Husband has headache on left after brain injury and stroke?

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    Hi. I need your help for my husband. 5 years ago he got brain injury and stuck in coma for 7 days. He has also had stroke on left side. After that he worked hard and getting better. but now he is very ill. His MRI and CT scan all are fine but he got headache on his left side stretch on his mouth left side weakness ... Please help me what to do please. Mahrukh.
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    Dear Mahrukh;

     

    Thank you for reaching out to us for help for your husband. Given the complexity of his story with the previous head injury, it is difficult to know exactly where to begin. First and foremost, if he is not currently being followed by a neurologist or traumatic brain injury specialist, he needs to be evaluated. Traumatic brain injuries, ranging from concussions to contusions to hemorrhages can lead to a variety of long term or delayed symptoms. Headaches are somewhat common as a lingering problem after injury, and depending on the extent of the original injury, seizures and other neurologic events can occur.

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    It is also important to make sure that he is not struggling with any other systemic illness. It is common for people with previous brain injuries to have a return or worsening of their symptoms during an acute illness, such as a urinary tract infection.

     

    We recommend talking with his doctor about your concerns, including getting a referral to a neurologist.

     

    Good luck,
    David Watson, MD, and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: October 31, 2014