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Physical Symptoms of Brain Injury

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The brain oversees our actions and reactions. When a brain injury occurs, it can disrupt any of our regular functions and create a tremendous amount of confusion and difficulty. And in cases of serious traumatic brain injury, the physical symptoms can persist. They can affect almost any area of the body.

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Can Symptoms of Hypopituitarism Present Years After a Brain Injury?
By: Dr. Nathan Zasler | Ask the Expert | September 3, 2014

Symptoms of hypopituitarisma condition in which the pituitary gland does not produce normal amounts of some or all of its hormones would most likely show up soon after a TBI.

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Changes in Taste, Smell, and Hormones After Brain Injury
By: Brian Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | June 30, 2014
How and why does a TBI change a person’s ability to taste and smell, and cold hands and feet, too?

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Why Does Everything Hurt So Much After Brain Injury?
By: Brian Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | May 27, 2014

More than 50 percent of people suffer from chronic pain disorders in the years following a brain injury. Getting the right treatment can be complex, but doable.

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What Variables Determine Issues with Sexuality After a Brain Injury?
Research Update | February 3, 2014
Age, gender, time since injury, independence in activities of daily activities, depression, and self-esteem all played a role in issues of sexuality following a brain injury.

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Can Ritalin Help Mitigate Brain Injury Symptoms?
By: Brian Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | January 6, 2014
Learn about the risks and benefits of taking Ritalin after a brain injury.

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BrainSTARS: Fine Motor Control
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | BrainLine Kids | October 1, 2013
Minimize or eliminate fine motor activities that are very difficult for your child with TBI.

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BrainSTARS: Gross Motor Control
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | BrainLine Kids | October 1, 2013
If your child has TBI-related gross motor control issues, provide as much supervision and support as necessary for safety.

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Fatigue After a Brain Injury Can Make Everything Feel Worse
Research Update | July 1, 2013
People with fatigue after TBI feel like they are more disabled than those with other TBI-related symptoms that don’t include fatigue.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of TBI?
By: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | May 20, 2013
Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.

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Caregiving for Someone Whose Nose Doesn't Always Know
Personal Stories | May 16, 2013
Traumatic brain injury makes quirky seem quirkier, especially when a person is in the initial months of recovery. Rosemary learned that Hugh's loss of his sense of smell came with both dangers and quirkiness.

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Can Hearing Aids Help with Tinnitus?
By: Kerry Chmielenski and Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | April 15, 2013
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common symptom of TBI. Learn when hearing aids can help and what other treatments are available.

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What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and How Does It Relate to TBI?
By: Nathan Zasler, MD | Ask the Expert | December 3, 2012
Learn about this uncommon form of chronic pain and the various treatments available to help.

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Why Am I Having Seizures Seven Years Post-Brain Injury?
By: Brian Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | November 12, 2012

Five to 10 percent of people who have had a TBI later experience seizures. Learn what the risk factors are.

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The Capgras Delusion: You Are Not My Wife!
By: Jenni Ogden, PhD | September 11, 2012
Injury to the brain can result in a person believing close relatives are imposters. This phenomenon is called the Capgras Delusion.

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Can the Brain Itself Feel Pain?
By: Brian D. Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | August 13, 2012
Although the brain has no pain receptors itself, it is the main tool the body uses to detect and react to pain — physically and emotionally.

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Post-TBI Hearing Loss Treatments that Can Boost Your Quality of Life
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | July 30, 2012
An audiologist can help solve or ameliorate hearing loss after a brain injury.

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Balance Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Michelle Peterson, PT, DPT, NCS, and Brian D. Greenwald, MD | June 27, 2012
Between 30% and 65% of people with brain injury suffer from a lack of balance while sitting or standing at some point in their recovery.

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Heterotopic Ossification: Why Are Some People with TBI More Susceptible?
By: BrainLine | Research Update | November 7, 2011
Learn the risk factors for heterotopic ossification.

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Is Hypersomnia a Symptom of a Brain Injury?
By: Nathan Zasler, MD | Ask the Expert | October 11, 2011
“Excessive sleepiness” can be a result of a TBI — or several other medical issues.

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Goal Setting and Coordination of Care: Tone Management in Brain Injury
By: Cindy Ivanhoe, MD | September 13, 2011
Learn about the recent advances in treating and managing brain injury-related spasticity.

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Does Brain Injury Cause Early Onset Menopause?
By: Brian D. Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | August 29, 2011
A brain injury can cause hormone abnormalities that could jumpstart early menopause.

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Hypopituitarism After Brain Injury
By: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD | Ask the Expert | August 8, 2011
Can a brain injury disrupt healthy endocrine function?

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Lost & Found: Caps, Sunglasses, and Earplugs
By: Barbara J. Webster | July 28, 2011
It’s not your imagination: your sense of touch, taste, smell, hearing, or vision can be extra sensitive after a brain injury.

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How a Brain Injury Can Affect Gait
By: BrainLine | Research Update | May 23, 2011
One or more concussions can affect the way a person walks.

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An Interview with Dr. Russell Packard
By: Nathan Zasler, MD | April 19, 2011
A conversation between two experts on post-traumatic headache.

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Urinary Difficulties After a Brain Injury
By: Brian D. Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | April 11, 2011
A consultation with your doctor can help find the cause of TBI-related urinary issues.

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The Hidden Secret of Brain Injury: Hypothalamus Dysfunction
By: Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Personal Stories | April 4, 2011
"Why did I look like the Michelin Man — puffy, round faced, fat feet, no bones showing?"

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Head Injury, Rising Heart Rate, and Diabetes: A Crappy Combo
By: Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Personal Stories | April 4, 2011
Being diagnosed with something like diabetes after a TBI seems like a cruel slap in the face.

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Brain Injury or Neck Injury: Getting the Right Diagnosis Is Key
By: Nathan D. Zasler, MD | Ask the Expert | April 2, 2011
Dizziness after a TBI may actually be from a neck injury.

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Seizures and Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Jeffrey Englander MD, David X. Cifu MD, and Ramon Diaz-Arrastia MD | February 10, 2011
Seizures are not uncommon after a TBI. Learn what they are and how to deal with them.

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Headaches After Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Kathleen R. Bell, MD, Jeanne Hoffman, PhD, and Thomas Watanabe, MD | February 10, 2011
Post-traumatic headache is the most common symptom following a brain injury. Learn more.

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Brain Injury Rewiring for Loved Ones
By: Carolyn Dolen | December 20, 2010
"Sound mind in sound body" is a cliché for a good reason.

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Anosmia or Loss of Smell from Brain Injury
By: Nathan Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIST | Ask the Expert | November 1, 2010
Is there anyway to help someone regain their sense of smell?

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Women During Their Child-Bearing Years May Recover More Slowly from a Mild TBI Than Men
By: BrainLine | Research Update | August 1, 2010
A disruption in hormone production in women may delay recovery from TBI.

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Fatigue After Brain Injury: BrainLine Talks With Dr. Nathan Zasler
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | February 1, 2010
Fatigue is a common and complex symptom after brain injury.

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Problems with Coordination After Brain Injury
By: Brian D. Greenwald, MD | Ask the Expert | February 1, 2010
“I just want to walk normally again.”

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Brain Basics
By: Brian King | January 15, 2010
The brain is incredibly complex — take an interactive journey to see how the brain works and what impact an injury can have.

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The Tale of Two Smell Tests Post-Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | Research Update | January 1, 2010
The necessity of olfactory tests for people with TBI.

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Swallow Safely
By: Roya Sayadi and Joel Herskowitz | January 1, 2010
Swallowing problems after a TBI can be life-threatening. Learn how to recognize, prevent, and treat them.

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Measuring Reaction Time Post-TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | November 25, 2009
Speed does not necessarily predict accuracy after brain injury.

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Olfactory Dysfunction After TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | October 21, 2009
The sense of smell may be affected after TBI.

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Coping with Chronic Pain
By: CORE Health Care | September 29, 2009
Learn techniques to decrease stress ... and persistent pain after brain injury.

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Eating Issues After TBI
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | August 1, 2009
Learn how to deal with problems swallowing or eating after a brain injury.

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Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities
By: National Organization on Disabilities | June 23, 2009
Plan and prepare for unexpected disasters.

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Fatigue and Brain Injury
By: The University of Washington TBI Model System and the University of Washington Medical Center | June 19, 2009
Understanding and coping with this common post-brain injury symptom.

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Tinnitus and Brain Injury
By: Janet Brown, CCC-SLP | Ask the Expert | June 1, 2009
Learn strategies to deal with ringing in the ears.

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Emotional and Physical Recovery Are Two Different Things
By: Jeffrey Kreutzer and Victoria Powell | May 5, 2009
Helping to heal the whole person.

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Hearing Loss After TBI
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | February 1, 2009
Suggestions to help someone with a hearing loss stay connected to family and friends.

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La importancia de descansar
By: Janet Brown, MA, CCC-SLP | Spanish, Ask the Expert | January 1, 2009
Aprenda a disminuir el estrés y la fatiga después de haber sufrido una TBI.

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Obesity — a Risk Factor with TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | January 1, 2009
Higher rates of injury and morbidity are associated with obesity after a TBI.

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The Importance of Rest
By: Janet Brown | Ask the Expert | January 1, 2009
Learn how to diminish stress and fatigue after a TBI.

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Headaches After Head Injuries — Post-Traumatic Headaches
By: Seymour Solomon, MD, Headache Unit, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine | December 15, 2008
Sometimes headaches after TBI can persist for months or years. Learn more.

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Seizures and Epilepsy: Frequently Asked Questions
By: James A Whitlock, Jr, MD | July 25, 2008
Learn more about seizure types, what to do, and what not to do.

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Traumatic Injury, Dramatic Results
By: Eric Ries | March 1, 2008
Physical therapists are helping civilians and veterans with TBI reclaim their lives.

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Complications: Deep Vein Thrombosis
By: Brain Injury Team | January 1, 2008
When blood moves slowly, it can develop a deep vein thrombosis, or clot. Learn more about preventing possible blood clots after TBI.

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Complications: Swelling or Edema and Contractures
By: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Brain Injury Team | January 1, 2008
Learn how to prevent and manage swelling and contractures after a TBI.

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Preventing Fatigue at Home and Work
By: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-Brain Injury Team | January 1, 2008
Learn how to simplify tasks and conserve energy after a brain injury.

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Fatigue and TBI
By: Craig Hospital | January 1, 2008
Learn why fatigue is such a common symptom of brain injury, and what you can do to combat it.

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Why Aquatic Therapy?
By: Sandy Oeverman, CTRS | January 1, 2006
Learn how water helps break the cycle of chronic pain after TBI.


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