Many people experience headaches without an identifiable cause. There are migraines, stress headaches, and plenty of other potential reasons that you might experience the pain of a headache, and other symptoms could come along with it. For example, some people also experience visual disturbances, dizziness, and nausea with a headache. When a headache occurs after an auto accident, it is important to take a closer look to make sure that the situation is not
more serious than you think. If it is more serious, then you may need medical treatment and observation. If you’re dealing with a mild to moderate headache after a Greenville, South Carolina, auto accident, read on to find out the possible reasons why. If your headache is severe and involves other symptoms, then go to the nearest emergency room as quickly as possible. Ask someone else to drive you, because headaches and other symptoms that come along with severe headaches can make it unsafe for you to drive.
Greenville, South Carolina, Auto Accident Victims May Have Post-Traumatic Headaches
One of the most common types of headaches that people experience after a Greenville, South Carolina, auto accident is the post-traumatic headache. This is any headache that is associated with an actual injury to your head or even to your neck. When neck injuries result in headaches, it is because the pain of the neck radiates to the surrounding areas, including the head. You may also have shoulder pain and stiffness in such cases. These kinds of headaches often do not happen right away. It may occur a few hours after the injury, or even days or weeks after the injury. For this reason, you may not have addressed the headache when you sought immediate treatment after your auto accident, because you didn’t have it at the time. If this happens to you, then you should seek further medical treatment for the headache when the symptoms first appear, and be sure to alert the treating physician of the fact that you have recently been in an auto accident and let them know about the head or neck injury.
Greenville, South Carolina, Auto Accident Victims May Suffer From Concussion Headaches
Concussions are injuries to the head that involve the brain. It happens when the body suffers a severe enough impact that the brain collides with the inside of the skull. Because of the shock and trauma of an auto accident, you might not realize that you have a concussion right away. A headache is a good indication that you’ve hit your head, possibly hard enough to cause a concussion. Other signs that you may not be immediately aware of, but should certainly watch for, include confusion, memory disturbance, slurred speech, a ringing in the ears, a significant drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. You may even temporarily lose consciousness. Yet, it is entirely possible to have a mild concussion without any of these symptoms or without recognizing the symptoms. This is particularly common after car accidents that involve other injuries and/or shock. For instance, you may have broken a bone, and you may have ringing in the ears and/or confusion, but you may attribute this to the broken bone and the shock of the collision. If you have any symptoms of a concussion, be sure to report them to all treating doctors.
Greenville, South Carolina, Auto Accident Victims May Have Muscle Strain Headaches
Another frequent cause of headaches after a Greenville, South Carolina, auto accident is muscle strain. Whenever a muscle in your neck or back experiences some kind of trauma or an abnormal movement that causes strain or spasms, you may end up with this kind of headache. A common example is in one of the most frequently occurring auto accident injuries: whiplash. When the head is thrown forward and backward in such a way that is strains the neck, you could have whiplash, and this could cause muscle strain headaches in addition to the pain that you feel in your neck and shoulders. If this is the cause of your headache, then you may experience reduced range of motion, pain when moving, and general tenderness in the area where the strain occurred. These headaches are often most severe in the back of your head and at the base of your skull, where your neck meets your skull.
Greenville, South Carolina, Auto Accident Victims May Suffer From Pinched Nerve Headaches
Auto accidents often cause pinched nerves, where a nerve exiting the spinal cord is compressed by an injury. This can happen near the neck, at the shoulders, by the hips, or anywhere else along the spine. When it happens by the shoulders or the neck, it is very likely to cause pinched nerve headaches. This is even more common in cases where the auto accident victim has a pre-existing spinal condition. Some indications that your headache is caused by a pinched spinal nerve include neck pain, significant discomfort or pain in your arms and shoulders, weakness in your muscles, and a burning pain with tingling and numbness. The severity of the nerve compression will impact the severity of your symptoms. If you experience these symptoms after a Greenville, South Carolina, auto accident, see a doctor immediately and inform them of the auto accident and any other relevant injuries.
Some Greenville, South Carolina, Auto Accident Victims Endure Ongoing Migraines
Migraines, like other headaches, can have many different causes. Many people don’t realize that auto accident injuries can result in ongoing migraines, but they can. If you are already prone to migraine headaches, then it is highly likely that auto accident injuries will trigger a migraine. In other cases, auto accident victims who do not have a history of migraines, become susceptible to these headaches after an auto accident injury. The trouble with migraines is that they are severe, come with other symptoms, and are difficult to get rid of. You may have vision disturbance, sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea and vomiting with migraine headaches. Even if you are already prone to migraines, you should tell your doctor if you have one after an auto accident. It could be something worse if it is associated with an auto accident injury, as migraine headaches have symptoms that are similar to concussion headaches, muscle strain headaches, and pinched nerve headaches.
Reach Out to a Greenville Auto Accident Attorney to Review Your Case
If you suffer from injuries that result in headaches after a Greenville, South Carolina, auto accident, contact the attorneys at Double Aught Injury Lawyers for a FREE consultation.