An Essential Guide to Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

How to tell if you have a Traumatic Brain Injury

How to tell if you have a traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be tricky to identify. Typically if you are even having to ask yourself whether or not you may or may not have had a TBI you should first go seek out a doctor to evaluate you properly for this. They should at a minimum take a thorough history from you and perform a neurological exam on you for TBI findings. If your injury is more recent they should additionally send you for imaging like a Brain MRI or CT scan. This can help identify how severe the injury could be. Listed below are some of the symptoms that those suffering from a TBI might experience. 

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus
  • Tiredness or sleepiness
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • A change in sleep habits
  • Behavior or mood changes
  • Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
  • Loss of consciousness lasting a few seconds to minutes1
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache that gets worse or will not go away
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Repeated vomiting or continued nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • An inability to wake up from sleep
  • Enlargement of the pupil (dark center) of one or both eyes
  • Numbness or tingling of arms or legs
  • Uncoordinated or “clumsy” movements
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation
  • Loss of consciousness lasting a few minutes to hours

If you have one or more of the symptoms listed above you should look into being evaluated by a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and plan for recovery.

TBI statistics in the USA.