What Happens When TBI Goes Untreated?

What Happens When TBI Goes UntreatedAnyone can suffer a brain injury if hit on the head, come into contact with a stationary object, or have their brain hit against the skull, such as when whiplash occurs. Some of the most common reasons why individuals suffer brain injuries are due to automobile accidents, sports-related injuries or fights. The worst part is that many of these brain injuries go untreated or misdiagnosed, especially because it can be hard to pinpoint symptoms in the beginning. Leaving brain injuries untreated can cause further, more severe problems, including depression.

Even after the injury has occurred, it can be difficult to access the brain’s condition and know of future complications the patient may suffer. Generally, medical personnel will look for short-term effects on the overall health and well-being of the patient. However, medical complications may still occur even after the patient believes he or she is recovered, so it is critical to be aware of signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries.

Know that not all traumatic brain injuries are classified the same. There are three different types of brain injuries: mild, moderate and severe. These diagnoses are dependent on the severity of the injury as well as the symptoms the patient is experiencing, such as loss of consciousness or affected speech. In fact, it is often mild traumatic brain injuries that can be the hardest to treat, since these injuries have the least symptoms and may be misdiagnosed for something less severe.

If left untreated, there can be serious long-term health effects that range from physical difficulties, as well as emotional and mental issues. One of the first symptoms that people will suffer from is depression. Mood changes and irritability occur and the patient can become frustrated in him or herself, especially during the recovery process. All of these components lead to feelings of depression and sadness, which can continue to have a downward effect on the patient.

Besides depression, patients may suffer from such symptoms as feeling dizzy or lightheaded, being clumsy, forgetful, fatigued or have frequent headaches. More severe symptoms include a loss of vision or hearing, as well as stuttering or having a loss of speech. Patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may also notice mental difficulties, such as being easily distracted, having a hard time remembering things or struggling to read or write.

Indeed, no one purposely leaves a traumatic brain injury untreated. Unfortunately, it is hard to diagnose symptoms in the beginning and know what symptoms the patient may suffer. In addition, many of the symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries can be misdiagnosed for other symptoms.

The best thing to do if you experience a brain injury is to see a doctor on a regular basis and keep a log of any symptoms that occur. If someone is at fault for the misdiagnosis or the injury itself, contact our office to find out if you may be able to recover the cost of treatment and on-going care from the responsible party.

2 thoughts on “What Happens When TBI Goes Untreated?

  1. joey Kinlaw

    I was hit in the head when I was little boy maybe around 5 to 6 years old. I was hit in the head with a brick. Thrown by another child. It struck me in the very top of my head. I am 51 years old now. So this was in the early 60’s. I remember my mom drying the blood but nothing else was done. There’s a dent in the top of my head still to this day. I have always as far as I can remember had a problem remembering and don’t feel like I think or react as other people do about things. Could being hit in the head at that age be the reason. I had problems remembering and speech.and clumsiness as well as other things. Life has been a struggle for me and I never understood why. Can u help with some answers or tell me what I can so. Thanks

  2. bill

    Im 28 i hit my head on my windshield in a car accident..after airbag went off i cant remember anything until waking up in the ER.. i have ADD,had it since 1st grade and been on adderal since.
    Well long story short hospital saw i had that medication in me and decided that im a druggie and did no further tests on me and discharge me. Had 1seizure rescue took me back to ER again nothing was done and i was sent home next day i had my 2nd seizure, samething was discharged. Day 3 had a real bad seizure and was postdictol for over 2 hours, rescue couldnt keep me awake finally i got admitted and test were done..doctor came in and told me i suffered a bad concussion in my accident and now have a TBI.. i had to go threw rehab. Im still not the same person i was. I could of been better for me if treated the fist time.. i blame the hospital and the doctors. I live in Philadelphia and 3 of us with same problem are starting a support group for people with TBI/PTSD because now we suffer with the daily struggles we have to deal with now. It helps with the depression i have now. So if anyone thats is interested in this please feel free to contact me @ dnbhomeservice@gmail.com just please put support in the subject line

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