Anyone who ever experiences a troublesome headache can’t help but wonder at some point if they might have a brain tumor. Most never act on that paranoia, but there are times when you should pay a little closer attention to your pain and perhaps contact your doctor to schedule an exam.
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes. This is often called a “mini stroke”. This type of stroke was recently brought to light when former Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak suffered a mini stroke during an NFL game this past season. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIA or mini stroke symptoms usually occur suddenly and are similar to those of stroke but do not last as long. Most symptoms disappear within an hour, although they could persist for up to 24 hours. Symptoms can include:
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a blow to the head or a sudden movement of the head caused by an unexpected external force to the body. This means that you don’t have to actually hit your head to have a concussion.
Every time we bump our heads we immediately start to wonder, “Is that serious?” or “Should I be concerned?” This is probably because of media coverage and social media stories that circulate about people who seemed to have just bumped their heads and end up dying within a day or so. In many of these cases death could have possibly been avoided if the patient had received proper treatment.