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Traumatic Brain Injury

What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

TBI is a violation to the brain caused by external forces resulting in traumatic intracranial (inside the skull) injury.  Head injury is a more general category that includes damage to other structures like the scalp or skull.

Classifications are based on severity and can range from concussion to coma with a variety of other ailments related to brain health.  Our most intricate physical tool, the brain, has amazing self healing abilities and compensatory characteristics when necessary.  The most healthy functions will take the reins, so to speak, and prioritize it’s utility for the greatest likelihood of survival.

If the injury is so great it takes full brain power to repair the patient will lose consciousness until such time that it is able to process the conscious world.

When energy from this self healing organ is focused heavily on repairing a certain area other functions may suffer resulting in temporary or sometimes permanent disability.

 

Common indicators of brain injury are often overlooked possibly causing more damage than necessary.  If you have sustained an injury and can say yes to five or more of the following questions you should consult a physician to discuss the symptoms.

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HEADACHES
Yes No Do you have more headaches since the injury or accident?
Yes No Do you have pain in the temples or forehead?
Yes No Do you have pain in the back of the head (sometimes the pain will start at the back of the head and extend to the front of the head)?
Yes No Do you have episodes of very sharp pain (like being stabbed) in the head which lasts from several seconds to several minutes?

MEMORY

Yes No Does your memory seem worse following the accident or injury?
Yes No Do you seem to forget what people have told you 15 to 30 minutes ago?
Yes No Do family members or friends say that you have asked the same question over and over?
Yes No Do you have difficulty remembering what you have just read?

WORD-FINDING

Yes No Do you have difficulty coming up with the right word (you know the word that you want to say but can’t seem to “spit it out”)?

FATIGUE

Yes No Do you get tired more easily (mentally and/or physically)?
Yes No Does the fatigue get worse the more you think or in very emotional situations?

CHANGES IN EMOTION

Yes No Are you more easily irritated or angered (seems to come on quickly)?
Yes No Since the injury, do you cry or become depressed more easily?

CHANGES IN SLEEP

Yes No Do you keep waking up throughout the night and early morning?
Yes No Do you wake up early in the morning (4 or 5 a.m.) and can’t get back to sleep?

ENVIRONMENTAL OVERLOAD

Yes No Do you find yourself easily overwhelmed in noisy or crowded places (feeling overwhelmed in a busy store or around noisy children)?

IMPULSIVENESS

Yes No Do you find yourself making poor or impulsive decisions (saying things “without thinking” that may hurt others feelings; increase in impulse buying?)

CONCENTRATION

Yes No Do you have difficulty concentrating (can’t seem to stay focused on what you are doing)?

DISTRACTION

Yes No Are you easily distracted (someone interrupts you while you are doing a task and you lose your place)?

ORGANIZATION

Yes No Do you have difficulty getting organized or completing a task (leave out a step in a recipe or started multiple projects but don’t complete them)?

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