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Injury To Head Or Face
Sometimes: If your head/neck symptoms are stemming from pathology in the brain or cervical spine then these tests may reveal something. If its muscular pain, then probably not. Realize that an MRI is just a picture at that point in time, and is not a physiologic test. However, it can be a very helpful test, especially if the symptoms aren't going away in a few weeks time. ...Read more
After getting a head injury stitched up, my face has swollen to the point where my eyes can't open. What could be causing this and what should I do?
Yes: Never hesitate to seek medical attention. If you are ok, then you will have that fear removed. If you have an injury that needs attention, then you will get help without delay. ...Read more
Yes: Sometimes the force that hits the eyes is sufficient to carry enough energy to the lens that it will opacify and become a cataract. That in fact is why the name traumatic cataract exists. ...Read more
The muscle in my ear makes a double click when I move my head and people around me can hear. Have had this for months. Is this treatable.
Not your ear: The sound is not likely coming from the ear itself, or a muscle at all. More likely a ligament or bone in your upper neck is the source. You would be wise to start off with a visit to,your family doctor, especially if he/she is a DO. In any case, a physiatrist may be able to help you sort this out. Good luck! ...Read more
See below: The first treatment is to stop head banging. If there is a muscle or nerve damage from the repetitive nature of this action this will give the tissues time to recover. If there is injury inside the skull, that is to the brain, that is nearly impossible to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a MVA cause a blow to the skull or brain injury that would send pain through the neck,shoulder,hands,back and leg?
Yes: The distribution of your pain may be due to either injury to the brain but also to the cervical spine. A MVA can certainly be responsible for an injury to the spinal cord high up in the neck. This area is the location of nerve fibers that arise from the areas that you mentioned. See either a neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon or neurologist. ...Read more
Difficult question: Topical medications. These include over-the-counter and prescription antiperspirants.Iontophoresis. A battery-powered device delivers a low current of electricity through water-saturated wool pads. Oral medications. These may include medicines that block nerve impulses to sweat glands, inhibit sweating or reduce sweat output. A antidepressant or and botox. ...Read more
Actually, yes: 'headbanging' involves rapidly & forcefully whipping the head back and forth. It has been reported to cause neck injury, whiplash, and mild traumatic brain injury. Headbanging causes'coup-contracoup' injury due to brain impact against the rigid skull. Dizziness, headache, & confusion can result. Safer solutions would be to throw up your rock fist, steer clear of the mosh pit, & wear earplugs. ...Read more
Can you get a serious brain injury from hitting the front of your head on a mirror and cracking it?
See discussion: Hitting your head won't cause a stroke in the way we generally refer to a stroke-a blockage of a blood vessel in your brain. However hitting your head hard can do some other things that aren't good. A more likely effect would be a concussion, which can have neurological effects on you. Less likely, but a hard hit could potentially cause a bleed in your brain, & this could have stroke-like effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer