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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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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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 should you go in for a head injury and would it make a difference if your a diabetic ?

When should you go in for a head injury and would it make a difference if your a diabetic ?

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

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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? .

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?

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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

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What should you do if you have a blood clot in your leg? Is this very serious?

What should you do if you have a blood clot in your leg? Is this very serious?

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

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When should you see a doctor for a curvy neck from bad posture and what docotr should you see?

When should you see a doctor for a curvy neck from bad posture and what docotr should you see?

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

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Would you recommend someone with a perforated eardrum to see a doctor or is this something that will heal on its own?

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

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How common is ptsd after a serious car accident? What are the symptoms that you notice that you should go see a doctor?

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 more

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How does a doctor test to see if you have the flu or something else that is more serious?

How does a doctor test to see if you have the flu or something else that is more serious?

Influenza: There is a rapid test for influenza that can be done in your doctor's office. However, having a negative test will not mean you don't have it. A more specific test is a viral culture but results take many days to come. It is best to consult your doctor to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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If you only get a headache from hitting your head on something, does that mean its probably not a concussion?

If you only get a headache from hitting your head on something, does that mean its probably not a concussion?

Not a concussion: If headache is the only symptom and there is no additional symptoms like dizziness, nausea, vomiting coma loss of consciousness, or weakness of arms or legs with in first 48 hrs., then it is not a concussion. ...Read more

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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.

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

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When your child has a cough...when should you see a dr to have it evaluated?

When your child has a cough...when should you see a dr to have it evaluated?

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 more

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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?

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?

BP: If the change is due an activity or anxiety etc, these kind of changes within certain limits are not that abnormal,. but hypertension or low blood pressures may need evaluation by a cardiologist. These levels are not that high or very low, but 90/60 is slightly low. ...Read more

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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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When is it too late to have a brain scan from a fall if you think you have a concuccion?

When is it too late to have a brain scan from a fall if you think you have a concuccion?

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 more

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Can you tell me if you have a sudden sharp pain by your heart is it serious?

Can you tell me if you have a sudden sharp pain by your heart is it serious?

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

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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?

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 more

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How badly can a meniscus injury have to be before a doctor tells you no more running?

How badly can a meniscus injury have to be before a doctor tells you no more running?

Many factors: If it is repairable and heals and there is no arthritis--there may be no limits. On the other hand, if the tear leads to loss of meniscal function coupled with arthritis, limb malalignment and an elevated bmi-- high impact exercise may be discouraged. ...Read more

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Is it okay to get a headache when you get a popped blood vessel in your eye?

Is it okay to get a headache when you get a popped blood vessel in your eye?

Probably not: The combination of a headache and a conjunctival hemorrhage is concerning for very high blood pressure. This is something that should be checked out right away especially if there are visual changes. ...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


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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma, meaning direct hits to the head, or a shockwave to the ...Read more