Unexpected changes with traumatic brain injuries

A person who has a traumatic brain injury will have many impacts that they have to deal with. Some people expect some of the symptoms like headaches, but they might not realize exactly how many impacts they might face.

When you are learning about the ways that this injury will affect you, finding options for coping is critical. There is a chance that the effects will change over time. Be prepared to continually work toward combatting the symptoms so you can live the best life possible.

Increased sensitivity

You might become more sensitive light and sounds after you suffer a traumatic brain injury. These often manifest within the first year after the accident. They often continue on long after the first year, which is the case for around 25% of traumatic brain injury patients.

Changes in senses

Some individuals who have a brain injury will experience changes in their senses. Ringing in the ears can occur. Altered taste and smell can impact a person’s ability to enjoy foods. Many visual impacts might happen. These include double vision, blurry vision and improper focus. Patients are most at risk of these complications during the three years after the injury.

Fatigue and sleep changes

Mental fatigue is tough to live with because it changes how you interact with the environment around you. On top of the mental fatigue, you might have sleep changes that cause fatigue. You may feel like you want to sleep more often, but are unable to because of other symptoms. This can lead to hardships with daily activities.

Mood swings and emotional changes

You may experience sudden mood swings that are hard to cope with. Some patients don’t realize that they are having these until someone close to them points it out. The frustration of limitations is one reason why you might have these sudden emotional outbursts. Try to remember that your loved ones want to help you through this and that you aren’t a burden on them.

Brain degeneration

Degenerative brain diseases can occur with traumatic brain injuries. Worse injuries are associated with a greater chance of this occurring. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, are all examples of conditions that might occur.

The financial impact of the injury is considerable, but you can choose to seek compensation from the negligent party who caused the accident. You may claim damages like medical care costs. There are strict time limits in place for this type of case, so be sure that you take action as quickly as you can after the incident.

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