Brain Injury Symptoms

Have you ever heard of someone being rushed to the emergency room after feeling numbness in their arm and pressure in their chest? Have you listened to someone who suffers from migraines explain how slurred speech is a sign of a migraine setting in? These are all warning signs from your body that “something bad” is about to happen. If they are ignored the symptoms could persist and cause a reaction that could result in something much worse than a symptom. Brain injury symptoms work in much the same way.

"Symptoms are the body's way of providing warning signs that “something bad” has happened or is about to get worse."

Just like with “soft tissue” damage after an auto accident, a mild brain injury, such as a concussion, may not at first present itself as if anything is wrong. However, if not recognized, the injury can get much worse. Brain injury symptoms can present themselves in different ways and at various times to different people but it is important to learn to recognize them and seek medical treatment immediately if symptoms arise. The last thing you want to happen is for you or a loved one to fall asleep and never wake again because a brain injury symptom was ignored or shrugged off as something less serious. Brain injury symptoms in children and the elderly can be different than those recognized in adults and should not be taken lightly. Even after being released from the hospital symptoms can re-occur or new symptoms may present themselves.

Medical professionals and emergency rooms are trained to recognize the various symptoms of a brain injury. They will commonly us a measurement system such as the Glasgow Coma Scale to diagnose the symptoms as mild, moderate or severe to determine the course of treatment.