What Happens When a Brain Bleeds?

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Multiple concussions can cause permanent brain damage.See a physician/neurologist with a background in concussive head injury asap.

Yes go get you a MRI!!! Immediately that is just something you don't play around with you could be bleeding in your brain. My grandfather is on hospice now he started off having bad headaches on the right side of his head come to find out he has tumors and bleeding on his brain. Please go get help your young and get it taken care of and don't wait too late. I have a 16 year old son too! Please go! You can get a CT scan but an MRI will be able to see nerves and things like that better. Take care

Please get an MRI done. My grandfather was in a car accident three months ago. Just this past week started complaining about headaches again. He had bleeding on the brain. They performed surgery. One side of brain is draining. Waiting on other to drain. Everything will work out for you!

You need a CT scan as well as an MRI. Even now. Three concussions in such a short period of time is dangerous. Look up the recent video interview of Dr. Bennet Omalu and Brett Favre, the football player for some information. My teenager just had a concussion and the CT scan detected a previous brain bleed we never knew about. It left a stain called hemosiderin deposit. He will need to stop playing football and all contact sports for the rest of his life. Good luck 19lrath

Honestly if i was in your position i would definabtly go see a doctor to get an MRI just to be safe, i mean what could it hurt? I broke my neck about 8 years ago and i didn’t go into the doctor for 2 weeks because i had just simple pain and didn’t think anything of it. Once i eventually did see a doctor it turned out i fractured C2 and i was put in a halo. Moral of my story is, yes you should see a doctor just to be sure and so you don’t have to spend your time worrying.

My dad went to the hospital
He went in walking and talking
After that they gave him some meds had a reaction to it .
Had a bleed to his brain and now he can't speak or eat and was sent home like that would someone please tell me was that malpractice

My father went in perfectly fine for a surgery and had a brain bleed. Did they drain your fathers bleed? They refused to drain my father’s and now he has a trach and doesn’t react to us. I am wondering the same thing. I hope your father is better.

Hi All and Thank You for sharing all of your painful experiences . I, myself had a car accident almost 12 yrs ago and I was DOA when got to hospital . They say I was all already completely blue, purple, black from head to toe... Mine happened fast and I think they said i actually passed away at my apt., not sure of many details due to my family doesn't share much of it with me .... I know the nuerosurgeon said there was absolutely no hope and was waiting for my 2 other children to arrive to get with my daughter who lived close by and came to hospital, but they had to make a decision to remove me from life support ...... as that was being discussed they said a nurse in the room with me saw a finger of mine vaguely move and told doctor but he said it was reflexes...... my daughter started screaming for him to do something and he threw me in the OR and cut left skull off and stitched up my vein.... at same time he told my daughter best case sinerio would / could be that i would be a complete vegetable and he had no hopes of that at all.... he just felt - i am assuming - that i was already dead ...... well, he was in shock and the entire staff.... when i woke up some time later i was talking and knew all of my family (which is alot to know b/c such a large family and all were there) At that point he and staff called me their Miracle :) Never by my name seriously, just my miracle ..... he couldn't say anything else .... the scale ( forgot what it is named ) that tells you i suppose the condition of the brain well, mine was 3 and that is dead from what i have been told ..... i am one blessed woman ..... i was 51 yrs old when it happened and since 4 major spinal ops also but still not corrected and basically to go anyplace and walk i must go in wheelchair due to cannot walk much at all - the pain is unbarable if i do ..... i just cannot anyway b/c my body just won't work ..... there is so much detail to all of the last 12 yrs but much too much to begin to tell .... i thank GOD for saving me and the amazing nuerosurgeon who operated on me and his staff ..... but i did want to say this,,,,, i find the older or longer since the accident i tend to be getting worse and worse ..... i can barely walk out of my front door to go on porch ..... i cannot go any place that i am not so very uncomfortable in my own skin and so very many other things that i realize more and more of them getting worse ..... i would like to know if this is normal - as normal as tbi can be anyway - or what ? i must close now due to trembling which occurs with every little thing i tend to do and that is not much..... i have become so liimited last few yrs that i, at now 64 yrs of age come this November, i am concerned how much worse things will get b/c i feel i am still young and yet feel so old at same time .... always exhausted and all things get to me and my anxiety goes out of the roof and as i mentioned so very much more that henders me in life but like i say i am truly blessed to be here and then able to be so aware of so much after all of the diagnosis' given to my family ...... i hope i haven't put this down and it is near impossible to understand - that is another downfall ..... the lack of ability to communicate effectively any longer ..... feel as though ii am only existing !!!!
thank you for any help you could give and also i pray for all of you suffering from having this or those that are dealing with a loved one with it and definitely the ones whom have been loss..... so sorry to you all and GOD BLESS
Keep on Keepin' On - sort of a motto for me .....

I had a STBI years ago and was in Coma for 28 days. My brain stem were sheered and I was without vitals for 20 minutes......they resissated me and my brain swelled and I suffered Grand Mal seizures. I had a second impact syndrome within months of the first brain injury, Is it true that my brain fluid can go down my spinal cord and cause MS later on in life? I have been bullied by the medical profession that seems to think it is gunny I have cogniative issues that they can make fun or even question after I survived such a serious brain injury. Being laughed at because of my disability......Dr. F. Glynn's office and staff make fun of me and I had to learn how to do everything all over again and now I reach out to the medical profession for help and they are bulling me> Please help me and others that are being looked over and made fun of when struggling to be seen and heard... Deborah Hudson

My mom fell down stairs they sed she had a bleed on brain but they managed to sort it then next day she died why

I tripped and fell flat on my face on cement my nose was bleeding really bad my forehead and chin also hit the cement I got a headache put ice on my face. I went to the hospital later that night after the ct scan they said I had a small brain bleed they watched me for a few hours and let me come home. If I stand up or bend down or walk my head will start hurting with some small sharp jabs of pain the next day I don’t throw up but my tummy feels icky. The fall was Saturday morning and this is late Monday night and my eyes blur some.

I was thrown from my horse caused by car accellerating into him, i flew through air and my riding hat flew off too, really tight fit but strap not done up. I landed on road. Blood coming from ear and unconcious. I was in a coma with notes reading 2 and 6 on gcs. Apparently i moving around, no retina can be seen ( unsure what that could tell) and screaming. My wuestion is i am certain i recall an awareness whilst in coma of shame but only brief, apparently i had bleed on brain but not treated. Is it possible i bleed after my awareness in coma as after i woke up i really had no shame as such and lacked awareness in my behavior but was misdiagnosed for long long time so it was hard recovering. Would i have been in a vegative state? I remember nothing except this shame feeling. I could breathe but not respond to anyone except for screaming. I would be grateful for reply

sad that you did not get a reply from the doctor. You are a wonderful woman, never doubt it. You were cruelly abused by the system (in the UK) and those who were around when your injury occurred. Enjoy the best, don't dwell on the demons

My brother had a stroke and brain anurysm while driving. He hit a pole which sent him down an embankment where he hit a tree. This happened 5 months ago. The surgeons are doing a one-year study on him because of the type of aneurysm he had called bottle neck aneurysm. He is still on life support. When I talk to him he will answer me by nodding his head. Because of the trach he cannot speak but he melts words to that I understand. I asked him what color I'm wearing and he'll tell me correctly. He will joke with me and try to smile but he is paralyzed on the left side. He can wiggle his fingers and move his foot a little on the left if you ask him to.. I am there every day but he doesn't remember me being there. He developed a blood clot in his left leg which was resolved. He now has pneumonia and c-diff for the second time. Did I mention 24 years ago he had an aneurysm. This is his second one. Do people ever recover from this? I have power of attorney over him and I'm terrified to make any decisions on his life. If there's any praying people out there please pray for my brother Charles and please pray I have God's Divine Direction. Please. Be blessed...

My brother was in a motercycle accident last week. He was hit by a car. My brother had no helmet on. He is in ICU and has five brain bleeds. I am desperately trying to figure out what how his life will be if and when he wakes up. Please pray for us ours has never been a good relationship. I don't want to leave his side and my heart is broken. I wish I could tell him I love him more than the room and stars. I'm so sorry Jimmy. please come back to me.

My dad woke on Monday morning strong and did his usual routine and went back to his room to listen to the 6am news. About 6:05am my called for me and said my dad was paralyzed. We rush him to a hospital near by and they asked for CT which came back to show the was blood leak at the left side of his brain. Due to this he was declared to have suffered a stroke. He can't talk or even open his eyes. we have being searching for a neurosurgeon to help us but to no avail. may i please know any other way of keeping him till we get a specialist. Am in Ghana- West Africa. Thank you.

I had a brain bleed when I was in 8 grade due to a football accident I thought I just had a headache but went to the hospital after I kept throwing up with a migraine to find out my actual Brain was bleeding! Shortly after I had my skull cut open and theblood drained woke up with a tube in my head and my penis (catheter) I tried to rip both out and the doctor yelled at me. I still retained my memory and functions but my math skills and focus time frame went down tremendously after that , but I am blessed to still be alive and well, although numbers and reading takes me longer ever since the surgery things could be a lot worse, there is hope people have faith

Do not ignore simple symptoms and allow the doctor to fob you off with the simplest explanations. You do not have to fall to have a bleed. My symptom was simply numb fingers that the doctor said was sure to carpal tunnel syndrome! After a seizure a few days later and subsequent MRI scan it revealed a bleed on brain. Luckily the bleed was not significant impact and over a year resolved itself. The root cause was never identified despite having two angiograms. I was living an active lifestyle and eating healthy. Still have numb fingers and have to take anti-epileptic drugs.

Hi my friend fell at work 8ft down he was unconscious and bleeding from ears nose and mouth!! In the hospital they say he has a fractured skull and has a brain bleed!! The bleeding has not stopped but when he is waken up he gets really aggressive so they have him asleep for him not to pull out the tubes!! This is so sad but I would like to know what are his chances of recuperating and being ok from all his functions?

My mom was also on Plavix and was a fall risk but only had bleeding to the brain one time. We had gone to the Dr. to get a chest X-Ray. While the tech was preparing her, my mom fell in the room and hit her head. Since the Dr. knew she was a fall risk, there should have been 2 people in the room helping. She was rushed to the hospital and the CT scan found a small amount of bleeding on the left side of her brain. Another CT scan was done and Dr. said the blood was going away. They sent us home 2 days later. I asked to repeat the scan before we left the hospital and they said it wasn't necessary. A week later, while my mom was getting her stitches out, I asked the Dr. to redo the scan and again he said it wasn't necessary. Five weeks later, my mom died of intracranial hemorrhage to the left side of the brain. Does anyone think this is a malpractice?

You'll probably get all kinds of opinions on here. I've had two TBIs and the best recommendation I could give is for you to call an attorney. Don't wait. They will tell you if you have a case or not. If you wait too long, you might go past the statute of limitations.

yes. My husband is experiencing similar circumstance now. I am going to insist on a new CT scan since his stroke in April was the only one done and he has a constant headache that won't go away with any type of medication

Yes the doctors should have listened to you. I believe you sjould

Sorry about your loss. It's especially bad when doctors don't listen to your pleas for help and dismiss all your concerns, and are careless and wrongful, and then deflective of any responsibility for killing your Mother.
I know all too well about it. I went to 6 hospitals with Mum and no one would listen to me about my concerns they just said the symptoms mum was having were Alzheimer's. They wouldn't give her brain scan or anything the just said she had an attitude problem. She was labelled and punished till death. She actually had a brain haemorrhage. They starved her to death in the end _no compensation for the dead . Doctors were surprised about what occurred but immediately deflected responsibility and disappeared from the hospitaluntil mum died. That's all their good at destruction and coverups

Omg. Yes. There was a total lack of care & concern for your precious mom. How dare they not follow-up. It will not bring your mom back but in her honor send these SOB's a message loud & clear and seek justice for Mom. God Bless. So sorry for your loss.

My husband had a brain bleed & was give CT scan was later followed up couple weeks later with MRI so seems as though this is what should have been done with your Mum.

yes seek justice ,they are doctors they should always double check .

Sorry to hear about it...

This is total irresponsibility of the concern Doctor and negligence. He/She should be fired and the licence should be suspended.

My wife and I went to her brothers to eat supper and I was telling her it seemed weird my mother hasn't called all day.  I sent her a text message, no response. Within the hour I get a call from her roommate saying my mother was on the floor passed out and would not respond but said she could move her hand.

When we got to the hospital the worst had happened -- she had been put on life support. When she first came in the doctors said half of her brain was basically dead. She still had a few movements of the shoulder and right arm. She would move when I told her "please fight through this with me I still need you." I looked up at her to kiss her forehead and her eyes were holding what looked like tears.

She didn't make it and later when I went to go get her stuff I checked her phone and there was a text saying "Joe I may need you come back I don't..." and that was the end of the message. She never sent it. I asked her roommate was her phone in her hand she said yes! That message was on draft at 4:00 am - just 2 hours after I left the night before. Her roommate found her around 5. My mother had laid on the floor for over 8 hrs with a hemorrhaging brain stroke and bleeding!

I was in shock thru that tragic two days I didn't ask the doctors the things I should have.  Please, somebody, tell me how she stayed alive for over 8 hours laying on the floor with her brain bleeding for the ambulance to find her unresponsive but passed away at the hospital? Why wasn't she able to make it if she had already lasted that long? She was 65 years old. Please, someone, I'm not dealing with this good at all. I need answers

So.sorry on the loss of your.dear mother at christmas past 4 weeks now my mothers carers found her on floor we don’t no time as my mother was unconscious it must of been hours as hypothermia had set in hospital they told us she had hours to live sadly mum passed away at 4 43 early morning I no exactly how you feel sadly nothing we can do only be there in there last hours will be thinking of you also if that was any help to you

Dear Joe, there are not always answers to our questions. There are many things in life that we might like to know why or have answers to,but we likely never will in this life.
I don't know what your beliefs are,but I don't really need to know them to tell you what I have learned to be truth. There is a Heavenly Father,His Son,&a Holy Spirit whom not only created each of us&this world we live in,but more importantly they all 3 love each of us to move Heaven&Earth for those who love them back&who will obey them to the best of our ability. God knows exactly what happened to your mom&He knows exactly how,&why it happened when it did. Each of us are born not only at the appointed time,but we have an allotted time to live,&then we each have a time to pass on into the next life. Anyone whom is wise focuses on getting this life right to prepare the best they can for the next life which lasts for eternity. This life which pales in comparison is only a chance for us to be saved and prepare for our next life.
The best and most important thing I can ever tell you is...Use this life wisely. Get to know our Lord Jesus as well as you can. Learn what He tries to tell&teach us all,&just do your best to do as He instructs. It will be much more than worthwhile when you enter into the next life for every moment you spend in this life obeying Jesus and living your life as He tells us to in the New Testament.
Get saved Joe,get right with God,&you will get the opportunity to ask Him anything and everything you want in order to learn the truth of everything.
That being said,I am sorry for your loss. I know very well how painful and upsetting it can be to see someone you love so much and are so close with pass on. I have gone through very similar things twice now which is what helped me turn to Jesus and seek salvation and peace through Him. There is no other path and no other way to the Father in Heaven than through Jesus Christ and what He did for each of us at Cavalry.
If you turn to Jesus and you seek your salvation,I believe you will find it in Him and through Him. You will find peace,&you may even find answers to a few of the questions you have. I hope that you do,&I hope you&I will one day meet in Heaven.
God bless you&your family and may He bring peace to you.

Sorry about your loss.
My mum brain must have been bleeding for months but we were ignored by dismissive doctors. I had 6 hospital visits and the doctors didn't even care to do any diagnosis like a ct scan.
In hospital I come in to visit my mum and she does look right. I ask for help and get told off by nurse. I ask if mum's having a stroke and they laugh at me. They tell me she's just resting she's Ben like that all day. I insist on getting doctor to see. I know this looks bad.
I'm in a major hospital and it takes 30min for a doctor to see us. She tells me that my mum is like this everyday. I insist that she isn't. The doctor does know what to.. My mum is having unable to talk, lift her arm, is having fits and convulsion and they try to tell me it's just normal.
I insist on another doctor urgently. Another 15 Min late another young doctor comes. Asks me when I last saw mum like this and I tell him she's been like that for 4 +months but hospital doctors never listen.
He checks blood sugar levels they are OK, so he finally rushes mum off for CT scan.
He comes back and says there a massive brain haemorrhage intra cerebral. There is not much home of survival. She's not a candidate for surgery. Would u like to make her comfortable? Mum lasted another 11 days without food or water, they starved her death in the end. I'm not handling it very well either. It was torture.
I think my mums bleed was a slow bleed. That's why she starved to death. Maybe your mums bleed was a fast bleed that caused too much pressure on critical parts of the brain. It would have been better if doctors were thorough and found out what really happened rather than making stuff up. It hurts. It's not care.

My mom has giant brain aneurysm since 18/8/2016 and recently she had congested 4th ventricle and cerebral hydrocephalus and edema .
Can anyone tell me what are the chances of survival.
She got fainted today and had a seizure

My brother while crossing the divider on the road, had a fall on the divider resulting in seviour right side head injury damaging 60% of the brain.There was profuse internal bleeding which according to Dr has 70% of the brain covered by blood.He was on Ecosprin like combination drug and Dr says because of this it is difficult to control the blood flow and the surgery is ruled out.He is in ICU and on medication with oxygen support and off and on ventilator.Please let me his chances of survival. It is very very urgent Please.

My friend met with an accident 2018 February and his right brain had swelling the doctor had removed his half skull for 1 month. Later they replaced it and now its bleeding from the stitched area may I know why this is happening


I had very serious brain injury, broken skull, some parts, I was unconsciousness I think 5 days and started remember in 6 day. I lost my mind if I was awaking up they say, dont remember. For me helped recover good diet, no sugar, fabric food it makes good to brain and no stress, even like bad video games. At first I dint understand that I have bad health, it takes time. Going out with him might be good, talking, go lunch etc. but no bad food.
Take care!

Hi there my brother was admitted into hospital for some severe headaches and his blood pressure was 240 over 165 and its been two days later and he is booked into a second hospital where the doctors gave the report via a CT scan that he's got blood on the brain and that his brain moved but they cannot yet say what is the cause of this problem.... Does anyone have a expert opinion as to what the cause might be besides a tumor....? From a very concerned brother who is just expecting some peace of mind through expert medical advice

My grandmothers is 73, she fell on her head and we have been informed she had two bleeds on the brain..what is the likely outcome?

I'm watching your post waiting for the same answer, my gma has just had surgery today to treat 2 bleeds on either side of her brain, she came out of surgery about an hour ago, just wondering how long will she be in hospital for xx

So I just went to the hospital today and after reading this it scares me even more but they said no bleeding but I’m still in pain so I was just walking and my sister in law said that I just fell back and hit my head I was unconscious and when she woke me up I was lost didn’t know what happened I went to get a ct scan and everything was good they said I need to wear a heart monitor to see why I just fell but I’m scared for my head now

my uncle age 65 suffered two brain strokes and now doctors are saying his brain is bleeding. he was already on ventilator due to decreased functioning of lungs . can he be cured as he is on ventilator from 2 weeks

I had a brain bleed. I had no pain or headache. I had been to the doctor and was told I had an ear infection. Went home that night, went to get out of bed and everything starting spinning, was nauseous and losing my vision. Laid down on the floor, called 911 and passed out. I came to in the ICU with a drain in my brain and I had a tube down my throat to breath. Was in ICU for 2 weeks then in the hospital for 2 months. Thank you GOD, I survived with out any paralysis, just my balance is off, so I need to be very careful. Letting everyone know there wasn’t a pounding headache of any kind. After being home and back for my checkup, I have encephalitis and the Doctors want to put in a shunt. I’m waiting for my next CT scan before I have anything more done. What is giving me problems are my eyes, so I’m making an appointment with an eye doctor. Oh BTW, they never found where the bleed came from.

Did they do any kind of brain scan for you before you ended up in the Hospitol on ICU? Any emotional problems...anger, dylusional thinking, etc?

I was diagnosed with a CSF leak after CT MRI w/o contrast of the brain & spine. Also had 2 brain bleeds (found by test). Had 2 failed blood patches. Then I️ went to a different hospital, had a blood patch in IR and had to lay flat for 24 hours! Still home recouping! Is it normal to have sharp pains in head (not constant) 2 weeks after blood patch?

I'm going through the same thing right now. I would like to know what you found out?

In the same condition now. Had a serve headache like never before and had a ctscan. I was airlifted to a hospital and they are running more tests. Second day for me with an angiogram scheduled later today.

my 19 year old son was in a car accident in April of 2017 and no MRI was ever done. He had a concussion, whip lash, bulged discs and injured leg. Has suffered with much more severe migraines and odd headaches like a baseball bat hitting the back of his head. We decided to go to ER for the next bad migraine he would have to try to expediate a neurology appt that was still way off in the future. ER doc gave him Toradol injection. 8 hrs. later my son had a brain bleed and a stroke . Was told in the ER that he may have a horrible rebound migraine. We called PCP and was seen 2 days later. PCP ordered Mri, which was done 1 and half weeks later which showed brain bleed with dried blood surrounding the pons. Was admitted to ICU neuroscience unit for 4 days and released was told to live life cautiously. All the other scans could not tell where the bleed came from because of all the dried blood that was 2 weeks old (when stroke occured). He begins therapy because stroke caused weakness on his right side . They couldn't tell us much other than to have another MRI with contrast in 3 months and maybe they could have a better idea of his problem. I'm scarred if it is a recurrent bleed, which they said is possible. Has anyone ever heard of this happening from Toradol. The nurse did say he was giving him more than the usual dose because he "is a big guy". My son is 6'5 and 265 pounds.

Where do you live? Sounds like a bunch of quacks looked at your son from the day of the accident and has continued since. The biggest idiot was the Dr. who didn't give him proper care in the first place after the accident. He Never should have let him out the door without an MRI. Even a basic yahoo knows if you have a head injury what's the first thing you do? A Duh check his Head out. And since you cant see inside his head what should you do.....I tell ya its that dr. that needs his head examined, and not for injuries for stupidity! Just want to say sorry your son and you had to go through this, Its inexcusable if you ask me!

I accidentally fall on the floor and hit my head. I have laceration on my right eyebrow but it is now already treated. What I am worrying is that I have blood draining from my mouth, is this because my brain is bleeding?

My fiancé went to the hospital Monday and he didn't know he had water on the brain from him falling and passing out. Now he is in a coma but he is breathing on his own. Does this mean death or what? I'm so scared for him and myself. I hear so many stories. I'm in Virginia and he's all the way in Kentucky.