You might feel that you would definitely know if you had a traumatic brain injury, but the truth is that it is not always quite that simple. The fact of the matter is that there can be varying degrees here, and there have been cases with people not even knowing that they had such a problem for a long time, until the issue got much worse indeed. It is therefore very important to be able to identify properly the experience of a traumatic brain injury, as well as knowing what you might need to do about it should you have one. In this article, we are going to try and simplify this by looking clearly at many of the underlying symptoms, as well as discussing some of the things you’ll need to consider in order to deal with it in some way. Let’s take a look.
First of all, let’s discuss a number of the symptoms, starting with many of the most common ones that you can expect to experience. If you ever suffer a traumatic brain injury, you will find that it is very likely that you forget the event that caused it, and in particular that you forget events leading up to it too. You’ll also have a sense of confusion and disorientation and will feel as though you don’t know where you are. It might be that you struggle to remember new information too, which can be incredibly frustrating for most people. Add to that the prospect of a headache, possibly ongoing, and overall dizziness, and suddenly we are painting a rather bleak picture indeed. At times, people might also experience ringing in the ears or nausea, as well as trouble sleeping or speaking, and changes in the way that they speak.
You can experience these symptoms even with a mild traumatic brain injury – otherwise known as a concussion. Concussions tend to last no more than thirty minutes and, while you will still need medical assistance as soon as possible, generally they are less likely to be as serious or damaging as moderate and major brain injuries. Regardless of the kind or severity of your traumatic brain injury, the most disabling experience you can expect is long-term changes to your cognition and emotions. Chiefly, you might feel particularly perturbed by the lack of ability to easily remember new information, or the way in which your emotions are suddenly out of control in a way that they never were before. You might struggle to pay attention and organize your thoughts properly, and people around you might notice serious alterations in your personality and apparent behaviour.
All of these symptoms can be worrying, but it is necessary to know of them in order to be able to recognise traumatic brain injury when it occurs. Of course, only a professional doctor can actually diagnose it properly, so you will always need to make sure that you get some medical attention in order to determine not just whether this is the problem, but how serious it might prove to be.
Because a TBI is always the result of some kind of traumatic event, there is always of course going to be an aftermath which you need to deal with, and that can be a life-changing event in itself too. After you experience a traumatic episode like this, you will want to make sure that you are doing everything right in order to maximize the speed of the recovery and make sure that you don’t cause yourself any further damage or anything of the sort. That means that you will almost certainly need to think about resting a lot and taking it easy, as well as obviously going to the hospital and doing whatever they recommend too. It might be that you are given some medication to deal with pain, or that you receive anti-inflammatory drugs to help heal, or whatever it might be.
You’ll also need to think about the legal side of things, in particular whether you have a case against a company or individual who might have caused the TBI. If you look into it, you will see that there are plenty of TBI cases which are successful, and it is something that you should think about if you really feel that someone is specifically at fault, as it will mean that you could be owed something. Although this might not be your priority at first – getting better and resting will be – it is still something you will probably want to think about regardless, so make sure that you do so in the right way.
As long as you approach the aftermath properly, you should find that you are able to make the most of your TBI and to help the process along as smoothly as possible. That will make all the difference in the world in terms of your long-term recovery and enjoyment of life.
In the most serious of cases, you might need to be hospitalized for months and months while you are healing, and that can of course completely change your way of life profoundly. It will get in the way of your work and career, your relationships, your education, your hobbies, your enjoyment of life, and it can clearly be an extremely depressing time for most people. Still, it is the best place to be, and hopefully it will mean that you can then be released after those months to live a normal life again. However, the majority of TBI cases are mild and can be dealt with at home or during a relatively short hospital stay, so hopefully that is all that will happen for you.
Because of the kinds of diseases such as Alzheimer’s which can occur because of a TBI, you will need treatment to help curtail those problems, and that is among the most important treatment that you are going to receive overall. Hopefully, such treatment will do what it intends to, and you will be able to live a relatively normal life, even after a fairly serious traumatic brain injury.