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How can you tell if you have a brain injury?

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If you have suffered a blow to the head as a result of a fall, motor vehicle accident, assault or unintentional blunt trauma, and are experiencing certain symptoms, it is likely you have suffered some form of brain injury.

Symptoms of brain injury include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased ability to concentrate, focus or pay attention
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Loss or decreased senses of smell or taste
  • Mood swings
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Difficulty in understanding what is said
  • Difficulty in finding the right word to use to express a thought
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Weakness, numbness in fingers or toes
  • Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Slurred speech

Brain injuries also occur as a result of strokes.  Warning signs include:

  • Numbness or drooping on the side of the face
  • Speech difficulties
  • Muscle weakness on one side of the body
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