Head injury (how do know when you need to see a doctor?)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by YS2003, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    If you sustained a head injury (like, cracking the skull or cutting the scalp deep enough for stitches), do you feel the need for those treatments by a doctor? I mean, does the pain make you go see a doctor?

    I bumped into the edge of my car's trunk door (while it was open) and started bleeding (I don't like to look at it too much:eek: as I don't like a gory stuff). I thought I hit it strong; but, as the trunk lid was not bent, I think I didn't hit it hard enough. It stopped bleeding after several minutes later and the pain is not thumping.
  2. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    For starters you can never be too cautious with head injuries. Going to the doctor would be the best bet. If you've got a headache or blurred vision go to emergency immediately.
  3. foxx0775 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009
    do you feel any symptoms apart from pain?

    i did the same thing a table corner.. it bled lots.. had to go get the wound glued up.

    you may need it stiched cos its open to infection...
  4. YS2003 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    Thanks for the replies. I would rather not to go see a doc if the injury is minor. I wanna know how painful it would be if you cracked your skull or cut your scalp deep enough for stitches.

    How painful was that? I feel the slight pain (bleeding has stopped) but not like a throbbing pain.
  5. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    You go to the doctor when you leave words out of thread titles :p.
  6. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    I was thinking that asking medical questions on a computer forum qualifies as brain damage. :p
  7. YS2003 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    Come On.:) I thought Mac users are smart enough to offer medical advice. I am just interested in hearing how painful it should be before you need to go see a doc.
  8. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Painful has little to do with it… for all you know you could have massive internal damage.

    Not everything is just superficial.
  9. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Go to the doctor now. Do not mess around with head injuries.
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002

    Get it checked out right away. You cannot be too careful with head injuries.
  11. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Very good advice.

    I had suffered a head which didn't hurt (might have been because I was unconscious though :p:eek:, although it didn't hurt when I woke up in hospital) but was hospitalised for a 7 days and had bed rest for a further week.

    Head injuries can mess you up quite bad.

    I would suggest going to the doctor and getting someone else to take you there as you don't want to be driving with a head injury.

    Failing that make sure that there is someone around who knows the signs of head injuries (such as those ones listed in this thread, and being sick etc.) and get them to check on you every now and again. Including waking you up to check that you are coherent etc.
  12. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Call the doctor's office and ask them about it.
  13. Xfujinon macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    Iowa City, Iowa
    (I'm a medical student).

    Always get head injuries checked out, no matter how minor. Go to the ER right away if you have:

    Unrelenting pain of any severity localized to one head region
    Double vision
    Blurred vision
    Double or blurred vision in one eye (on the side of the injury)
    Change in hearing
    Acid, stinging, or salty taste in the mouth (or tongue numbness)
    Nausea with head movement
    A "spinning room" sensation
    Sudden, sharp head pain that does not go away and makes you vomit
    A scalp wound that bleeds for more than ten minutes, or exposes bone
    A high fever a few days after getting cut, scraped, etc.
    Persistent disorientation, confusion, stupor, or altered personality

    It takes a surprisingly small amount of force in some cases to cause an intracranial bleed. Alternatively, scalp wounds can sometimes bleed so profusely that you can lose conciousness, or even die from the blood loss.

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