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How does a caregiver know when it's time to search for a new doctor or a new team? There is no easy answer to that one. You're asking me good questions. I think that certainly one should feel free to look for other opinions and get other opinions. Many physicians have a problem with patients requesting "second opinions," but I think you have a right to do that as a caregiver, as a patient, and all too often, physicians take that as a slap in the face to their own opinion, but I think ultimately, we as physicians need to facilitate those kinds of requests, not, in any way, inhibit them. I think that we need to encourage people to educate themselves, and some of the resources have been mentioned already. If you see things about new treatments for, for example, vision loss or perceptional impairments, you need to broach those kinds of questions to the treater and if the treater is not aware of that intervention, they need to refer you to places where you can get information about that treatment.

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Dr. Nathan Zasler, an internationally respected physician specialist in brain injury care and rehabilitation, talks about how caregivers need to educate themselves about their loved one's TBI and not be afraid to get a second opinion.

This is an excerpt from BrainLine's webcast Caregiving and TBI: What You Need to Know. See full webcast here.

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Nathan D. Zasler, MD Nathan D. Zasler, MD, Nathan Zasler, MD is CEO and medical director for Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd. as well as CEO and medical director for Tree of Life Services, Inc.  He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and fellowship trained in brain injury.


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My name is Kevin. I have never been diagnose with tbi. But after multi head injuries over the years I look like a drunk from time to time, some times I get lost even the I know the area, extremely get mad and depressed rapidly over very small things,I go blind from time to time in left eye and blurred vision in my left eye, headaches that have been happening for over 2 years and no dr will listen to me nor people in my family. I need to know of a good dr in Dallas area that will listen and help. I don't have faith any more with drs

Sep 26th, 2014 1:31pm

My brother Robert Stoffel suffered TBI in a car accident aproximately 38 years ago. Was sent to courage which at the time helped him temendously. However time had marched on and he is in a group home in Kenosha Wi. and his attitude and agressiveness is becoming a problem. He is a diabetic and sees an Internist for that named Dr. Santerelli. He also sees a phychiatrist (name unknown to me) for depression. They mean good but I don't think they really take into consideration his TBI. Rob has a wobbly gait which over the years he has used a cane and now a walker because he falls a lot but of course when they ask him how he fell he doesn't know (short term memory loss). He has had many tests but in the long run are treating him like a "normal patient". We are all so frustrated and want the best care for our brother. He has led a sad life and his decline is hard on family and caretakers. Rob is 60 years old and in my opinion needs to be under the care of a Dr. that understands his needs along with his medical conditions. Can you help him?

Thank you  Patricia Stracke (sister)

Aug 25th, 2014 11:31am

I was headbutted by our horned ram (think big horned sheep) which then forced my head back and i hit the back of head. I went into auto pilot and got out of there if not i would have been killed. With bloody nose and stumbling i finished chores as i was tge only one home to do it but have no recollecction of it. Went to emerg. Because i didnt pass out i was sent home. No ct mri xray. My dr also did nothing when i went to him. I was continually told that because i didint lose conciousness i was okay. Stars dizzy nausea confusion and headaches were never taken into account. I also developed a leaky ear. Same ear a few dys of intense headaches over right eye then i waje uo with a wet ear. Dr finally sent for mri but was clear nothing wrong. He doesnt know what it is end of story. All this research is great byt if the on the ground drs dont know it it is useless. live just outside of toronto.

May 2nd, 2014 12:19am

We live in a small Canadian province with limited medical care and have had many problems since our 16 year old daughter was injured in a fall.Difficulty getting her brain injury diagnosed, as it was a closed head injury,and we needed to go to Toronto to get an F MRI for this.Difficulty getting the neuro to treat her almost daily seizures. The frustration with rehab was unbelievable.Our granddaughter has a dystonic in her leg, loss of strength and feeling in her arm, and problems with her left eye, as well as the seizures.She is currently in hospital with depression, following 2 suicide attempts. We feel the medical profession has let us down over and over again.

Nov 20th, 2013 7:31pm

 

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