My daughter suffered a concussion when she fell off her bike and hit her head on the pavement. She seems to be recovering just fine, but she has begun to have migraine headaches. She never had them before the concussion. Should I take her to the hospital in Louisville?

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It wouldn’t be a bad idea to call her doctor, but post-traumatic headaches are common after brain injuries. That said, you should definitely call her doctor if your daughter displays any of the following symptoms:

  • Her headache worsens.
  • The headache is accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting.
  • She has a headache as well as weakness in one or both of her arms or legs.
  • She has trouble talking, along with a headache.
  • She is getting sleepier, along with having a headache.

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) states that migraine headaches occur when an area of the brain becomes hypersensitive, triggering pain that spreads to the other areas of the brain. MSKTC cites the following symptoms of migraine headaches that commonly occur after a traumatic brain injury (TBI):

  • a dull throbbing, usually on only one side of the head;
  • light and noise sensitivity;
  • nausea and/or vomiting;
  • moderate to severe pain; and
  • an aura—spots or bright lights that appear before the headache.

Kentucky brain injuries are nothing to fool around with. Once you address your health concerns, contact a Louisville brain injury lawyer at Gray and White Law. We’ll set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation with you. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456.