The Symptoms to Determine Whether You Need Treatment
If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident or any other type of accident, and you’ve had any type of bump or jolt to your head or neck, there’s a possibility that you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Often, though, you can feel fairly normal in the immediate aftermath of the incident and the full consequences of your injury can take days, weeks or even months to show. Here are some of the common signs that you may have sustained a brain injury.
The Physical Symptoms
Brain injuries can be tied to the following physical responses:
- Any loss of consciousness – If you lost consciousness at all, you have suffered some type of trauma to your brain. It may be mild, but you should have it checked out immediately.
- A state of confusion or disorientation – Often, you won’t lose consciousness, but you may feel dazed. That’s also a pretty reliable indicator that you’ve had some trauma to your brain.
- Headaches – Typically, when there’s trauma to your brain, your body will respond by sending fluids to the brain, leading to swelling and pain.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- A change in sleep patterns – If you find yourself sleeping a lot more or a lot less than you were, that may be the result of a brain injury
- Chronic fatigue or drowsiness
The Mental or Cognitive Symptoms
Obviously, brain injury can also have an impact on the ability of your brain to do its job. Look for memory or concentration problems, depression or anxiety, and mood swings.
The Sensory Symptoms
Your brain controls all five of your senses. Injury to your brain may manifest in vision or hearing loss, ringing in your ears, loss of a sense of smell or a bad taste in your mouth.
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