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Old 04-01-2010, 22:41
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Should I be worried? About 2 hours ago I was walking my dogs and slipped backwards on the ice, it was a clean backwards fall and I smacked my head on the ground very hard. I think I lost conciousness for about 2 seconds im not sure, it may have just been a blank moment rather than loss of conciousness. I stood up pretty much instantly, when i tried to speak I was crying quite hard, almost hysterically to be honest, I didn't intend to cry but it just came out I had no choice. I thought I was going to be sick (I wasn't).

Anyway, after getting back in my head didn't really hurt as such but I did feel ever so slightly dizzy, when I looked up it looked as if the ceiling was rippling and my head felt sort of gritty when ever I moved it around.

I didn't have any memory loss and I didn't really have a headache or anything. My vision just feels ever so slightly shaky, (very slightly). My elbow really really hurts but I'm not worried about that because that'll heal, it's just theres always a bit of worry when it's a head thing. Do you think I should be worried?
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:42
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Go to A and E all head traumas should be checked out.
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:43
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I would head off down to A&E now. You should always get head injuries looked at.
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:43
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Yes, please go to A&E - get someone to drive you and make sure they stay with you!
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:45
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Go to A and E all head traumas should be checked out.
Agreed !!!

If you did loose consciousness, even if only briefly, and it would appear that you did, then that is the situation in which you should go to A and E to get yourself checked out.

It's probably nothing, but you want to make sure, nevertheless.
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:46
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Really??? Ok, I don't know what number to ring? the nhs helpline?
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:46
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Yes go and they may do a brain scan to see if you've any internal bleeding. Don't want to worry you but better safe than sorry.
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:46
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Any loss of consciousness must be checked out, please take the advice on here.
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:48
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Don't drive though...get someone else to drive you or get a taxi
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:49
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I'm calling the NHS helpline, thanks for the quick advice everyone
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:49
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Please get it checked out.

I don't want to sound alarmist but when Natasha Richardson banged her head ski-ing she felt fine afterwards - she ended up in hospital later that afternoon with internal bleeding and died the next day
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Old 04-01-2010, 22:53
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I agree with the consensus here. I would go to A & E. At the very least phone NHS direct for their advice but they might advise the same. You can never be too careful with head injury in my opinion no matter how small you think it may be plus it might give you peace of mind.
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Old 04-01-2010, 23:00
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It never ceases to amaze me how people will waste time phoning the NHS helpline, when they should be hotfooting it to A+E...and then you get those who dial 999 cos they've lost the remote.

OP, head injuries are not to be trifled with, especially where there is probable LOC, dizziness and visual disturbance. Get off the phone and get yourself to A+E.
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Old 04-01-2010, 23:07
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Don't waste time with NHS Direct - fine for general advice but not for emergencies or for something that really needs a Doctor to examine you - which a head injury does.

Get someone/a taxi to take you to A&E Now. NHS Direct will send you there anyway.
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Old 04-01-2010, 23:32
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Too late but others might find these useful
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Old 04-01-2010, 23:39
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Yeah, someone famous died because of this not so long ago. She was skying I think, hit her head and died a few days (hours?) later.
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Old 04-01-2010, 23:58
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Yeah, someone famous died because of this not so long ago. She was skying I think, hit her head and died a few days (hours?) later.
Natasha Richardson. It was reported that she felt fine after the accident then complained of a headache a few hours later.

I wouldn't leave any knock to the head unseen by a medic. You can never be sure, best to be safe rather than sorry.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:56
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Fine in theory - but if the footpaths and roads are still icy you could end up in even more problems.
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Old 05-01-2010, 02:26
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Should I be worried? About 2 hours ago I was walking my dogs and slipped backwards on the ice, it was a clean backwards fall and I smacked my head on the ground very hard. I think I lost conciousness for about 2 seconds im not sure, it may have just been a blank moment rather than loss of conciousness. I stood up pretty much instantly, when i tried to speak I was crying quite hard, almost hysterically to be honest, I didn't intend to cry but it just came out I had no choice. I thought I was going to be sick (I wasn't).

Anyway, after getting back in my head didn't really hurt as such but I did feel ever so slightly dizzy, when I looked up it looked as if the ceiling was rippling and my head felt sort of gritty when ever I moved it around.

I didn't have any memory loss and I didn't really have a headache or anything. My vision just feels ever so slightly shaky, (very slightly). My elbow really really hurts but I'm not worried about that because that'll heal, it's just theres always a bit of worry when it's a head thing. Do you think I should be worried?
Go to A & E eve.
Even if you got up and went about your business after.
If you think you lost conciousness then you definately must go.
Head injuries can be severe no matter how minor they appear.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:12
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If you can afford it get a taxi.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:26
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As we are not all Drs then you should be asking a Dr or nurse rather than us.

I will say however if you vomit within an hour to two of hitting your head then you should deffo get your self to A & E.

Also if your pupils are reacting sluggish to light or you have any noticable limb deficits or gripping problems or you speech starts to change and your memory plays up.

As it was hours ago you are probably ok. A sub dural or sub arach tends to cause damage within a hour or two.

But yes as the others said better being safe not sorry and get to A&E - if you are not displaying any major GCS (glasgow coma scale) deficits then you wont get scanned. However the fact you lost conciousness is a reason to go to A&E

Good luck and I hope you are ok


(edit - I just noticed this was last night! :duh! Hope you are ok eve! xxx let us know if you are fine! )
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:33
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It never ceases to amaze me how people will waste time phoning the NHS helpline, when they should be hotfooting it to A+E...and then you get those who dial 999 cos they've lost the remote.

OP, head injuries are not to be trifled with, especially where there is probable LOC, dizziness and visual disturbance. Get off the phone and get yourself to A+E.
Not always easy when your nearest A and E can be 20 miles away. I can't have an accident in my town after 6pm.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:59
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Eve, did you go to A&E and are you ok?
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Old 05-01-2010, 13:07
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My 70 year old mother did the same thing a couple of days ago, and has a painful neck, she cant get to the docs though as they are snowed in, I think they are going to try ad get there tomorrow, she is taking painkillers and her whole body hurts.

A+E would be out of the question , its 20 miles away from them. They are having blizzard conditions and are stranded in their village.
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Old 05-01-2010, 13:57
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I do hope you went and got it checked out. You can never, ever be too careful with any knocks to the head.
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