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Warning Signs That You May Have Suffered an Intracranial Bleed

You were just finishing making dinner when all of a sudden you heard a loud thud and a scream. You ran into the living room and found your son on the floor holding his head and crying. Apparently, he was climbing on a bookshelf, acting out his favorite scene from Tarzan—when he lost his balance and fell head first onto the coffee table. Once you were able to pry his hands away from his head, you were able to examine the injury. At first, it didn’t seem that bad. He had a small cut and a quarter sized lump that you figured would feel better once he put ice on it.

You got him an ice pack and told him to just lay down on the couch for a while until he felt better. This isn’t the first time he has fallen on his head, and he generally feels better after a half hour with the ice, so you leave him alone and finish putting supper together.

An hour goes by and as you pull the turkey out of the oven, your son stumbles into the kitchen—almost tripping over the door frame—still complaining about his head. He tells you that it still hurts, and he’s having trouble seeing the television.

Should you take him to Christus to get checked out? Could the fall have caused something worse than just the lump? 

Changes That Can Signify Intracranial Bleeding

When you suffer a head injury, the force of the impact can cause your brain to hit the inside of your skull, leading to tears, hemorrhages and swelling. Sometimes, these injuries can be hard to diagnose as intracranial bleeding can take time to manifest symptoms. This is why it is extremely important to monitor the accident victim for changes in mood, and signs that bleeding could be present. Hemorrhaging symptoms include:

  • Sudden and severe headaches.
  • Abnormal sense of taste.
  • Seizures with no previous history of seizures or uncontrollable shaking or tremors in the extremities.
  • Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Loss of coordination, balance, consciousness.
  • Decreased alertness and lethargy.
  • Changes in vision.
  • Difficulty swallowing, writing, reading, speaking, or understanding speech.
  • Loss of coordination, balance, consciousness.

If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury—even a small or minor one—and experience any or all of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. A hemorrhage can seriously damage your brain, cause irreparable damage, or even death. Monitor your symptoms and get the help you need to help prevent serious consequences.

Make sure your family and friends are protected by sharing this page with them via Facebook or tell them to contact us directly to discuss any potential questions or concerns they may have about a recent accident. The consultation is free but the advice could be life-saving.