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Brain Injury Unit
Help please? How serious would a brain injury be, if the person has to stay in the critical care unit?
Normally moderate: To severe. Beyond that, it is difficult to say. Sometimes critical care units can just be observation, where other times patients can stay for extended amount of times, just depending on the brain injury itself. At the very least though, i would assume a moderate brain injury has occurred. Without more info, that is about the best i can offer with any accuracy. Best wishes for you during this time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more
Brain injury: It really depends on the injury, how severe it was and the resultant effect on you. If "you think" you have had a brain injury then it is likely not that severe. If you think it was more severe then you need to consult with a neurologist for an evaluation to determine how severe or not severe the injury might be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need evaluation: Are you concerned about re-injury? Was it a traumatic brain injury? Frontal lobe affected? Have you been diagnosed with depression or post traumatic stress disorder? This is not a simple subject- It isn't one we can answer on HealthTap Basic. It is worth discussing with your neurologist. Take care. ...Read more
Clarification: If you are asking how to learn about your functional profile after a head injury, the ideal way to go is to see a physician who specialized in brain injury first. Neuropsychological testing, if done to standard, can be very helpful in clarifying domain strengths and areas affected. Brain imaging obtained well after an injury can be helpful but less so as it does not speak to function. good luck ...Read more
Amnesia: Memory is often affected by a brain injury, as well as stroke, MS, etc. Whether memory is affected or not does not necessarily mean the injury is bad. If there is more than one cause of a memory deficit, that can complicate the interpretation. It may help your memory to spend time thinking about who you are. Make notes about your past, read letters, look at pix, talk to friends- it can help. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Would need more information. There are many possibilities to such a symptom: for example, it could be brain injury (or to be more clear, effects after a brain injury), or a sensory intake/processing issue- such as poor hearing, auditory processing dysfunction, or mood related- anxiety can also cause this by taking away from attention. ...Read more
Possibly: It is possible to be suffering long sequelae from a brain injury. The chances of this are increased the more severe the tbi, and the greater the extent of injury seen on the ct/mri. You want to ensure that there are no structural abnomalities such as post-traumatic hydrocephalus, or a recurrence of subdural hematomas. These are easily detected on scans and can be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain injury: Brain injuries can cause many and varied symptoms such as the one you are having. It is normal for you in this situation, but not for all brain injury patients. Please discuss your situation with your doctor and also perhaps a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. They may be able to help. ...Read more
Xanax and the brain: Xannax will make anyone's brain slow down. If you have had a brain injury it would be in your best interest not to take the xanax at all. Or if you do take it only do this under the direction of a doctor that knows your condition. Xanax and other drugs like it cause mental slowing, sleepiness, fatigue. They can also worsen depression. ...Read more
I no of som1 working with brain injury, what r the affects n dangers of taking his temperature, as it goes up n down like a yoyo thanku?
? rectal: The brain is in charge of controlling the body's temperature. If there is severe brain injury involving these centers, the body temperature may change without reason. Also, if undue stimulation is done (rectal probe) this may set off reaction that is not comfortable. Simple strips or underarm measurements are best. No need to over react if mild changes are noted. ...Read more
Why can't my body get turned on anymore since my brain injury i just don't get the urges dont ever feel it anymore why would this happen?
Its been almost 18 months since my brain injury happened and I still have all the effects from it since it happened is it a permanent injury?
Probably: 18 mos is a milestone in neurological recovery but that varies. you are most likely correct. ...Read more
Its been 18 months since my brain injury I've still got all the effects since it happened why and is this going to be permanent? Is this for life?
Traumatic Brain : Injury & resection of a brain tumor can cause long-term deficits in cognitive, adaptive & motor functions depending on the areas of the brain impacted by each. A neuropsychological evaluation will pinpoint areas of deficits, guide therapies to regain as much function as possible & provide recommendations for accommodations to circumvent the deficits to the greatest extent possible at home & work. ...Read more
Go to ER !: Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects: no loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented •loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes •memory or concentration problems •headache •loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours •profound confusion •agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior•slurred speech. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Always some!: Its hard to say without knowing severity or more of the clinical picture, but there always is some hope, especially in the first year. An important thing to look at with a traumatic brain injury is to identify that new normal and optimizing function from that point on. I hope that helps a little and best of luck. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: The person caring for you after your injury is the best one to make this determination. Chat with them. ...Read more