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coumadin and head bumps
Started by Dawn
Posted: May 28, 2008 at 16:42
I was hoping someone could tell me anything about bumping your head on while on coumadin. I have been having dull headaches for a few weeks now. The dr assured me not from coumadin probably stress related. My right eye keeps going blurry on me and a couple of days ago my tongue and lips felt numb. I bumped my head on the corner of a shelf a few weeks ago and was wondering if this is something to worry about. It didn't hit real hard and didnt give it much thought at the time. Now with some of these problems I am having I'm wondering if they are related. Thanks
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #1 by Char
Posted: May 28, 2008 at 17:54
Can you feel a lump on your head, sore spot or a abrasion? Because you are on coumadin and I am not a Doc, but your Doctor should have been more interested in internal head injury. Can you see another Doctor for a evaluation? I hope it is a big nothing.
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #2 by Sharon
Posted: May 28, 2008 at 17:58
Hey Dawn--

Cerebral hemorhage is always a risk factor while we are anticoagulated on anything--type does not matter. That is why many of us have had to give up horses, mountain bikig, motorcycling, sky-diving, etc. Even water skiing could be dangerous to us if we hit the water too fast or get hit w/ a ski. Anyway, I have hit my head many times as you describe and have not had any bleeds in my brain. In case you missed the recent drama--I am in the hosptial for falling down my stairs. While I completely shattered my ankle, they saw no evidence of cerebral bleeding on the MRI or CT scans. So it is doubtful that your bump on the cabinet would do it, but if your INR was high enough, it is possible. The CTscan and MRI are the tests to look and see. Do you know what your INR was on the day you bumped it? I mean, if it was 4 or more, you may have a very real reason for concern.

Let me just ask you this and please do not think I am invalidating your physical concerns, but were you feeling anxious the day you had the other symptoms? I ask, bcs those are also symptoms of anxiety and hyperventilation--sometimes people hold their breath from anxiousness and then breath very fast while thinking of there fears and don't even realize hat the breathing pattern is making them faint and numb, w/ some visual symptoms as well.

I experienced a good deal of anxiety when I came home from the hospital. Part of it was feeling there was nothing else to do for me and I knew I was still clotting, part was thyroid medicine and part was that they had taken mme off of the estrogen when I clotted, so I was having menopause symptoms. I got on Effexor XR and it helped all that completely. Before that however, I was paying attention to every little creak or pain in my body. Take care.
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #3 by Dawn
Posted: May 28, 2008 at 18:52
Oh Sharon.. I read your whole story this morning and also responded with well wishes. I am so very sorry that happened to you and am so pleased that you are able to answer my question feeling like you do. Wow you are awesome. My inr is totally under control. today I was at a 2.4. If I am remembering correctly I was either still on the lovenox or just off it with a coumadin level of around 2.5. I have been having these headaches on the same side of my head for weeks now. The dr attributed them to stress and neck. But what concerns me is the blurryness in my eye and the feeling of numbness in my mouth, lips and somewhat my cheek. I am definitly uptight about the whole situation and even have anxiety meds for when I need them. Even these don't seem to help the dull ache. So what do you think? I have a call into my dr. and am hoping he will send for the ct scan just to make sure. Do you think this is something I need to go to ER for?
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #4 by Sharon
Posted: May 28, 2008 at 22:22

I'm no dr but if it is just on one side, it would be of concern to me and I think I would want it checked out, unless you are prone to migraines. I've had those for years and they are always on one side, can cause visual changes, and some people also have numbness on one side of their face. I guess the one-sidedness didn't compute w/ me earlier, bcs that doesn't fit w/ an anxiety attack or hyperventilation, but migraines can be triggered that way.

Those are all my thoughts. You'll have to make up your mind and discuss it w/ your doc to know which way to go. Did you bleed on the outside of your head? The scalp is one of the most vascular areas to bleed from. A small cut can really pour. If you didn't bleed on the outside a lot you may not have to worry about the inside as much. Also just remember that the mind is very powerful--if we start worrying enough about something, we can create the somatic symptoms (psychologically induced physical symptoms).

I think if you were having a bleed in your brain that you would have more dramatic and painful symptoms, tho I have to say that some of my migraines have made me think I have a tumor or some horrendous something going on. If this happened a few weeks ago and it was detrimental--you'd have known it by now I would think. Again, just instinct, not medical opinion. Don't know if I've reassured or confused you more... I hope its nothing. I don't mind responding--it keeps my mind off the pain. Course keeping a connection in this room is a pain in itself.
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #5 by Dawn
Posted: May 28, 2008 at 23:06
It is only on 1 side and I occasionally get migraine headaches which I associate with neck problems. Not very often though. A couple of nights ago I woke at 1am with a terrible headache. Have you ever had a headache that lasted for a few weeks that seemed like a dull ache? Today my head feels very prickley. No I didn't bleed at all with the bump. I suppose that's why I didn't think too much about it.What type of symptoms should I be looking for? Oh I know about the mind thing. I have gotten myself in such a worry state before when there is nothing going on. It's funny how that happens isn't it. How are you feeling? Are you on strong pain meds? How long will you be in the hospital? Hope you are getting some good rest....Dawn
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #6 by Dawn
Posted: May 28, 2008 at 23:34
My dr. just called and is going to send me for a ct scan tomorrow. At least that will ease my mind.
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #7 by Diane
Posted: May 28, 2008 at 23:43
I just read this thread between you and Sharon and I think you've done the right thing to schedule a CT Scan. Let us all know how it turns out. Better safe than sorry.
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #8 by dawn
Posted: May 29, 2008 at 01:28
thanks diane i will send a note tomorrow...
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #9 by karina
Posted: August 12, 2008 at 06:29
okay.. my mother had fallin and hit her head very badly against our woooden hard floor
i am very worried to what might happen because the bump is like a handful
please reply as fast as you can!!
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #10 by Char
Posted: August 12, 2008 at 11:37
Hey Karina, seems to me a visit to a Doctor or ER would be in order to rule out a brain bleed or other head injuries.
Re: coumadin / Warfarin and Sky diving
Reply #11 by Janine
Posted: August 19, 2008 at 17:09
My boyfriend recently bought me a tandem sky diving adverture for my birthday.

Even though this petrifies me, I was wondering if it is actually safe for me to do this whilst I am on warfarin?
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #12 by Sharon
Posted: August 20, 2008 at 04:12
Dawn--What happened w/ your CT scan? You also need to research APSand its neurological symptoms. Numbness in the side of the face could indicate a TIA, tansient eschemic attack or mini-stroke or an impending stroke. What did they tell you? This is a common issue for people w/ APS (clotting disorder). Were you tested for this?

Janine, I answered your sky-diving question on your other post. Stay petrified and don't do it, girlfriend.

Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #13 by Sandra
Posted: December 28, 2010 at 14:43
I really need some advice I Was discharged From hospital 2 weeks ago and sent home on warfarin For a clot on left lung.
For the last 5 days I have been having headaches. I have a constant headache that I can deal with but then Have severe phrases when I just dont know what to do! Then 3 days ago My son threw and big charger and it hit me straight on the head since then The headaches are out of control! I suffer with regular migranes and this def isnt one of those! I just need advice or reasurrance please!!!
Also I had alot of calf pain but now it has moved to around my ankle! & hurts so much at times I break down i tears! I dont want to go to the hospital or doctors unless there is a real need please help
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #14 by Claire
Posted: December 29, 2010
When I was on warfarin I had headaches every single day, taking Tylenol only
dulled them slightly. I read somewhere that the dyes in warfarin can cause this, so
I switched to coumadin & as if by magic, the headaches stopped.
Having said that, the brain is more sesitive to bleeds whilst on warfarin, so it
might be in your best interest to get your headaches checked out.
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #15 by Reba
Posted: December 30, 2010 at 02:02
They told me if I had a bump on my head I was to go immediately to the
hospital. They said never take a chance when on Warfin.
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #16 by janell
Posted: March 3, 2011 at 07:18
I'm on lovinox injections me & my brother was
playing & he hit my ear its a lil sore bit is this
something u go to the ER for I'm new 2 this I
jus was diagnosed Feb 4
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #17 by janell
Posted: March 3, 2011 at 07:20
I'm on lovinox injections me & my brother was
playing & he hit my ear its a lil sore bit is this
something u go to the ER for I'm new 2 this I
jus was diagnosed Feb 4
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #18 by Pam
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 22:59
I do my self test every week for my INR. today it was 6.1 . Yesterday I had a fall
and hit the bottom cabinet in the kitchen, I have a lump on my head behind the
ear. so sore and tender, burning pain. whats the seriousness to fall and lump.

Please answer asap.
Re: coumadin and head bumps
Reply #19 by Kathy
Posted: July 19, 2014 at 21:23
My Daughter dropped a hay hook on my head I didn't lose consciousness but I did feel dizzy & a bad head ache, it's swollen, I got the cut glued & 4 steri strips the next day. I went to the Hospital because I also take Coumadin. The headache got better that day so they took my Protime it was a 3.1 but didn't do a cat scan. The INR PTis higher than the max of 3.0 they like to see. Well the headache came back today (day 3) but not as bad as it first was. Is a level 3.1 INR Protime reason for concern? My head hurts to bend over then it gets a sharper headache pain. It's a bit swollen & bruised. The cut didn't bleed today.
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