Stroke anxiety after banging head.

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I should probably preface this by saying I suffer from general anxiety, especially with medical issues. I've worried about my mental health, anuerysms, brain tumors, appendicitis, vomiting and many other things. 

2 days ago I fell over and hit the back of my head outside on a hard floor. I got up as soon as it happened and didn't lose conciousness at all, but my neck is now aching and I've been having mild headaches.

Being anxious, the first thing I did when I got home after the fall was google to check what bad things could follow from hitting my head (I know it's a terrible idea but I always do it), after looking up symptoms of concussion and other related things I noticed that eyelid drooping was a symptom of serious brain trauma following a bang to the head (like bleeding and a stroke). 

I know this sounds ridiculous but since then, I've been taking pictures of my face non-stop to make sure that my eyelids are symmetrical, I mean every 5 minutes. I swear I keep seeing my eyelids droop slightly on one side. Even looking at them without trying to worry I'm seriously noticing one is always slightly off. I can't stop thinking that maybe I've had a brain bleed from the bang I had and I just didn't notice it.

Sometimes I'll look at a picture and there will be a REAL noticible difference, but the fact that it sometimes switches eyes makes me doubt it, but doesn't make me feel better.

It sounds stupid but I really can't do anything at the moment. I'm so worried that something bad has happened to me and I haven't realised it yet. I would really appreciate any advice anyone has to offer, I'm completely lost right now.

Thanks a lot.

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    Hi! You have had quite some weekend but I can understand where your coming from. I recently hit my head on the car boot and because I have health aniexty well what a panic! I went to the Doctors and yes I had concussion. I was convincesd I had a bleed etc. 

    I think you definitely should get checked out but I don't think it's a stroke. After I hit my head I did have headaches, fuzzy vision etc. a stroke you would have problems with your speech, movements etc. As long as you didn't black out at the time and not sick I think you are okay but probably mild concussion. To put your mind at rest you should visit your doctors tomorrow and explain. Hope you feel better and relax but easier said than done. Take care and let us know how you get on. 

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      Hi Daphk,

      Thanks a lot for taking the time to reply, I really appreciate your thoughts. I'm glad you were OK! I'm feeling a little bit better about it now, trying to not worry so much, but I will still book an appointment with my doctor tomorrow.

      I don't think I will mention the eyelid thing simply because I know I didn't notice it of the blue, instead I started looking at it trying to find an issue and now I'm paranoid. 

      Thanks again for your thoughts.

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      Yes we do look for issues don't we. Try relax I am sure you are ok and when you go do mention the eyelid, it will settle your mind - that is what they are there for to help and check us.

      Good Luck and keep us posted.

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    Thought I'd post an update. I just got back from the doctor's  who checked my eyes, ears and blood pressure, and she said it was probably just a mild concussion. She couldn't find anything physically wrong with me or see any bad signs. 

    Feeling a lot better now but still a little bit off. Give it a few more days and I will probably be completely comfortable with myself and won't be worrying much at all.

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