Traumatic Brain Injury Signs and Symptoms

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The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be subtle. Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury or may even be missed as people may look fine even though they may act or feel differently.

If any of the following symptoms appear suddenly or worsen over time following a TBI, especially within the first 24 hours after the injury, people should see a medical professional on an emergency basis.

Common Signs and Symptoms of a TBI

People should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • loss of or change in consciousness anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours
  • decreased level of consciousness, i.e., hard to awaken
  • convulsions or seizures
  • unequal dilation in the pupils of the eyes or double vision
  • clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
  • nausea and vomiting
  • new neurologic deficit, i.e., slurred speech; weakness of arms, legs, or face; loss of balance

Other common symptoms that should be monitored include:

  • Headache
  • Light-headedness, dizziness, vertigo, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sensory problems:
    • blurred vision, seeing stars, or eyes that tire easily
    • ringing in ears
    • bad taste in mouth
    • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Sensitivity to lights, sounds, or distractions;
  • Mood changes or swings. agitation (feeling sad or angry for no reason), combativeness, or other unuaual behavior
  • Feelings of depression or anxiety
  • Fatigue or drowsiness; a lack of energy or motivation
  • Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping a lot more or having a difficult time falling or staying awake), inability to wake up from sleep
  • Problems remembering, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading

Headache, dizziness, confusion, and fatigue tend to start immediately after an injury, but resolve over time. Emotional symptoms such as frustration and irritability tend to develop later on during the recovery period. Many of the signs and symptoms can be easily missed as people may appear healthy even though they act or feel different. Many of the symptoms overlap with other conditions, such as depression or sleep disorders.

In some cases, repeated blows to the head can cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a progressive neurological disorder associated with a variety of symptoms, including cognition and communication problems, motor disorders, problems with impulse control and depression, confusion, and irritability. CTE occurs in those with extraordinary exposure to multiple blows to the head and as a delayed consequence after many years. Studies of retired boxers have shown that repeated blows to the head can cause a number of issues, including memory problems, tremors, and lack of coordination and dementia. Recent studies have demonstrated rare cases of CTE in other sports with repetitive mild head impacts (e.g., soccer, wrestling, football, and rugby). A single, severe TBI also may lead to a disorder called post-traumatic dementia (PTD), which may be progressive and share some features with CTE. Studies assessing patterns among large populations of people with TBI indicate that moderate or severe TBI in early or mid-life may be associated with increased risk of dementia later in life.2

Children: TBI Signs and Symptoms

Children with a brain injury can have the same symptoms as adults, but it is often harder for them to let others know how they feel. Call your child's doctor if they have had a blow to the head and you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Changes in eating or nurseing habits
  • Persistent crying, irritability, or crankiness; inability to be consoled
  • Changes in ability to pay attention; lack of interest in a favorite toy or activity
  • Changes in the way the child plays
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of skill, such as toilet training
  • Loss of balance or unsteady walking
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness or listlessness
  • Changes in performance at school

Effects on Consciousness

A TBI can cause problems with arousal, consciousness, awareness, alertness, and responsiveness. Generally, there are four abnormal states that can result from a severe TBI:

  • Brain death
    The lack of measurable brain function and activity after an extended period of time is called brain death and may be confirmed by studies that show no blood flow to the brain.
  • Coma
    A person in a coma is totally unconscious, unaware, and unable to respond to external stimuli such as pain or light. Coma generally lasts a few days or weeks after which an individual may regain consciousness, die, or move into a vegetative state.
  • Vegetative state
    A result of widespread damage to the brain, people in a vegetative state are unconscious and unaware of their surroundings. However, they can have periods of unresponsive alertness and may groan, move, or show reflex responses. If this state lasts longer than a few weeks it is referred to as a persistent vegetative state.
  • Minimally conscious state
    People with severely altered consciousness who still display some evidence of self-awareness or awareness of one's environment (such as following simple commands, yes/no responses).2
Posted on BrainLine December 1, 2017. Reviewed July 6, 2018.

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Citations

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Facts about concussion and brain injury, 2017. www.cdc.gov/
2. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, 2015. www.ninds.nih.gov. Updated July 6, 2018.

Comments (56)

On the 14th January 2019, I simply fell down the stairs at home. I have only 12 straight stairs but this caused a massive traumatic brain injury, broke the base and most of the right hand side of my skull, caused a Subarahnoid Heamorage and blood clots. My family were told I would never survive the ambulance journey to hospital, medical staff said numerous times that I would die, this was in front of my two small children. Then they told my family to find me a care home as I would never walk, talk, know who anybody was or have a memory.

Within one week of coming out of my coma I had a miracle recovery. I have been told by my Neurologist that the speed and extent of my recovery is extremely rare. I have posted this message so that people who have a loved one in my previous position can see that medical professionals are not always correct. I sincerely hope that anybody experiencing my history has my kind of recovery.

Good luck,
Vikki

In my childhood, a caregiver slammed my fore head on other child’s fore head and caused us to have black out and nose bleed at the same time and it’s happened many time . Never told anyone when I was little. Now I’m 56 and getting black out and loud noise in my brain , been going dr many time, few months ago I went to Er because I had black out or dizzy and fell on concrete and hit my face and messed up my shoulder. It’s been on and off for years. I have memories lost too.

My brother was in a car accident at age 15. Was in a coma for three months. He is 58 now and having more difficulty walking. Slurs speech. Falls pretty regularly. Is this going to continue to get worse. He tends to think he can do things that he cannot do anymore.

So here is my situation:

I got hit by a car back in November/December 2015, I do remember when I got hit, I actually flew a couple of meters away from the car. It all happened so fast, however, I did not lose consciousness I got up and my head was pounding like someone left a huge amount of heavyweight on my head. I never got the chance to get it checked the pain stayed for a good month or so and then somehow things seemed like they were back to normal. Now in 2019, I just noticed I tend to forget things quicker than I use to before like way quicker and important stuff as well. I am an individual with good eyes for detail and remember a lot of important details from the past. I know it is very stupid that I never got it checked I guess I was very afraid and going through a very traumatic time. I do suffer from PTSD and I have dealt with severe depression and anxiety as well. I would like to get it checked, but I am not sure what to do..

Hi, I'm sorry to hear that this happened to you. I would highly suggest going to see your general practitioner/doctor. Hopefully that will give you some peace of mind from what you are experiencing.

When I was younger I fell down my stairs at 3 year old. I was in a coma

I get bad headaches., repeat stuff and say things I don't mean. I also get dizzy and fatigue and I can't do certain things that others can. I can't get a full time job because the headache can come worse, then I get dizzy and throw up. It also puts pressure on my eyes

Is there any kind of help for these headaches?

Hello, i hit my head for the second time in the same place, my forehead above my left eyebrow going to the center of my forehead, I didn't pass out , it stunned me, I have an old wooden door on my pantry i keep screwing on its the size of the wall I say about 6 ft maybe, the door would literally come down hitting me , I never went to the doctor, its been about 4 months or so , I'm having headaches really bad , I don't know .......

Hi Rebecca,
I too hit my head and didn't go to the doctors this was about a week and a half ago. 
My daughter accidentally pulled the hatchback down on my head. It hurt really bad, but then it went away.

Now a week and a half later I am getting swelling on my head in the shape of a grape and it's very tender with a purple mark. My right side of my head hurts down to my ear with a headache.

I don't really know what else to do except ice it a couple of times a day it seems to help.  I'm not having any other symptoms as to a concussion
 
Are you? Look up symptoms.

Hope you are feeling better, if not I'd go to the doctors.

Thx
Billie
 

Anonymous
Here is my story.
In 2009 I had a fall off a ladder,I am not sure if I lost consciousness. I had headaches off and on for a couple of months.
Now in March 2016 carrying o root of vinyl flooring with two other guys, the cement under my feet was broken up. My footing was lost and I went down on my back hitting my head on the concrete. This time I lost consciousness for about 7-10 minutes.
Naturally I have seen many doctors MRI showed negative. I went for rehab. Am very depressed and still having symptoms such as ringing in ears constantly,headaches,foggy brain and dull acke in head,and fatigued.
I manage keeping these symptoms by not being around a lot of activity and people or noise.
Feel hopeless now as really not much better but learning to batch chores,cooking etc. which I learned in rehab it helps. My sleeping since has been terrible. Concentration and short term memory has been singniftly affected.
So I stay away from people,noise,music which I loved and find myself son fatigued I have to rest often.
Yes I have tried meds and am on Celebrex and oxcycodene for my back. ,bropopin for my mood and Ambien which only take as needed.
Well sorry to go on and thank you for taken the time to read my problems.Ralph

I had the Cochlear implant 6 months ago... I have this metallic taste in my mouth that make me want to vomit. Is there any cure for this. I have been to 5 doctors that just send me away with no answer...

Try taking Chlorophyll. That may help. I had a bad taste, like a metal taste in my mouth several years ago and was told to take Chlorophyll (greens) when I went to a health food store. And it worked.

You should see your doctor ASAP. If your Dr will not help keep going until you find one that will. A leak of cerebral spinal fluid can have a bad metallic taste. This is not necessarily what is going on, but if it is it is very serious. If you have a leak, it should be diagnosed & repaired to protect your brain.

Do you also have metal fillings in your teeth or other metal in your mouth? You may be getting some kind of interaction between the implant and those metallic elements in your mouth. Consider talking to your dentist about this.

You need to know which implant you have. Some have metal in them (titanium, platinum) and the implant surgeon rarely checks for biocompatibility (they say "most" people don't have problems) I would not give up on getting an answer. Once you know which implant you have, you can file a formal adverse reaction to the FDA. Don't stop searching! Just be ready for the possibility of having a revisional surgery.

I was in abusive relationship s but this last one I was beat so bad on my head I went into seizures. But my doctor didn't do a cat scan. I have arm numbness and headaches.

Hey sweetie I too was in a domestic violence relationship, got away finally, and now he's doing a life sentence for murding his new fiancee after getting released from jail (went to jail for attempted strangulation)

I'm not to sure if your still in this relationship or trying to heal from it, I'd love to be there for you thru this and hopefully help you in anyway. I've just started a domestic violence private support group that are ppl like me and you to beable to vent, get help, ask advice, and resources. No matter what season your in, in your relationship, your never judged, if you stay, leave, go back for the 100th time, it doesn't matter, I'm just hear to help u anyway I can, and when you are ready, I can help provide resources to help you leave safely.

Please, please go to the Dr.
If you want to ask the hospital for a counselor on staff,( they are required to keep everything confidential), and tell her about the abuse, that's the first stage of help, getting someone involved that is in authority roles so they can provide help but also to protect you,

My husband's use to go into a session for counseling and just start telling How I beat him up, punch him, ect. Before I could even get a word out, I'd just tear up and walk out, one time I wrote a note, left it for the secretary and told them how much trouble i was in and the abuse.

I thought 4 sure they would have called me right away, but no, they called 3 months later and gave me a number to a resource for help. I could have been killed by then, thank God I was not, I found help, and continued to find out more about my husbands past, (he had a aggravated battery that was actually a plea from attempted murder to his prior girlfriend!!)

Anyway, that's just a very small section of my trial but id love to be there 4 u if u ever need anyone to talk to. Find me at "Idaho domestic violence support group" on Facebook and private message me:)

You should go to the hospital. are you okay?

I had a significant fall approximately 25 years ago. I fell somewhere between 15-20 feet and landed on a steel platform. Since then I have had ringing in my ears. I get intermittent vertigo. I have an explosive temper. My VA doctor will not admit I have a TBI. I also have sleep apnea which is central brain called central apnea’s. Is this a TBI? At the time of the fall I broke my shoulder and fractured my jaw.

Hello Mike. Here is my story.
In 2009 I had a fall off a ladder,I am not sure if I lost consciousness. I had headaches off and on for a couple of months.
Now in March 2016 carrying o root of vinyl flooring with two other guys, the cement under my feet was broken up. My footing was lost and I went down on my back hitting my head on the concrete. This time I lost consciousness for about 7-10 minutes.
Naturally I have seen many doctors MRI showed negative. I went for rehab. Am very depressed and still having symptoms such as ringing in ears constantly,headaches,foggy brain and dull acke in head,and fatigued.
I manage keeping these symptoms by not being around a lot of activity and people or noise.
Feel hopeless now as really not much better but learning to batch chores,cooking etc. which I learned in rehab it helps. My sleeping since has been terrible. Concentration and short term memory has been singniftly affected.
So I stay away from people,noise,music which I loved and find myself son fatigued I have to rest often.
Yes I have tried meds and am on Celebrex and oxcycodene for my back. ,bropopin for my mood and Ambien which only take as needed.
Well sorry to go on and thank you for taken the time to read my problems.

Ralph

Hi, I had a concussion two months ago. I feel fine but still have blurry vision and twitching in my left hand. My doctor said I'm fine but they didn't use a scan. Is it possible to really know without one? Please, I need to know if I'm fine or not.

hi,

I had the same problem. I went to the doctor 7 months ago and he diagnosed me with a concussion and told me to rest for a couple of weeks. but progressively my headaches increased and i started seeing blurry and double. after 4 days my eyes started shaking and soon my body would start to twitch and i would randomly fall over due to dizziness. i went to a concussion specialist who recommended going to physical therapy for my dizziness and a VISION THERAPIST for help with my saccadic eye movements. its been about 15 weeks of vison therapy and i am slowly making a recovery. now i less dizziness, smoother eye movements and overall i am feeling better.

I had a bad concussion but based off my symptoms, the doctor was able to tell that i didnt need a scan because there wouldn't be any damage. i think if you dont have dizziness and headaches you'll be fine. but if you are still concerned, go talk to your doctor.

I think it would be wise to go to a TBI or concussion specific doctor who fully understands and can completely help you. personally, vision therapy has been a Huge help, and im sure if you look into it you could find one.

I hope this helps! feel better :)
Lorelei

I was rear ended by 2 cars at one time. It's been 4 days now. 2 trips to the ER. Did a CT scan on brain . No bleed. But I still have ringing in my ears. Pressure and headache. Terrible taste in my mouth. But today I have blurred vision. This is concerning me.

I fell down 1 entire flight of stairs, my brain scan came out clean, but even now, 3 months after the fact, I keep having regular headaches, blurred vision, and the need to sleep at irregular times, I also forget words, and last night's films on the tv.

I think you should be very concerned, and please take a lot of bedrest, if possible..
I hope you are insured well and are able to call in sick at your work.. this thing needs time and TLC..

All the best to you,

Kate from Holland.

I'm a 57-year-old Army Artillery veteran that has had many blows to the head resulting in loss of consciousness. In my career, I experienced about 60,000 nearby blasts from a heavy artillery gun at 180-185DB and have experienced several gun tube explosions as close as 20 feet where 35 pounds of TNT and 70 pounds of propellant exploded almost in our faces. I have been knocked out several times in other jobs by falls or being hit with objects.

I have horrible tinnitus even though I am now sign language deaf...Lost hearing suddenly first in right ear and then left ear years later. I am having problems of forgetting things....stopping in mid-sentence not being able to keep my train of thought...remember words. I have severe headaches prescribed as "CLUSTER" headaches and frequently get sick for no reason and throw up.

Even though my experiences are far behind me, these symptoms seem to persist...and get worse over the years. I get healthcare through the VA but don't know if I should try to be seen or even if I possibly have a TBI. Due to having cochlear implants, I'm not sure if I can even have an MRI. I don't know what to do.

I suggest that you see a neurologist- they will know how to help you . Thank you for your valor!

six weeks ago fell flat on bak causing severe spasams in back. Hit head, no brain bleeding however I have had nausea,vomiting, headaches agitation fatigue and crying spells. I am 75 years old. This eas my 3rd bad fall in 6 weeks but no breaks. I am concerned. have seen primary dr relucklily she is ordereing an MRI. I felt an indention with one finger indention. She seels it is normal. I never felt before and I am a trauma nurse. Am I being overly concerned????

I think you are having Post Concussion Syndrome, you need rest, I have been suffering with these same issues after a car accident 10 months ago. CT and MRI came back normal but your symptoms sound just like mine, and they are not better yet. I have a bad headache every day along with blurred vision, crying, can't remember words or cognitive thinking. I wish you well. Rest seems to be the only thing that helps me, but even laying down makes my head hurt or wakes me from sleep. You need a good neurologist that works with brain injuries.

Barbara, your doctor is concerned about mental health and is under the misconception that you are requesting more care than you actually need. Please be careful and give yourself a higher threshold for pain. You've been so strong so far!

Hi Everybody

I am based in the UK. I was hit by a car crossing the road in 1989 when I was 17. I lay the road for what seemed like ages before an ambulance took me to hospital. I then spent 6 hours waiting to be seen by a doctor. Because I was not screaming as I was completely numb from shock the doctor I finally saw tried to discharge me even though I had extensive facial injuries and a broken leg. After the ambulance crew pointed out the broken bones I was admitted.

My facial injuries were never assessed at all and I have a broken eye socket and gravel embedded in my scars to this day. The bust leg was in traction for a fortnight before it was badly plastered and I could at least leave hospital.

I have been suffering extremely poor health since the accident, including endocrine problems which I have recently realised were probably caused by the mechanical damage to my head in the accident. I have also had migraines, exhaustion, confusion, aversion to crowds and noise, paranoia and heightened emotional arousal etc.

I was in another minor road accident 3 years ago and it seems to have made the 'word-not-finding' and 'zoning out' much worse. I wish I could find a really good doctor in the UK.

Sorry to hear so many of you have also suffered so much, especially thanks to all the people who care for a head injured person - you are very kind. Thanks too for making this website where we can tell our stories.

In 1968, age 21, I was in a head on collision in a V.W. The other car was in a Mercury that hit us head on; and four of us were in a V.W. bug. My two friends were killed; my mother and I lived. I had all of my bones in my face from the forehead down to my jaws broken. The doctors in 1968, mostly were concerned with cosmetic surgery; not necessarily with my brain. My looks of course changed completely after the accident.

My brother and sister believe that perhaps I may have brain injury.

Since I am now seventy; I am falling over raised sidewalk. (3x)
Also, my balance is off. I have been tested for vertigo, but no problems in that direction. In 2017, I had a brain scan, treadmill testing, and a few other test.
My present doctor, has not said much.

I am getting pretty scarred since I have fallen three times during the last year.
My balance is getting bad. If I loose my balance; I cannot stop myself and continue to fall!

Any suggestions?

Lynne F.

I was in a motorcycle accident May 2016. Had brain bleed. Healed itself. Prior to accident I graduated from Wyo tech and was a motorcycle mechanic. I built my own bike and was the bike I was riding when a pedestrian walked out in front of me in the dark. I had worked as a mechanic for 3 years at the same job doing good prior to accident. After released from hospital a few weeks later I returned to my job. I wasn't able to perform and use my knowledge as before. Increased frustration and irritability. Couldn't remember things. Continued to things..tools..wallet..keys.. Depression and overwhelming anxiety has replaced my easy going personality. Unexplained Anger and outbursts have become my norm. I'm confused and haven't been able to hold down any job since. My relationships have desolved. Girlfriend gone. Friends gone. Family don't understand but are trying hard to get me help and stand by me. I feel like I'm not me anymore. Headaches are becoming severe and increasing frequently lasting days at a time. Pain meds don't control the pain. Anxiety meds don't help much either. I sleep more than 12 -18 hours daily to stop the pain and mental anguish. Then I can't sleep and pace all night praying for relief. Everything is different. I can't keep living like this.Ive filed for and being evaluated for disability to help me afford to live and help support myself while I can't work. Going to hospital again in the morning to beg for some tests and relief. I'm trying to overcome and conquer this misery. Help me please!

Try homeopathy with a registered homeopath. I’m a registered homeopath who had a traumatic brain injury just over 2 years ago when a car smashed into mine. It nearly finished me off. I was in a coma, had brain surgery because part of my skull had to be cut out due to haemorrhaging. I was nearly 5 months in hospital. Later had a cranioplasty. The care was first class and the docs did not object to the homeopath visiting. I’ve osteopathy, do regular yoga, loads of physio. I’m still working on walking and balance but getting better every day. The body heals itself. If we help it along as best we can it really helps. Every day is an improvement for me. Family supportive. Have to use a stick outside but am aiming to be well enough not to need it. I don’t take any drugs at all but the consultant has given me vit D3 which helps rebuild the bone. I had lots of bone fractures due to the accident. A mixture of conventional and alternative medicine has greatly helped me. Hang in there and practice every day. You’ll get there.

Man, you guys help me knowing I'm not alone. I lost my leg in a motorcycle accident, and then a year later was diagnosed with schizophrenia at eighteen. I don't think I ever had it. I think it was a misdiagnoses for PTSD. I used to be able to hold it together at least, before all this. I always feel aggitated. Always severe levels of anxiety. Night terrors, even terrors when I'm awake. There scary! My only solace sometimes is knowing I'm not alone. I'm thirty eight now, and I am learning to get along better. The best medicine for me is hope. I never learned how to have it, but I'm learning to have it. It helps to look at my life as highs and lows. I focus on the highs. When the lows come it feels like I'll never make it, but then I wake up the next morning feeling refreshed, or later that day the high feels so good I forget anything was ever bad, just like I can forget anything was ever good when I'm down. I think it's a mindset. Be a prisoner of hope. Focus on the positive, the highs. It's so hard man. I feel you in everything your saying. Your not alone. We'll be okay like the guy on the first reply said. Help is on the way. Sorrow endure for the night, joy comes in the morning. Hope this helped somehow, because you just helped me make it through this day a little better. Be well man. Peace

I love all of your comments on HOPE! I had a TBI years ago that has left permanent damage. I have left my career and at times struggle with wanting "my life back." A few years ago something shifted with the damage, and my symptoms became worse. I went back to physical therapy to try to retrain my brain and vision to improve my double vision and balance disorder. On the piece of tape that I would focus on as we did the treatments I had the doctor write the word "HOPE". When she asked me what was the one word that came to mind while I was there, it was always "HOPE"!!! Best wishes and prayers for all of you.

I am in your same boat. Hang in there and keep your head up. God hears your pain and he will see you through this. I know it hard. but it is going to be ok. I cried when I read your story. it is very true and inspiring. I have been through everything that you have been throw it touched me. I feel ur pain and disappointment. it sucks. but everything is going to be ok. take my word for it. just be strong and don't give up, folks will come in your life for a season then they are gone. I lost all my close friends and family but I am here. and I have god and better health and understanding. in my situation. see I was in a coma for 18 months and nearly died I had traumatic brain injury after the comma. I had amnesia, loss of use of my hands, I was paralyzed for 2 years, and had depression, mood swings, anger, confusion, memory loss from 2005 to 2014, divorced from my wife, lost custody of my kids, lost my high paying job, and my sex drive, my confidence, too name few things that happened to me. so I can relate to what happened to you because I had the same happen to me. I have been fired from jobs for getting angry and rage. so I know how you feel. I have lost it all since I was sick but hope is on the way. it takes time to heal from our brain injuries. time heals all wounds. I am doing better now. I went into the comma in 2005 and emerged out of my comma in 2007. I am doing much better now in 2018 but I am still disabled, I am able to work part-time a low-stress full job to earn money and feel a part of society. it feels good too work feel apart of something. i am starting too make new friends and and my anger and mood swings are improving. but still a work in process. so be encouraged my friend, hang in there and know everything is going to be alright, in Jesus name.

I suffered a TBI in 1986 when a guy took a running dive and dived onto the top of my head. I was sent to a psychiatrist in early 1988 and treated for depression. Nobody wanted to take me seriously about my head injury. The nerve pain and neck problems just kept getting worse & worse over time. I was even dismissed as a neurotic woman with a tension headache! Finally 8 years later in 1994 a sympathetic doctor believed me and sent me to an excellent neurologist who had some experience with head injury patients. I had almost lost faith in the medical profession! Now 30 years later I still have episodes with pain and discomfort. I take Lyrica and Cymbalta to help with nerve pain, but sometimes they are not effective enough. I had to use MS Contin for a time, but was able to cease that medication luckily. It looks like the government here in Australia is finally going to allow medicinal cannabis to be legally marketed and I'm prepared to try it for my neuropathic pain. After my early terrible run around with doctors I can only say that head injuries need to be taken seriously.

In April of 2012 my brother was assaulted and left in a ditch. A week later his brain was bleeding and he fell and hit the back of his head. He was in a coma for 3 weeks he had to learn to walk, talk. everything. He now has bad seizures and is an alcoholic. It is killing me. I don't know what to do anymore. We lost our Mom in January 2016. I need help. Anyone know what I can do?

I would like to get in contact with person in car accident (was hit by someone on speed) with neck injury and diagnosed with TBI. Their post was on 8-29-15. Pls and Thx rhondahi1991@gmail.com

I was diagnosed with TBI after a severe car accident, when I was hit by a man on the drug speed. The court awarded three million in damages to me, but he filed for bankruptcy and escaped all responsibility. TBI if not treated early can pose serious dangers. My TBI was severe, yet the medical establishment missed the mark, the first neurologist diagnosed me with a mental health condition and I was denied life saving surgery for a hematoma. That I lived without the necessary surgery was a miracle. My vision, hearing, and memory were all affected. I also developed a severe seizure condition, intermittent paralysis, severe neck and back pain, insomnia, changes in sex drive, chronic fatigue and mild incontinence. I was diagnosed eight years later via MRI, and other diagnostics. Cost of medical bills $400,000. TBI ended my 12 year marriage, changed the course of my life. DVR was no help, Physical Therapy did not help much. Neurology had no recourse. Reading and books gave more information. I tried alternative care it worked best. I was treated with Syntonic Photo therapy, got custom ear plugs, Chiropractic care, natural nerve therapy and other treatments. I will never recover the Math part of my brain function. However my working memory has improved. My advice is don't expect to ever be the same, but rejoice in what you have left. After three and a half years in a wheel chair, and then a walker, today I am wheel-chair free. I got off disability and run my own small business. TBI will change your life, but not your ability to still have a happy and rewarding life. However better diagnostics and medical care would help many persons to recover rather than become permanently disabled like myself. There needs to be more awareness about TBI. Treat it on time.

I'm so sorry and relate. Agreed, too many neglected cases and misdiagnosis. TBI is life changing and I experience the effects daily, since 1999 and the progressive effects, now increased falling, balance vision and vertigo headaches that are distracting and can't focus. Stiffness and Muscles rigid, fluctuating vision which clears when I can crack my neck and shortly when releasing some fluid build up in ear and nose. Cranial sacral therapy helped, and botox in muscles of face jaw and neck but and a concrete kind of thinking which makes it difficult to learn or comprehend new tasks. I was first injured by a man who backed up into my car while putting my daughter in a car seat in 1998, then suffered multiple head injuries that when the frame displaced jaw, herniated discs and cornea tears with so much more, lost all math skills, wrote backwards, sense of direction and simple things have become like moving mountains and post several head injuries, blurry vision, face jaw pain that never ends: metallic smells, and seasickness. Coordination, ability to express oneself, typing, using a mouse or navigating to get somewhere or complete a simple task has, become exhausting. With the 4 minutes one has to see a neurologist now, or express oneself and stay focused or the chicklet Neurontin which is given out in every initial visit. CTE is only seen postmortem so what and where can one get consistent help because inconsistent treatment, inability to navigate the medical system and wrong diagnosis cause delayed treatment and permanent damage. Lost. Confused and With two degrees that are worthless trying unsuccessfully to learn something new. There are no real supports, no real advocates and few who can relate to the cognitive effects of TBI and say snap out of it, best of luck. (Hoping to find this post again. To see if there will be a reply. I have lost the ability to coordinate pad/mouse and brain or figure out dragon or things that were second nature. Quite frightening and limiting. Thanks Eli

Hi Anonymous, First, congratulations on your recovery, I'm sure it was hard work and determination on your part.
I had a mild concussion from a fall, I hit the back of my head on the pavement and blacked-out for what I think was a minute or two ( not sure ). However, I was extremely good with math. I audited hospital bills as part of my work. After my "mild" concussion, I was unable to do simple math w/o a calculator and then I wasn't sure of what I was doing. It's been almost 25 years and I have never regained my math skills. All other symptoms, except neck pain, have resolved. You are the first person I have encountered with a problem with math skills post concussion. Everyone I mention this to, disregards it, including my neurologist. I would like to know more about your math issue, if you don't mind. Thank you.

I had a similar injury in 1998 - slipped on ice and hit the back of my head on ice covered concrete. I was unable to add simple numbers (like 6+8=14) together in my head until 4 to 5 months afterward. The ability did come back but it was terribly frustrating. Most of the symptoms resolved years ago, but things like side to side movement, like a car swerving if I'm a passenger, still give me the twirly whirlies. I'm okay if that happens when I'm driving - perhaps because I have some semblance of control over what's happening.

I fell 6 months ago and am still struggling with math skills and organization. At first I couldn’t even organize my thoughts to carry on a conversation but that is improving. I get confused with anything requiring math... even the month or day. I’m easily overwhelmed. Hope you have improved!

In high school I got two concussions in 2014, one in January and on in December both from wrestling. I too have had a considerable drop in my math ability. I went from an A B student to a C D student in math. One weird thing though, after the concussions my English grade got higher.

2006/2008 i lost my mom and my grandparents within the span of 2 years 3 years, and was not prepared for my mom's death.

2010 Anybody have traumatic brain injury as a result to hydrocephlaus vp brain shunt put in, 2011  /2012 and then a year later was taken back to hospital and revisions which caused me to be in a coma, not expected to wake up - which i did but after a month - and then later that year i started to go blind having cataract clouds on my eyes that preventing me to function. then i had revisions to my eyes again that caused misaligned eyes blurred vision cob webs on the ways and eyes that are so tired like that im so exhausted - having cataract lenses in my eyes i can not rub my eyes, i can only rub the lenses. the day cataract surgery happened i lost the feel of eyes because of lenses (Both eyes were done at the same time) all the time and then this year i had 4 falls within the span of 6 months because of dizziness - and unbalanced. my speech is starting to be worked on tues, but this was after 5 years fighting for my drs to give me a chance @ one. Now my memory is affected because of all this trauma that my speech pathologist is testing me out for TBI, and my memory and my speech i have been so worried about that i don't know how to relax my brain because i don't want to disappoint anyone that was in my life as friends before surgery or after surgery cause right now because of trauma i don't have friends. Please reply would love to hear advice from anyone. if u all can follow /understand me because talking in sentences is a huge ___ but i can talk flowing on pc. drs said i had bipolar disorder and social anxiety but my shrink said i might NOT have bpd/and social anxiety because of Traumatic Brain injury which they are just finiding out about NOW after 5-6 years.
Anyone help recommend anything i welcome all opinions.

hello,

I have had multiple head injuries. This last one completely changed my life. I never went to the hospital and had no idea that there is help out there for head injuries until three months ago.

I have cried my eyes out and have been so close to taking my own life on numerous occasions because I would get so upset with my mind. It wasn't until just recently I discovered there might be light at the end of the tunnel. To what degree of light and recovery, I'm not clear yet.

I found treatment and need to schedule my doctor's appointment. I have been attempting to make a doctors appointment for the last three months, but I seem to be unable to make the call.... as weird as that sounds. I don't get it. I can call my spouse but when it comes to making appointments, I just keep rewriting the number down. I am still hopeful though I fear it may be another year before I get to actually see a doctor for the first time.

You mention your speech. I too occasionally sound like I'm drunk but I'm completely sober. As time passes it isn't as often.

I'm not too sure of much. I depend on my partner to explain my life to me because I only remember tiny bits and pieces here and there. I would be a complete stranger to my life if it weren't for pictures and a routine I seem to trust and know the things that are repetitive. People who I only meet once or twice its as if I never meet them. I fake it for the majority and I can safely do that only because I trust my partner and believe him over believing myself these days.

I am barely hanging on but I'm hanging on. It sounds like you're finally getting a proper diagnosis so now it's just a matter of your hard work and perserverence and things will start to balance out for you.

I've been to doctor it's not good news. I would like to play easy games I was real good on games

what if you hit your head on a metal door and you start feeling dizzy and 

thank you i am 12 i got layed out in footbll he hit me in the back penelty and i couldnt talk atall for a miniute or two but for some reason i went back inteh game and got 11 more tackles and 3 sack on the qb but in my back there was like nerve damage i think it hurt every time i took a shower it stjung

Thanks for the website and all info Sarah, psychology student, Iran

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