Traumatic brain injuries affect millions of Americans every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.87 million people are admitted to the hospital, visit the emergency room or die as a result of brain injuries every year. Whether you are injured in a serious car accident, fell victim to a slip-and-fall incident or had an object fall on you head, you may know what it feels like to have a brain injury.
It is critical to know how to spot the signs of brain damage, as it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after being injured. It can be difficult, however, to identify these signs as brain damage because they often mimic symptoms of other illnesses and conditions. If you have been involved in an accident, it is always best to get checked out by a medical professional.
Some common signs of mild to moderate brain injuries include the following:
- Sensory deficiencies, such as trouble seeing and/or hearing
- Ongoing headaches, increasing in intensity
- Consistent nausea and vomiting
- Muscle weakness, tingling in the extremities
- Changes in behavior, mood swings, trouble sleeping
Short-term memory loss, trouble planning events, difficulty organizing, issues understanding speech and communicating are some other common signs that there in an injury in the brain. Severe brain injuries may cause seizures, convulsions and loss of consciousness.
Keep in mind that the symptoms of a brain injury vary depending on which area of the brain is injured as well as how severe the injury is. Immediate medical assistance can help prevent further damage to brain cells and help repair the damage that has already been done.