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can hitting your head cause brain damage

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes: There is medical evidence that over years, repeated mini-concussions from heading soccer balls can cause brain damage.

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anastasia Williams
Specializes in Pediatrics
Very Unlikely : This is very unlikely. If you have any concerns that a 2 month old baby could have a concussion or brain damage (difficulty staying awake, excessive i ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
Unlikely: Absent loss of consciousness, seizures, arm/leg weakness, altered vision, persistent severe post traumatic headaches, you likely will have no ill effe ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
You: Either have clinical evidence of brain damage or you don't. If you aren't sure of your neurological status please see a neurologist for an evaluation.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience in Family Medicine
How hard? How often?: It depends on how hard. A fall or a punch or kick to the head can certainly be dangerous. A mild bump on the kitchen cabinet is not likely to cause ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
15 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
No, unless...: Assuming that the head is not moving during the massage, and that it is not being struck, the brain will not be damaged. Infants and those missing a ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
Yes: Head trauma and resultant traumatic brain injury can certainly cause deficits in cognition and behavior. The impact of injury duration, frequency, and ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience in Neurosurgery
Coma is a symptom: Head trauma is not brain trauma, both can co-exist. Coma is a symptom secondary to brain trauma, not to simple head trauma. Brain trauma sets up an in ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
23 years experience in Radiology
Probably not: Unless you are hitting your head, the answer is probably no. However, you could certainly injure you neck.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
19 years experience in Internal Medicine
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 ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lali Sekhon
31 years experience in Neurosurgery
Generally no: Typically this will only occur if you tear a major blood vessel which we call a dissection.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: A stiff neck should not cut off blood supply to your brain. A stiff neck cannot cause brain damage.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes on both counts: If you bang your head hard enough and long enough you might end up some of the football players and cause permanent damage.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience in Dermatology
No.: Just not do it vigorously.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
35 years experience in Pediatrics
No: The typical fevers of childhood illnesses do not cause brain trauma and damage. If the fever is caused by an infection of the brain (meningitis or en ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes.: Generally hitting yourself in the head is discouraged. Repeated minor trauma may eventually add up to major deficit. AND - anywhere along the line a ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Why do you ask?: There a fair amount of refereed medical literature on the response to erotica, including levels of neurotransmitters, but nothing whatever to suggest ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Yes: Medical model will disagree but holistic perspective is injury creating interference fields.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes, you could: Have repeated concussions and bleeds.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
No: That does not happen. Any comfortable head position should be fine to sleep in. Some people need special pillows or more unique positions, due to havi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience in Radiology
Yes: We don't hear with our ears, we hear with our brains. Injury to the auditory nerve from the ear to the brain or injury to the areas of the brain invol ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience in Endocrinology
Shaking head: It's time to see a Psychologist!

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