When a person experiences a traumatic brain injury, the consequences can be serious. Often time, it results in mental and cognitive disorders, loss of mobility and daily functionality, coma, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries occurred in 2010 alone. If you or a loved one recently experienced any type of blow to the head, you may have a traumatic brain injury. Here are 10 common symptoms to look for:
Lack of Memory
This generally means a lack of memory about the events leading up to, during, and right after the accident or injury that caused the trauma. The person may also have trouble retaining new information or forget things like why he or she got into the car to go somewhere or where an item is located inside his or her home.
The person may seem confused or disoriented. He or she may also seem moody with sudden bouts of anger or sadness for no reason.
Pain in the head and neck is also common. The pain is usually continuous or frequent and is not easily relieved.
Tinnitus is the official word for ringing in the ears. It may also sound like water swishing or any other noise that is persistent and feels as if it is coming from inside the head or ears.
Blurred vision is another common symptom. It might lead to lightheadedness.
Persistent dizziness can occur on its own or it might be accompanied by head pain or blurred vision.
Nausea and Vomiting
The person might also experience persistent nausea that is not caused by any other ailment. It may lead to vomiting.
Trouble Forming and Expressing Words and Sentences
In some cases, the person might not have the ability to put together or express a complete thought when speaking. He or she may seem confused, forget what they were talking about, or speak incoherently.
Changes in sleep patterns may occur. The person may experience fatigue and sleep more frequently, or he or she may not have the ability to sleep at all or only sleep for short bouts of time.
Increased Sensitivity to the Senses
Sometimes, the person experiences increased sensitivity to light, sounds, scents, and tastes. In some cases, the person might have a persistent bad taste in his or her mouth or completely lose the ability to taste or smell.
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