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What is the best treatment to improve the executive function of the brain, to effectively articulate thoughts; after a traumatic brain injury?

What is the best treatment to improve the executive function of the brain, to effectively articulate thoughts; after a traumatic brain injury?

NUMBER OF CHOICES: Pharmacological approaches include ritalin, nuvigil, adderall, modafanil, to enhance alertness and attention, but other approaches include rehab programs of speech therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapies, and even biofeedback. Although there is little benefit for the memory enhancing agents used in alzheimer's, and occasional pt may be helped by galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide). ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

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


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I got mild traumatic brain injury 8months ago.i got ptsd 5months ago.i have emotional numbness.will it go away without treatment?im 19yr old

I got mild traumatic brain injury 8months ago.i got ptsd 5months ago.i have emotional numbness.will it go away without treatment?im 19yr old

Polytrauma: Strongly recommend evaluation by polytrauma team. For TBI and PTSD, treatment should be symptom focused and evidenced based. Some of the same treatments that work well for PTSD can be used in individuals with mild TBI, and treatment should be individually tailored. Treatment is more complex and requires coordination and collaboration among various specialties. Please start the process! Take care. ...Read more

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Is alternative treatment safe or will it cause more harm than benefit? I am a 90% rated disabled vet due to a traumatic brain injury i recieved in the military which led to seizures, cluster headaches, and a miserable quality of living on high dose narcot

Is alternative treatment safe or will it cause more harm than benefit? I am a 90% rated disabled vet due to a traumatic brain injury i recieved in the military which led to seizures, cluster headaches, and a miserable quality of living on high dose narcot

Definition check: Do you mean complementary alternative medicine? This may not help very much with cluster headaches and seizures. Alternatives to narcotics though would be appropriate and probably more helpful. What are these alternatives? There are about 15 treatments to prevent seizures, if you needed them, and there are about 5-6 treatments to control cluster headaches. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Vision problems after a traumatic brain injury, I don't see everything to the right as I can to the left by looking straight forward, anyway to repair?

Vision problems after a traumatic brain injury, I don't see everything to the right as I can to the left by looking straight forward, anyway to repair?

Assessment needed: Vision problems after tbi can occur at different levels, the eye itself or parts of the brain such as the optic nerves or occipital lobe of the brain. Neuro-opthalmologists may be hard to find, but this would be their particular area of expertise. ...Read more

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Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Depends on a lot: This is often the debate which engages forensic neuropsychologists (see http://forensicneuropsychology.Com) and forensic neurologists. Results can vary greatly even with similar ct or MRI findings. Generally severity, presence of intracranial bleeding, elevated icp, early or especially post-traumatic seizures, locaiton of injury, shearing, and pre-injury factors ie. Age, prior injury, health etc. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a traumatic brain injury?

How to know if I have a traumatic brain injury?

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 more

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What is the definition of traumatic brain injury?

What is the definition of traumatic brain injury?

ForcefulBrain injury: Traumatic brain injury (tbi) is a nondegenerative, noncongenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with an associated diminished or altered state of consciousness. The definition of tbi has not been consistent and tends to vary according to specialties and circumstances. ...Read more

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Can`t concentrate after mild traumatic brain injury?

Common problem: This is a common problem after TBI. Speak to your doctor about an evaluation with a neuropsychologist. From the results of that evaluation, appropriate management can be developed. ...Read more

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Can a bad temper be caused by traumatic brain injury?

Can a bad temper be caused by traumatic brain injury?

Yes: Brain injury, especially with damage to the frontal and temporal lobes can result in impulsivity, irritability and dysregulated behavior with excessive reactivity. ...Read more

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I've had symptoms of OCD since my traumatic brain injury why is this?

I've had symptoms of OCD since my traumatic brain injury why is this?

OCD is an uncommon, : but well-documented, consequence of TBI. The pattern of OCD, I.e., the types of obsessions & compulsions, are very similar amongst patients with TBI, whether they have mild TBI & normal MRI's or moderate & severe TBI with bruising of the the fronto-temporal cortex, subcortical structures (caudate nucleus) or both on their MRI's. Just one more thing for which you need therapy &, maybe, medication. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble concentrating after mild traumatic brain injury, what's wrong?

How long ago?: It is not unusual to have some neurologic symptoms lingering for a few weeks after traumatic brain injury. How was the severity (mild) determined? Please see your primary care provider and consider a neurologist consultation. ...Read more

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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury? How will it affect me?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury?  How will it affect me?

Traumatic braininjur: I feel empathy for your traumatic brain injury. Xanax (alprazolam) is used for Treatment of Anxiety. If you are very worried, upset, irritable, tense; and brooding, Xanax (alprazolam) can help. See Neurologist for Diagnosis and present status of your traumatic brain injury. Discuss with Psychiatrist • Diagnosis of Anxiety • Benefits and side effects of Xanax (alprazolam) • Therapy for stresses in life; and to develop coping skills ...Read more

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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury? How will it affect me?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury?  How will it affect me?

Yes, you can: Xanax (alprazolam) is a great medication and is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Unfortunately, like many others medication Xanax (alprazolam) has many side effects and should be taken as directed by your doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of ganja on a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury?

What are the side effects of ganja on a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury?

I forget?: Don't need to be a scientist to knwo cannabis (thc) impairs memory - even avid pot-smokers cheech & chong have immortalized a track about it on their up in smoke album. Studies show interference with verbal memory and learning, reaction times etc, and thc can be found in brains of heavy smokers 6 months after stopping. Probably not permanent, but it takes months to clear up - seen it in patients. ...Read more

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Which kind of x rays indicates the traumatic brain injury ? To be done as a check procedures

Which kind of x rays indicates the traumatic brain injury ? To be done as a check procedures

MRI: There are a number of specialized MRI techniques that are used to search for markers of TBI. Immediately after a head injury, CAT scan is used to rule out acute bleeding. Later on MRI is the study of choice. ...Read more

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If someone has a traumatic brain injury and they drink and smoke weed what are the effects of these habits?

If someone has a traumatic brain injury and they drink and smoke weed what are the effects of these habits?

Mindless choices: After a traumatic brain injury, you want to give your brain the best chance of recovery it can have. Throwing toxins on top of struggling neurons is not the thing to do! perhaps the injury has caused the person to lose his/her judgment, or his/her control of impulsive decisions? Hoping you are not this person -- and that if you are, you get help soon! brain cells need love too. Take care. ...Read more

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What's a traumatic brain injury?

What's a traumatic brain injury?

Brain damage: Tbi- traumatic brain injury is when the brain is injured from a strike, fall, accident, explosion or any other concussive injury to the head injuring the underlying soft brain tissue. They can be mild from concussion to severe such as persistent vegetative state. ...Read more

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Could a traumatic brain injury be reversed?

Depends on severity: Mild brain injuries can heal and be technically reversed. However, moderate to severe injuries often will have significant structural damage to neuronal structures that just will not heal correctly and once this occurs, there is very little we can do to reverse that damage. Most of the recovery then will be on improving function with the new normal cognitive baseline. ...Read more

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What symptoms follow traumatic brain injury?

What symptoms follow traumatic brain injury?

Several: Acutely you have headache, pain at the trauma site, possibly memory loss, over time there can be has, mood symptoms, memory symptoms, behavioral issues. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma. It can be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of the trauma, patient age, and other issues such as whether the patient has had previous trauma or ...Read more


Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more