Going through a car accident is terrifying and stressful. For some, there can be so much stress at the scene of the accident that it can be challenging to assess all of your injuries accurately.
Brain injuries can be difficult to detect because the symptoms could be subtle or delayed. However, it is critical to watch for signs so you can seek early care and treatment.
Here’s what you should know about the early symptoms of traumatic brain injuries.
Commonly dismissed symptoms
It is critical to pay attention to your emotional and physical well-being in the days and weeks following your car accident since symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) could impact more than one area of your life. Some of the common symptoms of a brain injury can include:
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Change in sleep patterns
If you notice symptoms like these, it is important to seek medical care. While a TBI could impact the rest of your life, getting treatment as soon as possible can prevent worsening symptoms.
Trusting your loved ones
Since some of the early symptoms of a TBI can be attributed to stress from the accident, it is vital to listen to friends and family members if they notice symptoms. Often, symptoms can be easy to dismiss, so it is worth discussing with your healthcare team when a loved one says they see unusual patterns.
Once you have a diagnosis of a TBI, you may have a doctor’s order to rest and avoid stress. These orders can help you protect your brain from worsening symptoms. You should talk to your loved one about the support you need in the initial stages of dealing with a TBI.