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Recognizing the subtle signs of a brain injury

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Personal Injury

Brain injuries can occur in a variety of situations, including car accidents, and they can have lasting effects on an individual’s health and well-being. In some cases, the symptoms may not be immediately obvious, making it essential to be aware of the subtle signs that could indicate a brain injury.

It is beneficial to recognize these signs to ensure prompt medical attention and proper recovery.

Physical symptoms

Brain injuries can cause physical symptoms that you might not immediately connect to the source, such as:

  • Headaches or neck pain
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

The presence of any of these symptoms after an accident or injury could indicate a potential brain injury.

Cognitive and emotional changes

Your brain controls many aspects of your emotional regulation and cognitive capabilities. A brain injury can interfere with those processes in many ways, including:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Memory problems or difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Depression or anxiety

These changes may initially be subtle, but they can become more apparent over time, especially if you fail to seek medical treatment.

Sleep disturbances

Sleep disturbances are another potential sign of a brain injury. These may include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Insomnia

If you experience changes in your sleep patterns following an injury, it is important to mention this to your doctor.

Brain injuries are not always blatantly obvious, and the delayed or subtle signs are easy to overlook. Recognizing these symptoms as soon as possible will help you get the care that you need.