An Essential Guide to Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

What are the Long Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

With a traumatic brain injury whatever part of the brain gets injured will typically dictate what types of symptoms you might experience. These symptoms typically resolve within a month. If the symptoms persist past a month you have a much higher likelihood of those symptoms turning into your “long term effects” from the brain injury. Some of those long term symptoms people can experience are listed below;

  1. Anxiety
  2. Dizziness
  3. Short term memory issues
  4. Sluggish cognitive processing
  5. Headaches/migraines
  6. Tinnitus
  7. Hearing loss
  8. Fatigue
  9. Mood swings
  10. Light/sound sensitivity
  11. Brain fog
  12. Dysautonomia
  13. Difficulty reading
  14. Difficult word finding
  15. Car sickness
  16. Depression
  17. Poor balance

Can you fully recover from a traumatic brain injury? 

Yes, it is possible to fully recover from a traumatic brain injury. As mentioned above, most individuals tend to fully recover from their traumatic brain injuries within a month. That being said not all will recover so fast. Even those with persistent symptoms have the potential to fully recover. With that being said many variables must be taken into consideration that will influence the potential for a full recovery. Some, not all or those variables are listed below;

  1. Severity of injury
  2. How long ago the injury was
  3. Age
  4. Gender
  5. Previous history of symptoms
  6. Stress levels 
  7. Sleep hygiene 
  8. Neurological Rehabilitation
  9. Cervical (neck) integrity/functio
  10. Immune function
  11. Gastrointestinal function
  12. Infectious load
  13. Toxin burden 

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