The brain is the center of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and movements. Injury to the brain can range from a mild concussion to a severe head injury.
Brain injuries are commonly caused by a blow to the head or a fall that shakes the brain and causes bruising, swelling or tearing of soft tissue. With rest, most people fully recover from a mild brain injury. But some people who have had severe or repeated brain injuries may have long-lasting problems with movement, learning or speaking.
It’s important to know the symptoms of brain injury. Tell your primary care physician or emergency personnel if you have experienced a head injury that results in two or more of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Headache, vision problems or dizziness
- Feeling sad, nervous or easily angered
- Sleeping more or less than usual
If you develop these symptoms at any time after a head injury – even much later – call your doctor.
Healing from a brain injury? Know when to call your doctor.
Watch closely for changes in your health and be sure to contact your doctor if:
- Your symptoms get worse. Common symptoms include headaches, trouble concentrating or changes in your mood.
- You have been feeling sad, depressed, or hopeless, or have lost interest in things you usually enjoy.
- You do not get better as expected.
If you have questions about your neurological health or need expert care for a brain injury, the Parkview neurology team can help. Ask your primary care physician if a referral to a neurologist would be appropriate for you.
For more information, call 260-217-4379.