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Mild traumatic brain injury: The symptoms are serious

Even though moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the most concerning, a mild traumatic brain injury can be accompanied by a variety of symptoms and side effects that impact your ability to live a normal life.

There are many causes of a mild TBI, ranging from a car accident to a collision when playing sports.

The most common physical symptoms of mild TBI include:

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Problems with speech
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Loss of consciousness for a period of several seconds to several minutes

Along with the physical symptoms of mild TBI, there are a variety of sensory and mental symptoms to be aware of:

  • Sensitivity to sound and/or light
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Inability to smell
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of anxiousness or depression

Do you need medical help?

Depending on the symptoms, you may assume you can recover from mild traumatic brain injury without the assistance of a qualified medical team. Rather than take this risk, it's always best to receive a full examination.

Your doctor can run the appropriate tests to better understand your injury, as well as the treatment plan that can help you make a full recovery.

Once you're feeling better, learn more about the cause of the accident. For example, if you were part of a motor vehicle accident, you may come to find that the person who caused the crash was texting or driving under the influence. Knowing the cause makes it easier for you to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions.

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