Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion

On Saturday March 31st our guest was Dr. Allen Brown discussing Traumatic Brain Injury.  TBI results when the brain collides with the inside of the skull due to concussion.  We discussed how to tell when a bump to the head is a serious injury.

Medical Edge Weekend 3-31-12

3 Comments

  1. Maria Hernandez
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    How long does post-TBI aphasia last? I was knocked out during a car accident from hitting the air bag and steering wheel. It was over a year ago.
    I am still stuttering, and sometimes say the wrong word when I was thinking the right word. I also cry very easily, any strong emotion has me in tears. This is extremely embarrassing and hinders my effectiveness at work, who wants to be around a bawling female? I’m about to lose my management job because of my inability to give a presentation without messing up the words.
    Any ideas or tips for making this problem go away? I want my old brain back!

    • Julia
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

      I had the same thing happen, had to learn speak and spell all over again. It’s been 11 years now and I still have problems with nouns especially when tired. Memory is a BIG problem.
      My doctor did give me some SRI that really help with the wrong-word issue & volatility which I experienced.
      I went to a neurologist and he was kind enough to tell me he didn’t have a “crystal ball.” Many doctors won’t believe you if they can’t SEE it.
      Just keep trying. I still notice occasional improvements.

  2. Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Maria,
    It takes time. I’m a TBI survivor as well. Almost a year out and still having issues. Have you connected with your local chapter of Brain Injury Association of America? http://www.biaa.org/ You can find a local chapter. They’ll have resources available in your area. They also have a facebook page that is a great way to connect with other survivors. Hang in there!


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