Headaches After Head Injuries — Post-Traumatic Headaches

Seymour Solomon, MD, Headache Unit, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Headaches After Head Injuries — Post-Traumatic Headaches

Headache immediately following a head injury usually clears after minutes or days but sometimes headaches may persist for months or rarely years. The long-term headaches are called post-traumatic or post-concussion headaches.

One can understand why headaches may follow a moderate or severe injury to the brain such as a concussion (bruise) or laceration (tear). What has been more difficult to understand and has presented an ongoing controversy are chronic headaches following mild head injuries.

Mild injuries of the brain are characterized as a concussion (a brief disturbance of brain function causing loss of consciousness or transient difficulty in thought processes).

Because the neurological examination after mild head injury is normal and standard tests as well as imaging studies (such as MRI or CT of the head) similarly fail to reveal abnormalities, many thought that the symptoms following mild head injury were psychological.

But microscopic studies have shown disruption of the nerve fibers in the brain due to the stretching or shearing forces of the trauma. Other subtle changes have been noted in brain functioning.

The clinical features of post traumatic headache may vary from one individual to another. Most headaches would be now classified as chronic tension-type headache. These headaches are typically a steady ache affecting both sides of the head and occurring daily or almost everyday. They are of slight to moderate intensity but intermittently, upon this base of low grade headache bouts of severe or moderately severe headache may occur and these often are similar to, if not identical with migraine (one sided throbbing pain associated with nausea and sensitivity to light and noise).

Unfortunately, people who experience post traumatic headaches also experience other symptoms of the post-traumatic or post-concussion syndrome. There may be other neurological symptoms such as dizziness, ringing in the ears, vague blurring of vision, psychological symptoms occur such as depression, anxiety, personality change, disturbance in sleep, and impairment libido.

Finally, people with the post-concussion syndrome have changes in their mental functioning, primarily difficulty in concentration, inability to work efficiently and associated difficulty maintaining attention and retaining memory.

The treatment of post-traumatic headache, as well as other features of the post-traumatic syndrome is symptomatic. That is each symptom is treated individually because, unfortunately, there is no medication that will alter the underlying disturbance in the brain.

Most often treatment of the chronic tension-type headache consists of such medications as the tricyclic antidepressants (for example amitriptyline). These agents not only diminish depression but also decrease pain.

The periodic worsening of headaches, if they have characteristics of migraine, are treated with typical migraine medications (for example, sumatriptan for an acute attack).

Non-drug methods of therapy are also advisable. Healthy habits should be encouraged by elimination of nicotine and alcohol, by recommendations for regularity with regard to sleep and meal time and by exercise at least every other day. Relaxation techniques may be helpful. These can be learned by biofeedback techniques as well as by such methods as meditation.

Last but not least is attention to psychological factors. The family, friends, and employer or teacher should be educated so the fact that headaches are not purely psychological but have a basis related to the disturbed structure and chemical functions of the brain. A psychologist may be helpful in teaching pain coping techniques and in treating the psychological symptoms that are part of the post-traumatic syndrome.

Fortunately, most headaches following head injury gradually taper off within the first three to six months. Even those unfortunate individuals who experience symptoms much longer can be helped.

Posted on BrainLine December 15, 2008

From Help for Headaches. www.headache-help.org.

Comments

I am 19 and I suffer from headaches that occur almost every day. They started occurring after being hit by a vehicle. It has changed a lot in me, the way I sleep, the way I eat and the way I concentrate in class. I need help.

My wife was hit on the head by a big umbrella post while working. Medication is hit and miss and often doesn't help. What has helped is treatment though an A.R.T specialist. It can be very uncomfortable and treatment is done from head to shoulders. The only problem is the cost of treatment/maintenance for those who don't have the spare income to attack the problem a couple times a week to start, then every few weeks and to the point where treatment can be spaced out over longer periods of time. The head is resilient yet the most difficult part of the body to treat

I fell 32 feet while in the service back in 1989, landed on my feet, came down I am guessing onto my back and onto my head. I was unconscious and revived for an unknown amount of time, but guessing it must have been fairly close to about 2-3 minutes as first responders usually took 5 minutes to arrive at that part of the base and was about 2 minutes when I was awake/revived.  In ambulance I lost consciousness again and was revived and once more in Naval Hospital.  I don't remember how long I was in the hospital for, honestly as I was on heavy doses of Morphine for T11 and C4 fracture breaks and at the time TBI was in it's infancy so it was not explored.  I was released on home medical leave with morphine packets and returned for an extensive amount of physical therapy.  I started experiencing tunnel vision and extremely horrible migraine headaches at that time with incidents not related to the headaches of vertigo.  I also complained of vertigo and bad ringing of my ears, which the doctors said would be normal as I "blew"/ruptured both ear drums in the fall.  I had major mood changes at that time and things just didn't seem to work out for me the way they did as easily as they had previously; normally I would rarely pickup a book to study and would do well on an exam, and after the accident I had a hard time just paying attention long enough to take an exam.  I was medically discharged from the service, and I played the tough guy for about the last 25 1/2 years and grinned and bared all the pain that I could between chronic low back pain, constant bouts of vertigo, and the migraines.  Unfortunately, like a light switch, my body decided one day to just shut off on one side...click it was done playing.  It started slowly with right side weakness in the leg, which the doctors passed it as a pinched sciatic nerve running down my leg and did extensive shots and nerve burns, but those didn't work and at one point had catastrophic results from physician error. Over the next two years my body has went downhill and the entire right side has been diagnosed and tested positive as hemiplegic as well as neuropathy.  The chronic migraines that started in '89 which occurred 5 times per month now have ramped up to 17 times per month, with some lasting 24/7 and most so unGodly that I wished that I hadn't survived the fall in '89.  I have tried all types of treatment, from acupuncture to Botox with minimal effect.  My MRI and MRA come up clean, yet when I have these migraine headaches my Neurologist who is 96 miles away has ordered our ER to take a MRI during Migraine, but they refuse...ideology at their best.  My Neurologist is checking the background on PTM and the years between accident and present...wasn't sure if it was feasible for such a delay. I am at my wits end as I cannot explain why it is happening, only explanation it could logically be would the accident from '89; any thoughts on this would be great.  E-Migraine In Yooper, MI

I'm 51 yrs old and just 2 months ago I had my third head injury. My first occurred when I was 12 I had gotten hit by a drunk driver and had a fractured skull. I spent 1 to 3 days in a coma, a permanent loss of hearing because of the impact, my ear drum was permanently damaged. I've had an incessant ringing in my ear and headaches. But other than that, I guess because of my age I made a pretty quick recovery. Then in 2004 I was assaulted by a teenaged girl that I was helping. She beat my forehead and face with brass-knuckles. I ended up with a concussion and Have had a small change in retaining my memory. Now I suffer from chronic pain from Fibromyalgia along with headaches. But, because of my injured eardrum I have balance problems. Well my 3rd head injury happened in January of this year I had lost my balance and fell onto the rim of my bedroom door and when I hit, I hit so hard it hurt my jaw I hit my left side of my forehead. Now I'm experiencing forgetfulness and I've been getting headaches at night and I can't sleep. These headaches come with a very loud ringing in my damaged ear. It's very frustrating because nothing can be done. Just wish there was something that can stop this.

My god that is terrible. I am feeling for you, buddy. Stay strong. I smashed my head snowboarding in a bad fall that slid me head first into a snow maker. Thank god I had a helmet or I'd be dead.

I was diagnosed with having a concussion three years ago. To this day, i still have splitting headaches where I was hit and can't seem to focus much on one thing (I'm a college student and it's affecting my ability to study). More recently, I've felt a ball near the area that I was hit that's very painful to the touch. Praying I was just imagining this, I had my fiance run his fingers down both sides of my temples and he felt it too. Following up with a neurologist this Monday. Just happy to know I'm not the only one suffering from long term headaches.

I played rugby and a year and a half ago I got a bad concussion but the doctors cleared me and regardless of the pain I continued to play and now for the past year and half I've been experiencing nausea and headaches amongst other things since the incident. What should I do ?

Recently I suffered a blow to the head when I was looking into the trunk of my car and someone hit my parked car and slammed it into me, making the trunk strike me in the top of the head.  I have been having neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness, and even disturbance in my facial nerves.  I had a normal CT scan.  But all I can do now is take tylenol.

Tiger Balm is my saving grace that has helped me vastly since I received my last of 4 concussions. I got over a 15 year period when I was a Bronc and Bull rider. Even though I do not actively do that anymore and I am retired I still have massive, blinding, sheering head aches that are more like migraines. I tried pills that didn't work, and mediation, and relaxing as well as herbs and none of it worked so I went into a health food store I've used for 20 years and talked to the owner who is very knowledgeable about the products he carries and he suggested Tiger Balm. I've been using it the last 5 years and it works for me. I can live my life a hell of a lot better then the way I was living it before.

I was struck in the head two years ago by a runaway tent on a windy day. It hit me in the left side of my temple and for two years I was struggling to get back to my normal self. Lots of head pounding, pain, general unhappiness. School and passions became tougher to pursue. BUT I want to echo what some of the others in this thread have said, and add some of my own bits of advice. I have been improving a lot lately, and it is due to the combination of hot yoga (aka Bikram), a chiropractor, and a cranial sacral massage therapist. These three things in conjunction have made massive improvements in my general health. DO NOT TRY PILLS, USE ALTERNATIVE HEALING METHODS. I wish I had found this stuff way earlier. Do not give up in your search for recovered health. I wake up with great joy many days now that I feel more recovered from my symptoms.

When I was 12 two volleyballs where punted at my head in close concession during a game of soccer. This gave me a concussion and what followed were the usual symptoms of a concussion. 4 weeks later on the day of my 13th birthday I was hit from behind while zipping up my coat so I bashed my head into the concrete.This gave me another concussion, one I didn't recover from in the same way as the first. This concussion gave me migraines and random episodes of nausea.For about a year and a half these episodes continued to happen on and off.I began to develop terrible anxiety about the attacks which only made my health worse. For a while I was very sick and afraid of going out because of my health. Slowly I have recovered by devolving consistency in my life and sometimes putting myself in situations I feel uncomfortable in to know I can handle them.

My 4th concussion was in August of 2015 and I was still feeling bad symptoms. I'm 95% sure I just got a 5th one Nov 9 of last week and the headaches are pretty bad. These things are no joke. 

I had a minor car accident 9 years ago and suffered debilitating migraines for years after the accident. I healed myself with herbs, vitamins and supplements. Magnesium butterbur feverfew b vitamins fish oils co enzyme q10 and movement therapy. There is possibility for healing post traumatic headaches! I am living proof. These were headaches that would have me in bed vomiting for days and unable to function and now I am 100%!

My head injury happened in 1996, and I still have headaches. I don't like taking medicine, so I have tried the relaxing techniques. If I have found a medicine to work, my body builds an immunity to it. I have tried getting help before, but my IQ is apparently above help!

For those that have commented regarding your struggle with headaches post-trauma, I salute you. That is terrible. I fell from a bike and had headaches that lasted for months. I never went to treatment because family thought that this was normal and would go away. Over time, it got better. But, I agree that alternative medicine is helpful when the medical community cannot help you. 

I was shot in the head at age 14 and have suffered severe migraines since. I've tried just about every course of treatment to no avail. Symptoms are usually worse in the winter time as I also have a plate in my head. I've been dealing with these now for 18 years and I'm to the point and have been for a long time of being fed up without ever receiving any real tangible answers or results. Can someone help or point me in the right direction please? I'm at my wits end!

Thanks too to person who posted last (Oct 3rd). Your 7 squares of healing technique worked really well. It just shows you sometimes tension headaches after hitting your head can be alleviated by just taking some time to be thoughtful and concentrate on your breathing. I closed my eyes and formed a box in my mind as I was counting. Sorry to hear about your day to day head aches.

I also have post concussion symptoms, I fell while skiing fast and hit my head 3 times. My insurance cut me off because you're supposed to be normal again after 3 months.  Because I look normal in CT Scan and MRI nobody cares to help. I finally found hope: I learned to meditate, yoga breathing exercises, yoga practice, listen to music (classic symphony music) and seeing physiotherapy and acupuncture has help me.

Best meditation is put a candle at eyes level and fix it, close your eyes try to see it, and open your eyes and repeat until you see candle flame dancing in your head eyes close. blow the candle and keep eyes close after seeing candle flame dancing for a while. This will put you in extremely relax stage and you will sleep as a baby after.

Also when of my favorite breathing exercise is the seven square of healing:

1-Take one breath slowly and deeply during 7 seconds.

2-Hold 7 seconds.

3-Excel this breath slowly and deeply during 7 seconds.

4-Hold 7 seconds. (this is like a square if you design it on paper)

5-Repeat 7 times (when you finish your brain is free of thought and happinness is feeling)

if anyone has tried neurokinetic or neurofeedback please share your experience, i have huge headache every day and i will love to be symptoms free.

Has anybody gone to a chiropractor for chronic headaches?  A few years ago, I was bending down in my garden and when I raised my head I hit the corner of an open window.  It was so painful and caused a severe headache.  After several weeks of no relief from the headache I went to see my GP who suggested pain killers - tylenol.  Anyway, I didn't want something to numb the pain, I wanted to fix whatever was causing the pain.  A few days after that  I was at the chiropractor and mentioned my headache.  He adjusted my jaws and the headache went away almost instantly.  By the next day it was gone completely.  Meds are not the answer.  If you have bonked your head hard, your brain has been rattled and sometimes things just don't settle.  Try alternative medicine/practitioners when the medical system fails you.

I was run over by a car while I crossed the street, 2 years ago. I instantly loss consciousness when I guess my body or head hit the car. I woke up on the pavement surrounded by good samaritans, then again in the ambulance and last in the ER of the hospital.

I had 7 staples in my head. The ER actually sent me out with my head still gushing blood and I was losing consciousness again while waiting for my sister in law to pick me up, people had to call the nurse to look at me again.

I still have migraines, sometimes can't remember immediate thoughts or what I was working on. The migraines stem from the neck injury as well. I was having migraines regularly. I received an injection last year and it worked pretty good. I thought I was back to normal. Then late last year I could feel my symptoms worsening again. Now, the past few months I've had a little relief from injection in my neck. It's wearing off and the migraines are starting again. They scare me. It's either on one side of my head. I can feel it beginning from the site of scar tissue on my head and then spreads or radiates from my neck to the front of my head. I get angry, depressed, anxious. I want the old me back. I feel like an elderly person. I'm 43 now, the accident happened when I was 41. I had several injuries to my body, not just the head. 

I was in a car accident last monday, it'll be a week tomorrow and when i got checked out they told me i had a slight concussion and i've been sore all week. Starting about 3 days ago i've started getting bad headaches. Sometimes it's just behind my eyes, sometimes it's my whole head, but usually they're on the side of my head that i hit during the accident. I dont' know if i should go get my head checked or just hope they go away. Any advice?

4 months ago I was in the football field playing a pick up game. I was playing defense the QB threw the ball and I automatically trapped the person who had the ball, the kid had just caught the ball so he was facing the other way until he turned around and in a split second trucked me with his forehead behind my temple. Now let me tell you I played MLB for a while and countered many trucks but this hit to the head really got me I went blank for a second and I blamed it on the adrenaline, I continued playing until I felt like I was about to pass out being I also haven't done anything since the hit so I sat out but that's when I passed out luckily I got to tell my bud I had a feeling that was gonna happen cause he caught me and saved me from hitting my head on concrete. Ever since that day I feel my whole brain has changed, the way I function, my brain refuses to learn anything in school cause It's hard to pay attention, lack of motivation to do anything, losing friends because my anxiety is at an all time high and  I'm just plain anti social now, my decisions on serious matters are always fucked, I can't remember a lot of stuff on the spot, I really barely could work out without getting crazy tired I mean it just plain sucks but I mean listen this doesn't mean it's topped me from living I've been raising my puppy and she's given me hope, just the fact that she's something that depends on my decisions makes me feel I can still do stuff. I usually spend my weekends fishing, I try to hangout and socialize and it's just been getting better aside from the fact I get random mild cluster headaches on the left side of my head this injury has opened my eyes and showed me what life truly is. I'm currently dating and we spend time talking with one another,vibing, and she's the one that has been supporting me the most. All I'm trying to say is don't lose hope in life it gets hard but as long as you got yourself and others then you can get through it. If you need someone to talk to think about getting a therapist 

I have bad headaches after being hit on side of head with a cd disc someone was using as a frisbee! 2 ct scans said all ok but the headaches are frightening !

When I was in my early teens, I was playing on a trailer hitch and fell hard on the metal on trailer. I was unconscious for a few minutes. My parents called 911. and when they came they said I was okay, but to be careful for awhile. That happened over 7 years ago. Now, I have all symptoms of a concussion, except I also get a burning smell in my nose sometimes and I am not  vomiting. I get pms and I have PCOS. My parents think I'm over reacting. Not sure what to think about myself, but I will be praying for everyone who posted a comment that has had brain trauma. Take care.   

I'm years out from my TBI & I've actually declined in function. I'm now in multiple forms of OT & PT, but so far nothing has stopped my headaches. I used to be very active, but in the last year and a half, my decline has accelerated to the point that I can't manage my work, thus I freelance when I can, but it's really messing up my life. My neuro is lovely & says things take time, but as someone who has always been a perfectionist (I was able to push myself so hard for several years, that I actually did more to hender my progress) and now, it's a good day if I can go to the grocery store. I don't have a question. I'm just frustrated & sad. I've lost a lot & now my parents, who've been a big help, are older (I'm only 29) and my father is terminally ill, my mum has Parkinson's. I'm afraid for my own future. I have a trust fund, but I want to add value. I've always worked. I've yet to apply for disability because I want to do everything on my own, but I'm afraid I can't... More than that, I don't know how I can help my parents when right now, I need more help than my mum.

In early December 2015 I was nauseous and fell and hit the back of my head on a wooden door frame, I was unconscious for a couple of minutes then I went to the hospital did x ray, there was no fracture got 10 stitches and a written form from the doctor to do a CT scan, she said that I don't have to do the scan since it doesn't look severe. Went to the other hospital for the CT scan 3 months after but the scanner wasn't working. Now it's September 2016 and from time to time I get mild headaches once a while lasting 2-5 minutes at the scar on my head and on both sides alternately. What do you think?

8 years ago, I fell on ice and suffered moderate head trauma, neck trauma, and back trauma. It is hard to grasp how your life can change in just a few seconds. I do not remember all of what happened. The back pain was so bad, I ignored the head and neck issues until weeks later, I started slurring words, forgot things I had taught for decades, called things by the wrong name, and kept losing things. I went to the ER with excruciating head pain. The doctor diagnosed me with post-concussive syndrome. I had never heard of this before. Saw Neurologist who advised meds would not really help migraines triggered by the trauma. He told me to try Migravent which you can buy online and to take COQ10. I had PT for almost a year. I struggled through each day to keep my job. I felt like I got my life back and could live with limitations, but things got worse recently with ear, jaw, face, ahead, and neck pain. My family doctor prescribed Xanax. I did not want to be chained to meds with serious side effects. I started going to a wonderful, gentle, thorough chiropractor who found 3 severe vertebrae issues in my neck. Immediate improvement. I also found a massage therapist who specializes in head trauma. She does cranial sacral therapy which has been so healing. I wish I had found the chiro and massage therapist 8 years ago. If you are suffering, please consider alternative therapy. It has been such a blessing and given me hope again.

I tripped going up my stairs fell to the side landing on a cinderblock in the middle of my forehead just above my eyebrows. They did CT scans not finding any fractures in my neck or scull. I know headaches are a common result of head injuries, but I feel as if my pain is growing worse. I already had a neck injury from a previous incident 20+ years ago. I just can't stand these headaches

I was in a bad RTA when I was 18. Hit by 2 cars. My right eyebrow hit a curb causing a serious brain injury. I'm now 36 and suffer with sever migraines and problems with my memory and balance. Doctors refuse to do scans and I continue to worsen

Yes indeed. NOBODY knows the pain unless they've truly experienced Cronic Cluster Migraines . They will might say, "Oh poor thing has a bad headache." Yes, everything irritates us, but they'll never really get it.

For the lady who fell off her horse and had a knot on her neck. Have you thought of seeing a NUCCA doctor. I have heard that people with such injuries can find some resolve from their symptoms. It is a cervical specific technique with no force with great results.

I had a AVM done because on MRI I requested, in left side of my brain, I had a malformation/tangle of my nerves and arteries. It wasn't caught on 1st MRI, I looked up my symptoms because doctors thought I was traumatized due to choking on food. It turned out I was right, there was a small leak, which would account for the migraines I would get and the reason why my swallowing stopped working, why I was choking when I was eating. Doctor said he couldn't fix the problem with my brain because it was in an area where if he touched it, I would die. Somehow the AVM done relieved the headaches and all of symptoms to zero. Later every time I would have head injury, my concussions would be longer and all the symptoms would get worse. Last head injury I had was when I was pushed back by my face backwards and hit my head on bed or wall, I woke up on floor. I felt nausea immediately, I felt like I was out of body, in cloud, felt feeling of sickness I can't explain- between pressure and almost head cold. I then got a bad migraine headache. I felt like this for a little over a month. In second month I still kept getting headaches, mild to severe but constant. It was getting better but still different because I was shuddering, I had problems concentrating, I would loose track of thought, my problem swallowing got worse, my vision was blurred at times, I would hear a concentrating being spoken to me but then like someone wiped the board and I didn't remember what was said except I do remember that I was being talked to, I know they said something just didn't know what. I was having difficulty speaking at times, as if I had a short circuit. The word was in my brain but my tongue would not get message to talk. Its been about 4 yrs and my symptoms that got worse varied from going back to bad and worse. When I get sick or have headache, all my symptoms get worse. Doctors are still looking into this and I'm feeling helpless and hopeless. I fear at times of death and get really worried. I especially fear to get hit on head or for my head to juggle. This is when I get a concussion and all the symptoms get worse. I'm afraid my normal way of being or close to normal will not come back.

When I was 16 I fell off my horse busted my head open had 16 stitches and a concussion with a large knot on my neck. Now I am 59 and I have had migraines ever since then. Been to a neurologist and they did a cat scan which showed I had 5 white spots where I busted my head open. He gave me migraine meds which I stopped taking because it did not help. I don't know if I need to go back and see if anything has changed since then. I just can't stand theses headaches anymore. I don't have them all the time but enough to say they hinder me sometimes. Any advice?

I hope you are able to find the help you need to improve your symptoms and give you the will to live. Bless you, and remember, even when you may not feel it, someone loves and cares for you and will grieve if you lost your battle. xoxo

I was born in 1962 in 1964 I was placed on a tricycle on a patio in front of a set of steps with a concrete slab at the bottom to this day the blood stain is still in that concrete. 300 stitches to the head and a full concussion out for days ( I don't even know how long) many other small head trama during child hood shook and slapped and knocked even knocked out. 3 major auto accidents as an adult with head neck and spine injury twice. A blow to the head by a pounding fist of nasty ex husband. Knocks on the head due to accidents later as an adult a suitcase fell in an airplane hit the side of my head. I have walked into doors . Fell and hit my head 3 times when I was dehydrated due to illness. Now I wake every night same time and can not get back to sleep nasty head ache light and sound bother me more every year and my family tells me my personality is impossible to live with now (although I would say many of the family are way worse than I am) Acupunture seems to be the solution overall that works for just about everyone so I will try that when I get the money to pay for it. I take too many pills and liver is going because of it. But depression and losing the will to live is all part of this as well so sometimes that feels like so what this is no life to live. You can not participate in almost anything without getting so sick that your down for days. 

I recently had an injury at work boxes hit me in the head (glass containers) so bad that I go in and out of memory loss and thoughts smh..finally had a chance of getting my own research done and reading this article to understand my current troubles of depression anxiety and definitely not being able to sleep. It's hard to cope but I hope for better days and progress as I'm at the 2 month mark smh

I had a very bad head injury last year an I had two brain bleeds an a skull fracture and now I'm having headaches everyday but they are barley noticeable

I was hit in the head 10 weeks ago from 15-20 boxes unloading a truck at work didn't lose consciousness and finished out the day. I'm 50 year old male and since then I've suffered constant headache and ringing in my ears off balance double vision some days. Had MRI, cat scan and a bunch of other test. Seen neurologist who prescribed galaptin and other medications, all tests show normal. Meds do nothing for relief seem to be getting worse instead of better. Feeling frustrated and won't pain to go away. anyone know how long this lasts?

My son was thrown from a vehicle September of last year. He suffered a broken back and sever head trauma. He was unconscious several times and he still deal with some memory loss. He is having sever headaches much worse than a migraine. I'm calling doctor tomorrow because I as mom feel there is more wrong. Has anyone else had this?

Try asking this on Quora.com - you can get some good anecdotal information and have a wide range of resources from the Q community. I wish you relief and success.

On Sunday June 12th I was rear ended at about 75 mph causing my car to spin and jump over median coming to stop nose of car pointing south in north bound lane with on coming traffic. Within 24 hour started feeling mussel issues upper back, neck and major headache that does not allow me to get a full night sleep. I just want to drill hole in head a let pressure out. The entire left side of body is best up. But headache been making me a miserable person to the people I love. Have no desire for sex or motivation. I was taken out of work and now have to wait to get better to get my pay what is up with that..I have been seeing  chiropractor But no progress with headache . Going to have MRI this week can't live like this.

My daughter suffered from a severe concussion when she was 17 (she's now 25).  She was not able to control her body from shaking, and she could not walk - we put her in a wheelchair for months.  Brain scan was normal!  The wonderful (sarcasm) doctor told us it was psychological and that there was nothing wrong with her.  She started getting migraine headaches and started fainting - where she would hit her head and get another concussion!  I took her to a psychologist, neurologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, cardiologist, chiropractor - any dr who I thought would have an answer.  The chiropractor (cranial/sacral)  actually did a lot of good.  Then I tried acupuncture.  This was amazing!  After treatment (I can't remember how many, but I think less than 10), she was back to normal.  No more headaches, no more fainting, and she could stand on one foot!!  If conventional medicine does not work - try alternatives.

I'm an automotive instructor at High School in Ontario, Canada. On October 22nd, 2015 a jack stand under a vehicle failed and as a result a pick up truck fell roughly 5" on the top of my skull. My head bled profusely but eventually stopped. I was the only person under the truck as my students were watching the demonstration. Long story short is that I required stitches, new prescription glasses because it changed my vision, and to this day, June 19th, 2016, I still have headaches everyday, for the past 3 nights they've be waking me up between 3-4 am and I can't sleep. The Tylenol 3s have no effect on me anymore. My favorite place to hang out is in my basement in total darkness. Any quick movement of the head causes  a dizzy spell, in January I passed out from turning my head too quickly and landed on the concrete floor. I've been working 1/2 days for months now and there's no signs of relief. I'm 58 years old, 1 year from retirement and I'm living the life of a mushroom??? Rob

Hello All,

Former Military. Had multiple physical concussions. The brain needs certain rest. I didn't read or play video games 6 following months after incident. exercise proper nutrition and sleep hygiene. The Ketogenic diet is a proven and healthy diet for those with epilepsy or seizures/brain trauma. Healthy fats protect the brain and heart. I stay away from high fructose corn syrup, soda, caffeine, etc. I have consistent results. Not the worst headaches and manageable. This is a discipline.

Take care, all.

I am at a loss about my head injury which happened at a concert a couple of months ago. As we were leaving the venue my sandal became stuck and i feel back and busted my head open on the brick concrete grounds and they wanted to take me to the ER but my husband drove me there since we live down the street from our hospital. Anyway 8 staples in my head and a couple of months later ..I am having so much pain in my head and my back ...my general practitioners have ordered another cat scan and other tests to rule out a hemmorage of the brain since they found it in my inner ear canal. Thank God maybe i will find out what the hell is going on! I had no idea that it takes sometime to see whats really going on. Incredible!

I was in a car accident when I was 18, I'm 45 now. I hit the windshield and had stitches on the bridge of my nose, on my cheek, lip and ear on the right side of my face as I was a passenger in the car. It was an old car, before seatbelts, so we were not wearing restraints. I have had headaches/migraines for many years. Been thru hormone therapy, diet classes, many medications, the side effects of all of those, alcohol abuse to self medicate, problems at work that goes with all of this. People who don't have these types of issues don't get it. I am sober now, on a good balance of medication, will always have to deal with the paranoia, confusion, ringing ears and pain. I have the scars on my face. I understand what all of you are going thru.

My daughter had a post-concussive migraine for an entire year. No medicines helped. Finally tried acupuncture. Pain was 90% gone in 1 hour. She had weekly appointments for a while, then decreased the frequency as she healed. But she was able to re-enter her life in this way. Everyone heals differently, but if you are in pain you should really consider acupuncture.

Today, I got hit in the head with a slinky and want to know if it's normal to have a small headache afterwards.

Post-concussion symptoms are very frustrating. You need to talk to someone to work through these frustrations. DO NOT hurt yourself, as there are many options for making life better. Please contact the Suicide Hotline 1800-273-TALK.

Thank you all for sharing your stories. I was in a car accident in 2013 and like many of you, I suffer from a constant state of trying to accept that this is my new norm. I sleep a lot. Suffer from confusion, forgetfulness irritability anger depression and the list goes on. I experience what I have dubbed as "involuntary napping" where i could be sitting somewhere reading something or watching tv and the next thing I know I'm waking up. I no longer drive at night or go very far from home. I feel like I do not even know who I am anymore and cannot trust what is in my mind at times. I feel like i get lost in my own mind sometimes searching for the words to speak or to respond to a question. The hardest part of all of this is others think you are the same as you were before the accident. Famous line "well you look fine". I want to scream. I can only hope that I have more good days than bad at this point. On my good days I run myself ragged because I have so many days where I am incapable of doing anything. Reading all these comments I finally don't feel crazy and I find comfort in knowing I am not alone. I'm SO SORRY you all suffer as I do... I would never wish this on anyone!

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