Because the brain plays a vital role in every bodily function, a head injury ultimately affects more than just the head. In other words, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) manifest more than mere physical symptoms at the site of impact.


There are actually three kinds of symptoms that people who sustain TBIs typically experience: physical, sensory, and cognitive/behavioral. Although many of these symptoms will subside with time, it’s not uncommon for at least a few of them to persist. For example, a TBI can cause permanent changes in personality or an ongoing sensitivity to certain stimuli.


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Let’s take a closer look at the different symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:


  1. Physical Symptoms


The physical symptoms of a TBI can vary immensely from case to case, and they may not necessarily arise in the immediate aftermath of the accident. In fact, it is possible to sustain a TBI without ever losing consciousness. When noticeable symptoms eventually do arise, they might include:


  • Headaches;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Fatigue;
  • Trouble sleeping;
  • Convulsions or seizures;
  • Dilated pupils;
  • Clear fluid draining from the ears or nose;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Poor coordination;
  • Lightheadedness;
  • Tingling in the limbs; and
  • Numbness in the fingers or toes.


  1. Sensory Symptoms


According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI can affect how the injured party perceives his or her environment. Sensory symptoms include:


  • Blurred vision;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Dizziness;
  • A bad taste in the mouth;
  • Sensitivity to light and sound; and
  • No sense of smell.


  1. Cognitive/Behavioral Symptoms


The cognitive and behavioral symptoms of a TBI often take the longest both to appear and to subside. Without adequate treatment, some of them may persist indefinitely. Such symptoms include:


  • Confusion;
  • Moodiness;
  • Poor memory;
  • Trouble concentrating;
  • Agitation;
  • Aggression;
  • Combative behavior;
  • Depression; and
  • Anxiety.


Since the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not be apparent for days or even weeks following the impact, it is wise to visit a doctor after suffering a blow to the head regardless of how you feel. If you do not seek immediate medical care, it is essential to visit a physician as soon as you experience any of the above symptoms.


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