I have had constant difficulties controlling my impulsiveness, and short term memory for 19 years, I started smoking sativa marijuana oil a few months ago, after trying dozens of pills over the last 19 years. I have found it really helpful. I suffered from a TBI 20 years ago, I suffered a closed head concussion. I was in a comma for several weeks and stayed in the hospital in rehab for 8 months. I have huge gaps in memory and have learned to deal with it.
My problem is after all this time, I am really struggling with simple things, it has even impacted my job and has resulted in disciplinary action for the first time in my life. Has anyone seen an issue like this reaccuring after this period of time? I am very worried and confused. Univers NP center since 15? Omg, yes, it was that bad. By the time he was in preschool , I had 2 degrees. Yes, I have had serious issues with my TBI. That are affecting me daily. Loss of family, loss of a 32 year job, mobility, severe depression, huge mood swings, feeling worthless, hard time thinking, unable to perform daily functions, having an extremely hard time typing this not when I use to type a 78 wpm, loss of friends who just do not want to deal with a person like me.
Can no longer do tasks that I use to always do.. Condesending relatives that ask if I am on disability or welfare. I sustained a TBI in from an auto accident on my way to work. I hit a light pole and immediately in a a coma while breaking several bones. My coma lasted 3 weeks on life support. I just happened upon this site because I will be undergoing my 10th corrective surgery in a few days.
I've also been forced to deal with many of the issues commented on and wanted anyone who reads this to understand that we are soldiers. ABs or non-disabled people can't empathize simply because it's not their reality. So stay strong, try not to take ignorance personal and remember that your pain is no excuse to take out on anyone. Take it one day at a time.
Medical professionals are supposed to work WITH you not just prescribe medications! I was diagnosed Glasgow three with 18 percent global loss, MVA at mph, coma two weeks, what does the global loss represent? My best friends daughter was in an auto accident 10 years ago and has TBI. Over the past 10 years she has never been pointed in the right direction when it comes to her daughter.
Now her daughter is 23 and has no goals and she is worried about her future and if something should happen to her or her husband what will happen to her daughter. She has no concept of money and blows all of her disability money on junk. What can she do legally to sto this from happening so she will have something for her future. My brother fell out of his chair at least that was the story I got and broke his neck.
He had just been transferred to an extended care section of a hospital. He now has a cervical collar on, but he has lost his ability to speak.
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He makes no sense at all and doesn't even whisper, it is more like just moving his lips. No one, even his doctors, can tell me why. I just wonder what is going on. I'm sorry to hear about your brother - that sounds very difficult at the moment. It's possible your brother has swelling or bleeding in an area of his brain that affects language.
This is usually when someone has an injury to the left side of their brain although they may have had an impact on the right, the brain has bounced against the left side of the skull. Hopefully his speech loss will be temporary and his speech will return as his brain recovers. Do ask the doctors to explain more for you. I am the caregiver of someone with many TBIs throughout his life. We are beginning to wonder with his increased short term memory problems if he might have some CTE. He is in pain every single day with severe headaches and he has issues with walking stability and the feeling like he is dizzy.
He is the same person but our lives have changed dramatically. He has problems processing but works hard to do well. I feel so bad that his life feels so hopeless to him. He is stuck in our home and is unable to work. Feeling hopeless for him. When I was 8 years old, I was doing relay races verses the rest of my class mates. We were all racing from one end of the gym to the other. I was not able to stop soon enough and ran straight into the cement wall.
I was not knocked out from the actual impact, right away.
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My teacher helped me to walk to the principles office to use the phone to call my parents to come and get me to take me into the E. On our way there I fell asleep. I'm now almost 50 and still am having a difficult time interacting with everyone. But anyhow, My best advice I can offer you is to not quit ,no matter what! Suggestion Set up a regular group of men, maybe just three, in the community or his friends to have a "playing cards" afternoon or "domino's" at a set time and let him have men's talk.
Just set up a table with nibbles and coffee and relax in another room. I'm following a person that fell 25 ft and got a TBI plus multiple broken bones. They are now 9 days out from the fall and in ICU. Their eyes are open and they can do some physical therapy although they also do lots of yanking tubes out if they can, kicking pushing pulling and grabbing, wrestling with attendings etc I was wondering if this is the brain trying to figure itself out since being basically bashed in from the fall? I would like to know what the physical movements constantly mean and is this to be expected?
I would appreciate anyone who has had personal experience with TBI or any advice from a caregiver that has experienced watching someone in early days after TBI. Is the patient frightened and the resulting thrashing and pulling and wrestling with attendings normal? I work in the field of brain injury and most likely your patient is most likely in a confused agitated phase of recovery.
Do a search online and you can discover the details. It is based on a score from one of many tests given to patients initially. Try to limit all environmental noise, lights and distracting factors as much as possible. Talk slowly and with a calm and soothing voice and be concise and as concrete as possible. There are no predictables in brain injury. Hopefully this patient will move on from this step in brain injury recovery. Don't turn on the TV or bring in a lot of sensory noise.
It can't be processed well. I too was in a car wreck in 92', in a coma for two weeks at UCLA, many broken bones, I have been living with the moods, short-term memory but now I am shaking on left side of body, any help u can give would help, did a MRI, results a lot of brain scarring around the brain, could that be why, I can't go anywhere with this shaking, hard to even put make-up on. Thank you so much for any input. My boyfriend and I were in a motorcycle accident in August and he cut his coradid artery in his neck and got a tbi.
He was in a coma for 18 days. When we woke up he didnt say much and couldn't remember his birthday or where he lived. And then as he started to be more aware of things he would start trying to rip ivs out And when the nurses would go to try and stop them he would start punching them. He was in full restraints most of the time.
Finally after a little over a month he started to come back into it and every day got better and better. Hes juat upset he cant do MMA fighting do to his tbi! Oh man me too accept I have a quarter missing of my skull on the right side also they told me I was attacking the nurses I am waiting for a titanium plate I was 18 now I'm 20 and question my life expansion and my left side coordination of my hand is weak. I was in a fatal car accident in I have a TBI from the wreck. I have been experiencing the feeling of being worthless and I have been lonely. No one understands and I am not sure how to cope with being alive.
I have no friends and I am staying with my mother and her husband. I am depressed a lot and I think that I have lost all ambition to succeed or to do anything. I feel like I am lost. I don't know what to do. I have suffered from TBI since childhood. That started over 40 years ago. Best count I can give is a dozen major concussions. Hundreds of medium and minor ones. Sports, wrecks, falls, punches, artillery fire, hatch combings on a frigate at sea. I think I have all versions of a concussed mind possible. As long as you at least try, your family generally will not abandon you.
I spent decades messed up and mine didn't abandon me. It took all the news recently about CTE for mine to finally accept my ways though. And for me to accept me. My symptoms aren't as bad as some but still ruined normal life for me. I accepted myself as abnormal and just live each day as best I can. Just knowing you have it and that there are now tools to help cope, has given you the means to overcome it. Its nothing to be ashamed of socially either. I'll tell people these days about it and that I'm a serious case of it so please talk a little slower.
Once they understand I'm no pschyo they turn downright friendly after a dose of my southern charm. One of the hardest things I did afyer my accident was ro out one foot in front of the other to go to a brain injury meeting. There I found such wonderful people in the same situation and experience the same mood swings.
What is the date today? If unconscious or unable to follow commands, his or her response to painful stimulation is checked. A number is taken from each category and added together to get the total GCS score. The score ranges from 3 to 15 and helps doctors classify an injury as mild, moderate, or severe. Mild TBI has a score of Mild TBI usually requires rest and medication to relieve headache. Moderate to severe TBI require intensive care in a hospital. Bleeding and swelling in the brain can become an emergency that requires surgery.
However, there are times when a patient does not require surgery and can be safely monitored by nurses and physicians in the neuroscience intensive care unit NSICU. The goals of treatment are to resuscitate and support the critically ill patient, minimize secondary brain injury and complications, and facilitate the patient's transition to a recovery environment. Despite significant research, doctors only have measures to control brain swelling, but do not have a way to eliminate swelling from occurring.
Neurocritical care Neurocritical care is the intensive care of patients who have suffered a life-threatening brain injury. Their care is overseen by a neurointensivist, a specialty-trained physician who coordinates the patient's complex neurological and medical care. Patients are monitored and awakened every hour for nursing assessments of their mental status or brain function.
Seeing a patient who has suffered a severe TBI can be shocking. It is possible that your loved one's appearance will be altered because of facial injury and equipment that is used for monitoring. Numerous tubes, lines, and equipment may be used to closely monitor his or her heart rate, blood pressure, and other critical body functions.
Surgery is sometimes necessary to repair skull fractures, repair bleeding vessels, or remove large blood clots hematomas. It is also performed to relieve extremely high intracranial pressure. Clinical trials are research studies in which new treatments—drugs, diagnostics, procedures, and other therapies—are tested in people to see if they are safe and effective. Research is always being conducted to improve the standard of medical care. Information about current clinical trials, including eligibility, protocol, and locations, are found on the Web.
Studies can be sponsored by the National Institutes of Health see clinicaltrials. The recovery process varies depending on the severity of the injury, but typically progresses through stages: Not all head injuries are the same. Patients recover at different rates and to varying degrees. It is difficult to determine at what point a patient will start understanding and interacting with their caregivers or family in a meaningful way.
It is important to have patience; recovery from a brain injury can take weeks, months, or even years. You are not alone. Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can include any of the signs and symptoms of mild injury, as well as these symptoms that may appear within the first hours to days after a head injury:. Infants and young children with brain injuries might not be able to communicate headaches, sensory problems, confusion and similar symptoms.
In a child with traumatic brain injury, you may observe:. Always see your doctor if you or your child has received a blow to the head or body that concerns you or causes behavioral changes. Seek emergency medical care if there are any signs or symptoms of traumatic brain injury following a recent blow or other traumatic injury to the head.
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The terms "mild," "moderate" and "severe" are used to describe the effect of the injury on brain function. A mild injury to the brain is still a serious injury that requires prompt attention and an accurate diagnosis. Traumatic brain injury is usually caused by a blow or other traumatic injury to the head or body.
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The degree of damage can depend on several factors, including the nature of the injury and the force of impact. Explosive blasts and other combat injuries. Explosive blasts are a common cause of traumatic brain injury in active-duty military personnel. Although how the damage occurs isn't yet well-understood, many researchers believe that the pressure wave passing through the brain significantly disrupts brain function.
Traumatic brain injury also results from penetrating wounds, severe blows to the head with shrapnel or debris, and falls or bodily collisions with objects following a blast.
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Several complications can occur immediately or soon after a traumatic brain injury. Severe injuries increase the risk of a greater number and more-severe complications.
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Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can result in prolonged or permanent changes in a person's state of consciousness, awareness or responsiveness. Different states of consciousness include:. Widespread damage to the brain can result in a vegetative state. Although the person is unaware of surroundings, he or she may open his or her eyes, make sounds, respond to reflexes, or move. It's possible that a vegetative state can become permanent, but often individuals progress to a minimally conscious state.
Sometimes, any or several of these symptoms might linger for a few weeks to a few months after a traumatic brain injury. This is currently referred to as persistent post-concussive symptoms. When a combination of these symptoms last for an extended period of time, this is generally referred to as post-concussion syndrome. Traumatic brain injuries at the base of the skull can cause nerve damage to the nerves that emerge directly from the brain cranial nerves.