20 Oct Traumatic Brain Injury Side Effects
Have I Injured My Brain?
Something isn’t right. You are experiencing increased confusion, and it seems like concentrating on the most straightforward task has become nearly impossible. Do you find yourself reaching for your sunglasses more often? Did those grocery store lights all of a sudden become brighter? You did fall off your bike a few weeks ago and hit your head, but you didn’t lose consciousness. Could you be suffering from a brain injury?
What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Simply put, this condition results from an injury that damages the brain. It may happen when there is a blow or bump to the head or when we experience whiplash type injuries. Frequently, this issue follows a sport injury or car accident. However, there are many different ways one can acquire a brain injury. Did you know there are different kinds of brain injuries? These include lack of oxygen to the brain, vascular and chemical injuries as well.
Levels of TBI
There are three levels of severity medical professionals use when diagnosing or determining a TBI injury: mild, moderate, and severe. Mild cases can cause a brief change in mental state or consciousness, while severe cases often result in periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death. It is important to note that loss of consciousness is not required to be classified as a TBI.
Individuals with a TBI can recover on their own. However, some people experience symptoms that last longer – up to days, weeks or even years. Recovery moves at a slower pace in older adults, young children, and teens, and if you have had a TBI in the past, it puts you at a higher risk of having another one.
TBI Side Effects
Sometimes, it can be challenging to recognize signs of TBI, especially soon after an injury. People may appear to be okay, even though they may be acting or feeling different than usual. These side effects can even go unnoticed by medical professionals and loved ones.
Common symptoms of TBI people should be on the lookout for after an injury or accident typically include loss of consciousness, headache, vomiting, fatigue, speech problems, dizziness, incoordination, cognitive challenges or a change in eating and sleeping patterns. While symptoms can vary significantly from person to person, a more in-depth list of common symptoms includes:
- loss of consciousness
- dilated pupils
- vision changes
- cerebrospinal fluid from ears or nose
- breathing problems
- slow pulse
- changes in blood pressure
- changes in hearing
- cognitive difficulties
- speech difficulties
- difficulty swallowing
- numbness or tingling
- eyelid or facial weakness
- bowel or bladder control
Long Term Effects of a TBI
How is a TBI diagnosed? A TBI can be immediate or delayed. If you have experienced a brain injury seek care immediately. TBI’s can be a lonely experience for those suffering with it because not every TBI accompanies visual injury such as limb loss. It can truly be an invisible injury to other people, but very real to you. We encourage you to reach out for help.
Tips for Brain Injury Prevention
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Never drive under the influence. Do not text and drive.
- Keep firearms in a locked safe.
- Remove household hazards that might contribute to falls.
Play it Safe
If you believe you have been suffering with longstanding TBI symptoms schedule an appointment and one of our practitioners will be able to assist you.