The 3 main symptoms that we observe are:
- Physical symptoms: you can have many physical symptoms from a TBI such as headaches, vision issues, blurry vision, double vision, ringing in your ears, fatigue, and loss of balance or coordination.
- Cognitive symptoms: a person suffering from a TBI might be more forgetful or have difficulty concentrating and sometimes they have brain fog or lack of sharpness. They don’t have the same mental capacity as they did before.
- Emotional symptoms: most suffering from a TBI don’t feel like the same person as they were before. They may be more irritable or may have a personality change. They may feel anxious or depressed.
Can you get a traumatic brain injury without something physically hitting your head?
A violent jostling or jarring of the head is enough to cause a TBI. The brain has a soft almost gelatinous-like consistency and the inside of the skull has a number of sharp and bony edges. If you have a whiplash type of event, the brain can move within the skull. Those sharp, bony ridges can damage the brain and lead to hemorrhages or bleeding.
Can you have a TBI without it showing up on a CT Scan or MRI on the ER?
The goal of a CT Scan in the ER is to determine if you are someone that needs emergency brain surgery, not to determine if you have another type of TBI that will affect you long term.