Mild, but Constant, Headaches After Mild Accident
(Billerica, MA )
I was in a car accident two days ago in which the other car impacted the right back passenger side of my car hard enough to spin my car around a bit and put a good sized dent in my car. She was coming out of a parking lot/driveway when she hit me. When I got out of the car, other than being shaken, I felt fine. A few hours later my neck kind of hurt, but that seems to have gone away. Now I am getting mild, annoying headaches during the mornings. They aren't stabbing or painful, but I don't usually get headaches and they are enough to be distracting. I have never been in an accident before, so I don't know if the headaches are from the accident or from stress. Should I get checked out just in case?
Hi there, Michelle here...
Sorry to hear about your accident...it is a little soon to know what symptoms or injuries you are going to have. It usually takes until about the 10th day before the full extent of the injury surfaces. Having headaches is an indication that you are injured, and yes you need treatment right away.
For anyone else reading this, if you have been in a car accident, please always seek treatment, even if you are not sure if you are injured. Not all injuries are easy to self diagnosis, and it is important always to have a doctor take a look at you after an accident. Even if the accident seems minor.
Car accidents are big traumatic events, and it is our nature to minimize how significant they are. A friend of mine was in a roll over accident on the freeway a few years back. The police officer told her he was surprised to find a living person in the car. And I was the first person she called.
At the side of the road, with her car smashed to bits (she was traveling at 60 mph before she rolled), she was asking me to come pick her up because she thought she was fine and didn’t need to get into the ambulance. (Yep I talked her into the ambulance ride !!) She had a mild concussion, was in shock, and needed close to a year of chiropractic, massage and some physical therapy.
Of course your accident is not this serious.
However, even with really serious accidents, we tend to assume they are not that big a deal as we are walking and talking after they are over. So, please go see a doctor, with daily headaches you would do well to see a chiropractor. You will find quick relief for these headaches.
The chiropractor will take x-rays and give you an idea of what kind of injury you have and how long you should expect to need treatment.
The chiropractor should also make sure you are seeing a massage therapist as your muscles will also be injured.
Finally, as it is only a few day since the accident, please know that you might end up with other areas of pain within the next 2 weeks, and all these new areas if they show up, will be related to your car accident.
Hope this helps! M.