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I hit my head some weeks ago now and have recently started getting sharp stabbing pains...

I hit my head some weeks ago now and have recently started getting sharp stabbing pains only lasting a few seconds in the left side of my head along with dizziness. What should I do?

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The answer

Dizziness and nausea can persist for up to 6 weeks after a head injury, this is common after hitting your head and will resolve itself within this time period and there are usually no long term problems. Occasionally the dizziness can persist for up to 12 weeks or more or become a long term issue but this is rare and can be managed with medication. Headaches after a head injury are very common and may be more persistent lasting from weeks to months and can vary in severity from dull ache to severe, debilitating headaches. As the stabbing pains only last a few seconds then there may be little to worry about at this time. If the stabbing pains become more frequent or severe you will need to see your doctor and may need referral to a specialist for assessment and possibly a scan. Also if you develop any further symptoms such as blurring of your vision or problems with coordination you will need to be referred to a neurologist for assessment. Hopefully this will help you.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses