In November of 2006 I took a pretty sharp blow to the left side of my head with what's pretty much a bamboo stick. Since then I have occasionally felt a sort of tenderness or awareness in an area of the left side of my head (middle upper left or so.) It's pretty rare and seems to occur once couple of months. It also causes a bit of an uncomfortable feeling when I move my head quickly and so forth. Nothing else is really different. I'm afraid of it being a chronic subdural hemotoma (one of which nearly killed a friend of mine and the injury which caused his was VERY insignificant.) I'd like to get a brain scan at some point and I plan on doing so, but any comments? Anyone seen or experienced something similar? I'm mostly scared about this becoming more frequent, not going away, becoming worse or turning into the migraines that would be a sure sign of a blood clot. My friend who had his clot removed only after suffering a TIA suffered serious migraines from August to December, though. He was misdiagnosed as having migraines until his grandparents insisted (against his mother's wishes) to take him for a brain scan AFTER HE HAD A TIA. I also think I might just be paranoid because of what happened to him, but I really do believe that there is a noticeable tenderness from time to time around the area of impact. I've actually noticed that it usually happens if I'm leaning my head on hard surfaces for long periods of time (though I'm leaning the right side of my head.) This might be the reason for it coming back over the last fews hours.
Alright I've typed way too much. I have basically no other symptoms, but I have taken a few good knocks to the head over the last two years or so, which is what scares me. These would include... various falls to the floor (varying hardness), a fall on the leg of a metal table (back of head, big ouchies but nothing afterward besides a bruise) and finally the shinai blow to the unarmored left side of my head.
I am sorry that you are experiencing such uncomfortable episodes. Have you seen a doctor about this yet? Depending on your insurance, do you need a referral or can you make an appt with a specialist on your own?
Try to not read anything more about it on the internet..I promise that you will drive yourself insane with all the possibilities ! ( i know that this is much easier said than done)
Honestly, any legitimate doctor will refer you to a specialist if they are unable to diagnose without a doubt. Just do *not* let then sweep you under the rug. If you feel there may be a problem or you feel it is something that needs attention, then you will need to be persistent that you want it resolved.
I hope that you get to the bottom of things. If you have any pressing concerns, please don't hesitate to contact your doctor.