Headaches in Patients with Minimal Traumatic Intracranial Hemorrhage from Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause severe symptoms, including coma, confusion, dizziness, behavioral changes, and cognitive impairment. Furthermore, they can lead to complications that may require expensive, long-term medical care and treatment. At our firm, we passionately represent clients injured by someone else’s negligence. We believe in holding others responsible for their reckless or negligent actions, and we have helped numerous clients achieve financial settlements for TBIs. While generally not life-threatening, minimal traumatic intracranial hemorrhage can result from a TBI and cause severe, long-term headaches.
Here’s What You Need to Know:
What Is Minimal Traumatic Intracranial Hemorrhage?
Minimal traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (mTIH) is a complication of a traumatic brain injury. It does not have a serious impact on a victim’s mortality rate or morbidity, meaning it is generally not life-threatening. However, its effects can greatly hinder a person’s quality of life. It occurs when there is a small amount of bleeding in a person’s skull after sustaining a TBI. This may lead to severe physical symptoms that can greatly affect a person’s life and wellbeing.
How It Could Affect You?
The most common symptom of mTIH is pain in the patient’s head. While headaches are a common symptom during TBI recovery, headaches lasting longer than 3 months after the initial injury can have long-term negative effects on a person’s quality of life and ability to function on a daily basis. Social life, as well as a person’s career, may suffer as a result of mTIH.
A recent Korean study by Hong C, Shim YS, Sim SY, et al. examined several factors related to headaches in patients who suffered traumatic brain injuries. The research, conducted in June 2017, showed that victims of mTIH experienced more severe, frequent, and prolonged headaches than those who did not have mTIH. The researchers asked more than 800 TBI patients to rate the pain and severity of their headaches on a numeric scale. The results revealed that, of the 57 people who suffered from mTIH, 30% said their headaches were moderate to severe, while only 14% of the people who did not suffer from mTIH recorded moderate to severe headaches.
Furthermore, patients with mTIH are more prone to post-traumatic seizures, loss of consciousness, and more severe headaches than those who do not suffer from mTIH. Patients of mTIH are also more likely to suffer from headaches during the TBI recovery process immediately after an injury. However, the headaches may still occur 3 months or longer after a TBI. This can cause prolonged pain and frustration for the patient.
What You Can Do About It
Because severe headaches can have a debilitating effect on a person’s life and ability to function in society, extra medical treatment may be undertaken to remedy the problem. While there is no known cure to completely stop the headaches caused by mTIH, other treatment methods can aid in decreasing the severity and frequency of the headaches. This can help the patient enjoy a better quality of life during and after the TBI recovery process.
Treatments that may help alleviate headaches from minimal traumatic intracranial hemorrhage include:
- Over-the-counter drugs
- Prescription medication
- Physical therapy
- Hot or cold compresses applied to the head and neck
- Massage therapy
- Small amounts of caffeine
Some patients have also experienced relief through acupuncture or other natural remedies. If you have been diagnosed with minimal traumatic intracranial hemorrhage, your physician can prescribe a specialized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. This may help not only heal the initial injury that caused the brain trauma, but also decrease the amount of pain you experience from headaches.
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With millions of dollars won in settlement for injured clients, Scarlett Law Group is committed to providing thorough legal services for personal injury cases. We have guided hundreds of clients to successful solutions, and we pride ourselves on using unique, effective legal strategies. If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury or are experiencing severe headaches from minimal traumatic intracranial hemorrhage, our firm can help. We can investigate the incident that caused your injury and determine who is at fault. Our San Francisco brain injury lawyers are dedicated to upholding justice for every client, and we can walk you through the legal process.
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