I hit my head last night getting into the car, now i'm freaking myself out... help!

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It's nothing super serious. I was getting into the car last night and I didn't bend down enough and I bumped the side of my head (just above my ear) on the car (the door was open so it was on the part where you usually duck your head and miss it). I've done this before and I didn't die but I made a mistake by googling hitting your head and now my anxiety ridden self has convinced myself i'm dying. This happened at 7:30pm last night, of course I had some pressure on my head where I hit it and it hurt. I iced it and rubbed it and took an ibuprofen. Since then, i've slept and today I feel a little better but there's still some pressure on the side that I hit. It hasn't been 24 hours yet. 

I don't have insurance so i can't really go to the doc. I have severe health anxiety and I always think i'm dying. 

Does anyone think this is serious? Has anyone experienced a similar event and NOT died from it? i feel ridiculous but it's been stressing me out all day. I feel like I could be talking myself into pain also maybe. 

Symptoms are pressure in the side of my head where I hit it, minor headache. My ears were ringing for a few seconds last night but sadly that's normal for me. 


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    Also, i'm prone to headaches. I have them at least once a week. It runs in my family SO my head is super fragile. 

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    If you said you had been throwing up all night and sleeping continuesly and terrific headache then I would suggest you see someone but your describing a normal minor bump on the head, I ran straight into a low door frame in a cottage, knocked myself out for about 5 minutes and was fine except for an horrendous headache for a couple of days and I suppose looking back I should have gone hospital but I was too busy LOL please don't worry if you can manage that

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    As others have said I think you are fine. Especially as you haven't had the other symptons mentioned and you were able to type the above which makes perfect sense.

    I managed to do similar a few years ago although I was closing the boot and pulled it down hard to close it but was too close and like a idiot I pulled the bit that sticks out to lock it into the boot into the top middle of my head. Everything went black but I didn't pass out but damn did it hurt for days and there was a little blood. I perhaps stupidly still managed to drive 50 miles home!

    I can also understand the health anxiety. I broke my ankle in late April this year and during the last 3 months went to the bottom of the pool with fears of not surviving at all and at times not wanting to the pain was so bad and constant and fearing the loss of my leg and many other fears and worries and I am not nearly 3 months to the day from my accident and am walking round the house with mild pain in 2 shoes! Doesn't sound much but feels like massive progress!!

    I wish you all the best and although easier said than done try not to worry!!

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      Oh, your ankle!  I want your massive progress!  It is nice to hear about ppl walking around in real shoes. I’m only 5 Weeks into a double ankle break.  So I like to see light at the end of the tunnel.  Have not had a day yet that I did not cry. That and weight bearing I am looking forward to.  Thanks for putting time and perspective into your posts!
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      Thanks Winnie.

      If there is any way I can help someone I would as mine hit me hard. Although in perhaps not as hard to deal with as double ankle break I wasn't really strong enough do deal with mine mentally.

      You sound like you are doing well though from the brief post above as at 5 weeks I was half way though a 9 week stretch of being in bed almost 24/7. I lay in bed staring at the ceiling partly in pain and partly because mentally I couldn't do anything, I reached a dark dark place and if there is one thing I can promise there is light at the end of the tunnel ;-)

      It seems to be a long tunnel but the light grows little by little each day... that is what I have realized.

      All the best be strong and you will recover!!

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    Greetings Arich,  I do not think that your head bump, as you have described it, is serious especially with the self care you provided.  I do think that your health anxiety is serious and will probably increase with time until you seek treatment for it.  Since you are without insurance why not google health anxiety self treatment.  Perhaps you could try meditation, breathing techniques, yoga, and like things.  Good luck since you deserve to free yourself from this anxiety.
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    I have anxiety as well.  It’s amazing how our bodies can create physical symptoms just from fear.  I have hit my head before, and had a concussion.  All I can tell you is that in a concussion my head hurt on the opposite side that was hit.  I hit the back of my head and it sloshed my brain to my forehead.  My forehead is what hurt.  I was nauseous and light and sound bothered me.  It only lasted about 2-3 days.  I did not feel any pressure just a headache.  Hope that helps.
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