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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?

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 more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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When is a head injury so serious that you should see a doctor?

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 more

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How should you know if you should see a doctor for a head injury?

How should you know if you should see a doctor for a head injury?

Get checked out: It cannot hurt to see your doctor. Especially if there was any loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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How serious must a head injury be before seeing a doctor?

How serious must a head injury be before seeing a doctor?

Change in alertness: Head injuries that change a person's level of alertness should be checked out by a doctor. This includes being dazed, can't remember a period of time, or loss of consciousness. If you have a headache that won't go away or gets worse, concentration problems or balance issues, get checked out. And anyone taking any kind of blood thinner should be checked even if they don't have any of these signs. ...Read more

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Both of my kids have had a minor head injury at some point and im sure not their last. How do I know when to treat at home and when to go to the doc?

Both of my kids have had a minor head injury at some point and im sure not their last. How do I know when to treat at home and when to go to the doc?

Vomiting & LOC=worry: Loss of consciousness (loc) from the head blow or subsequent vomiting warrants a call to your pediatrician, or a visit to your local emergency department. While worrisome, a knot on the head rarely amounts to serious injury except in the very young infant. Another more difficult sign to check--but very useful--is to check the pupils. If the pupils are unequal in size, this is most concerning. ...Read more

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How do doctors know if I child has a head injury?

How do doctors know if I child has a head injury?

We don't...: ...You do, or whoever saw the child get hurt. We do know how serious a head injury may be, by something called the glasgow coma scale: http://www.Unc.Edu/~rowlett/units/scales/glasgow.Htm we use that to decide how to manage the injury. Of course, if there is an obvious wound, that will need to be treated as well. ...Read more

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I had head injury two days ago and doctors suggest me to take eptoin 100 mg thrice a day while my cut scan normal. How long i need it.

I had head injury two days ago and doctors suggest me to take eptoin 100 mg thrice a day while my cut scan normal. How long i need it.

Talk to your doctor: You probably mean "phenytoin" 100 mgs 3 times a day. This drug, which protects from having seizures after trauma or hemorrhage is commonly used for a few weeks until the patient is either "cleared" from having a serious injury or treated. The clearance process includes normal neurological evaluation, and normal MRI scans. You should discuss that with your doctor. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I know to be concerned about a head injury?

Doctors can you tell me when should I know to be concerned about a head injury?

Impaired function: Head injuries can cause headaches, nausea, arm or leg weakness immediately. Later, the effects of a concussion can be present, that would affect your physical state, thinking ability, emotional state, and can affect your sleeping pattern. If you are concerned, see a physician who can evaluate you for post-head injury symptoms. ...Read more

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Why did the doctor keep asking to look at my teeth while I was recovering in the hospital from a head injury?

Why did the doctor keep asking to look at my teeth while I was recovering in the hospital from a head injury?

Full exam: A complete and thorough exam includes the examination of the mouth and teeth. This is especially pertinent with any head and neck trauma to see if there was any damage done intraorally. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Head Trauma (Definition)

Any injury to the face, skull, or brain as a result of blunt force, or penetrating trauma. It can also occur due to rapid ...Read more