11 Signs You Might Have Received a Traumatic Brain Injury
Did you know that each year, 1.4 Million people sustain a traumatic brain injury? Of that nearly 1½ million, three in four people who suffer head trauma come into the ER, are treated and then are released. That sort of begs the question: If you get hit in the head, how do you know how severe it is? I’ve listed 11 things which indicate you’ve had a serious head injury.
Things to be mindful of after getting your noggin knocked: (And let me admit to you right now that I have borrowed the list from The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center in Orlando, Fla.)
- Headaches and neck pain
- Difficulty remembering or concentrating
- Issues with thinking, speaking, acting or reading
- Fatigue, lack of energy and decreased motivation
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Increased sensitivity to noise, lights or distractions
- Loss of the senses, such as smell or taste
- Bleeding from ears. I added this trait because when my parents said I was bleeding from my ears when they got to the ER. I have heard of other people bleeding from the ears after receiving a blow to the head, and usually it’s a sign that something more serious is going on below the surface.