There was little time to react to the traffic collision caused by an intoxicated, wrong-way driver. You swerved to avoid the head-on crash but to no avail. The next thing you knew was waking up in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury.
Now, many things in your life will change either temporarily or permanently. A traumatic brain injury has long-lasting effects and requires a great amount of rest, medication and recovery. You may be unable to work for months. In some cases, those health-related complications never go away.
Memory loss and vertigo
While the short-term effects from a traumatic brain injury may include fatigue, headaches, dizziness and nausea, the list of long-term effects is more expansive and more serious. Here are some of those long-term effects:
- Loss of memory: A serious head injury may lead to short-term memory loss. You may have to temporarily rely on others and pursue memory- and brain-related exercises to overcome this.
- Seizures: Your brain controls so many parts of you and your body. With a serious injury, victims may experience recurring seizures, which also are known as post-traumatic epilepsy. Seizures may occur in the early stages of the injury or years afterward.
- Recurrent headaches: While such pain remains a short-term effect, it also may graduate to frequent headaches that may even last for the rest of your life.
- Verbal communication challenges: Struggling to find the right words to say is not uncommon for the average person, but verbal communication may prove to be more difficult for someone who suffered a traumatic brain injury. On occasion, the wrong words may come out of your mouth.
- Personality change: Family members may be in for surprise when a quiet and polite parent transforms into a foul-mouthed person. Depression, anxiety, irritability and mood swings are possibilities, too.
- Vertigo: The short-term effect of dizziness may elevate into a full-fledged case of vertigo. This may include hearing loss, spinning, sweating and difficulty balancing.
These challenges need your steady attention. Gradually, you may overcome them.
Tackling another life challenge
The frustrations that come with a traumatic brain injury may mount, and your recovery may take a lengthier time than expected. Do your best to tackle this life challenge and the effects that it has had on your life.