Headaches. Fatigue. Difficulty sleeping. Many Americans face these health challenges every day. So how can someone know if their health challenges are status quo – or something more serious?
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has named March “Brain Injury Awareness Month” to help Americans answer the question of “How can I know if I have experienced a brain injury?
A brain injury can have a wide range of physical and psychological effects. It can result from a violent blow or simple jolt to the head or body. Signs may show up immediately or take months.
10 Signs of a Mild Brain Injury
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes or a state of being dazed and disoriented
- Chronic neck pain
- Slowness in thinking or responding
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Changes in mood (feeling sad or angry for no reason)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Ringing in the ears
Head trauma should always be taken seriously and when it comes to a brain injury, be diligent about monitoring and allowing enough time for recovery. If you experience any of the signs listed above after head trauma, seek medical care from a neurologist or health care provider.
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