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post #1 of 24 Old 07-15-2019, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Concussion symptoms?

I was recently (Thursday, 7/11, free slushie day.) in a car accident, and I'm wondering if I possibly got a minor concussion? I did not hit my head, but the force did fling me forward and slammed me back.

Since about Friday, I've been feeling off balance. Not exactly dizzy but like I'm about to miss a step. Some head pain, not really headaches because it's brief.

The most concerning is that I'm forgetting things. I'll be about to look something up/open a file/etc and forget. Sometimes I remember, sometimes I don't. I was watching a video on baking. It had 4 ingredients and I forgot the first one before the video was over. It was only a minute-long video.

The off-balance-ness feeling has mostly gone away, and I've had no nausea, no vomiting, no lethargy, no seizures, etc.

It's been well over 72 hours since the accident now. I know I should have gone to the ER again when I started feeling these symptoms - I could give all my reasons (insurance isn't accepted and can't afford it, no way to get there, etc) but I know it was dumb and I'm not here to ramble about why I didn't go. Before you say I should've gone immediately, I agree.

I'm going to the doctor soon, I promise. I just can't get to one until Wednesday. Thanks, healthcare system.

Anyway, basic point of this was looking for advice from other people who've been in a similar situation? Could it simply be anxiety surrounding the accident?
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post #2 of 24 Old 07-15-2019, 02:58 AM
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Sure a person can get concussions, or something similar by just 'jostling' their brain good and hard about inside the skull. This is what happens to Football (American football) players who are tackled hard. It's not hitting the ground with their head, it's being slammed by a running man of 280 lbs of muscle!


That said, there isn't much a person can do for a concussion beyond rest.


But, if the car accident caused you any kind of injury, you would want that assessed and on record, in case there are medical costs which you would then send to the insurance to cover.
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Horse hockey-pucks to each of your excuses....
Car insurance pays....
You went to the ER initially after the accident and you darn well should of gone there before you wrote of these things...
This is not a mild concussion and you need to be re-checked and tests run to determine the degree of concussion you are dealing with or is it more....
Only a doctors evaluations and test ordering will uncover the truth.

Your car insurance will pay for a return ER visit.
Your car insurance is probably written to cover your salary when out of work {probably didn't know that hidden gem}
Your car insurance will pay to reasonably clean your house, shop and do everyday chores of personal hygiene assistance if deemed needed....{probably didn't know that one either}

You probably also don't realize the longer you go un-diagnosed, untreated for what you think is a nothing compounds the time and possibly severity of your issues...
TBI, tramatic brain injury is what you have...and no, you don't need to bump your head to have it occur.
The longer you let this go, the greater the risk of lasting loss of brain function and onset of other brain function deficits...yes, it is that serious!!

What you need is to get back to that ER and tell the staff what is happening........
Let your insurance deal with the bills...it is why it is so important to carry decent insurance for things like this.

STOP trying to do...you can't.
Your brain is injured.
It needs to rest and not have to concentrate....get someone to drive you to the ER and get checked...
For your safety and for the best chance of recovering you brain health...
I can't stress this enough.... GO To The ER NOW, today...
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The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-15-2019, 11:36 AM
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I was recently (Thursday, 7/11, free slushie day.) in a car accident, and I'm wondering if I possibly got a minor concussion? I did not hit my head, but the force did fling me forward and slammed me back.

Yes, it is called coup countrecoup. It's when you brain basically sloshes forward and back inside your head. Your head doesn't hit anything, but the force of being thrown back and forth will still "throw" your brain back and forth.



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Since about Friday, I've been feeling off balance. Not exactly dizzy but like I'm about to miss a step. Some head pain, not really headaches because it's brief.

Before you say I should've gone immediately, I agree.

I'm going to the doctor soon, I promise. I just can't get to one until Wednesday. Thanks, healthcare system.

Anyway, basic point of this was looking for advice from other people who've been in a similar situation? Could it simply be anxiety surrounding the accident?

No. Anxiety doesn't cause you to be off-balance. Head trauma will.



Some people can have lasting affects from a traumatic brain injury that persist for MONTHS. Head injuries are nothing to mess around with.


I think you need to be seen TODAY and not Wednesday.
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post #5 of 24 Old 07-15-2019, 12:08 PM
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Car accident = car insurance paying for at least a portion of your medical bills as injury resulted from you being in the car at the time of the accident, whether theirs or yours or the other drivers. Not your primary health insurance. That is why you carry it. Bodily Injury on both the other driver's policy (if at fault) and the driver of the car you were in should cover depending on their liability limit, and the number of people involved. If you have PIP or MedPay (if I am correct then if your driver has this it is separate form BI and can be used as well) then your insurance will cover it. You need to be seen ASAP and not wait.
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post #6 of 24 Old 07-15-2019, 02:41 PM
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@horseloving guy The OP said she did NOT go to the ER right after the accident.



What sort of treatment is offered for concussion? The people I've known who had concussions were not given any kind of treatment at hospital. They were simply told to rest, rest, rest, and avoid any kind of bump. To not read or watch television. They were not given any medication or actual 'treatment' by medical professionals that forestalls permanent damage. Basically, it's resting the brain until it heals itself, no?


I am not saying that she need not go to the ER, or a doctor, as it's possible there is some other issue which could only be diagnosed with imaging. I'm inquiring only with regard , in general, to treatment for TBI (concussion)
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I think from this @tinyliny an assumption was made. I read it as the OP had gone after the accident as well.


From the original post: "It's been well over 72 hours since the accident now. I know I should have gone to the ER again when I started feeling these symptoms"
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post #8 of 24 Old 07-15-2019, 02:50 PM
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@tinyliny

This is my gripe with visiting the ER after a mild head injury. What do they do? Tell you to stay hydrated and rest but not sleep...

They may take an MRI to let you know the extent, but unless there's some serious blood stuff going on around in there they won't open you head up. Maybe you could get a blood thinner or anti clot agent to prevent something else from happening.

I got slammed in the head by my horses hoof twice at my last bad fall, had a helmet on, went in for stitches, and also had a tear in my sinus, so they took an MRI to check my head, saw a huge pocket in my sinus and a small dent in my skull. Nothing to do but rest!
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I did go to the ER, yes. They did not do imaging but said I showed no signs of injuries. I was told to rest, that some head and neck pain was to be expected, etc.

I am definitely going back to the doctor and getting checked, that is not debatable. I was just curious to see if it could have been something else.

I must say I've been better today. Still feeling a bit fuzzy but no headaches, no dizziness, haven't forgotten anything that I know of.
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post #10 of 24 Old 07-15-2019, 03:05 PM
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I did go to the ER, yes. They did not do imaging but said I showed no signs of injuries. I was told to rest, that some head and neck pain was to be expected, etc.

I am definitely going back to the doctor and getting checked, that is not debatable. I was just curious to see if it could have been something else.

I must say I've been better today. Still feeling a bit fuzzy but no headaches, no dizziness, haven't forgotten anything that I know of.



I see. If you had said that in your original post, things would have been much clearer. I am glad you are feeling much better today.

How about the car? was it totalled? How did the accident happen
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