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Could you be suffering from traumatic brain injury?

Trauamtic brain injury often happens as a result of sustaining trauma to the head. Car accidents and falls comprise some of the major causes of TBI.

If you have suffered a car crash, TBI presents a real risk, even if you believe the accident was not very serious. Even if you think you did not hit your head on anything, TBI can occur when your vehicle stops abruptly after traveling fast, as the brain may impact against the inside of the skull.

Even severe TBI can take time to show up

Severe TBI symptoms often include prolonged loss of consciousness, excruciating headaches, loss of function in limbs, loss of speech, noticeable cognitive impairment and even coma. In many cases, these symptoms do not all happen at once. People may pass out at the accident scene, think they feel fine and go home, only to begin experiencing symptoms in a few hours or even days. Let first responders and emergency room personnel know if you hit yoru head and/or lost consciousness, as this can alert them to the necessity of imaging studies or other diagnostic tools.

Mild TBI is a serious condition

TBI may also fall into the moderate or mild categories. These terms may mislead some people into thinking these diagnoses are not that bad. However, even "mild" damage to the brain can affect a person's entire body, often in unpredictable ways. Warning signs may include brief loss of consciousness, increased fatigue, irritability, nausea, headaches, vertigo and mild cognitive, attention, movement or speech impairments. These symptoms may appear days and even weeks after the accident, so continue to watch out and see a doctor if you begin experiencing any of the above.

Long-term repercussions

TBI can have a long-lasting detrimental effect on your life. Some sufferers end up permanently in a coma or a state of severe impairment. Even if you "only" have a mild TBI, you may experience a strong negative effect on your ability to do your job, socialize with friends, maintain family relationships and even just get a good night's sleep.

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