symptoms of hitting your head Q&A MY MOTHER FELL AND HIT HER HEAD, SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?

What are the symptoms of hitting your head too hard? My mother fell and hit her head last week.  The doctor said she was fine, but yesterday she told me about how severe her headache had been, the day before.  She did say, that it was better yesterday. Should I be concerned?

Going back to my nursing days, I remember, on occasion, when we had patients, who fell and/or hit their head on something, and would end up, with what is called a “micro intracranial bleed”.  I don’t want to scare you, but to keep you aware, I would like to discuss the signs and symptoms of an intracranial bleed.

A “micro bleed” occurs, when there is a pinhole leak, in the vascular system in the brain.  Because it is such a slow leak, it is not immediately visible on a CT scan or MRI.  In the beginning there is no evidence of a bleed, but as this tiny hole continues to leak blood, it can either cause a slow fluid buildup in the brain, putting pressure on the brain, or irritating the brain tissue, causing swelling.  When blood pools, it can clot, leaving a blood clot or hematoma, that can cause a number of different symptoms. This can occur over a matter of weeks.  I’m not telling you this to scare you, but just to make you aware, so you can keep an eye on her.  Intracranial pressure build up can lead to:

*  Abnormal sense of taste

*  Sleepiness

*  Lethargy

*  Mental Confusion

*  Changes in speech

*  Loss of Balance or coordination

*  Headaches

*  Signs of Stroke (slurred speech, one sided paralysis, mental confusion, numbness and tingling, one sided facial drooping)

*  Vision changes (blurred vision, eyelid droop, different size pupils, or double vision)

In the hospital, of course the immediate course of action would be to start the patient on blood thinners and drugs with fibrinolytic action.  However, if I was concerned about an intracranial bleed, for myself or a family member, I would take a natural approach and start taking Nattokinase, which is a fibrinolytic enzyme, that acts as a natural clot dissolver, and from what I have seen, it works fairly quickly (within 5-8 hours).  Therefore, if a clot is forming, it would begin dissolving it safely.  I have a family history, of stroke, so personally take 2000 FU (Fibrinolytic Units) of Nattokinase every morning, on an empty stomach, to minimize my risk of having a stroke. I also take other supplements, to keep my vascular system healthy.

The other thing I would do, is monitor her blood pressure.  If it is elevated, it can exacerbate the condition, and it needs to be brought down, immediately.

If the patient is taking anything that might thin her blood, she might want to not take both Nattokinase and a blood thinning medication.

Again, I do not want to scare you, unnecessarily, however, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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