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When Is A Head Injury So Serious That You Should See A Doctor
Open/Closed Head Inj: My HealthTap colleagues mentioned critical factors 2 consider after a head injury in relation 2 seeking care. I'd add that more & more we R learning about importance of getting evaluated after a "closed" head injury - the kind of injury that involves suffering a blow to the head or having your head jerked around a lot - even a "minor" one. (Think: football.) The effects can persist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Several answers: If you have been unconscious more than 1 minute, if you have a penetrating injury (scalp laceration), fluid or blood emanating from nose or ears, speech disturbance, sensory loss, imbalance, visual disturbance, weakness, or memory loss, you need to be checked as soon as possible. Diabetics are more likely to complications but the same general rules apply. ...Read more
When should I see a doctor about a suspected boil? At what point is a boil serious enough that I should be seeking medical treatment?
If : If the boil is causing you discomfort, or is growing, painful, causing streaking red marks away from the original site, than you should be seen by a medical provider. Many times, just draining the boil will be enough to take care of the problem. Other times, oral and topical antibiotics are required. Quick care, your general medical doctor or a dermatologist should be able to take care of the problem. ...Read more
Get care right away: If you suspect a blood clot naywhere, you should seek immeidate medical care. Do not rely on the internet; i would recommend going to the emergency room. A blood clot (termed deep venous thrombosis) could be very serious since it could travel to the lung an cause a pulmonary embolism, which can be life threatening. ...Read more
See a DO: An osteopathic physician's training includes looking at how the body lines up and ways to correct that for a healthier life. Sources to find a good do who does gentle manipulation are: biodo.Com, cranialacademy.Com and academyofosteopathy.Org. A few of us mds also use this method of treating. Find ways to improve your posture, try yoga, qi gong, tai chi or your fav exercise. Try feldenkrais. ...Read more
I have pressure in my ears, temporal headache, and nausea. Is this something that can wait to see a doctor or does this need to be checked asap?
Would you recommend someone with a perforated eardrum to see a doctor or is this something that will heal on its own?
Best to see a doctor: Eardrums can perforate as a result of a middle ear infection that causes perforation from inside the ear drum or trauma from outside (being slapped over the ear). Some perforations can heal spontaneously over a few weeks but many do not heal. In any event, it is wise to see a doctor who can advise you based upon the specific circumstances of your perforation, such as the size of the perforation. ...Read more
How common is ptsd after a serious car accident? What are the symptoms that you notice that you should go see a doctor?
Fairly common: Ptsd may result after any trauma perceived to be life-threatening. Studies show that about 25-33% of people in serious motor vehicle accidents have symptoms 30 days later. Typical symptoms include re-experiencing the accident through intrusive thoughts and dreams; avoiding situations reminiscent of the accident (like driving); increased physical arousal; emotional numbing otherwise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you only get a headache from hitting your head on something, does that mean its probably not a concussion?
How direct should you be to a therapist that you want to die and have a plan and then what happens if it is ignored.
Wanting to Die: 100% direct. You are going to this professional to get help. You are being brave to ask for help. Ask for help with full honesty. ...Read more
If you're concerned : If you are concerned that your child's cough is deep or sounds like it may be in the chest, best to get her checked. Or, if the cough is getting worse after a week or not improving after 2-3 weeks, get her checked. If she has fever or any other concerning symptoms with the cough, do not wait to get her checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My blood pressure is changing a lot within a day from 90/60 to 137/83. Can you please tell me if this is a problem and if I should see a specialist?
I'm diagnosed with schizophrenia. My doctor at the time asking if I had head injury. I did, but did not tell them. Do I have TBI instead of Sz?
Good question: You may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and could possess a post-traumatic encephalopathy. However, symptoms of schizophrenia are very different, and a psychiatrist should be very adept at distinguishing one from the other. Neuropsychological testing may be the way to sort out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Within 2 days: Optimally, you should get a head ct within 1 hour of the head injury, but as late as 2 days there may yet be utility in ruling out life-threatening hemorrhage. After 2 days, you can certainly get a head ct scan, but it will be academic: if it could have killed you, it would have done so already, so there is nothing the scan would show you that would need to be remedied. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not cardiac: Sudden, sharp chest pains are not typically related to heart disease. In fact, sharp, short-lived, chest pains are not typically related to anything serious and are most likely to be musculoskeletal pain. If you are worried, have a conversation with your doctor and see if there are other risk factors for causes of chest pain. ...Read more
Is it true, if you see a psychologist and they make a diagnosis, something bad can happen, like it going on a record, even if you've done nothing bad?
Whenever you see: A psychologist or a psychiatrist, it becomes part of your medical record. That is not a bad thing, since it is the 1st step towards diagnosing and treating you. If you have a serious mental health issue, without treatment, bad things can happen to you, like hurting yourself or others. Your medical record is confidential and you would need to give permission in most instances for anyone to see it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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