a Brain Bleeds?

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Jeffrey Bazarian, MD, BrainLine

Ask the Expert: What Happens When a Brain Bleeds?

I've been hearing about bleeding in the brain after a TBI. Can you explain how this happens and why it's so dangerous? What exactly is a subdural hematoma?


Let's start with the basics. A hematoma is a tumor-like collection of blood, usually clotted, located outside a blood vessel. The subdural space is located between the dura mater (the outermost, toughest, and most fibrous of the three membranes covering the brain and spinal cord) and the arachnoid membrane (the middle of these three membranes). The epidural space is located on or outside the dura mater.

Now, to answer your question, a subdural hematoma is basically bleeding into the space between the brain cover (dura mater) and the brain itself. More specifically, there are blood vessels running through the brain and in the spaces between the outside of the brain and the inside of the skull. During a brain injury, any of these vessels can tear and bleed. Ruptured vessels running in the subdural space — typically veins — cause subdural hematomas. Ruptured vessels running through the epidural space — typically arteries — cause epidural hematomas. Both types of bleeding take up space in the skull and in so doing squeeze down on the brain. Because arteries are under pressure, epidural hematomas leak quickly and compress the brain rapidly while subdural hematomas leak much more slowly.

Because the brain is enclosed within the rigid skull, it gets compressed by this leaking blood. With enough bleeding, the brain gets compressed so much that oxygen-rich blood is prevented from flowing into the brain tissue. This lack of oxygen causes additional brain swelling. This brain swelling, added to the blood leaking from the torn vessel, forces the brain down through the small hole at the base of the skull called the foramen magnum. The parts of the brain that come in direct contact with the bone around this opening get so compressed that they stop working. Because these brain areas control breathing and heart rate, death can result.

Getting to the hospital quickly is the best way to diagnose and treat this bleeding, which usually requires surgery to remove the blood and relieve the pressure on the brain.


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Comments [94]

My son's Dad & I have been together for 20 years. He had a stroke while driving and had a head on collision into a phone pole. He suffered a brain bleed & frontal lobe damage. Hospitalized for a month - he contracted bacterial dbl pneumonia, then C diff from meds. Induced coma. When he woke, he was different. Before discharge his facial color looked awful. He couldn't breathe easily. He suffered pulmonary embolism (4 clots in the lungs). That was 6 years ago. He still suffers from memory loss, short and long. He forgets from minute to minute. His days can be good - our beloved dog ' Jack ' plays the most important role in his life. People learn to adjust because we have to. I've learned to be respectful and tolerant to his needs. He did not receive inpatient rehab. An occupational therapist came to us 2X week, they did word searches and crossword puzzles. Time, love and emotional support for him are still ongoing. He did come home to us, he is different but we have him. This is an ongoing journey and has changed all our lives.

Apr 6th, 2017 1:31pm

my boyfriend is currently in ICU after getting stabbed in the head to the point where it reached his brain and caused it to bleed. The bleeding has stopped but the swelling is still there. From those that have experienced something like this with someone or themselves do you think he will be back to normal? when he talks hes doesn't make sense and he barely remembers anything.

Mar 17th, 2017 1:13pm

My husband complained of neck pain and was vomiting. I took him to ER. He told the doctor he also had severe headache. CT scan showed blood on the brain. They did cerebral angiogram looking for aneurysm or cause of bleed. They found nothing that could cause a bleed. Doctor sent him home and he is scheduled for repeat CT scan in two weeks. He is still complaining of neck and head pain. He has never had high blood pressure. The doctor said the bleed is not active at this time.

Mar 7th, 2017 9:06pm

My mom's friend fell backwards down the stairs yesterday night, luckily her kids noticed and called an ambulance, the she was taken to the hospital. They did a CT of her head and noticed her brain was bleeding down by the spine. As of now, the doctors have said the she won't live through tomorrow. I hope that she doesn't die, but if she does, I hope it's in her sleep. Rest in Piece, to one of the nicest people I know.

Mar 5th, 2017 11:30pm

My moms brain was bleeding and by the time she got to the hospital she went put her self into a coma and the doctors said that there was nothing they could have done? Does anyone know if that's true? They said something about her mid brain?

Mar 2nd, 2017 6:02pm

My father is in hospital now (3 days) with a tube to come out now because it has drained all it can from his bleed to his brain from a fall 3 days ago. He is still in a what the Dr. call a slight coma, (not induced), because he kicks and twists, but will not or CAN NOT open his eyes. Now, Dr are moving him out of ICU or CC because they can do nothing more. I don't know what to feel about this, like all hope is gone.

Feb 10th, 2017 6:01am

My father was involved in an accident and had bleeding in his brain.He was on ventilator for 22 days.The doctors told me indirectly that his chances were very low. I remember myself feeling extremely afraid, I felt sick and vomited and did not sleep for first 2 days even though I am a 22 year old guy and I thought I was pretty tough.

Its very hard to go through this experience. When he woke up he was very aggressive and used to kick and punch everyone who came close and had to be restrained. We were blessed that he made a great recovery and although he can't work anymore but I am really glad that he is with us.

When the patient recovers from an injury like this he can never be his previous self but can still be 40-70% of his former self.

Feb 5th, 2017 4:02am

My Father went to the hospital on January 13, 2017 with this same issue. He was in and out of it, he had good and bad days. Doctors said healing time will depend on him. He passed away January 25, 2017. (Tear Drops) I LOVE YOU DADDY ALWAYS & FOREVER XOXO

Feb 5th, 2017 2:13am

I had a bleed on the left side of my brain a couple of weeks before Christmas. Had bad headaches which my GP first thought was due to some new medication, then sinus infection. Eventually went for an MRI and they found blood on my brain. Was admitted to hospital that day and transferred to a neurologic unit. Had surgery the next day. When I woke I could not speak and had forgotten things like bank PIN.

All came back over the following 3 weeks and feel fine now other than occasional light head.

Was told that bleed due to taking Warfarin.

Feb 1st, 2017 12:54am

My sister fell down stairs and went to hospital. They said she had a 2mm brain bleed. This was January 6th 2017. They said it would take a couple months to heal and sent her home. She passed away January 19, 2017 in her sleep

Jan 25th, 2017 6:59am

Hope your brother pulls thru! Mine wasn't so lucky....

Jan 18th, 2017 7:00am

My brother was hit in a freak accident. He hit his head on the concrete and it led to a brain bleed. He got hit June 6, 2016, and was put in a medically induced coma. The brain bleeding did not stop and a pressure tube was inverted in his brain and part of his skull was removed. They did ct scans every other day but the bleeding did not stop and eventually this led to his brain stem separating from the brain. He did wake up out of the coma and had to have restraints put on him to keep him from pulling out the iv's. When he woke up he would shout for help and say fuck! He would also try and climb out of bed but could not comprehend any questions or answer any commands. This happened with him while I was in the room with him, and he didn't recognize that I was even talking to him, like his comprehension skills were gone. He did yell out for an uncle who had passed on 25 years earlier, and also yelled Mom, like he needed her guidance but still couldn't recognize that she was there. The separation of the brain stem is what led to his death, 8 days later, the ventilator was removed from him and he had a DNR. I don't think I'll ever get over this freak death accident. He and our mother and I were very close, especially him and mom. He was an organ donor though and my ex- husband was a perfect match for his kidney, so he got to get off of dialysis. It's sad though that one had to die such a tragic death in order to save others, but God bless his soul for being such a blessing in disguise. He was only 40 by 3 months. I'm still trying to cope with his passing. I hope our story benefits someone else in a positive way. Thank you for letting me vent my brothers story of his death in remembrance. His passing was June 14, 2016. Chad Sanstra you will never be forsaken or forgotten! I love you till the ends of the earth and into infinity brother, forever and always!

Jan 18th, 2017 6:49am

my brother is still in icu but now they have installed a monitor in his brain by drilling through the skull. Ever since they did that the pressure in his brain has dropped excessively, which is a positive step.

Jan 6th, 2017 12:45am

My brother had an aneurysm that was bleeding from both ends, a coil was added only to one end of the leakage, was this done right?

Jan 5th, 2017 2:27pm

My mum died from a bleed on the brain which was a direct result of warfarin

Dec 29th, 2016 3:24am

We recently lost our Aunt who was 86 due to a brain bleed. She was on a blood thinner at the time. The hospital said she wasn't going to make it and moved her into a nursing home. She passed 1 month after. 1 week ago we lost our mom to due the same thing. My mom was taking warfrin also and from the time she complained of a terrible headache to being in a coma in the ER was under 1 hr. Mom's was much worse. The scan showed the whole left hemisphere of her brain bleeding. There was swelling and they said it was inoperable. Sitting there watching her sister suffer she determined that she wanted DNR and to go as peacefully as possible if we ever had to make the decision. We didn't have to because she passed peacefully and pain-free 48 hrs after making it to the hospital. Within 2 1/2 months they were gone, both sisters. Mom was 71. The Drs have told us the the blood thinner combined with age was a contributing factor to my moms.

Dec 8th, 2016 5:24pm

I just lost my husband 9/29/16 age 42 due to this. They also told me that if he woke up he would only know that I'm in the room with him and would be paralyzed. I sure miss the man I've been with for over 20 years seeing him lying in that bed for 5 days unable to breathe on his own has broken my heart. Having a massive stroke after 7 heart attacks and one stroke before this with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and so many pills a day with pain .

Nov 5th, 2016 9:38am

My 69 year old brother fell off his bed while sleeping. He has been a diabetic since 1995. His two legs were amputated, he is on dialysis and has a lot of other serious issues.The day he fell he went about his buisness as if nothing happened, but then toward the early evening his wife noticed a bump on his forehead so he was taken to the hospital. They did a scan and found out he was bleeding so he is now in a hospital in ICU. Today he looks a bit better but he is unable to talk. Most of the comments I read don't mention this symptom. Is this natural to loose the ability to talk. Today is Saturday and the doctor has told his wife that on Monday they will do another scan and depending on the results he might do surgery on his brain.

Oct 1st, 2016 9:06pm

I had brain surgery 3 years ago- I was 35 yrs. old. I had overgrown blood vessels which formed to the size of an eyeball and was leaking blood in my brain. That was causing a type of seizure which would suddenly put me thru a sudden blank stare, nonresponsive and loss of memory during that period of time. they kept increasing and lasted anywhere from a few minutes to the most was an hour, 7-10 times daily. I would walk into traffic. The tumor was right over my right temple which controls fear. I had become very gullible and since the surgery Im the complete opposite. I am not easily intimidated and have developed a very defensive attitude not to where i cause any trouble, but it throws people off. I mix up people's names all the damn time and I have a very hard time recognizing faces. My spelling is off at times, so I feel the need to Google a word for the correct spelling and sometimes meanings. I cant remember movies, so I have quite a few "new" movies to watch and a few I apparently loved lol. I too was experiencing the numbing of my hands and hard time making a fist as I would awake every morning. All my joints hurt and had a very hard time going up and down stairs. well, i was on Keppra and my doctor switched away from it and I don't feel that way anymore. Im a paralegal. i kinda have to think a lot, so I have tons of notes. I'm very easily distracted and have a hard time concentrating. I dont remember things, but as people remind me of something it slooooowly starts coming to me, then I remember with great details! It's strange. I remember things from my childhood. I'll remember first and last names...selective memory selects the weirdest thing at times. I struggle with too much info at once with too many details...my memory can't hold it for long and I'll need for it to be reiterated or summarized lol. I mean, I laugh at myself at times and I deal with it that way to where I dont feel sorry for myself and instead I'm open and talk about it to where it's ok to joke about things. For instance, my friends call me "Dory" from Finding Nemo since she was a fishy with bad memory, but i dont remember her lol. My memory is improving.... I'll remember things I try to remind myself about and now I find people asking me to remind them of things! and i do! so my memory has gotten much better, just don't invite me to the show to see a movie I'd like to see because most likely I already saw it lol I won't drive. My judgment is off. my walking judgment around a crowd of people is off and I'll cause a weird sudden stop or something...so yeah, cant do that behind the wheel. I tell people that I've be damned if I survive brain surgery then kill myself in a car accident lol. It's not easy, but its how you deal with it. You just gotta go with it and make the best of it. It gets better it just takes longer for some of us, but im just glad I'm alive and I didnt end up blind or handicap and i can still be independent and work and keep up with my house. stay positive. Sorry for blabbing away :o)

Sep 25th, 2016 2:55am

My mom had bleeding on the brain and recently died

Sep 9th, 2016 8:54am

I'm 60 yrs old female recently had a brain bleed going for scan in 2 weeks I'm worried that this is not soon enough should I be concerned?

I have mechanical valve in my heart had T.I.A  couple times over the years 

Aug 4th, 2016 11:38pm

I slipped and fell on an icy drive way on my 27th birthday, I hit the back of my head causing the frontal left lobe to bleed, my swelling reached its max and was completely back down within 3 days. I was kickboxing at that time so I was in good shape. I was told that I healed well due to my low heart rate. I had 0 patience for about a month after, I wasn't so happy either (although I had nothing to be happy about really, considering the setbacks I was dealing with due to my injury) and I guess it was the effect it had on my personality, I didn't have any problem solving issues or anything with motor skills etc. 

May 15th, 2016 2:40am

Can you die from a brain bleed?!

Apr 29th, 2016 5:31pm

My son has a concussion (hockey), his third, and is 7 months post now, still having terrible symptoms of headache and light sensitivity, fatigue. He is in grade 10 and feeling life slip by.  Been in bed last 4 weeks straight since trying to step him up gradually to more normal activity.  Can we be sure he doesn't have a bleed or do we need an image? 

Apr 27th, 2016 8:11pm

Hello, it's been a year now.. my boyfriend has brain cancer and he's 27 yrs old (he'll be 28 by July 11) Today he's in the hospital coz his nose is bleeding and now he is unconscious. What does this mean? Please help me, i want to know everything about his condition. Thank you.

Mar 30th, 2016 6:45am

Hi my father is 60 years old and he had a brain hemorrhage before 4 years and after some treatment he was felt good. But recently he got another stroke and now he forget sometimes and even he cant recognize people for a moment. So what is reason behind it?

Feb 8th, 2016 1:27am

Hi, I have just had a cat scan that showed bleeding on the brain, because the initial symptoms i had that led me to get the scan (severe dizziness, numbness in legs, problems with vision) have cleared they have said its nothing to worry about. they said it was due to high blood pressure, which i have never had and usually test with lower than normal blood pressure) Should i be worried?? Should i get further tests??

Feb 4th, 2016 8:12pm

Long story made short. My son 22 year of age, hit in head with metal baseball bat. Being told small bleeding in the brain. CT Scan show increase after each one. On day 3 and still slight increase. Trying to get him transferred Shands UF. In a little hospital now. Dr. declines to do another CT. Says no reason to. Trauma Dr. disagrees. My question is He is still experiencing lost words here and there. Has to think for a moment to complete a sentence. But eyes and etc are looking good. Head is in severe pain, feels like lots of pressure he( my son) explains. They are speaking of discharging him. I have concerns. As well as past 2 night heart rate dropping to 32 while at rest. When awaken it rises. Could heart rate dropping have anything to do with Bleed in brain. So my questions are: how long confusion or lost for words last usually? And heart rate dropping at rest, could this be from head injury.

Jan 5th, 2016 1:57pm

~~About four month ago, I complained to my doctor of a loud noise in my left side of my skull for a long time, I insist in having a CT scan and finally she order to a CT be made, and the results shows that I have a blood clot of about a width of 11.4 millimeters and a length of about 5 inches, immediately she refer me to a neuro surgeon, and he told me that this hematoma will eventually disappear. I already had have three CT scans, and the clot still the same as when was discover, other than the noise I don’t have any symptoms, do I am in any risk? Can this clot be operated safely with no eminent risks?  

Jan 5th, 2016 8:55am

I have a friend who is is the Army. His daughter lives in South Africa with her Grandmother and just had a bad fall and now has some bleeding in the brain. She is needing a surgery, but they do not have enough money for the surgery at the moment. Are there any places that help in these circumstances?

Dec 1st, 2015 1:48pm

I feel your pain my mom suffered a brain hemorhage the hospital refused to operate or relieve the pressure they asked us do we want to keep her on life support or hospice I said operate and will keep her on life support they refused so left us no choice I feel like I killed her putting her in hospice they don't feed you or give you liquids do how is this natural

Nov 26th, 2015 3:07am

My father was taking couminden 'a blood thinner' at the time of his fall. He was a moderately healthy 83 year old. He fell in his back yard and hit his head (left side above his eye) on a metal tool box. He was immediately taken to the hospital emergency councious the intire time. CT scan showed a brain hemerage. Apromxetely 10 hours lator he slipped into a coma. After hearing the Drs diagnosis the family opted for him to go naterally. I found it quite odd that they didn't even have him on a saline drip, For his breathing and heart were fine til the end. Dad was a fighter, a U.S. Marine, I often wonder if the right decision was made. A week later hospis administered the potient concoction that took him from us. I say do all you can do. I Miss you Dad!😇

Nov 1st, 2015 1:19am

So sorry to hear about your brother. Life is so delicate....too many times we don't realise this. I hope your family are coming to terms with this terrible loss. My thoughts are with you xx

Oct 19th, 2015 7:29am

Yesterday Monday, October 13, 2015 I had to bring my father in this hospital. Dr. told us that he has a big blood clot inside his left side brain and getting bigger reaching for the right side of the brain. He just fell asleep with loud snoring and could not open his eyes or move his right leg and hand. Could not answer using any words but tried to shake his head. Currently under life support, what they call ventilator. His breathing rate is improving but still has no sense. And now in the icu I found my father's both legs are moving sometimes. But they are telling me that the signal to move his legs is not coming from his brain. Its just muscle movement. They refused to go any further even to think about a surgery. May be because of his age is over 70 now. And when I tried to force them to do something, they told me to pray for him and thats all what we can do... Another surgeon told me that even if they took a chance, probability of his recovery is less than 20%... Feeling ice-cold heart inside just to imagine watching him die... Anyone can suggest anything?

Oct 13th, 2015 4:54pm

My nephew fell whilst out drunk in the early hours of Saturday morning, he was rushed to Hope Hospital and has had a CT scan which has shown a bleed in his brain!!! Can this bleed rectify itself or will they have to operate?? He is really suffering with headaches which are causing him tremendous pain...... Any advice will be welcome

Oct 11th, 2015 5:44am

My sister had a shunt fitted which worked too well, it removed all the fluid from around her brain. This caused her to have a large bleed. They have operated and drained the bleed but a CT scan shows the bleed has not stopped. She is also on Warfarin to stop blood clots. They have had to lower the dose until the bleed stops. What will they do next to stop the bleed? 

Sep 21st, 2015 11:21am

my wife had a aneurysm and is in a coma for about a month.

she opens her eyes and responds or commands to close her eyes .

she squeezed my hands sometimes on command.   How do I get her out of this

coma. I feel depressed and helpless about her condition .

Sep 6th, 2015 10:27am

My brother fell last Tuesday and hit the back of his head. Complained later of a headache and there was some vomiting but would not get it checked out. Thursday morning, still vomiting and had terrible headache. Seizures started at 9am, ambulance was called. He was was unresponsive and put on a respirator. He died at 12:25pm. MRI showed significant brain bleed which caused his heart to stop.

Aug 3rd, 2015 11:20pm


I would like to ask for an opinion. A mature man was punched several times in the head and had been to hospital.Simple exam were done and released home. Had swallowing and bruising around right hand side eye and face. He had headaches and was talking strange. Couple weeks later he had big headache, admitted to hospital and they found  bleeding on the brain. The bleeding was on the same side he was punched. Genetic test were done twice, not linked with bleed. Gentlemen does not have any medical problems nor any facts for that. I had mix opinions from the doctors so if some one can tell me is this from assault or what Thank you 

Jul 22nd, 2015 11:50am

My cousin died on thursday due to having bleeding on the brain he was in a bit of a fight 5 weeks before and got knocked to the floor he started having headaches just over a week later we told him to go to the doctors but he shook it of and said he was fine do you think this could be related to him being knocked to the floor? Please i need peoples advice

Jun 20th, 2015 3:14pm

Hello my husband had an accident 6 months ago he had surgey remove blood clot. SAH contision of his front lob temprol lob  also diffuse axonal injury

Jun 1st, 2015 11:46pm

My brother in law has fallen 3 times resulting in ER visits, all with brain bleeds. However, this last fall was a direct hit to the back of the head, causing bleeding to the sides and the front of the brain.  A drain was placed in his skull to drain the bleeding.  He is in a medical induced coma.  The CT scans show no change.  Drs. indicate the need to wait 72 hrs. before determining brain function, etc.  Could he have permanent brain damage?  He has been an addict a huge part of his life.  The first 2 falls were attributed to alcohol. However, this 3rd one, has no explanation.  Please share your expertise and knowledge.  Thank you kindly.  MJB

May 23rd, 2015 11:03pm

My Dad is 88-yrs old and has dementia right now he's in a care home .He has to be 24/7 watched .He has fallen a lot in the last 6 to 7 yrs. The doctors have given him CT scan and there's bleeding on his brain. The plan on doing other one to see how much the bleeding is spreading or if there's more. This is really hard I'm the only who has to make all the decisions for him.

May 9th, 2015 2:31pm

Just Pray from bottom of your heart. This is the only Medi. 

May 6th, 2015 3:58pm

My father recently passed away, he went into hospital because he was forgetful and ended up being diagnosed with delirium... After weeks in hospital with slight improvement every day he ended up having a clot in his lungs which they say was due to staying in the bed for too long. After 5 weeks he ended up having a brain bleed from the thinners used for the clot and this left him in a vegative state. His food and water were taken out and was left to die...he died after 9 days...devastated... He was such a strong man, I still don't understand how this all happened and really didn't get many answers from Dr's. Heartbreaking to see my father slowly die from what??.... Dehydration??!!!

May 3rd, 2015 9:25pm

Do little bleeds need surgery?

Apr 10th, 2015 6:43am

Not all brain bleeds end in severe mental illnesses or death. When I was born I had a brain bleed behind my eye. I had to receive a special treatment that opened my pupil so that they could see behind my eye. I am now 12 years old. I'm fine. 

Feb 12th, 2015 1:45pm

My cousin just passed away he was only 12 years old boy He had an accident with head injures and internal injures He died because bleeding in the brain he had the accident on friday n died on wednesday which is very sad

Jan 23rd, 2015 1:50pm

my friend had a brain bleed and I am worried because he is aware of people and sometimes tries to speak one word at a time, but he brother wants to stop feeding him and just let him die, it has only been three weeks and he is getting better everyday, I cannot understand how a hospital can allow this, since the man is getting better each day and he does not have a DNR.  everyone is praying for him and today he asked for water and prayers.  How can one allow this, he is even moving his legs and hands.  everyone who knows him is upset.  please pray. for all persons in this situation.  How can a doctor and a brother make such a decision when the patient is getting better daily??? very upset in California

Jan 20th, 2015 5:01am

i was admitted to the icu for 21 days with a tbi, they had to drill holes into my skull to drain the bleeding in my head... 

Jan 10th, 2015 5:55pm

My nephew had a spinal tap for Meningitis and is now blacking out and has seizures and pain shooting down his left arm. The hospital released him stating was due to an event, but no major events. He is 6'6 and the doctor missed the first time. Please help my 19 year old nephew. He was fine till this happened.

Jan 10th, 2015 11:50am

Hi, I got hit by a cleaning brush stick by my sister when playing with her 2 days ago and i have been feeling some pain inside my head since midnight. Please can you tell me what is happening.

Dec 6th, 2014 11:44am

Well a teacher got hurt in a car accident and she wad. In the car with her husband and some one threw a rock over the bridge and it went threw the window and hit the lady in the head and some of her brain feld out and she went threw a lot I realy dont get what happened and I cant even picture it I realy want to know?

Nov 16th, 2014 2:36pm

My father died today. still cant believe it

Nov 14th, 2014 1:54am

Well my father died from a bleeding stroke a month ago i encourage anybody with dis problem to seek help fast it can kill u..

Nov 5th, 2014 7:51pm

my boyfriend had a brain surgery three weeks ago to remove the tumor he had in his brain..he was fine during these three weeks..there were no problems at all..all his scans were well..he took the plane the day before to come back to the country and the moment he landed he started to feel dizzy..the doctors told him to rest..the following day he started throwing up and fell unconscious and the doctors said he started losing blood in his brain..he has been rushed to India to get treatment but the doctors said he might not make it..Are there chances he can make it?He has been unconscious for almost two days now...and has already got to the hospital

Oct 23rd, 2014 2:36pm

I crashed while riding my bike in late July 2014.  Hit my head in the crash but fortunately was wearing a helmet else injury would have been worse.  Initially sought no medical help post crash but began suffering severe headaches about two weeks later.  My conditioned worsened to the point that I was suffering from stroke-like symptoms. Three weeks post crash My wife forced me to go to the ER of a nearby hospital.  A CT scan revealed a subdural hematoma.  Was transferred by ambulance to another hospital for neurosurgery.  Had two burr holes drilled through my skull to drain the blood from the  SH.  For 36 hours post-op I was flat on my back in a hospital room with a tube  coming out of each burr hole so more bold from the hematoma could be drained.  Surgery on Friday evening and released on Monday afternoon (Labor Day), feeling a lot better.  Returned to work the day after release (I'm a teacher so work is not physically strenuous).  Felt progressively better each day thereafter.  Cannot ride a bike for four months but I can walk and hike and ride stationary bike for exercise.  There is a lot of hope for subdural hematoma sufferers.

Sep 18th, 2014 4:20am

My sister now had a stroke and when she fell from the stroke she hit her head and now on that side of the brain she is bleeding from the fall, so now she had another stroke while in the hospital because they said they can't treat her stroke because of the bleeding on the other side. My question is there anything else they can do?

Aug 14th, 2014 7:01am

My uncle has this, but he won't be going through surgery. Any reason why. He was given meds.

Jul 12th, 2014 4:33pm

Ask about nuycenta er, its a time released pain killer.

Jul 10th, 2014 8:11pm

Hello, I feel sorry for every human being , that suffers from any type of pains. my son had an accident on June 8 and had brain surgery on his right back next to the ear. Can someone tell me what doctor can help us to minimize his headaches, all body is in pain. They give him norco 20 mg and neurontin which doesnt help. Please we leave in LA, if someone can help me with advise.

Sincerely marine   msarib2004@yahoo.com

I will pray for everyone and wish you quick recovery

Jul 8th, 2014 10:59am

Does this explanation apply to Cerebral Palsy?

May 25th, 2014 10:05am

My step dad and I were home alone I was 5.  He went to shovel to roof fell off and came in the house with blood coming out of his ears, nose and mouth, i think i went to the neighbors house and they called the hospital and they had him their quickly but he passed.   All this time latter i know have seizures due to epilepsy and sometimes fall, it is scary, some times i don't even have my head checked out, oh well

Apr 3rd, 2014 4:33pm

My sister had an aneurisn on Father's Day of 2013. She is a miracle in all of her family's eyes. I cried cause she is so strong and such a survivor too. She also lost her husband to cancer shortly thereafter. I am just so proud of her, she recently got her license. She was soo thrilled. I was wondering if the headaches that she has will ever go away or is it going to stay with her for the rest of her life??

Mar 27th, 2014 7:38pm

Does a patient w negative CT scan and LP results showed xanthochromia, erthocytes and high protien and  shows bilateral drop foot (hours after lp) likely have hemotoma or traumatic tap?

Mar 26th, 2014 4:34pm

Could u live when your brain bleeds

Mar 24th, 2014 9:04pm

I slipped and fell a month ago getting in my truck. I hit the back of my head on the corner of the truck cab. I sat there and watched the car next to me go from gray to almost black. Since then I am have trouble with dizzyness. If I stay in one position for very long and move I get dizzy to the point I have to hold on to some or fall.

Mar 14th, 2014 5:16pm

I dont get why some people survive and some die frome a bleed in there brain

Mar 9th, 2014 4:42am

My 26 year old little brother was attacked and beaten badly, a CT scan has shown a 7mm bleed to the left side of the brain by the left ear, the hospital have said they won't operate as it hasn't ruptured, but if it ruptures I fear he won't survive to tell the tale.

Oct 28th, 2013 2:52pm

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY-A CAREGIVER'S STORY I brought a child into this world. I loved and nurtured this child. I taught her right from wrong. I strongly influenced her morals and values. I guided her as I watched her grow. She grew to be a beautiful young lady with a kind, caring heart and a beautiful soul. I loved her dearly. I prayed that she had learned what I gave up my life to teach her. I allowed her to shine as I took a step back with love and pride knowing I raised her well. Then tragedy strikes and in one moment in time it is taken all away from me. They call it traumatic brain injury. She lays lifeless in a coma, hooked up to machines that are giving her life. The doctors have saved her life but can give me no answers as to what the future will be for my child, the child that I have loved so dearly and watched her grow to be the beautiful young lady that she was, with a kind, caring heart and a beautiful soul, the young lady that has been taken from me who lays lifeless in a coma. The doctors and nurses took me down a road, the rebirth of my daughter. I have watched the rebirth of this child from the moment the fingers on her left hand started to wiggle and then her left eye started to open. I didn't know it then but she was being reborn before my eyes. It now is the second time I am watching my child grow. But this time it is different from the first time as she grew from an infant. This time the unknowing and the unexpected, the hours and hours of research involved to gain knowledge and strength so I can be the best mother I can be to help my daughter on her journey. It is hard to tell you the deep feeling of love I have for this child. It is an unexplainable feeling. A feeling that unless you go through it, it would be unexpectable to feel or know. There is an overpowering feeling of love and total devotion, so much stronger now then the first time I watched her grow from birth. It is a love that circumferences every fiber of my being; a feeling of pride that can bring me to tears. Like when I heard her say ma-ma for the first time after 4 months of silence. Or when she turned her head or moved her arm or leg for the first time, or even when she learned how to swallow a bit of Italian ice for the first time. Or when she asked me with such innocence and wonderment, what is a pretzel or ma-ma what is a pear? The bewilderment I felt as she ate it having to accept that she honestly didn't know what it was. I just took for granted that she knew but she didn't know. She didn't know anything. She lived in the moment, no past, and no thoughts of the future. I needed to reteach her all about life and how her life experiences made her the person she was today. As her memory came back she was astonished about how she knew certain things about life and herself. She wonders if I am her mommy and is amazed at the miracle of life and that she was born. It is now coming up on the second anniversary of that moment in time when my daughter was reborn; watching her grow a second time brings such a fulfillment of hope and pride. It is with this overpowering feeling that I know with all the sacrifices I have made along the way to devote myself and my life to the rebirth of my daughter; being her eyes and ears when she could not speak or hear, learning how to be a great caregiver to her, and instinctively, strongly advocating for her, finding the resources that are out there to help my daughter, putting her therapies in place and watching her conquer, achieve and advance to new levels and climbing those mountains with unexplainable strength, courage and determination to overcome her deficits to the best of her abilities. I know that this is the greatest accomplishment of my life and worth every sacrifice I have made along the way and will go on making as I help my daughter continue to be the heroine of her life and not the victim. Excerpt from my journal, written September 29, 2008

Oct 18th, 2013 11:18am

I was with my brother when he passed away from a glioblastoma two years ago. He was breathing but when I turned the light on I saw blood from his nose onto his pillow and grey lines on his face. The ambulance workers worked on him for over an hour/ Can you tell me what probably happened to have him still breathing, the blood on the pillow and the lines on his face. Had he passed away when I found him or was he still alive??

Sep 15th, 2013 3:01am

My mum was admitted to icu, she thought she had a headache from dehydration within a few hours started vomiting. My dad took her to the hospital thinking that she may have heat stroke from walking around in the sun all day. On arrival to the hospital they gave her a ct scan they diagnosed her with a subdural haematoma "no accident, no fall, no bumps of the head" not one doctor can explain how or why? and we have been through the last few wks to figure out if she may have had a accident, mum is a spring chicken and very active and fit. Can someone explain how, why? Frustrated and worried daughter

Jul 29th, 2013 4:40am

my nephew had an accident on 29th may 2013, by bike colliding with bike coming from other side. when police brought him hospital and informed me of accident, he was already unconscious. after doing CT scan found bleeds in right side of brain. we rushed to guwahati GNRC hospital for surgery which took us around 9 hours to reach. after reaching he was given ventilation and operation done within 1 hour. its already been 1 month he is still unconscious,but we were given assurance that he will recover and we also hoping that he will open eye either today or tomorrow..my pray to GOD...

Jun 28th, 2013 12:44am

My niece had a stroke in her sleep and never woke up. when they got her to the hospital we were told she had blood on her brain in found out it was ITP. Its been a week and she is still comatose. She had to have two brain surgery done not to mention in the midst of all of it she had 3 stroke, 3 seizures, 3anersym had to have over 20+ blood transfusion, her lungs collapse and there now saying she have a flu. They said she wasn\'t going to make it and if she do she will be partially brain dead. Although she haven\'t woken up, We witness legs movement from both legs,(tighten up to like she trying to stretch)flinch when the doctor pinch her foot & mouth movement (cough)& murmur her mouth(like she trying to talk), eye movement,(shed tears)and when the nurses turned lights on her eyes tighten up as if its to bright. Sunday she halfway open her right eye, and we told the doctor the next day in he said No, she didn\'t when I and some of the nurses witness it just as well. She is on the ventilator however it show her breathe a little on the monitor. The doctor said its all reflex but I believe in God report in I believe he bringing her out of it. Miracle Child

Jun 25th, 2013 6:05pm

My 25 year old son suffered a severe brain injury four years ago. After being in a coma for three weeks he emerged as a vegetable and didn't talk or walk for six months. That was the most difficult time in our lives. Four years later he is living independently although doesn't have a job or a relationship but things do improve. You have to remain hopeful and take each day at a time.

Jun 19th, 2013 7:10pm

Have there ever been any studies done on babies born with hematomas? My oldest daughter had two fair sized ones on opposing sides of the skull, we experienced a lot of behavioural issues with her for years and years until she was dx'd with four concomittant disorders. Would the hematomas have contributed to this dx?

Jun 13th, 2013 4:32pm

My heart goes out to everyone with a loved one who is in ICU, it's a dreadful time for the family. You must understand every brain injury is different, no two are the same. Talk to the consultant in charge of the person, they will be honest and straight with you. But don't loose heart! The brain takes a very long time to recover, if it can. Therapy, patience and endless love and work is required. Bless you all.

Jun 13th, 2013 4:28pm

My sister was at a skate park with a friend. Her friend dared her to do down a concrete ramp on top of a wheelie bin.. So she did and she fell off. They airlifted her to a hospital hours away and they found she has a broken neck and bleeding on the brain.. But yesterday they found a second bleed! She hasn't woken up and I'm soo worried and scared :'( I don't know what to do.. Will she make it?

Apr 22nd, 2013 7:31pm

I was in a car accident and i was not concious when taken to the hospital. I had no physical injuries and the hospital could not understand why i would not wake up. It took three MRI"s before they spotted a drop of blood from my brain. I am now suffering with numbness on my left hand and cold feet and thighs and slurring in my speech with memory loss. It seems like it is not getting any better. Does this problem worsen as you age? The accident was 5 1/2 years ago.What happens on the long run?

Jan 3rd, 2013 12:11am

If you was shoved and hit inthe eye and got a blackeye and fell on sofa and head hit wall in back and was supposely had blleding on brain or brain injury can you be released within 30hrs of occurrance and at hospital playing on cellphone and wat not? How true do you think this really is?

Oct 24th, 2012 2:50am

Yes, my poor brain has been through so much. I have three subdural hematomas and on the right side of my head. The first is located on the top of my head, the next is located in the middle and the last hematoma is located on the bottom of my skull, and I am really worried. My head feels like a presure cooker and my head really hurts and feels like it is just going to burst. I was in tears last night just wondering what am I going to do about this problem. I do have a TBI from an old tramatic injury that I had when I was a kid and really scary!

Oct 17th, 2012 8:23pm

can you die from it?

Jun 11th, 2012 10:05am

My friend Ben seems to have bleeding ear lobes and hair folicles is this due to brain bleeding (could this be due the rest of his friends being incredibly irritating, excluding me of course?) This is causing him also to slur words when speaking and causing inflamitary pain to everyone around him! no one seems to be able to give any medical attention! please reply!!

Feb 23rd, 2012 7:00am

Hi there Dr. Bazarian. My 20yr old step son was in a horrible accident. He was hit at a dead stop by another car from behind at about 70mph. He has "several bleeds" is what we are told. He is semi conscensious... a lot of swelling in his face, lips, neck... he did have an emergancy surgery to remove his spleen the night of the accident... he has been inICU ever since... He is NOT on a breathing tube... just a feeding tube and oxygen.. When will things seem to be getting better... or, how long until we are out of the clear with these brain bleeds and the swelling??? The doctors at the hospital just don't seem to have the answers right now and it's frustrating thats all. He isn't speaking very well when he is able to answer A question... he is not able to move very well... Im just trying to understand just how serious this is

Feb 15th, 2012 4:43pm


Jan 17th, 2012 7:50am

hiya,. colin here. could you please explain. what happerns . when you? that is me? has a carotid artiory dissection??? thank you for your time. as this condition is unnusuall??

Jan 5th, 2012 3:48pm

one of mah friend's head got injured approx 3 months ago. These days he was having sever pain in half of his head. Doctor says one of his vein is bleeding and he'll have to go through an operation. what kind of operation he'll have? n how long he'll take to recover from that operation? is their any kinda probability of complexions? plz help me out!

Nov 30th, 2011 5:51am

hi my partner was in a bad car crash and when he arrived at the hosptail they said he had bleeding on the brain, how badly can this affect his personality.

Sep 9th, 2011 5:17am

my Dad suffers from acute stroke and brain bleeding interventricular from increase blood pressure. how can we know the bleeding stop, can any thing stop it? ranooshmmm@yahoo.com

Jul 31st, 2011 6:13pm

My uncle was rushed to a hospital yesterday for an intracranial hemorrhage. He had bilateral pulmonary emboli so was put on coumadin and they said one of the clots broke loose and traveled to his brain causing it to bleed. His heart is beating, he is breathing on his own, but outlook doesnt look good. is this something that happens often? i am guessing there was so much bleeding because of being on the coumadin and blood thinners.

Jul 5th, 2011 10:03am

why does,nt neuron regenerate

Nov 23rd, 2010 11:07am

I MEt with accident on Apr 2006 after that I have been taking Valporic Acid Tablets when in between I stopped tablets I Fainted and once it was just like epileptic attack but then I Recovered MRI,Brain analysis (Psylogical tests)were normal but for how long I have be on these medicines (Encorate Chrono). Please reply on akash_ds@hotmail.com , I am looking for case studies and not any medical advice

Sep 8th, 2010 10:14am

I sustained a brain injury from a assault. Why was blood coming out of my left ear and nose? Does that mean my brain was bleeding?

Jun 24th, 2010 11:18am

Thank you for the great explanation. Ahhh, my poor brain. It bled with no place to go...

Nov 5th, 2009 12:02pm

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