After getting into a crash, you should keep an eye out for signs of head and brain injury. In particular, traumatic brain injury may have a big impact on your physical, mental and even emotional health.
Thus, you should know what signs to keep an eye out for. The symptoms of TBIs can manifest fast and in varied ways, and you should always seek medical treatment to determine what signs are serious.
Physical signs of a TBI
Mayo Clinic discusses the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury. TBI injuries often result in swift, intense symptoms due to the severe damage done. Thus, anyone you are with at the time of the crash will likely notice the onset. You should beware of physical, mental and emotional signs.
Physical symptoms often include nausea, vomiting and splitting headaches that worsen with time. You may struggle to get to sleep or have a hard time waking up. In some cases, clear fluid may drain from the ears or nose. Uneven pupil dilation is another potential warning sign. You could also experience numbness in the hands and feet.
How TBIs emerge in behavior and cognitive function
Mentally and emotionally, cognitive confusion, “brain fog” and disorientation are all common. You may end up feeling frightened or agitated, which is often exacerbated by this confusion. Many TBI victims also struggle to concentrate and remember things.
You may also experience disorders of consciousness. This includes the possibility of falling into a coma. It also involves passing out, blacking out or otherwise losing consciousness for any period of time. Any of these signs should result in immediate medical attention.