March 19th, 2009
05:39 PM ET

Head trauma is nothing to be taken lightly

By Val Willingham
CNN Medical Producer

The death of actress Natasha Richardson is tragic. A beautiful, vital 45-year-old goes for a ski lesson and falls. She gets up, declines medical care and goes back to her hotel. From there, the story takes a terrible turn. She becomes ill, and is transported to one hospital, then another and then finally to a third hospital near her home, where she dies two days later from brain injuries caused by an epidural hematoma. Her family, friends and fans are shocked. How can something as innocent as a ski fall  kill you? Because, neurologists say, the brain, although complex, is a delicate organ. It's very vulnerable and it needs to be taken seriously. And even a bump on the head can take its toll. Unfortunately, I know this all too well.

Thirteen years ago, my husband, daughter and I were in a terrible car accident on the Florida Turnpike. On our way to Orlando, our vehicle was hit by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel. Although we all had our seat belts on, our car swerved and hit a bridge embankment. My husband's head went out the side window, hitting the windshield and the concrete. When EMS workers got to us, it looked as if a battle had taken place: burning cars, debris. And because my husband had a major slice to his head, blood was everywhere. I was not hurt, and my daughter had a minor cut from flying glass. They loaded us into ambulances and took us to two different hospitals, my husband headed for the local trauma unit. He stayed two days in the hospital. They stitched up his forehead and sent him home, mentioning that he may want to see his doctor once he got back to Washington, D.C. And although the whole thing was terribly traumatic, we left Florida three days later, with my husband behind the wheel of a rental car.

Because he felt fine and there seemed to be no urgency to his injuries, my husband went back to work and made an appointment with his doctor to have a CT scan two months later. When he got off the table, the radiologist asked him to sit down and immediately called a neurologist. As the doctor viewed the images, his face turned pale and he asked my husband how long had it been since he was in the accident. My hubby shrugged and said, "A couple of months." The physician then told him not to move - he was going to schedule surgery immediately. It seemed my husband had developed a subdural hematoma that covered his entire brain. According to MayoClinic.com it's usually formed from head trauma that causes the brain to be shaken severely. Many children who suffer from shaken baby syndrome have these type of injuries. And unlike epidural hematomas, which bleed in the brain fairly quickly, my husband's injury developed slowly, causing a massive bruise to form. One false move could have given him a stroke, or caused permanent brain damage.

Although my husband made it through brain surgery without incident, there is a lesson here. Never take a head injury for granted. When doctors looked at his scans in the ER in Florida, they obviously did not see the bruising that later formed over his brain. Because the brain is loaded with large and small blood vessels, head injuries can cause all sorts of serious problems. Studies have shown that athletes who suffer even minor concussions can develop neurological problems later in life. The brain is nothing to be messed with.

Ironically, March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. And although brain injuries are not as common as, say, broken bones, they do happen and many have serious consequences. They need to be treated immediately. In this story, my husband got treated, before suffering brain damage. He was fortunate. God bless her, but Ms. Richardson was not.

Have you ever faced head trauma? Know someone who has? What happened? We'd like to hear about it.

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  1. Lisa

    I tripped at the top of my stairs and flew three feet & head first on a brick floor. I don't remember much. I lost a tooth but the impact was mostly to my forehead. It seems like it was weeks later & I had a terrible headache. My stomach hurt from taking Advil. I went to ER, They treated the headache & stomach, The doctor & his nurse came in to sign me out. The Doctor asked my husband why I was acting strange and my husband told him it just started and about the fall. (We were uninsured), The Doc glanced at the nurse and she looked down. Then the Doc said "ok, you're good to go. After that, it got worse by the day! Now I'm a year out and totally dependent on my husband. If you hit your head and Doctors don't see outside damage but you feel you aren't right, demand help. My doctor and ER doc both didn't bother cause we were cash pay. My reg doctor did the same. I asked for a reference of a neurologist and he said he didn't know anyone. It's too late now. I am getting more concentration but have a small attention span and all my memories are gone from raising my Son to what I did five minutes ago. I have a loving husband, if not for that I would not want to go on like this. If you have to sell your car to get help do it! I doesn't always get better. Just harder!

    March 15, 2017 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mary Stewart-Glover

    I fell 3' off my make shift front porch early morn of 3/18. Not sure if I lost consciousness or how long I laid there crying. There was a lot of blood loss and swelling at the point of impact and above my ear. My head was numb for almost 48 hrs.
    I live alone and had been celebrating St. Patties day at the bar. It took me about 15 min to make into the the house. I staggered when I stood up luckily my keys were stilll in the door. I took off those stupid high heels and climb the stupid wobbly cinderblocks. Blood had gotten in my eyes and was flowing at a steady rate. I wrapped a towel around my head and stayed up long enough to make sure the bleeding was slowing down,about 30 min.
    Thinking I came though this fine till a little voice in my head said, " Go online and see how long and what could possibly show up long after a head trauma."
    Your article is a real wake up call for stubborn people like myself. I'm a widow with no insurance but I'm calling Salud to see about getting myself checked out.
    I did think to take picture to help with time frame. It's now been 60 hrs. since it happened
    This is my 3rd head trauma in 7 yrs. First time required 3 days hospitalization and staples. It was over a year before I could look up with out getting dizzy. 2nd time I went to ER.
    I've been weepy since the fall. I don't know if it has to do with the fall or the fact that my mother passed on 3/18/13,my fathers birthday.
    My father passed on 2/19/11, a year and 2 day after my husband passed

    March 20, 2017 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Brian DeLuca

    My 35 yr old goddaughter had called me to pick her up at the airport. I got there and she and her four kids waved to me and I started to drive over towards where she was standing when she had a slip on the ice and fell on sidewalk. She quickly got up and brushed herself off. I had already run over to her and asked if she was OK and she said she was fine. We went home, unpacked and got settled in. The next morning she woke up and was fine. Around 4 pm she said she didn't feel good and thought she might be coming down with a cold, she was CNA and worked with sick people so she thought nothing of it. She said she was going to lie down for a while. I said I would make some soup. About 6pm I brought in the soup and she decided she'd eat it in kitchen. She finished and said she still felt sick so she went back to room. I went in about 6:45 to get some laundry in room and she was snoring away. At 7:45 her youngest son who is 8 came to me and said that he went in room to wake his mother up but she was sleeping still. I went in and she was not breathing. I called 9/11 and I started CPR, it seemed like forever but the ambulance came in 14 minutes. She was gone. The autopsy showed her brain had swollen and she died from that fall on the ice. I am still remembering it over and over in my head, if I had only known to do something. I would never had thought that something like this would ever happen. Her four kids are now without a mother. Such a tragedy. Life is such a fragile thing.

    March 22, 2017 at 01:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Roxanne

    I was walking down my basement steps and tripped. I went flying into the cement wall. All I remember is opening my eyes and realizing the side of my face was smashed against the wall and my left arm was above it. My 15 year old son was downstairs and saw me immediately after my fall occurred. He said my body was bent in half. I slowly took my glasses off that had been pushed up to my forehead and was surprised they did not break. I felt my forehead to check for blood. There was no bleeding. I slowly began to move my limbs to see if anything was broken. I was able to stand up and my son got me a chair. My other son grabbed olive oil and applied it to the areas that hurt that were not scraped open (prevents black and blue Maris from appearing). My boys helped me clean off my arm that was scraped open as well as my knees. 2 days later, I hurt all over. My whole body just aches. Reading this article has made me realize I need to take a trip to the ER. Thank you so much for posting your experience.

    March 31, 2017 at 23:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Linda

    My dad is 83 yrs old, and about a month ago he slipped on some ice and fell and hit the back of his head. Hard enough that he knocked his glasses off his face. He didn't tell me for a couple of days, he didn't go to the doctors. He said he was fine. During this month he had gotten the flu and had been on medication. Now, for about a week he tells me that he's had a headache and feeling pressure like he has a cinder block on his head. His wife called the doctors and they set up a CT, but it's 10 days away. I am concerned that he has a subdural hematoma. But, he's stubborn and won't go to the ER. I'm wondering if I should be concerned.

    April 3, 2017 at 23:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Name*Bonnie Quinn

    I was in a car accident Mar 13. I was rearended. I had a hair clip in my hair. My hair clip broken when my head hit the back of my seat from getting hit from a car going 35 to 40 mph. My head is so tender I feel like someones been pulling my hair and my scalp feels hot in that spot only. What could this be?

    April 6, 2017 at 20:56 | Report abuse | Reply
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  8. Debra Davis Name*

    I was riding a bike and I turned and slid hit my head hard on the concrete went to hospital a day later my face started to swell up and I slept a lot my nose was swelled up but it hit on the side of my brain by the forehead now it's hard to breathe

    June 3, 2017 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Name*Regina Moore

    I tripped,fell and hit the front of my head, right at the hairline, and busted it open. I had to have 3 staples. That was almost 2 months ago. Ever since then, I have been experiencing very very sharp pains that radiate from the scar and the back of my left eye and on top of my head but deep. I read this blog and I am wondering if I should check with my doctor? I am prone to migraines but this doesn't feel anything like that.

    June 10, 2017 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
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  11. Sheryl

    I was in a critical accident. Car totaled. Son driving and crashed into s tree. His head hit eindshield and air bags deployed on driver and passenger side. I was in passenger side 3
    Airbags deployed and hit me in the head.

    I was unconscious for about 5-10 min
    Awoke to find my son out of the car. I opened
    Passenger door and saw Police after him
    And Police hitting him with his fist in the head
    3 times till my son collapsed. I was screaming to
    Stop hitting him , he had s brain tumor ...
    I was already in shock and so was he from
    Accident. After seeing Police beating him I was traumatized
    Was traumatized. Isn't this Police brutality
    To best someone up for ?? Suppose to help and assist.

    June 23, 2017 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply

    two ear, nose and throat doctors ( specialists ) told me and showed me x-rays ( i wish i had kept a copy ). that i had four man made holes two next to each other at the top left off my right eye and two in my right wing next to each other. we argued for a long time cause i NEVER HAD SURGERY IN MY LIFE ! What do i do ? Aways have very terrible migranes and regular bed headaches. never told anyone cause noone would believe me. help. GINO LOPEZ

    June 30, 2017 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Marcia

    I fell last thanksgiving ! I hit the back of my head really hard ! I broke my hip the dr ran a scan and said my head was ok! But now when I lie down or sit in a chair it hurts the back of my head !!

    July 9, 2017 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Nancy Collins

    Dec 2015 I went to bed and 4 days later I realized I had somehow gotten severely injured but had no pain. I noticed I had 7 or 8 large wounds on my body, an arm that didn't work and couldn't walk without bumbing into things. I was seeing things but I still wasn't making a connection that I was close to death. My brother came over and saw me and called an ambulance for me. The ambulance took me to the waiting room and left me. I sat out there for 3 hrs. Finally after an MRI the Dr said I had a large brain mass. I argued that because I didn't believe that was possible. I was ok 4 days before. After telling me they wanted my family to come see me before surgery they were basically writting me off. I still could not understand why they thought I was dying. The next morning I went off to surgery and woke up with a headache from hell. I had a brain bleed that they said they had to stop the surgery from for awhile to stop the bleeding which makes no sense when that was the reason for the surgery. I went home in 3 days with weird symptoms. I didn't reconize my right arm and felt like I was left handed when before I was right handed. My left arm was broken so that was hard to understand. If I raised my right arm it frightened me because I didn't reconize it. It seemed like it was not mine. If I looked up when I was walking I would fall. My eyesight was better immediately after the surgery. I was very confused for 4 or 5 months. I am afraid of everything now. I don't know what happened to me that I ended up so badly injured. The one big hole in my hip took 6 monthsto heal. The big hole in my shoulder took 4 months to heal. I am so afraid what happened to me could happen agame. I would like to know but I can only assume I fell and hurt my head and just kept falling all over the house. Unless someone beat me but there was no way to know sice I was alone. I have read and heard most people with head injuries don't remember the accident. Well it's been 1 and 1/2 years and the biggest problem is memory and aniexty with depression. I am on an emotional rollercoaster. I have completely ruined my relationships with everyone except a exboyfriend that is the most understanding person on rhe planet and a younger brother. Thank God for brothers. The rest of my family is long gone and probably for good. I have apoligized but some people maybe don't deserve to be forgiven and some people are not very forgiving. My only daughter don't ever call but don't hang up if I call. I am truly trying to be better and not loose it. It is the hardest I have worked at anything in my life. No matter how hard I try I still can't control my emotional self. Medication helps.

    July 15, 2017 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
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  16. Jennifer Anderson

    I have a friend who had a car accident about twenty years ago where her head struck a part of the car. Nothing seemed problematic after the accident. But since then she has been having symptoms on the left side of her face and ear. She says she always feels a tingling sensation, and her ear feels hot. Also, her face feels heavy only on that side. Recently her left eyeball seems to be protruding more than the right. MRI and xray have showed nothing. Ear and eye checkups have showed nothing. They have ruled out cancer. Other than this, she is perfectly healthy. She is a beautiful Vietnamese woman, 59 years old. Can anyone help? She has been my manicurist for twenty years and I really want to help. No doctors seem to know what is wrong. Thank you!

    September 2, 2017 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
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  18. John

    I was contacted by my father to come see my mother and my dad told me she fell and hit her head 2 weeks before. When I arrived, my mother did not know who I was. I took her to the hospital and the doctor asked me exactly what happened. My mother was 83 years old and she had blood on her brain. Needless to mention, my dad began changing his story and said had just happened a day prior. I was confused at the time but figured my dad didn't want to take her in and I took control. Bottom line is I am angry at my dad because his failure to act as a prudent person. I feel she would have had a better recovery if she would have been taken immediateiy

    September 21, 2017 at 05:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Name*Lianne

    I slipped on someone throw up in a hotel there back and hit my head was taken To a hospital where A CT scan was done no bleeding almost a week ago still Having headaches neck aches and a very sore body

    September 21, 2017 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Raymond stanley

    I took head trauma the other day I got pushed over and I fell 6 feet head first (back of my head). And my parents decline my need for medical care. What should I do?

    October 7, 2017 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
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    I have been having neck aches and head aches. Been tired can sleep for days am dizzy laying down and getting up. Ear pressure like air pockets. In left ear. Was beat in the head in 2013.

    October 10, 2017 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Nevaeh

    So I got hit on the head with a hammer pretty hard but when I was asked if I was ok I said yes and even though I had problems after that hit I woke up early because I felt sick and my head was hurting should I go to the doctor or just take medicine

    October 15, 2017 at 08:03 | Report abuse | Reply
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  24. Shiro

    I was at school today and we put our chairs up. I was tying my shoe and I accidentally leaned against the chair and it fell on my head. It kind of hurts when I press on it. Should I see a doctor?

    October 19, 2017 at 17:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Tami

    When my mom was pregnant w me her heart stopped. Giving me a learning disability. When I was 19 I was sitting on the handle bars of my bf's bike facing him. His shoe got stuck in the front spoke of his bike tire. His bike flew & flipped Us onto the black top on the street. All I remember was after we both got up from the street. I said; "My head hurt's." I woke up to my bf saying "Tami, Tami wake up you're scaring me." He said I would open my eyes & just have a blank stare. Then I would have a seizure. He said I scared him because I just kept doing that. I didn't go to the hospital because I didn't want to get my bf into trouble with my dad & my brother's. My whole body hurt like 1 big bruise for a while after that. Every since then. I have a hard time understanding, learning, remembering, & focusing. I forget a lot. It makes it hard for me to learn & keep a job. I have never had a brain X-ray to know what's going on with my brain. I need answer's.

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  28. Name*Virgie Canales

    In 2010 i was at a friends house. We where on his screened in porch. I began to feel flush and a little nausea.Doing that time i waa a smoker.I just thought maybe the first pull from my morning smoke was getting the best of me. I remember telling my friend I feel, then bam!! Lights out. I opened my eyes and i was on my back i couldn't feel my arms or legs at first. And after i realized what happened to me, my friend was over me doing C.P.R.at the same time telling me i passed out.Then came this incredible pain I had to fight not to scream my head hurt so bad! I had braids in my hair at the time so couldnt feel the lump that i can feel now that my hair is cut short.When i was taken to the emergency room they told me i had a concussion. My thing is why is the lump on the back of my still painful today.

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  29. Name*

    I hit heads with someone else, and we both fell to the ground and couldnt get up for a couple of seconds. We both felt electricity. I felt it run down the opposite side from where I got hit, down my arm leaving tingling feeling to my fingers. We are fine, everything seems fine, but still I remain scared of what happened, I don't know what to do.

    December 18, 2017 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Monique williamse*

    Had head on colusion in 1990 now for two years im experiencing many problems .major thing is it seams ive git particles and pieces of rock glass bone etc coming out all my leasions scars my wholeface reconstructed part of my right mental lobe removed spinal injuries. Its getting worse what is hapening is my skin gonna die. 27 years later i was. Punched and kicked in face and neck region. I look like a zombee

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    After reconstructive surgery on my face 4th 5th. 6th and auditory nerve damage part of right mental lobe taken, 27 years later major. Problems congness thought process nerve and tendon ticking eyes wot open all the was nerve ending pain thrue enture body "the lessions scar tissue problems no coyld it be morgellons disease

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  33. Diane Hyde

    I fell and hit the back of my head on the floor about five days ago. I thought the swelling would go down and the headaches would stop, but they haven't. I hate to go to the ER and take up their time if it really isn't needed. Can you please advise.

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    I had smoked weed a couple days before my car accident. It was with a couple of childhood friends. I couldn't figure that until years later. However, upon realizing it may have been a contributing factor I was then again throw for a loop. Either way the car accident happened and I was fortunately in the passenger seat and not operating the vehicle. I began to wonder if I was the one who was entirely responsible for it before and after this revelation that the marijuana could have been a contributing factor.

    The car accident happened and I was told by my parents that the doctors informed them that there was minor swelling in my brain but it was not going to be serious. I guess that's it.

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  38. Grace

    I had a fall in d bathroom two days ago and I hit my head hard on d floor dt I was immobile for a a few minutes, a day later my eyes are swollen, pls what can I do as I don't have money for a CT scan

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  39. Daniela ODonnell

    I felt down the stairs a year ago. Split my head opened got bleedin into my brain concasion six staples afte couple months return to work. Unfortunetely l got hit by student with a boot in head same spot,I really did not know what hit me l was more in shock than in pain. A little later started have headache should l see a doctor , its also hard to look up..

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  40. Name*misty

    , well my fiance is 27 and when he was 2 he was playing on the porch and he pulled one of those big maroon clay like flower pots down on him(oddly enough he remembers all this) and it fractured the entire right side of his head. Its a miracle he survived and im certainly thankful he did!! So he had to see doctors regulary until he was 14. He has a scar thats about 1 1/2 inches wide and it goes all the way from his temple around top of his ear all the way to his neckline. It must have just been horror! On top of that the childrens hospital left the little monitor pad things that they put on your temples and one in middle of his forhead right between eyebrows to monitor you on to long and burned him . he has 3 quarter size scars in those spots. (They paid for that one)
    So anyways its been 25 years and the past month when he blows his nose its been having just little spots of blood on the tissues everytime. And hes had few headaches! Im wondering if so many years later if it could be related? The only thing the doctors told his mother was he may have seizures in life sometime( which he never has) praise God! I cannot get him to go to doctor im looking for some other advice or professional opinions that i can present to him to go, If it may even be needed??? Or maybe im just a paranoid girlfriend! Anyone have any professional advice or recommendations or thoughts?? Thank you for reading!

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  41. Name*Valerie Suell

    After reading this story, I think I'll be heading to the ER. I fell asleep in my chair friday afternoon and fell out of it onto my head and stoved my neck. I have been in horrific pain but have been too stubborn to go to the hospital. I am getting a little better each day, but am growing more and more worried about how the pain is occuring. For instance, trying to carry a bag of groceries in with my left hand causes the left rear of my skull to ignite with pain severe enough to cause me to sweat. And cry a little. But I can get it to subdue by sitting down and kind of leaning over and resting my body weight on my left elbow while slightly tilting my head to the left. Yea, I know. Weird. Also, I have had a cold since before the injury, but now I will get brownish colored snot at times too that scares me to think it is blood from the injury. Oh, btw, the injury itself never bled. I guess I will know more after the dreaded ER trip. Any of this happened to anyone else on here? Id like to know what my possibilities are.

    April 4, 2018 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Patricia Bailey

    Slipped in kitchen today with the back of my head (not sure where). Had sharp pain . Now head hurts, neck hurts when moved and base of neck hurts. Can’t get to doc now as I’m babysitting my 11 month old grandbaby. What can I do on my own.

    April 5, 2018 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Kaye Hamilton

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  44. Lorrie M Holsten

    My husband fell off of a roof this morning, but his neck and head he went by ambulance to emergency room. He was in severe pain legs and arms were numb for a while. Then once he got feeling back it was line needles and sharp pain especially in his hands, they did a cat scan nothing seems to be broken, we lost our insurance this past month, the doctor had him do a urine sample to make sure there was no blood. He asked for a medical person to help him with threatening his clothing he got no help, a stranger helped him pull his clothing back up. He was released with no follow up instructions no diagnosis, e is lying beside me now writhing in pain only in his hands, he can't pick up anything, can't light a lighter, can't touch his blanket without shooting pains, I've never seen my husband dry in pain. Does anybody know the correct protocol in an emergency room setting for head and neck injuries from bad falls?

    April 21, 2018 at 23:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Evelyn

    I was in car crash recently, since then my right front side of my head been itching and hurting, been to ER twice and procedure says am fine, but my head says otherwise, hair also falling out where I hit the windshield on, where it also was dented in and just recently started to feel better, I also had a numbing feeling on whole right side of my face. Bout to follow up with family Dr.

    June 16, 2018 at 00:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Name*Donna Hall

    My hubby works at a meat market warehouse and had about 300 pounds fall on his head. He refused to go to the hospital and his boss didn’t make him go. He drove home almost 12 hours after the accident.

    June 20, 2018 at 19:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Deanna

    I have a story that is very upsetting and heartbreaking for me. My son was in 2nd grade and had a bully that messed with him daily. One day he was at the playground, they took their gym class first thing in the morning. As it was told to me, my son was climbing up the sliding part of the slide. His bully was at the top of the slide. As my son got to the top his bully kicked him in the face causing my child to flip backwards and tumble down backwards until he landed on the back of his head, hitting a land scape timber that went around the playground. My son said he just laid there in very bad pain. He said it felt like someone dropped a bolder on his head. He was finally able to get to his feet and went to tell the coach which brushed him off and told him to go sit on the fence line because he disturbed his game playing on his phone. My son was at school for 7 hours laying his head down in every class and not one teacher asked him if he was okay or if he needed to see the nurse...nor did I receive a phone call. When my son came home from school he went straight to his bedroom. I hollered for him to come let me see him since I missed him all day. He finally came to me and his head/neck was twisted almost facing upward and to the right. I said why are you holding your head that way. He said I don't know. Finally after threatening him to tell me he broke down in tears and told me about his ordeal. I jumped up put my shoes on and took him to the hospital where they took only x-rays. The doc said it was a pulled muscle and it would relax in a couple days. WRONG! My son started experiencing floaters and flashes of lights in his eyes. At first I thought he was playing games. Then the onset of severe migraines with speech loss vomiting and dizzy spells, and losing color when he looked at things. Then I noticed him turning his head to the left to look at me and his computer. I took him back to the doctor. Once again...nothing. Then eye appointments and test on his eyes. My son tells me he can't see nothing out of his left eye but black and his right eye is very blurry. So after every eye doctor even experts telling me my son is a liar, I lost it. Now our options are neurologist. All he was concerned about was his caffeine intake and migraines. I told him we went there for that and told him the story about my son. He brushed it off and gave him ampitripyline [spelling], and now is 11 years old and 4 years later I'm still dealing with stupid doctors that won't give him a MRI or do any test on him. I'm very annoyed. Today my some has been sick with dizziness all day. He can't even go to school anymore so I homeschool him. What am I suppose to do?

    July 6, 2018 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Amy

    I hit my head 2 years ago and since then everything went wrong. I have a constant headache where I hit my head blurred vision in right eye tremors loss of smell and taste concentration problems memory loss and a shlew of other things. 3 doctors now and they still try and say it's not from hitting my head even though it all started 2-3 months after the accident. Which is very common in a head injury. I hit my head hard enough to break my jaw shear the nerve endings where my smell comes from and they still don't associate it with that. Ruled out every single nerological explaination. So my thought is if you want a good doctor live in a big city where they aren't a bunch of losers that went to 3rd rate universities

    July 6, 2018 at 20:29 | Report abuse | Reply
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