If you or a loved one have ever suffered a traumatic brain injury, it may have arisen from a fall, a car accident, a sports-related injury or any other incident that caused a serious blow to the head. TBIs vary broadly in terms of severity, and the effects and symptoms associated with them may prove relatively mild in nature, or they can be completely life-changing.
If you suspect that you or someone you love may have experienced a TBI, it is wise to be aware of how it might manifest and what signs may indicate a serious problem.
Symptoms associated with mild TBI
It is possible to lose consciousness after suffering a mild TBI, but in such cases, you or your loved one will likely regain consciousness relatively quickly. Other physical indications that there might be a serious problem include fatigue, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, headaches, imbalance, or vomiting.
You or your loved one may also have sensory and cognition-related hardship after suffering a mild TBI. You or your friend or family member may experience sudden mood changes or feelings of depression or anxiousness, and enhanced sensitivity to light and sound is also common among brain injury sufferers.
Symptoms associated with moderate or severe TBI
In situations where TBIs cross the line from mild and become moderate to severe in nature, victims are likely to lose consciousness for longer periods of time than in mild cases. You or your loved one may also experience a near-constant headache, nausea, dilation of pupils, fluid drainage from the nose or ears, or convulsions or seizures resulting from the head injury.
You and other victims may even fall into a coma after your injury, or experience considerable and uncharacteristic agitation, confusion or combativeness. Slurred speech is yet another potential sign of a TBI, so be on high alert for these and other symptoms and seek prompt medical treatment if you suspect a serious brain injury.