Head Injury Symptoms

a Guide to Recovering from Mild Head Injury, Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

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Alarm Symptoms

If you experience any of the following symptoms in the days after the injury, you should visit the Emergency Department as soon as possible:

 

  • Loss of consciousness

  • New deafness in one or both ears

  • Loss of balance or problems walking

  • Any weakness in one or both arms or legs

  • Any vomiting

  • Clear fluid coming out of your ears or nose

  • Drowsiness when you would normally be wide awake

  • Increasing disorientation

  • Problems understanding or speaking

  • Blurred or double vision

  • Inability to be woken

  • Bleeding from one or both ears

  • Any fits (collapsing or passing out)

  • Severe headache, not relieved by painkillers such as paracetamol

Symptoms

Almost all patients with a mild head injury experience a range of physical, emotional, behavioural, and cognitive symptoms in the days to weeks after the injury.