What are Delayed Yet Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Patient Being Helped out of a Wheelchair

Some of the worst symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will be immediate and readily noticeable. If someone gets struck in the head and falls unconscious, for example, it is clear to see that they have suffered some sort of brain injury and needs medical attention.

However, not all symptoms are immediate. Many consequences of a brain injury will not manifest until weeks or months later. Some will never become easily recognizable and must be carefully diagnosed to identify. In many cases, it is the common yet delayed brain injury symptoms that cause the most harm to the patient, as they are left to worsen instead of being immediately treated.

Here is a quick list of some delayed TBI symptoms that should be of concern if you notice them in someone who has been in an accident recently:

  • Chronic headaches or uncharacteristic migraines
  • Spells of dizziness or nausea
  • Occasional loss of hearing, sight, or smell sensitivity
  • Discomfort or pain around bright lights
  • Loss of memory
  • Difficulty making new memories
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia or oversleeping

Getting Help from Friends or Family

A person who has suffered a brain injury but does not show any drastic or immediate symptoms may be the last one to realize a brain injury has occurred. Subtle, delayed symptoms, like unusual bouts of anger, may seem totally normal to the person with the brain injury. It may be up to close friends and family members to spot the strange changes and suggest for the injured person to see a doctor for additional diagnoses. If you know someone who was in an accident recently, please do what you can to keep in touch with them to see if you can recognize some potential TBI symptoms.

Dangers of Delayed TBI Symptoms

The longer a brain injury goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more dangerous it will become. Our brains regenerate damaged cells extremely slowly. In most cases, an injury will destroy more brain cells much faster than the brain can replace them, meaning that a brain injury rarely heals on its own. Subtle brain injuries can sometimes be the most dangerous due to the fact that they can go unchecked for months or longer, causing worse and worse harm as time goes on.

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