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September 25, 2009 / Mark Kerrigan

11 Signs You Might Have Received a Traumatic Brain Injury

Did you know that each year, 1.4 Million people sustain a traumatic brain injury? Of that nearly 1½ million, three in four people who suffer head trauma come into the ER, are treated and then are released. That sort of begs the question: If you get hit in the head, how do you know how severe it is? I’ve listed 11 things which indicate you’ve had a serious head injury.

Things to be mindful of after getting your noggin knocked: (And let me admit to you right now that I have borrowed the list from The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center in Orlando, Fla.)

  1. Headaches and neck pain
  2. Difficulty remembering or concentrating
  3. Issues with thinking, speaking, acting or reading
  4. Fatigue, lack of energy and decreased motivation
  5. Changes in sleep patterns
  6. Dizziness or lightheadedness
  7. Nausea and vomiting
  8. Blurred vision
  9. Increased sensitivity to noise, lights or distractions
  10. Loss of the senses, such as smell or taste
  11. Bleeding from ears. I added this trait because when my parents said I was bleeding from my ears when they got to the ER. I have heard of other people bleeding from the ears after receiving a blow to the head, and usually it’s a sign that something more serious is going on below the surface.

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