Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Am I Getting Headaches?

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:35 AM

Question: I was in a minor car accident about six weeks and didn’t suffer any major injuries, although I bumped my head slightly. I felt fine afterward and didn’t even need to go to the hospital. But now, weeks later, I’m getting headaches. Could they be a delayed reaction to the bump to the head?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Post-traumatic headache (PTH) is the most common symptom following mild head injury. These headaches are often very difficult to manage because of the problems in evaluating and treating a subjective symptom, the unclear clinical picture, and minimal evidence of organic abnormality.
Studies suggest that most head injuries are rated as “mild” and a wide range of about 30 to 80 percent will develop PTH. Surprisingly, many of the symptoms following head injury are associated with mild rather than severe head injuries. In many cases, the incidence of headache is highest in those without loss of consciousness or posttraumatic amnesia.
Sometimes MRI pictures of the brain show evidence of nerve injury as a result of forces sustained by minor bumps in the head, especially among persons in auto accidents.

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