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.

 

Please remember, we are not able to give medical or legal advice. If you have medical concerns, please consult your doctor. All posted comments are the views and opinions of the poster only.

Posted on BrainLine December 15, 2008. Reviewed August 9, 2018.

About the Author

Dr. Seymour Solomon is a neurologist in Bronx, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 41 doctors at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and one of 78 at Montefiore Medical Center who specialize in Neurology.

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Comments (431)

Please remember, we are not able to give medical or legal advice. If you have medical concerns, please consult your doctor. All posted comments are the views and opinions of the poster only.

Hy I had a head injury 3 days ago but i am facing severe headache in my back portion of my head whereas the injury is on front and i didnt even fall back after the injury. May i know the reason behind that.

The article was very helpful, but after reading it, I can't help but feel a little discouraged. In April of 2014 I was involved in a high speed, head on collision with a truck. Multiple skull fractures, (including a serious basilar skull fracture.) Since the accident, my headaches seem to be getting worse, as the months pass. I thought they would get better. Apparently not. I've been to a host of specialists, and like many people here, they throw medication at me, (including serious pain medication).  Long term though, the medication is not an answer. 

My name is Ryan. Just over a year ago we almost lost my dad. He fell at work and hit his head twice. He ended up having a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a bruised brain. The last few months hes been getting at least one headache every day. Some worse than others. On top of that he has a very short temper that he never had. Both my parents are in their 70s. Other than the headache and temper my dad is in great health. He has started smoking again about 6 months ago. His family dr just seems to be tossing pills at the problem. His first few visits to his family dr she failed to believe he had a fractured skull. Can we expect his headache to get worse? is their anything he can do to make things better?

So, I'm not crazy - as I've been made to feel. No one "gets"my pain and the accompanying symptoms like memory loss, cognitive processing, anxiety, exhaustion, or the plain fact that chronic pain is DEPRESSING. Nutshell - worker's comp. is like any insurance company that will deny claims or continued treatment. My best interest is NOT their concern. You have to battle - which is not so easy when you are exhausted from constant pain. I was assaulted by a student in Feb. 2014 - punched in face by a troubled kid - I was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. I've had a constant headache since then that never fully goes away and fluctuates without warning from mild to moderate, severe, and migraine. The occupational doctors office used by my school district gave me pain meds and sent me home. I called my chiropractor the same day who took much more detailed x-rays that showed a tendon stretched to the point that I could barely hold my head up. The tendon also had a small tear. My injury was "whiplash" equivent to being hit by a car going 40mph. I was out of work the rest of the semester until the last 2 weeks of school - during which I went home early one day in pain and was absent another day due to severity of pain. I wore a TENS unit to barely survive the other days. We finally got an MRI approved which showed bulging discs. I now have approval to see a neurologist because of headaches, memory, and cognitive functioning problems. It has been a constant battle with workman's compensation. They decided if I"wasn't better by now then I probably wasn't going to get better." I have had appealed this decision several times and each time was approved for continued coverage of treatment. However, each appeal process took 3 to 6 weeks to be approved. In the meantime I was not receiving ANY kind of treatment. I offered to doctors to pay for my treatment with my regular insurance but was told that would result in a battle of denial to pay between worker's comp. and health insurance. My entire existence has been affected by this injury. I am so frustrated trying to find care/treatment that will return me to my normal life.

I had an accident at work January 31, 2012, where I was struck in the head by a free standing shelf unit. A year and a half after that, they found a tumor. The tumor was removed. Now going on two and a half years and I still have daily headaches. I have gone from being medication free to being on multiple medications and my marriage is suffering.

In December 2013 I had a bad fall at work.  I slipped on snow and broke a rib, put out my neck and hit my head on the ground.  After the diagnosis of concussion almost a month later, our wonderful workers compensation here in Canada denied my injuries.  

It has now been over 7 months, I have received acknowledgement for the concussion but not the headaches.  I have yet to see a specialist as the waiting time here is super long, 1-2 years long.

I cannot believe how disabling MTBI is.  I can't think or read properly; I can't solve problems or figure things out.  I cannot drive anymore because of the headaches and sometimes I stumble because I cannot get my balance.

I do hope everyone here can imagine how nice it must be to have a day without headaches, stumbling, irritability, and actually being able to understand what's going on in a conversation.

I do hope we all can get the individualized treatments we need and the coping skills to deal with what we cannot recover from.  I know this sounds stupid only 7 months after my accident, but without any actual treatment regiments so far, I'm not very optimistic I will recover.

My 6 year old daughter fell head first about 3weeks ago off a seating area at bus station smacked her head and face her face looked a mess gets to hospital they glued her wound said nose was broken sent her home next day we was back she was being sick and dizzy and was unsteady on her feet they done a C.T scan was clear put it down to concussion sent her home next day she has not been herself since still suffers head aches has a messed up sleep pattern and has change in her behaviour and appetite but because there was no bleed to brain said it was concussion will be ok in few days reading this artical makes more sense then these hospital staff .

One could translate your opening paragraphs like this: People with headaches after concussion are difficult to understand and treat. Doctors and insurance companies have set limits on the amounts of time, energy, commitment, and resources, they are willing to share with those of us who have such a problem after a "mild" head injury. "Mild" being the term they use when they do not see a bleed on the CT Scan or MRI. "Mild concussion" being that condition they send you home from the ER without treating in any way, shape or form, also recommending that you not return to hospital if you get large swellings the night/day after. "Why don't you call your primary care doctor" the ER nurse told me, and in my morphine state, with head pounding and pounding so that I felt as if I was being tortured: mild concussion is what I not have, and THAT doesn't qualify for much of anything. What we are left with is horrible ongoing pain, loss of some abilities, and in my case speech problems.

Readers would be much better served here if you would report on the latest treatments offered that do work, and just stop endlessly talking about a problem that is only "identified" as such because of the poor quality of US ERs.

I just suffered a concussion after a car accident. I was diagnosed with post concussion syndrome. I had a seizure three days after the accident. Lately, I have had such bad headaches I can't function. Worse than any migraine i've ever had before. I have trouble concentrating and any computer time more than 20 minutes will  give me a headache. I am a teacher and worry about functioning when school starts. I had a normal EEG but I am def. not feeling normal.

My wife had an accident in Dec 2013 in which her left side of the brain was hit by the car roof. We had done MRI (brain) and MRI ( curvical spine )but the reports were normal. She is having severe headache in left side of the brain and sometimes it increases to the whole brain from dec 2013 only. The pain is not permanent in nature. Doctors have referred this as post  traumatic effect. Please advice if you have any better option to cure it at the below mentioned email id. I would really be grateful to you.

Regards,

Harsh Sinha

E mail - harsh_sinha20@yahoo.com

Almost 5 years since my concussion. CAT and MRI showed no fractures or bleeding, but certainly have suffered damage.  Mostly recovered in the first year from visual disturbances and pain, constant headache, nausea, light sensitivity, memory loss, and trouble walking when swelling started again. Went from being a speed reader to learning to read in straight lines and build up to normal speed, could only read 3 lines of email in a sitting, could only read a 4th grade chapter book in 6 weeks. Used computer-based word games and pattern games to retrain my brain, used Webkinz children's games and it took weeks to become proficient at each game. After two years, still had trouble with short-term memory, focus, visual disturbance and frequent migraines. At almost 5 years - still cannot tolerate movement of screen, flashing lights, moving games, TV or video of any kind. Five seconds of a movie gives me instant migraine and vomiting, like the worst carsickness and flu mixed together and I just have to go to bed with ice packs and lay very still and sleep. I can do so much more now, but wish there were more resources to help. Newest technology can find microscopic tears, exact place of damage, etc... but there is still no treatment for those finds yet. All I want is one that helps.

Four months ago I was with my son who was babysitting a one hundred and fourth lb two year old very gentle boxer mix. We were on a walk and my son decided to run into the store. While I held onto the pups leash he saw my son through the store's window. I was sitting on the window ledge and suddenly I was twisted and tangled into his leash. He ran to the store door to greet my son as he exited and I was still holding the leash. He pulled me so hard and I was still tangled that I fell straight down on my face. I cut over my eye and my knewws. I had a very large lump on my eyelid, with a lot of bruising. Its four months later and I feel sick everyday, with nausea, dizzyness and when I go outside my other eye sees like a white glare. I did have a CAT Scan, which CME back normal. But I know everythingy isn't normal what do I do?

My 14 year old son received a concussion during football and has had a headache everyday for 7 1/2 months. After trying a couple of medicines that didn't work he received a magnesium infusion last night. Today he has no pain and after sleeping most the day I saw a pain free smile on his face. I am hoping it lasts.

 I knocked my self cold snowboarding with no helmet last year. I am now getting a tremendous amount of headaches some come and go some last days. I used to get the migraines once in a while when I was a kid and these are a slightly less severe of a headache. I also briefly don't know where I am even on my normal route that I know by heart this only lasts a minute. When I excercise hard in brazilian jiu jitsu , jogging , etc this seems to trigger the headaches. Regular headache meds have no affect on my headaches. The only things that stop or relieve the headaches is a heavy gel ice bag wrapped over my head and vaporized marjuana.

When I was young my older sister would sit on me, pinning my shoulders to the floor with her knees and pound my head on the floor. She did this numerous times a week for about 8 years. I was too small to fight back and would throw up afterwards, shake, etc. I have problems now, focusing, depression, etc. Could all those problems stem from this? 

WOW, this article has been very helpful!!! Back in 1988 I was on my 6' 3" boyfriend's back and his friend thought it would be funny to jump on my back, he tried and I went up over my boyfriend's head and landed flat on my forehead. The 1st thing I wanted to do was go to sleep, but a friend I was with made me stay awake and walk with her! Thank GOD! 
I have had massive headaches ever since. I've been to doctors, neurologists and no-one could figure anything out. I never mentioned to them about the fall because I never thought about it until recently. No-one wanted to do an MRI, but with my other symptoms that are in this article I am getting on the phone now and calling my dr and demanding an MRI!

Thanks for the article! Very helpful!!

I was in a car accident in March 2009. June 2013 I was diagnosed with chronic cluster headaches. Went for a CT scan but the Dr's said my brain must heal by itself. The pain I so severe at times and only very very strong pain killers break the pain. From reading this site I surely have post traumatic headaches and most like it's a weekly combustion of stabs and pressure like pain. Followed by burning veins. The worst pain I believe a human can endure. Pricilla Muller - Cillamuller@gmail.com South-Africa

My original headache was over a year posr injury.

My best friend was in a car crash about two years ago, and he's had a headache ever since. He takes lots of ibuprofen for it, which makes his throat and stomach bleed. Maybe with this information I can finally get him to get a brain scan to see if it is this and can be treated professionally.

Thank you so much this is a wonderful description of PTH. It is the most descriptive and complete account I have read so far. I have had PCS for two and a half years following an RTA, which has not significantly improved. I often feel people, including some doctors, grow tired of hearing me complain about headaches and dizziness and because there is a legal case I think some people (those who don't live with me) are a bit cynical about my symptoms, which sadly are extremely real. Reading this article helped me, thank you.

PLEASE  CONTACT  ME   I  AM  VERY  SICK  OVER  3  YEARS>  TRAUMATIC  HEAD INJURY           baluniac@yahoo.com

sad but the medical profession has such doctors. My brother was wrongly transfused with O-positive blood even after I had informed the doactors he was O neg. Sad but true. Never trust your life with them. Seek a second opinion.

In June of 1987, I was the patient of an HMO doctor.  I found out later from his other patients he had the reputation of being a butcher, harming his patients more than helping them.

When he tested me for allergies, he gave me a large injection of histamine to prove that any reaction I had to allergens being tested was lesser by comparison.  As he injected the histamine, I heard a "fizzzzPOP" inside my brain, and immediately went into shock.  When I got home I collapsed on the floor and passed out till the next day.  I awoke to find a heavy crusting of blood in and around my left ear.  There was nothing wrong with my hearing; I did not rupture my eardrum.  The center of the associated pain was slightly above and in front of my ear, about an inch inside my skull.

From that day forward I have had brutal migraines on my left side.  Every time I try to explain my migraines to a doctor, he is completely dismissive, claiming that it isn't possible for my brain to bleed out through my ear.  Even though my MRI's have shown no damage ever, there is an injury.  Doctors use my MRI as proof that I am malingering.  

I have learned from review of research articles, that very little is known about the deeper brain.  It cannot be observed during a patient's life because it would cause too much trauma to the outer brain tissues in any attempt to go deeper.

I have had an ischemic stroke, and most recently, brain damage.  Although I was a gifted writer, I went from no mistakes to 10 or 15 per page.  All the mistakes are omitted words.  This brain damage was the direct effect of medical care being withheld.

Even though I have suffered greatly for many years, I am still a medical pariah.  Doctors have ice water in their veins.  They are so concerned about protecting their high incomes and significant assets that they now have overtly adversarial relationships with patients like me (or perhaps all patients).

Most recently, my pain management clinic dumped all narcotics patients, so I am starting over again. Until I am able to overcome the overwhelming prejudice, by assembling my entire medical history (and doing whatever else needs to be done), no one will touch me.  I was even refused treatment at two local emergency rooms. 

As a result of this calloused attitude toward me, I have been unable to obtain any help for the last eight months.  This summer, at the height of hot, humid weather with low barometric pressure, I experienced very obvious brain damage to my language ability, which I described above.  Last week I had my first cluster headache, reflecting my deteriorating condition.

For three months I could hardly get out of bed.  My husband chose to retire so he could help me get the medical care I so badly needed.  We are working together now to prepare a thorough history, and also to carefully vet potential doctors using internet reviews and other resources.

How has the medical profession sunk so low?  They may not be ashamed, but I feel deeply ashamed on their behalf.  My husband and I are planning to move to California in hopes that the medical profession there has not been rendered incompetent due to arrogance and self-serving, self-centered concerns.  "First do no harm" is a distant memory  for them.  I wish I could report a single doctor who is treating me humanely, but there is no such person.M

6 years ago this May, I was rear ended while sitting at a stop light.  Unfortunately I also had 2 other major events going on around that time with 2 people that I cared about and I have fibromylgia.  The morning after the accident, I had a headache and it hasn't gone away since!  My legs also bother me and the symptoms sound like restless leg syndrome but maybe the accident or fibro has something to do with it?  As for the headaches, I had an MRI and brain CT and nothing was found.  I tried a chiropractor and an acupuncturist and neither helped.  :(

I had a car accident 9 yrs ago and the roof of the car came down on me, hitting the right upper back side of my head. I blacked out and the impact destroyed a vertebra and almost got paralyzed. Got some nerve damage on my neck but survived. To this day I get really bad headaches on the same spot that the roof of the car hit me, I do get normal headaches too but the one where the car hit always feel like if the accident just happened.

I recently received a hit to the head with the side of the window. It hurt bad but I did not black out. Neither did I bleed. Then three days after I had a headache, took some medicine and that was it. But then about two days after I began to experience very low pain headaches nonetheless it was annoying me. Then from time to time I feel pain on the right side of my head. I don't know why because the blow was to the top left side of my head. Not sure to wait it out or seek help ASAP.

My headaches are getting worse since my fall, I have tried ibuprofen and other similar drugs. I really need help with this

I' d like to add that some prayer to God, or at least some introspection to the self can also give hope for any head injuries, etc. All perhaps is related, i.e. the physical, mental as well as spiritual. People this way shouldn't lose hope.

This has been the most helpful page out there that I've found. I was head butted a few months ago at work, trust me it's a long story. As many of us know from personal experience, the work comp doc was not very helpful. My headaches grew to a point of desperation, so I put a post on Facebook begging for advice. One of my friends asked if I had tried acupuncture. Since I hadn't and she was having positive results for a different condition, I decided to give it shot. So far I've had two treatments and I went from throbbing headaches everyday to enjoying my first weekend in two months headache free. I can't say it will work for everyone, but I'm glad I can finally start living fully again.

Me too -I was assaulted and hit in the face. as i fell i caught myself with only a minor bump to the back of my head - FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGIST is helping.
Three weeks ago I had a terrible fall, face planting straight onto concrete. No loss of consiousness, but a lac above my eye and contusions from my glasses as well as broken cartilage in my nose with a mega bloody nose. Seemed to be recovering well enough until a few days ago when I began to have balance issues. Then today I was hit with a long, but quite bearable headache. In reading other posts I became aware of recent short term memory loss and spelling errors and word searching. I now think this must be a mild case of post concussion syndrome. Would anyone agree that my symptoms, though mild, fit the pattern?
I was hurt at work when a limb fell from a tree and hit me on head and neck. I started therapy after 5 weeks and still continuing therapy. I have had a dull to sever headache constantly. Driving I notice will get headache going also sun light. I hope in time with therapy and rest that these headaches will finally go away.
My daughter got a concussion in February 2013, she was in 8th grade. The doctors (sports medicine docs) told her to rest and gradually try to get back to school. After 4 weeks of rest she was sent to a Neuropsychologist. She missed 4 full weeks of school and then finally was able to attend 1/2 days until the end of the school year. She went 1/2 days in the afternoons while the other kids were at their specials classes (art, gym) and her teachers graciously worked with her one on one. If it wasn't for that she wouldn't have finished the 8th grade. She went through and is still going through numerous therapies. I will say that I would insist on therapy sooner because her first headache relief was from physical therapy for her neck at 5 weeks from concussion. Then she had Vestibular therapy (for balance, dizziness, etc.) this was amazing. She was a gymnast always flipping and flopping and after her concussion she couldn't even turn around in a circle without falling over. Vestibular therapy corrected that for her. Then she had Light and Vision Therapy, her eyes weren't working as a team and that caused a lot of her symptoms. The light therapy seemed crazy but it did seem to help and its purpose it to relax the brain and nervous system. She got tempoary glasses with prisms in them to help her eyes too. Then she saw an Occupational Therapist to help with everyday things and now she is seeing a Speech Therapist, not for speech but for memory. She is now in 9th grade and has a 3.7 gpa which is great but she is worried about remembering things long term and taking exams and keeping up with her sports also. It's been a long road and we aren't to the end yet but these are things that have helped her. It is also very important to stay hydrated, have regular sleep schedules and to eat healthy. She can tell when she overdoes it and she will get a "Concussion" headache still, she can tell the difference.
I understand. My son had a trauma in school....hit in the eye with a football was given no care. Then found to have a chiari malformation..had surgery and has never been the same. He has fallen and hit his head 3 additional times. He has severe headaches dizzy sensitive to light and sound...nasuea...memory and motor function issues concentration problems and all we get are meds. Nothing helps. He suffers in hell everyday only 18 no life no function nothing to look forward to. We have been to every doctor possible and i dont know what to do?? They just keep saying post traumatic brain injuriy....P.T. Concussion..P.T. vascular headache but noone knows how to fix.?????
These stories have been so helpful. Could we start a chat support group? I was in a very bad car accident in March 2013.The car went off the road around a curve and down a 20 foot embankment,hitting 16 trees and landing upside down in a creek.I lost consciousness several times and can't remember anything. I was lifestared to a trauama hospital. Miraculously,I only fractured the occipital condyle,dislocated my pelvis,broke some ribs and had multiple head contusions and 2 bad concussions.It wasn't until August 12 that I started getting daily headaches. Honestly, Im so exhausted. I'm still in P.T.,but my life has stopped! I cry and don't know why,sentences blend together,the anxiety and panic attacks are so scary. The dr's presribe drugs and just set up another appointment. I know I should be so grateful God spared my life and that He has a purpose for all this. I do try to be. I feel so alone. Im still single and was scheduled to return to school in January. Why can't I fight this? Any suggestions? And if anyone is interested in an online chat support group,let's do it. Because we understand each other and that's so important
I suffered a mild brain injury in Oct 2012. The only reason I knew it was a concussion was that I developed some shooting pain (occipital neuralgia) a few days later. If not for that I would have only thought I got a good bonk on the head. Afterwards I experienced pretty debilitating post concussive syndrome- near constant headaches, light sensitivity, nausea, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, muscle soreness, TMJ, irritability, and feelings of hopelessness and grief. Then one day in March I went to see a guy who practiced "functional neurology". He tracked my eye movements and was able to quickly set me up with brain exercises that helped me improve function in the damaged area of my brain. Totally drug free, inexpensive, and I experienced immediate improvement. I got back to most of my normal activities fairly quickly. When I experienced struggle, he'd see me quickly and alter my exercises, and it always helped. He's recently moved away and I'm now experiencing occasional relapses, which are a bummer. But I have found another functional neurologist in my area and I plan to continue treatment with him. Anyway, it's a process, but I hope my story can help someone else. I am totally on the path to healing. Although I can't claim 100% success just yet, there are things we can do other than wait it out and take drugs!
I've been suffering headaches for years already after an injury I had on the top left side of head around eyebrow I visit doctors but they just give me pills to take some of them help and the pain goes away but after several months to a year it would come back and last the whole day for one or two weeks. This site gave me some good information I needed.
Share every ones pain and stories, my TBI was 9 weeks ago and the headaches were also insane. Nausea, dizzy, walking like a drunk, the more I pushed the worse it was, BP through roof, huge spikes of pain in head, head constantly feels full, this electrical sensation at top of head and so on. 2 weeks ago really became scarry and bad, numbness in lower face, numbness in left arm, right ear plugged and I lost memory of what I'd been doing that day. Ended up in emergency (2nd time), new CT scan which is overlapped with prior and told no significant changes noted. They have found damage Eschemia but say it's consistent with someone my age with prior BP treatment. Doc gives me some wafers for nausea, Tylenol and tells me it's concussion and like many sports pros make take year. So everyone knows rest of story, sorry we can't help, suck it up and go home. HERE'S ONE TIP FOR PAIN that the Doc gave that REALLY HELPED. Emergency Doc said he takes a very aggressive approach with his newly diagnosed Concussion patients by telling them to go home, Blacken Out light in a room ( Blacken means NO Light, Not even LED's) and stay there one week. No TV, computer, phones, reading, exercising or anything that stimulates brain. I went home, used and tacked up construction sized Glad bags over windows, blocked out all light, tapped over LED's with Duck Tape and Oh There is a GOD, what a difference it made. It was like so welcome a reprieve that would make you cry. Freinds helped bring me groceries, the first 3 days I couldn't eat, no motivation and then I started to notice change. The last 3 days I noted significant improvement (from 1-10 scale with 10 as worst pain) mine went from 8-9 scale down to 4-5 and then finally 2-3. Rule is once pain free try 15 minutes light duty exercise or reading, retreat back to where you were if pain returns. And on and on. They gave me the sheets for a program for TBI injured youth in Canada at www.thinkfirst.ca which gives 6 Steps to guide you. They said same principles apply for Adults and program developed by Nurosurgeons, Nurologists and MD's. reference site menu for sheets for coaches, parents, patients and even nurses, Docs. All I can say is I still have major problems ... But this blacken a room out strategy is a God sent reprieve. All it costs is the time to try, commitment to stick it out (it's NOT easy) and the Glad Bags large enough to black out windows and all light. It's also amazing the fight you sense your brain going through those first days. Slept like I hadn't in 8+ weeks. Still struggle with any progress but I can go home and find relief, not perfection, just relief and it's Beeutiful .... Why didn't someone say sooner. BKD
i suffered a tbi in 1974 following a road accident.i went through the windscreen of a car.i had multiple broken body parts my neck included,therefore patching that all together took preference.i had lacerations all round my head. the scar goes down the centre of my brow l h side brow bone broken ,continues down tight across my left eye socket at the top down to the corner along over to the top of my ear then round the top joining in a circle at the middle of my head. i have headaches all the the some worse than others .but lately i been getting a severe stabbing pain from ltor in my head n my gp reckons it is just nerve pain. he says the brain doesnt feel pain ,correct, and my headaches have nothing to do with my brain i anm in lincoln england please advise who i can see thank you H X
I am so glad I found this. I thought I was making up my symptoms. Headache going on for a year, loss of concentration, logical thinking, memory. But I will not go for antidepresants, they have too many side effects. I will try alternative therapies, balanced lifestyle.
yo i really hope this doesn't last 6 months, i gave blood at school and 2 hours after i passed out due to low blood pressure, because i was passed out i do not know if i knocked my head but i lay down for an hour and then had to go, yet i had a head ache ALL that day, and ever since then thank you everyone...i have been getting one everyday. i am very sensitive to light and noise and temperature and really stressed out about things that usually don't stress me out. school has become very difficult and my exams are coming up.. i think i need to go to my doctor :O
About a month ago I was injured on the job. I was attacked by a patient at a campus for developmentally disabled adults. My head was slammed onto the floor..... I now get headaches everyday and some get so bad that I end up getting sick. Light hurts my eyes, trying to do paperwork (light duty) is frustrating, and I end up staring at a wall when people talk to me for a long time. The husband isn't very supportive because he said he got hit all the time in football as a teenager and was fine. I have young children so I can't rest like if like to. Im thinking of getting acupuncture. Anyone have luck with that? Any natural way of handling this?
Im so glad i found this. I had an work accident Aug 2012 I am 6' tall and i felt straight on my face i broke my left hand and smashed my face pretty bad. It was the biggest bang i ever heard when my head hit the concrete. I went into shock and started throwing up. Several hours later i went to the hospital and had a cat scan done and had my hand put in a temporary splint. The CT showed no mayor injuries so they told me I'm fine. They did not even say that i have an concussion and that i should stay home for a few weeks. So i only concentrated on my broken hand for the next 2 month. I went back to work 2 days after my accident on light duty. Looking back now i should had stayed home for 6 weeks and give my brain a rest. I had a headache everyday, and been told that is normal give it 6 month and everything is back to normal. 1 year later i still have a headache everyday. My memory is horrible i've been living Groundhog Day over and over. I make doctors apt always same day same time so i have 3 apt on Thurs at 10 until i remember and reschedule 2. Before the accident i could multitask ,i was good in math, i could solve 2-3 problems at the same time. Now i can do nothing anymore. I was in the middle of renovating my house. You have to be thinking 10 steps ahead putting in a bathtub or sink, i get stuck on the 1 thought and even if i make it to the 3rd thought its gone right after i stop thinking about it and the next day i have to start all over from scratch. This whole thing is so frustrating even little things like i wanna get up to get something by the time I'm standing i forgot what i was gonna get. In the middle of driving somewhere i forget how to get there. If you tell somebody they say 'oh your getting old' . My first doctor try to tell me that I'm depressed and i told her no i am not depresses I'm totally frustrated, and that i would like to see a neurologist. That is 10 month after accident. That apt was the best, the doctor actually knew what i was going thru, she said that all my little shortcuts that your brain creates probably are gone and that my brain will create new once but it will take some time. She suggested acupuncture but l&i doesn't pay for that so i went for cranial pressure point massage to get rid of my headaches, but i still have headaches. My pressure that i had every morning got better. Im maybe lucky that i have no migraines, just an headache, that i got use to living with without meds. Will go for acupuncture in the next few weeks. I will call my insurance to see how much my copayment is. I have big hope for that, if it works i will come back to this site and update on it. I hope everybody will find what works for them. Don't give up
In 2004 I was involved in a head on collision and when the wreck was discovered i was unconcious and my head was in the windsheild. I do not remember a lot from this wreck or even after the wreck. I was in and out of consiousness and at the hospital they said I only had a concussion and treated and released me. about six months after the wreck I started getting these extremely bad headaches and here I am almost ten years later and I still get these headaches and can barely function when i have one. I have been to several doctors and they all just tell me to take tylenol or the generic and seem to blow me off. After finding this site today I will be going back to a doctor to see if it is possible that this could be a long lasting after effect of my car wreck because before that I hardly ever got headaches and know i get them everyday and sometimes several times a day. This site was very helpful.
Hi I was in a motorcycle accident in 2008 it has now been almost 5 years. I still get headaches all the time. Blurred vision and short term memory loss. A car pulled out in front of me I was riding my 1 year old 2007 gsxr. I Hit the back break nothing, down shifted with the front break NOTHING. I flipped and crushed the car with the bike smashing me into the drivers side door. I broke my back,8 ribs, punctured my right lung, fractured my neck, broke all my fingers ripping my left ring finger off. I broke my left wrist and hand. I hit so hard I jammed my elbows, shoulders wrists and hands. I had a lot of road rash also. I have also lost my job, friends, and loved ones due to the nature of my accident. The woman who caused the accident didn't have good insurance at all. The insurance had $27,000.00 coverage. I cry sometimes because I know im not what I use to be. I use to love life so much more and was a real strong FREE person. Now sometimes I get scared to go out of the house. Thank you all for posting all the situations that you all have encountered. I know there are alot of people like me out there and feel the same way that I do. I also think that I have been misdiagnosed. I hit so hard I broke my full face helmet down the right side and could pull it apart. My head actually hurts atm and I pray to god that it would stop. I know life has its ups and downs and to live is to feel pain. It would just be a lil easier to deal with if I knew it was my fault that im like this. Its very hard for me sometimes and now im diagnosed with severe depression as a result of the accident. Thnx for reading keep ur head up and smile that's what its all about =D
I just found this site and am dealing with a relatively new head injury. My son fell off a scooter and hit his head and bled from the ear. Then, on the way to the hospital to get that checked out, the car he was in was hit by a drunk driver. He had a temporal skull fracture and bleeding in the brain -- a few days later he developed partial facial paralysis. We are 3 weeks out. He is home from the hospital, still having headaches, and trying to figure out what his life will look like now -- he is 16 -- was a straight a student and played multiple sports -- now we are not sure. If anyone has any advice -- looking back on your own journey -- of what you would have done differently at this point, I would love the advice. It's just so hard to know what to do -- they tell you to just rest...but maybe we should be doing more.
Interesting. In 1968, age 11, I flew over the handlebars of my bicycle and landed on my head (and face). The concussion was severe enough (I was unconscious on and off for four hours or more; I don't remember!, and the days afterward are pretty much a blur since I slept through them) that they delayed surgery to repair my broken upper maxila for two days and would wake me up every fifteen minutes for the first 24 hours. Fast forward to about 2003 when I really remember getting headaches (especially with just before we get rain) that feel as though my head is in a vice. The entire top of my head feels almost crawly and the front of my head simply hurts, like a dull deep pain, especially over my eyes. Usually on days like that, all I can do is take a nap. Even as I write this on the umpteenth day of rain, the top of my head seems crawly, and have taken naps three days in a row. I was tested for mold and mildew allergies in 2002 to try to explain the headaches... now I am beginning to wonder if they are all connected to this long-ago concussion. Add to that someone saying to me the other day that my face is assymetrical almost as though I have Bell's palsy. So I am surfing the web to see if perhaps this all is connected to my severe concussion so many years ago.
Two weeks ago i was sitting on a desk at school and was pushed off by a friend. I hit my neck and my head on another desk when i fell. I don't remember the first minute or two afterwards, but i remained conscious. I have had a not stop headache for these two weeks, and i still feel nauseous, irritable and unable to eat much. I went to the doctor the day after it happened and he said it was just muscle damage to my neck. I can't concentrate on my school work or social life, and painkillers don't help with the headaches. Should i get it checked out again?
I had a mild head injury in which I did not black out. CT scan found no evidence of injury. After two months of severe headaches, I discovered that if I ate some breakfast before coffee in the morning, no headaches. Coffee first = headaches.
I am a 47 year old male with a history of concussions from sports as a kid. Even had a fractured skull. Then last July was at a complete stop and rear ended at an estimated 60-70 mph. Was instantly in a fog. Have been suffering through concussion symptoms for months. Lost my job because of it. Through vision therapy and physical therapy have very slowly started to feel a little better. But if I try to live a "normal life" I apparently stress my brain and then the symptoms worsen very quickly. This is going on a year now and extremely frustrating and depressing. I am one of the lucky ones. They tell me I will eventually get completely better. But it takes time and a lot of patience. And the hardest part is trying to not let the depression run your life.

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