The jarring motor vehicle collision changed your life. Among the injuries you sustained included head trauma. Ultimately, doctors diagnosed you with a traumatic brain injury, which included bleeding on the brain.
The news is not surprising as the fatigue, headaches, nausea and dizziness surfaced. These are short-term effects from a traumatic brain injury and may last days and weeks but can be controlled with rest and medication. But what most worries you are the potential long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury.
Recurring headaches and seizures
Among the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Recurring headaches: It is possible that frequent headaches could last a lifetime.
- Loss of memory: Many victims suffer from short-term memory loss.
- Struggles with verbal communication: You know what you want to say, but there is a disconnect between your brain and mouth. You may struggle with saying the right words.
- Seizures: Recurring seizures are known as post-traumatic epilepsy. These seizures may happen soon after the injury or surface months or years later.
- Vertigo: The dizziness may evolve into vertigo. You may have this condition temporarily, but it could last a long time as balancing becomes difficult.
- A change in personality: Mood swings are possible from giddiness to sadness and anger within a short amount of time. Anxiety and depression are also possible.
The injury happened. Now, it is time to focus on recovery.
Expect many challenges when recovering from a traumatic brain injury. However, early struggles may give way to progress, but it may take a long time. Follow your doctor’s directions.