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Brain injuries, regardless of the severity, are very difficult injuries to treat and to diagnose, because the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries often mimic those of other medical problems. Even after a seemingly mild concussion, many people suffer from long-term effects and even permanent damage.

It is imperative to seek medical attention immediately after any type of head injury, regardless of how serious it appears. Only after an involved battery of diagnostic tests can doctors adequately diagnose a TBI and decide which course of treatment, if any, may help their brain-injured patient. Symptoms of TBI vary and are classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the extent of the brain's damage.

Some of the most common symptoms of TBI include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lethargy
  • Mood changes
  • Memory problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Attention problems
  • Headache that gets worse and never goes away
  • Loss or change in smell or taste
  • Intolerance to light or sound
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Convulsions/seizures
  • Dilation of one or both pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Weak/numb extremities
  • Loss of coordination
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Behavior problems, such as agitation or irritability
  • Spasticity

Brain Injury Association of Washington, D.C. (BIADC)

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