Post-Traumatic Headache After TBI

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I am a 20 year old college basketball player. I was hit many times in the head with a weeks time period. I was hit extremely hard twice. The fist was when I was guarding someone and her head hit my face and sent my flying backwards. I think I might have blacked out for a few seconds and I got up confused and dazed. But I went back in the game anyway. I know remember I experience a headache and memory loss after that hit. A week later in practice I was hit hard in the back of my head and fell to the ground. I got up and went back to playing. Then I got hit in the face right in the same spot I got hit a week before. Still I went back to playing, but in the drill we were doing, I started crying for no reason and I was confused. I was taken out and diagnosed with a concussion. The next few days after, I did not leave my dark room. The lights hurt my eyes so bad. People would try to talk to me but I did not speak, not even when my parents called. I was very emotional. The doctor sent me home to recover. He also thought that I probably received more than one concussion with all the hits I received. I came back to school after a few weeks of being at home. I went back to school and now it has been a little over two months after I got hit. I still have severe sensitivity to light and noise. I get extremely bad tension like headaches with sharp pain. Then I start crying for no reason. I am getting sick of my symptoms I want to be able to exercise again. It has been months since I got my concussions, I should not be experiencing symptoms like this still. It makes me wonder if something is wrong. I also think this is happening because I am back at college taking classes and studying and watching (very loud) basketball practice and games. The noise bothers me sooooo much. I where ear plugs all the time. Please help.

Do you still have problems ?

I am 17 and have had a severe concussion. My understanding was that I am not healed until I am 100% symptom free. Kinda confusing as everyone is talking about headaches after being healed

3.5 cm minengioma removed 9.5 mnths ago and then 4 weeks ago, hit my head really hard. Im told, dont hit your head again until it goes away. Im still having point tenderness where I hit. Is this normal.?

Im a 49 or old woman and on September 21, 2014 I was in a motorcycle accident most of the impact was my upper body and right side of my head. When I came to, after the accident my brain was shaking back and forth inside my scalp. The catscan came back normal but now I suffer everyday with a headache, my Chiropractor says my neck is sprained. These headaches ate constant, I wake up with one everyday. Im not sure what to do.

I know what it's like to live every day with headaches. I suffered a temporal bone fracture and jaw dislocation from a fall at work. I fell into some steel structure, hitting the right side of my head and fracturing my temporal bone. Neurosurgeon said that there was no trauma to the lobe that they could see and that the bone being pushed in and slightly rubbing on my temporal lobe would be of no consequence. I beg to differ. My fall was March 22 2013. Since then I have had jaw surgery to realign my right jaw. But I've noticed a constant headache and pressure behind my right eye, plus my vision has blurred a bit. Now it seems the only way they want to "fix" my headache problem is inject Botox in the affected area. Of course it doesn't take care of the blurry vision or the pressure behind my right eye. I've also noticed that my left eye has began to get red more often. No burning, no itching, no discharge other than watering at times. It's all strange to me. Also I can relate to the irritability, sleeplessness and loss of cognitive thinking.

My ex-boyfriend ,kept repeatedly hitting me in the same spot as well as others,but it's behind right ear that seems to have suffered more than I initially thought. my scalp is tender and is in constant pain feels like a baby's "soft spot" if you lots of pain ...can't ignore it!

I hit my head when I was about 10. I was sitting in a tyre leaning up against a wall, rocking back and forth, letting the tyre hit they wall. That last time I did it I hit my head, I was that dizzy I could not walk, my friends had to help me home as I could not see. I had to go hospital and they gave me an injection, I assume it was to stop me going dizzy. 

I hit my head again, the day I turned 18. Was stupidly drunk, ran down the stairs, blacked out and fell like a pencil 6-7ft straight to the corner of a table. I hit the left part of my head, where my hairline is. I lost hair there, I hear a clicking noise when I walk, still get pains to this day and it will be 5 years in 3 months. 

I was born with a squint, which I have had 6 operations, 3 on each. My eyes have gotten worse, vision in my right eye also. Have to wear glasses. I am seeing a neurologist soon, and also have been referred back to the eye doctor to get my squint checked out as they thinks its not my vision that is causing it, the lenses in my glasses are fine, so they think its from where I hit my head.

I also hit my head again the next year, june/july. I again was stupidly drunk, was ill for 4-5 days. I fell out of a bed and hit the door frame, and kept hitting my head. The same place I hit before. 

I still get pains to this day. I feel my blood pressure go up and I get a pain where I hit my head, it pulsates with my heart beat, and it makes me like put my head into my shoulders from where it hurts, I also get what I believe is de ja vu. Where I feel I have been there, but I get it where it makes me heave. When I am in or starting a de ja vu, I know the ways I am going to try to get out of it, which makes it worse, the feeling is horrible, it is much like being put to sleep for an op, if anyone knows that feeling. 

Like said above when I walk I hear a click in my neck or head. 

My focusing and concentration is worse. My speech is even gotten bad. I slur my words, get mixed up, feel like I am getting stupid. 

I will be talking about something, then all of a sudden forget what I am saying, and struggle to remember, sometimes I just give up because I cannot remember. Just sit there going...errm, errmm...swear I am going to become mentally retarted. I don't know if its anything, all connected or anything, just fed up now. 

went to spec savers again today as my new glasses I got last week are not doing what they should, seem worse. She asked about if I have hit my head, I told her about above. She wondered why I never mentioned this before. Also she shone a light into my eyes, I had to follow it. Every time I had to look up I would get a pain in my head. Kept having to squint cause it hurt. 

Hopefully once I have seen neurologist and eye doctor they can explain what this is. Believe my doctor recommended in my referral that I have a head scan. Hopefully that can show if its anything or nothing. 

I  suffered a mild concussion on January 28,2014 and to date I still suffer from pain in the occipital lobe on my head although that is  not where was injured and my left ear and upper jaw still hurts constantly. I now have migraine which I never had before and reading this article has given some relief that it is possible I will not  have to live with this forever. Thanks.

I was hit on my head 2 months ago by a heavy 10ft long aluminum beam that in cases a large security storage door. I've been dealing with many symptoms over the past couple months. I'm getting really aggravated by the slow healing process. Where I was struck I've been feeling a tingling burning pain on my scalp. My CT scan and Xray were normal and I'm waiting on results of my MRI. Could I possibly have nerve damage from the injury and would that show up on my MRI?

I am a Chiari patient and had brain decompression suffer in 2004. Following surgery I developed severe occipital neuralgia and migraines triggered by the surgery. I underwent a trial of neuro stimulation which was amazing. In 2007 I hand a neuro simulator implanted along my left occipital nerves and have been almost pain free since.
"We all know that knowledge is power. And in this case, the more knowledge and information a doctor has about a person's injury and the nature of the PTHA, the more effective treatment he can offer. First of all, the doctor needs to understand the person's history. Make sure the doctor reviews your medical records including your imaging tests." I was told by a medical doctor that he did not have the time to review all the medical records of his patients and relies on families to tell him about the history. Some doctors do not practice what they preach!
I am a survior of domestic violence. Around August 2012 i started getting headaches and they are just getting worse and worse everyday. I am aslo having weird side effects: signifagant weight loss (30 pounds) um forgetfullness about things happing now i can remember years ago but not a few hours ago if i eat or drink i voimit or dry heve for hours um i use foul language without any control i studder when i talk i can be awake for days without any sleep. my behavior is erriact. i am constentally being accused of doing drugs. sometimes i cant remember how to write or spell or even talk walk.
I hit my head twice on a cement floor and over the following week my brain swelled tearing a nerve from my ear to my brain, thereby leaking fluid through my ear and nose. Loss of brain fluid creates terrible headaches, I suffered for at least eight months with debilitating headaches. Not to mention stretching the ligamnets in my neck. All of this can be pretty hard to sort out so close to the injury.
I just wanted to say thank you for such an informative evaluate on the different types of headaches and stating the things I should know before speaking to my doctor. This is well written and easy to understand, even for a person like myself who had suffered cognitive effects from my head injury.
hello sir, m 21 yrs old boy and m suffering for migraine but now a days i am having pain at a particular point in my head apart form migraine headache....and in my childhood i had a injury at that is there any serious issues about this pain or it is the part of my migraine headache..please suggest..!!
Prolotherpy/prolozone is addressing my headaches that started with a 2008 rear-end collision. The prolotherapy (injections) treats ligament damage (stretched/lax) in head/neck/shoulders/upper back, facet joint damage, etc. This treatment has been around since the 1930s in one fashion or another. I had to learn about it on my own by researching my symptoms+whiplash (acceleration/deceleration injury). Otherwise I wouldn't have known about it or Barre-Lieou Syndrome. Warning, you will be scoffed at. I did not want to live on OTC anti-inflammatories or narcotic remedies. Mary (finally recovering)
As a chiropractor who suffered a TBI in 1985, I would like to point out that a significant number of headaches are related to the neurologic tension generated in the brain stem by these injuries. There are a group of Chiropractors specifically trained to manage these distressing consequences. This group IS NOT WELL-KNOWN by other Chiropractors or conventional medicine; they are Upper Cervical Chiropractors:
I\'m 3 yrs post TBI and having intractable migraine HA, along with vestibular disorder, neurogenic bladder, memory loss, depression, and some aphasia. I think this whole ordeal really sucks! Not a lot of hope for the future and nearly daily, unbearable, torturous pain with the migraines. Please encourage the neuro community to research better treatment options quickly because I see no value in continuing my life with this hell in my head. It is the invisable disorder because everyone questions why I am at home, in bed, with a home health nurse. If some of my neurologists could only walk 10 minutes with my migraine pain, I think they would be much more empathetic to relieve that pain! I understand, no one likes a migraine patient... we\'re very irritable and always asking for narcotics to relieve the pain, but we\'re still human beings and deserve to be treated with dignity, not like a drug-seeker. If I wanted to get high, it would be much easier to score drugs on a corner in the neighborhood than to sit for hours in an ER, only to listen to the doctor lecture me about narcotic use. Sorry, but I am irritable and angry about the ignorance of the medical community with regards to TBI. Thanks for letting me vent.
I suffered a TBI in 2002 to my frontal lobe. Since, I have had many changes to who I was and who I am today. One of the largest complaints aside from memory and what not are the headaches I recieve. I sometimes get very severe migraines that can last for days if I dont take medication immediately upon onset. More recently, I have started having "ice pick" headaches. They are short, almost thirty seconds or so, intense headaches that feel as though someone is carving at my brain. My eyes squint and tears flow. Before the motorcycle accident of 02', I have never experienced anything so excrutiating in my life. This article is very helpful and allows me to understand more why the headaches continue. And thank you to my mom for sending me the article.
I suffered TBI in 2003. Only had one severe headache to where I ended up in the hospital. That was post concussion. Now I have started getting intense headaches the last week now twice. Had a catscan and it came back negative. I am afraid now on top of my dizzy issues I am going to have these headaches off and on now. Today the headache was brought on after I went into a store with bright lights. Have been sensitive to bright lights after the initial injury, but never like this. Now I hope with this info to help get some relief. Good luck to those who are suffering from the same thing.
this article has been very useful, I am 10 yrs post TBI and have been having these stabbing pain like headaches for the last 2+ years. Most doctor's don't really know what to do, but this article has opened up some other avenues that I plan on looking into. Thanks again. Karin (Washington DC)
Interesting article. I have been diagnosed with migraines for several years and cervic-genic head for one year (10 years post TBI). They are chronic and get worse during the work day. This is valuable information that I will share with my pain doc. I have kept a variety of logs, but no one really bothered to look at them, maybe with this information, they will!
Thank you so much for this article. I have been suffering from chronic daily headaches ever since my serous concussion 35 years ago. My doctor kept telling me "it's just who you are" every time I brought the subject up, but she hadn't even asked any questions about them or looked into where they were coming from. I have just changed doctors because of this (I finally got fed up!), and he is willing to look into the headaches. This article has confirmed my decision to change doctors, as I find it hard to believe my headaches are not connected to the concussion, as they started shortly after the accident. Thank you again! Arlene Vancouver, BC