A TBI Can Have Physical Ramifications, as Well as Mental Consequences
Often, when we think about the impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), we tend to focus on how the injury affects us emotionally or intellectually. We think specifically about memory and learning issues, challenges with focus and concentration, difficulties with problem-solving or reasoning, and concerns with decision-making, planning or organization. But traumatic brain injuries can have physical manifestations, completely separate from cognitive function, including:
- Headaches—It’s not unusual to have persistent and often excruciating headaches for weeks or months after a traumatic brain injury
- Infections, particularly if the wound is penetrating or involves a skull fracture—Injuries that cause any kind of tears in the meninges (the protective tissues around the brain) can allow bacteria into the brain cavity, ultimately leading to infection. That infection can affect the entire nervous system, if unchecked.
- Seizures—A frequent side-effect of a TBI is a seizure, typically caused by an uncontrolled burst of electrical energy between some of your brain cells. A minor seizure may appear only a twitch, tingle or stiffness some part of your body, but a seizure may also cause unconsciousness.
- Hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain”—One of the body’s natural reactions to trauma is the production of fluid, serving as a sort of cushion. The increase in fluid can cause swelling in the brain, as well as increased pressure, which can diminish the levels of oxygen to and through the brain.
- Injury to blood vessels in the brain—The impact of your brain with your skull or with other objects can damage or break blood vessels, which can increase the risk of blood clots or strokes.
- Balance issues—A traumatic brain injury can often damage vestibular system in the inner ear, leading to vertigo and other balance issues
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