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Posted by: juan | 2007/04/10

Brain injury

I have recently recieved a massive blow to the back of the head. I recieved state hospital care but was only stiched up by a nurse and told to leave. I am currently suffering from severe head aches and my skull permanently feels like it's going to explode ! I don't know whether this is from my mental state of being but i feel a bit dumber and can't seem to recall alot of events and conversations. I don't really know what to do and can't afford seeing a doctor. I am currently a student and have been studying for 2 years and i can't seem to function as i use to and just can't seem to concentrate. I would really like to know if something could have gone wrong with the normal functioning of my brain. I also seem to be losing my balance alot don't know if that has anything to do with it though...

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Dear Juan
PLEASE see your GP as soon as possible or go back to the hospital - one can get a slow bleed inside the head after such a blow called a subdural hematoma - your symptoms need further checking and maybe a brainscan. Tell the doctor what happened and exactly the symptoms as you are experiencing them now. what happens is that there is a blood clot slowly growing ( over weeks ) that start pressing on important brain tissue and nerves - it can really do a lot of damage.

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Posted by: Kathy | 2007/04/10

I would certainly find a way to see a Doc and soon. The injury you sustained could indeed cause problems with your balance (injury in occipital/back region of head). As far as the cognitive issues, (thinking/short term memory)....they could all be associated with your injury. Normally, if you've had a concussion, they like to keep you for 24 hrs for observation. If the blow was as massive as you stated, I would see a doctor.

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