Many injuries that you suffer in a car crash or a fall have immediately obvious symptoms. You won’t be able to put weight on a broken bone or move parts of your body affected by a spinal cord injury. However, not every injury with potentially life-altering consequences has immediate and obvious symptoms.
Internal bleeding can be hard to spot before it becomes truly dangerous, especially for those dealing with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or bleeding inside the skull. The injury may not be severe enough at first to present symptoms, although the slowly increasing pressure as the bleeding or bruising continues to worsen can eventually lead to worrisome symptoms.
Do you know how to spot the signs of a brain injury in yourself or someone you love after they have a traumatic incident?
Many people experience cognitive changes after a brain injury
Of all of the possible symptoms people can experience when they hurt their brain, cognitive symptoms are arguably the most obvious. Bleeding or trauma that affects the brain will also likely affect the way that you think or process information.
Some of the more common cognitive symptoms of a TBI include difficulty concentrating, issues with memory, changes in mood/personality and memory issues. Bouts of confusion that didn’t occur before the head injury are also a possible warning sign.
Physical symptoms can also occur after a brain injury
Your brain doesn’t just control your personality, it also regulates everything from the length of your strides when you walk to your fine motor control while eating. Some people have noteworthy physical symptoms that include changes and how they walk, issues with balance, problems with reduced strength, or a sense of vertigo or dizziness. Others may experience an increase in their feeling of sleepiness, difficulty waking up from sleep or problems falling or staying asleep.
A brain injury can also affect people’s perception
Sensory symptoms can be some of the most confusing symptoms people experience with a brain injury. Your vision, hearing and even your sense of taste could change after an injury to your brain. Some people lose their ability to taste or smell, while others have difficulty categorizing flavors or smells.
Other symptoms that can sometimes point to a TBI could include loss of consciousness at the time of being hurt, headaches or even a sense of nausea.
If you have these or other symptoms that you think might point to a brain injury, seeking a medical evaluation could help you get treatment to limit the effect of that injury on your future.