After an auto accident, your injuries may range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, which can also vary from short-term pain to long-term pain or permanent disability, paralysis, and even death. Another type of injury that you may experience after an accident that is not obvious to others is constant headaches.
If you were recently injured in a crash and are now suffering from constant headaches that make it difficult to do anything except lay down in a completely darkened, silent room, here are a few tips to help you manage your condition.
Severe headaches can be symptomatic of a variety of health problems that manifest in your skull or brain, including:
The Mayo Clinic suggests seeing a doctor if:
Although some people that suffer from headaches—particularly those who only begin to experience them after accidents and head injuries—have no known triggers or warning signs, it is possible to reduce a headache’s occurrence or severity by avoiding triggers including:
When you suffer from constant headaches, it is easy to become dependent on medication, especially if it effectively reduces your pain or discomfort. However, taking medication too frequently can worsen your headaches over time or cause new, even more painful “rebound” headaches when it wears off.
Sleep is restorative and protective for the body, especially the brain. When headaches are caused by traumatic brain injuries as a result of an accident, sleep can assist in the repair process, resulting in a faster and more complete recovery. To improve sleep, go to bed earlier, reduce caffeine intake, avoid screens at least two hours before bedtime, and keep your bedroom cool and completely dark.
Nutrition is always important, especially after serious injuries. Your body needs fuel to recover, and if that fuel comes from healthy food sources, your recovery may be faster and your headaches less severe. To help elevate your headaches, avoid alcohol and caffeine as much as possible, limit salt and sodium intake, and eat fresh foods whenever possible.
Managing headaches can be a challenge, especially if they are caused by a serious head, neck, or brain injury after an accident. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you experience headaches that:
At Wagner Reese, our lawyers understand debilitating headaches after an accident can make your daily task virtually impossible. Unfortunately, since headaches are considered “invisible” injuries, the insurance companies do not always understand how badly you have been hurt from an accident. If you are experiencing constant headaches after a car accident, you should consider hiring a lawyer. A lawyer will ensure the insurance company understands how the car accident has affected your life.
Wagner Reese attorneys are experienced with car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents. Contact us today for a free consultation.