i (quite foolishly) particpated in some random helmetless kendo (japanese sword fighting with swords made of bamboo slats) in a park. It was all quite improvised and I made a good showing, however I took a rather unpleasant shot to the left side of my head during my last bout. I had no armor on. Yes, I know this was stupid, but it sort of just came up and happened. My skull is rather bruised around the area of impact from the top left middle bit of my head to my temple. It feels as if there is an indentation (there is an indentation) around the area where the impact occurred. The pain within the indentation is actually not as great is it is around it, but I am -very- worried. Is it possible that a skull fracture occurred? The shot did not knock me down, knock me out, cause any changes in sight, etc. I was just daved from the immediate impact and the adrenaline for a few seconds, but I basically stood upright and retook a normal fighting stance before halting it to check out the hit. A line-like raised thing seems to lead to the dent. The dent is about the size of a quarter. Are there any symptoms that I need to look for? This occurred at around 1pm today. (6 hrs ago)
Pain only occurs when I touch it, rub it, or open my jaw wide enough for it to effect it physically (ei. If I yawn.) I have a dreadful cold at the moment and the impact of a shinai is very loud so I can't really blame the pressurized feeling in my left ear with the impact, besides the sound, that is.
I'll get it checked out if I have abnormal symtoms tomorrow. I've seen skull fractures involving goalies in football (soccer) games and that goalie did not get back up and had some memory issues. I was very conscious throughout it. A hairline fracture would make sense, but it seems like bruised muscle, bruised bone, etc, but there is definately an indent. If there's more than a bruise (and the indent) tomorrow then I will definately assume that this indent was there previously. I actually knocked my head quite unpleasantly earlier this year in an incident at a friends house involving a tackle and a metal table corner... It's in the same area and it's very possible that this is from that; that gave me a nice deep bruise for about two weeks. I've taken a lot of kendo shots to the head, but i've always been armored. I've actually had far more painful hit with armor on, though i've never had any skull damage or indents from them.
None of the impact is on what would be considered my temporal bone. The pain seems to be seriously lessening when I don't poke at it endlessly. It is directly above the temporal bone. I'm probably just beating a dead horse at this point; it's a matter of doctor or no doctor, but getting to the doctor is very difficult and I can't just take a day off without notice. Hopefully it's just a bruise by tomorrow, the indent is very shallow.