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Car accident s can cause traumatic brain injury.It's an unfortunate reality. When it happens, there can be a lot of symptoms and issues to deal with. The first thing to know is that you don't have to go unconscious in order to have a brain injury. If you receive a blow to the head, there can still be a traumatic brain injury (TBI). But, what might you experience if this happens?
The first thing to know is that there are both short and long-term symptoms from TBI. The short-term symptoms can last from a few hours to a few weeks or even months, but they eventually go away. However, the long-term symptoms of TBI can last for years and even remain permanently. It is almost impossible to know which symptoms will stay with you until several months after the head injury accident.
One of the first symptoms that people often notice is they experience amnesia. In particular some people may find it difficult to even remember the details of the brain damage accident. This is because of injury to brain tissue and the trauma involved with a blow to the head. It’s also not uncommon for the person to have amnesia about events that took place just before the accident too. It all depends on how much trauma there is to the brain.
After a car accident, a person with TBI can feel very dizzy. They may even feel disoriented. The dizziness should eventually go away, but some people with TBI experience episodes of dizziness from time to time, depending on how serious the injury is.
A young man I know remembers being very nauseated and throwing up a great deal immediately after the accident. This is also not an uncommon reaction. So, in addition to being dizzy, disoriented and nauseated, the person may be very forgetful. In fact, memory loss is one of the most common long-term symptoms of TBI that results from a car accident.
A young woman I met explained how she not only felt dizzy and disoriented, but also had a bad taste in her mouth and tinnitus–or ringing in the ears. The tinnitus stayed with her for some time, but thankfully the bad taste, dizziness and disorientation eventually faded away.
For numerous men and women I’ve worked with who survived a car accident only to have TBI,
the most common problems were severe headaches, memory loss and sensory changes. Some people experienced blurred vision. A man I know who was an able construction worker fell twenty feet and ever since his construction accident he’s absolutely had no sense of smell or sense of taste.
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Other individuals with TBI experience a long list of challenges in their lives. These can range from concentration difficulties to convulsions, seizures and coordination problems. Another long-term problem can be hemiparesis which is a condition in which parts of the body (often the arms and/or legs) experience profound weakness. There was one young man I met whose family told me he was the nicest person you could possible meet before his brain damageaccident. After the accident, he became combative, rude and extremely angry. These are symptoms of frontal lobe syndrome or injury. The brain is a very complicated organism and TBI from a car accident can make a person’s life very challenging. There are some people who find they can’t learn any new information.
For those people who experience these long-term challenges there is also hope and support. Some years ago I met a young woman who had been in a horrific car accident. At first the doctors thought she wouldn’t survive. Thankfully, she did. Still, this young girl faced enormous challenges. She had hemiparesis on her left side, learning difficulties and coordination problems. But, she had the one quality that marked her as a true survivor–she believed in herself and her ability to conquer her challenges. And she did. This young woman is now studying to become a professor and there is no doubt that she’ll succeed. Her mother ignored the advice of some doctors to institutionalize her daughter and face the “facts” that her life choices would always be limited. The mother never believed that for a minute and neither did her daughter. The two have proved that TBI can be challenging but challenges can also be overcome.
By J. Bisnar
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