A brain injury can occur when a sudden jolt or bump to your head occurs. Many people incur traumatic brain injuries when they get into a car accident or another serious accident and hit their head on something.
In the U.S. in 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 64,000 people died from TBIs. Although not all brain injuries are fatal, they can have serious, lifelong consequences. If you got into an accident recently, watch out for the following cognitive, physical and sensory symptoms that indicate you could have a TBI.
You could have a brain injury if you lose consciousness for anywhere from a few seconds to up to a few minutes. Other cognitive symptoms include sudden mood swings and changes, problems sleeping and feeling confused, disoriented and confused throughout much of your day.
A brain injury can manifest with a variety of physical symptoms, which may include problems with your speech, feeling fatigued or drowsy and experiencing nausea or vomiting. You may also have a headache and a difficult time with your balance.
If you have a TBI, you may become sensitive to bright lights and loud sounds. Some other sensory symptoms you may experience include a ringing sound in your ears, blurred vision or a bad taste in your mouth.
Recovering from a brain injury takes time, and the process looks different for everyone. Take things slowly as you work on recovering from your TBI, be patient with yourself and adhere to your physician’s instructions following the accident.