​Teenager Becomes Musical Genius After Suffering Head Injury

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​Teenager Becomes Musical Genius After Suffering Head Injury
​Teenager Becomes Musical Genius After Suffering Head Injury

Lachlan Connors was playing lacrosse in the sixth grade when he hit his head on the ground and sustained a concussion. Although he began to display “concerning behaviors,” he was allowed to return to sports. Soon after, another concussion sent him to the hospital for weeks and Connors began suffering from epileptic seizures and mini-hallucinations.

The Colorado teenager was saddened to learn he could never play contact sports again, but while recovering from the head injuries, he realized he could suddenly play music with little effort. According to his mother, Elsie Hamilton, Connors had displayed no musical talent before the accident. “I would say ‘Can’t you hear what’s next?’ with something like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ or ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ and he’d say ‘No,'” she said.

But now a junior in high school, Connors plays 13 instruments, including bagpipes (both Scottish and Irish), piano, guitar, mandolin, and karimba. According to Connors’ physician, Dr. Spyridon Papadopoulos:

“This was not a small injury for him,” Papadopoulos said.

“The thought is just a theory — that this was a talent laying latent in his brain and somehow was uncovered by his brain rewiring after the injury. Clearly something happened in his brain and his brain had to recover from injury and change happened. And change may have uncovered this ability no one knew he had.”

Connors cannot read music and plays all of the instruments by ear. And while some do question whether or not a brain injury helped uncover his talent, Connors believes it did. “I honestly think something got rewired,” he said. “Something just changed, and thank God it did.”

[Screenshot via CBS4] [Original Article @Gawker.com]

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  1. I’m currently studying for a psychology degree and I am hoping to go into the brain injury area. I will be applying for placements very soon, but before i do this I want to do my research. I have tried google, but nothing is coming up. I want to know the best brain rehabilitation centres in the UK. Does anyone know? It would be really helpful!

    Thank you

  2. I’ve heard that most of them are either born with pre frontal cortex damage or that it can happen from a brain injury. Is it possible for the brain to mysteriously change and cause an otherwise normal person to become a sociopath or psychopath?

  3. If a person with traumatic brain injury is combattive and is making delusional statements and has paralysis what would a neuropsychiatrist do to help this patient?

    Obviously since this patient is displaying combattive behavior and making delusional statements he needs a psychiatrist, but because this patient is suffering from some degree of paralysis he would need a neurologist.

    So if I were a neuropsychiatrist would I be qualified to treat both his psychiatric problem of combattive behavior and delusional statements, as well as his physical problem of paralysis due to brain damage?

  4. My Pomeranian, 10 months, seems to be mentally handicapped.

    When she was about 10 weeks old (2.5 months), she was dropped on her head and suffered traumatic brain injury. She was hospitalized for a night and even went to the ICU. Due to her long recovery process at home, we had to limit her physical activities and we couldn’t properly socialize her with other dogs or take her out to the park.

    Today, when she sees other dogs even HALF her size, she starts trembling uncontrollably, puts her tail in between her legs, and runs away. I know that this is a very unusual behavior because usually dogs are very friendly and playful when they see people or other dogs.

    My dog also has a very strong “obsession” with my mom. She follows her everywhere, cannot be without her, and waits for her at the door when she’s at work.

    I’ve never ever thought that my dog had autism or mental problems before; I just thought that she was not properly socialized. However as time is passing, I feel as if there is an underlying mental issue.

    What are your thoughts?
    Please, don’t be rude.

  5. I heard Natasha Richardson got a brain injury from hitting her head on the beginner ski run while she was with an instructor. What happened? She couldn’t have been going too fast on the beginner run. Will she be ok?

  6. how to find words that are related to brain injury i am doing an in-service with my staff and need words related to brain injury and medications

  7. I would firstly like to know if a brain injury or brain damage is the same as a mental illness. I would also then like to ask if anyone can offer some ideas about what type of deviances and conditions might make an older person retreat back to their childhood/youth. For example mental illness, abuse etc..

  8. Answer if your work specialises in this field or you are a victim of of a brain injury like me

  9. This might sound stupid, but would it be possible for a developed adult, with a well functioning brain to give themselves a brain injury just by shaking their head for a prolonged period of time?

  10. I have a traumatic brain injury from childhood. she had her traumatic brain injury 4 years ago. I’ve noticed we’ve been having a lot of arguments over stupid stuff and cannot seem to stop. I really love her and am wondering if our brain injuries are the root of the problem. Will we ever truly be able to get along?

  11. My boyfriend was in a bad wreck a few years back, long before I met him. His trucked flipped 8 times causing lots of physical damage and a traumatic brain injury. We don’t have a lot of sex. He says since his wreck his sex drive has significantly decreased. Has anyone heard of this??

    And I am 100% sure he’s not cheating on me so if you’re thinking that, go away.

  12. Could the other parent use the fact that they had a brain injury to take full custody of the child?

  13. My father suffered a traumatic brain injury in May. He is finally going to be released from the hospital next week. As a result of the accident he is severely anxious and cannot concentrate long enough to do anything. Can anyone recommend any activities that he would be able to participate in? I noticed that when I took him to dinner in a busy restaurant he became very anxious. I also noticed that when I took him to dinner in a quiet restaurant he was okay.

  14. My dog was spayed yesterday and is back at the vets after vomiting, crazy shifting eyes, disorientation, etc. Vet says poss. blood clot, stroke, brain injury. Is this something that happened during surgery and most importantly, will she live after something like this? What is the usual outcome for dogs with brain trauma?

  15. I need to know the distinct differences between Mild, Moderate and Severe ABI’s. (acquired brain injury). I’ve searched it up, but it all seems so unclear.

  16. I have a brother who suffered a traumatic brain injury 4 mos ago. He is on a vent, is partially conscience & opens his eyes, however more recently his hands & feet are curling in and his head is starting to tilt downward. He is very stiff, muscle relaxers are not helping. I want to know what the “curling” condition is called.

  17. Like hallucinations and this is caused by a car accident perhaps that caused a brain injury.

    What mental disorder would that be?

  18. I can’t find this answer online.
    Can a teenager develop Petit mal seizure or Absence seizures after an accident with brain injury and coma?
    Does anybody know a good website with explanations about Petit mal?

  19. I’ve heard that most of them are either born with pre frontal cortex damage or that it can happen from a brain injury. Is it possible for the brain to mysteriously change and cause an otherwise normal person to become a sociopath or psychopath?

  20. My Pomeranian, 10 months, seems to be mentally handicapped.

    When she was about 10 weeks old (2.5 months), she was dropped on her head and suffered traumatic brain injury. She was hospitalized for a night and even went to the ICU. Due to her long recovery process at home, we had to limit her physical activities and we couldn’t properly socialize her with other dogs or take her out to the park.

    Today, when she sees other dogs even HALF her size, she starts trembling uncontrollably, puts her tail in between her legs, and runs away. I know that this is a very unusual behavior because usually dogs are very friendly and playful when they see people or other dogs.

    My dog also has a very strong “obsession” with my mom. She follows her everywhere, cannot be without her, and waits for her at the door when she’s at work.

    I’ve never ever thought that my dog had autism or mental problems before; I just thought that she was not properly socialized. However as time is passing, I feel as if there is an underlying mental issue.

    What are your thoughts?
    Please, don’t be rude.

  21. People who have a traumatic brain injury often suffer a loss or impairment in brain function. But, are there any reports of a person IMPROVING or GAINING a function? For example, having better spatial skills, or gaining a photographic memory, or being better at learning second languages, or losing dyslexia, or excelling in subjects that they had previously struggled with?

  22. Just interested to know how common/ typical this is. Also, is the anxiety a direct result of the injury or a side effect that occurs after the injury? What are the physical factors that cause anxiety in brain injury patients?

  23. Hi! Im writing an essay how brain injuries can effect the three parts of the brain.

    What behavioral changes happens when injury occurs in the:
    forebrain

    hindbrain

    midbrain

    If you have links ill greatly appreciate it.

  24. I’m just wondering with all the politically correct terms used these days if Traumatic Brain Injury is the politically correct and nice way of saying someone is brain damaged or if there really is a significant difference between the two terms?

  25. A child at 1-1/2 chokes on a grape at his daycare, is without oxygen to his brain for up to 20 minutes, and is resuscitated. The child survives, as a very different child who will have permanent and severe brain damage. The family at the beginning has no idea what lies ahead for the child, or the family, in meeting lifelong special needs. The child has survived and is alive after being in coma for 5 days. The child, for the rest of his life, will live in a wheelchair, paralyzed, cerebral palsy type motor impairment; unable to speak or communicate except for his facial expressions and body language; with a feeding tube and unable to swallow on his own. The child will require seizure medications for the rest of his life; his brain circuitry has been severely compromised. Hypoxic-Anoxic brain injury.

    At the beginning, the family can’t think beyond getting through each day – their child has survived, has come back to them, he did not die. Many special needs lie ahead: wheelchairs, accessories, communication devices, physical/occupational therapies, handicapped accessible vehicles and ramp conversions, motorized adjustable bedding, hoists for lifting and moving as the child grows into adolescence and adulthood. The road is long – and the child has chosen life.

    Often families don’t have funding to meet these special needs for their little ones; and the little ones grow into adults with special needs. The stress of this experience, and the stress of the day to day, 24/7 lifelong needs, can often be too much for a family to bear. All the mother and father want is to normalize their child’s life experiences as much as possible. To bring joy into the child’s eyes, and laughter to the child’s lips.

    The stressors are many, and the stressors are beyond comprehension unless you live them day to day with your child. Financial help with no strings attached sometimes makes the difference in the child’s life and the family’s survival. We save pets – let’s save these brain injured children whose lives have been transformed through no fault of their own.

    These toddlers and adolescents will always be different – and as Stephen Hawking has demonstrated, they may be capable of amazing contributions. They deserve a chance to feel special, and valued.

  26. Just a question because I’m joining up with the army soon and of all injueies,brain injury seems the most intimidating. How common are non fatal brain injuries at this time in the wars?

  27. My boyfriend was assaulted in May of 2009. He spend two months in the hospital. After that, he came back to live with me. He’s been diagnosed as having a traumatic brain injury. He seemed to make progress at first. The last couple of months have been hell. He had a fairly positive attitude at first but now he’s negative all the time. He spends all his waking time sitting in a recliner with a scowl on his face. When he talks to me, he usually growls. We used to joke and laugh all the time. If I try to joke with him now, he takes it totally wrong and turns it into a fight. I really don’t know how to deal with him. I spend half the day wishing he would move out and the other half feeling guilty for wishing that. I know he can’t help the way he’s acting but I don’t know how to know that and not be miserable. I need help!

  28. 1. Triplets. You choose genders. Each child must have a First AND a Middle name which clearly originates from different countries. Each child’s name must be ALL French, ALL Spanish, or whatever nationality you choose.

    2. Twins. Boys. First and Middle names must be Biblical. At least one of each boy’s name must END in “a” or “ah”.

    3. Triplets. Girls. The first girl has initials “BC”. The second girl must have initial “CD”. The third girl must have initials “DB”.

    4. Quadruplets. Girls. ALL girls must have a version of the name “Rose” as their middle names. First names are your choice.

    5. Twins. Boys. What would your partner/husband/boyfriend/crush/ make-believe future mate, name twin sons? Tell who (not their real name) it is that “named” these twins, if you will.

    Thanks!

  29. Background info. I’m from Australia, these are all normal, recognised names, so if you’re not aware of them, please keep your comments civil. Please also give an explanation if you don’t like. Instead of just NOT JOSHUA (for example).
    Thanks in advance for your input.

    Also, what are some nice (“normal”) middle names. Our surname starts with S, so we want to avoid Grace or anything ending in an S sound.

  30. I am talking about names that people who live in The Hebrides and Islands of Scotland name their children. I understand that they there may not be any modern Scottish Gaelic names. I am just curious.

  31. Im having two girls and a boy

    Here are the 2 girls:

    Madilyn Rose
    Juliet Grace

    and the boy:

    ??

    i dont know a boy name. we’ve been searching for the perfect name for a few months but we decided we would spend the whole day looking for a boy name?

    Rate the girl names?
    Boy name ideas?

  32. Gemma Marie and Violet Katherine
    Owen James and Lachlan Connor (Lachlan is pronounced Lock-Lyn)
    Ian Anthony and Leila Jane
    Zane Robert and Grant Sawyer
    Henry Cole and Nicolas Mason
    Willa Grace and Emmeline Ivy
    Noella Shae and Ciaran Reid (Ciaran is pronounced Kieran)
    Killian Storm and Finley Joseph
    Declan Sean and Tierney James
    Soren Reid and Rowan David (Soren is pronounced Sore-An)

    Thanks!!
    **Ciaran is the traditional spelling of Kieran which is just the Americanized spelling

  33. Please dot say short for. If they were to be called this all the time. No nicknames just that plain name.

    Boys:
    Finn or Flynn
    Nate or Nathan
    Lachie or Lachlan
    Mason or Jason
    Dan or Daniel
    Cody or Brody
    Cody or Connor or Caleb

    Girls:
    Kate or Katie
    Belle or Bella
    Lauren or Laura
    Anna or Annabel or Annelise
    Sophie or Sophia
    Georgia or Georgie
    Mickey or Maisie or Mila
    Piper or Pippa
    Holly or Molly

  34. Just want random names you would call your children and see if I like them, just to give me an idea. 🙂

  35. Boys–
    Owen David
    Ciaran Reid (The traditional form of Kieran)
    Cael Stephen (Irish name, pronounced Kale)
    Zane Robert
    Roscoe Peter
    Eli Gabriel
    Oliver James
    Declan Sean
    Lachlan Connor (Lock-lyn, Scottish name)
    Killian Storm

    Girls–

    Emmeline Ivy
    Gemma Marie
    Violet Elisabeth
    Leila Mairead (Muh-Rayde, Irish name)
    Evangeline Mae
    Elisa Katherine

    *These are not names for my new baby**

    Thanks!!

  36. Declan or Devlin
    Connor or Collin
    Levi or Eli

    BQ: what are some obscure, but still nice boys names you like?

  37. My family members have these Initials 🙂 What would you name them?
    Girls-
    SM
    CJ
    CLJ
    WJ
    AM
    MD

    Boys-
    ZN
    AL
    DEC
    BTK
    KJ
    LR

    I’ll make up my own when I choose best answer 🙂

  38. Im having two girls and a boy

    Here are the 2 girls:

    Madilyn Rose
    Juliet Grace

    and the boy:

    ??

    i dont know a boy name. we’ve been searching for the perfect name for a few months but we decided we would spend the whole day looking for a boy name?

    Rate the girl names?
    Boy name ideas?

  39. My favorite boy names are….
    Jason
    Jackson
    Thomas
    Andrew
    Paul
    Carter
    Connor
    Declan
    Grant
    Graham
    Jude
    Lucas
    Logan
    Lachlan
    Landon
    Lawson
    Leland
    Noah
    Nathan
    Nash
    Brady
    Emerson
    Jace
    Jax
    Kingston
    Levi

    Those are just a few but i like a lot of common names but i also like uncommon. I want some more names that are uncommon so based on this list is there any names you think i would like? Thanks!(:

  40. Middle names are welcome and appreciated. Thanks 🙂

    Colin
    Issac
    Devon
    Connor
    Emmett
    Kaleb
    Isaiah
    Jaidon
    Hunter
    Chase
    Logan
    Garrett

  41. Using these names.

    Girl 1. First name: Mia, Olivia, Hannah, Georgia, Sophia, Lydia, Summer, Rosie, Dia, Vadie, Lily, Savannah

    Middle name: Maria, Anna, Sadie, Samantha, Grace, Ella, Elizabeth, Eden, Jessica, Lauren, Jane, Sophie.

    Boy 1. First name: Aidan, Lennox, Logan, Elijah, Lucas, Max, Oliver, Shay, Quinn, Kade, Maz, Jaxon.

    Middle name: Nathaniel, Henry, Ryan, Jake, Paul, Omar, Benjiman, George, Samuel, Daniel, Tyler, Carl.

    Girl 2. First name: Demi, Kendra, Alaska, Madeleine, Indigo, Nova, Emily, Aubree, Isabella, Natalia, Layla, Arlo.

    Middle name: Rose, Ruby, June, Patricia, Ellen, Paige, Greta, Catherine, Kate, Matilda, Margaret, Lilac.

    Boy 2. First name: Lachlan, Oscar, Onyx, Felix, Riley, Nicholas, Levi, Connor, Luke, Reagan, Baxter.

    Middle name: James, Gregory, Harrison, Lincoln, Spencer, Reese, Addison, Jack, Cameron, Brody, Neal, Madison.

    Girl 3. First name: Lucy, Annabella, Arabella, Poppy, Sahara, Skyla, Fern, Caitlin, Maisie, Sienna, Sasha, Anna.

    Middle name: Alexis, Veronica, Victoria, Melissa, Daria, Aroha, Marama, Tia, Emilia, Mary, Laura, Daisy.

    Boy 3. First name: Miller, Mason, Koby, Xavier, Iziah, Isaac, Jed, Harlow, Jordan, Noah, Avery, Phoenix.

    Middle name: Shane, Lewis, Harry, Bayley, Alex, Carter, Billy, Christian, Carlyle, Kyle, Kane, Jayden.

    Whoever gets the closest as me gets best answer 🙂

  42. my boyfriend had a truck accident christmas night and has frontal lobe brain injury’s. about how long does it take for his brain to heal and for him to be his self again?

    he’s talking a lot and he’s doing rehab so he can learn how to walk and things again! he also doesn’t have a feeding tube, he can eat whatever he wants.

  43. I have a 9 year old daughter with a severe brain injury from a few years ago. She has been increasingly aggressive and frustrated lately. Does anyone have any good advice on how to curb this behaviour? Asking her to do anything does not help; she nearly threw me down the stairs the last time I tried to put her in her room, neither does taking things away as she doesn’t consider the consequences until after the fit is over. I’m at a loss and want to help her but I don’t know how. My home is so stressful at times and I find my 2 sons and myself hiding in our bedrooms often just to get some peace.
    Thanks for the responses. I actually had her to her doctor last week and she threw a fit in his office. He didn’t seem too concerned. She hasn’t seen a neurologist in a year as they were never able to diagnose and have not been any help so far with any form of treatment. It is very frustrating and I feel very alone.

  44. i am doing a project on acquired brain injury, but whenever i google it i get results to traumatic brain injury… i was wondering if tbi is a type of abi.
    i understand that tbi is from an external force, like bumping your head.
    i also understand that abi is caused by things like hypoxia, strokes and ischemia.
    but when i look on wikipedia tbi is mentioned in the abi category.
    i cannot make a mistake on this or i lose huge marks in my class. 20% of my final mark in chronic health care is on this one project!

  45. I’m just wondering with all the politically correct terms used these days if Traumatic Brain Injury is the politically correct and nice way of saying someone is brain damaged or if there really is a significant difference between the two terms?

  46. my husband has ptsd and traumatic brain injury. im scared of him at times. now im wondering if ptsd can cause my husband to get abusive. could dat happen cuz of ptsd???

  47. Would they show signs or could it be hidden? My friends baby always seems in pain and I was just wondering what the likely cause of it being hard to detect if he had something wrong.

  48. okay i’ve smoked weed after my traumatic brain injury alot of times its not good but everyhit you take how bad does it effect the brain? 1 hit effects your brain how bad?

  49. Our Mind is the center of the Brain, we depend on all of the Brain’s functions to correctly communicate with a person, planning a New Business, having Perfect Relationships and other things.
    So If i was a very smart and intelligent person and had a severe Car Accident tomorrow with traumatic Brain Injury.
    What would happen to my relationships and me? Would i ever be able to recover and be the same anymore?
    Also what if I had more than one traumatic Brain Injury? How many severe brain injuries does it really take to become dead?
    Can we recover from all of them if we’re still alive no matter the damage?
    I know this is a weird question But i’m more afraid of this because when you are dead, you don’t experience anything but with a Brain Injury you would be stuck with impairments for your whole life with a trapped soul. Has anyone experienced something like this?

  50. Our daughter had an accident 11 years ago that caused her to have a traumatic brain injury…she was clinically dead and they revived her. After months and years of therapy and work she has been somewhat normal with educational and physical requirements with the help of medicines…However this school although very new, she is struggling in school with her 8th grade academics and is now complaining of midl to severe headaches. She has been on adderall for the past 2.5 years and this has helped her so far, she has done fairly well in school in the past and now we are concerned that something maybe going on with the brain activity. I have heard horror stories about children that have had traumatic brain injuries has a child and then as they got older suffered from brain tumors and other brain injuries.. As parents we are very concerned, do you have any suggestions or theories. We are planning a brain scan and further testing with our local college that specializes in traumatic brain injury studies…any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

  51. besides being confused…dizzy….mood disorders….ect….many friends / family think im fine…i dont feel so…(I DO PUT ON A FRONT IN FRONT OF OTHERS TOO) i cant control my emothions/feelings….thoughs/concerns…just because i “LOOK” fine everyone sezs…..theirs nothing wrong with u…get off the meds…we all forget/get confused…i know what they mean….but my condition is different…and nobody really understands,really not even me some times…i do see theripist/get meds….(suppot group)which doesnt help any… i have post concussive disorder..forgetfullness…depression…anyone been here…+ any other sites for brain injury…i go to tbi.org,any other interesting sites…thanks

  52. Hello, how you all doing, my brother has been in an accident. Today doctor said that right side of his brain has suffered stoke. So doctor says there might be severe damages. Please help me out. Also he is still in Coma. It has been almost 53 days since injury. Please give as much information as possible about TBI. Please help. Thank you very much, and God Bless you all!!!

  53. My ex was abusive. There were a couple of times he punched me repeatedly in the back/side of my head. I don’t think I ever loss consciousness, I just had a headache and a bloody nose. The last time I saw him he tried to kill me. He broke in a tried to strangle me. I felt like I slipped away for a minute but I was able to come back and start fighting him off me again, getting away and saving mine and my 2 son’s lives. I have had some issues, it was after all that happened(which was about 6 1/2 years ago) but I’m not sure exactly how soon after, I didn’t pay attention. My short term memory which used to be fantastic basically sucks. I don’t remember where I put stuff, conversations, etc. My family and friends think I don’t listen to them but I just can’t remember. I have a hard time focusing, I make a detailed list of things to do, in order, and I skip all around, skipping right over some things, etc. I also have no energy when I used to have plenty. I realize I have 3 kids now, which is demanding of course, a husband, a house, and a business but I just don’t feel normal. I had blood work done and everything was good for the most part. I’m not that old, I’m healthy, I don’t think I should feel like this. I’m not really sure why I’m asking here, I guess just to get opinions, not actual medical advice, of course. Thanks, and be nice.

  54. Is it possible for plasticity (ability of the brain to change or adapt to surroundingsS) happen immediately if the patient is young? WHAT IF AFTER BRAIN INJURY?

    I know he brain changes overtime but could it happen immediaetly?? I felt like this was a trick-question on my test

    THANKS 4 ALL UR HELP AND EXPLANATION WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL!!!
    Sorry for all the writng in CAPS in the details it was a accident…

  55. My ex was abusive. There were a couple of times he punched me repeatedly in the back/side of my head. I don’t think I ever loss consciousness, I just had a headache and a bloody nose. The last time I saw him he tried to kill me. He broke in a tried to strangle me. I felt like I slipped away for a minute but I was able to come back and start fighting him off me again, getting away and saving mine and my 2 son’s lives. I have had some issues, it was after all that happened(which was about 6 1/2 years ago) but I’m not sure exactly how soon after, I didn’t pay attention. My short term memory which used to be fantastic basically sucks. I don’t remember where I put stuff, conversations, etc. My family and friends think I don’t listen to them but I just can’t remember. I have a hard time focusing, I make a detailed list of things to do, in order, and I skip all around, skipping right over some things, etc. I also have no energy when I used to have plenty. I realize I have 3 kids now, which is demanding of course, a husband, a house, and a business but I just don’t feel normal. I had blood work done and everything was good for the most part. I’m not that old, I’m healthy, I don’t think I should feel like this. I’m not really sure why I’m asking here, I guess just to get opinions, not actual medical advice, of course. Thanks, and be nice.

  56. Every 15 seconds, a U.S. citizen receives a brain injury.

    Males are about 1.5 times as likely as females to have a Brain Injury.

    20 percent of Brain Injury are caused by violence, including firearm assaults and child abuse.

    Approximately 50,000 people die every year from brain injuries. Approximately 1 million brain-injured people are treated in hospital emergency rooms.

    One in 500 children is hospitalized with a brain injury.

  57. my father had fallen and hit his head. i was listening to my mom on the phone and she said brain injury in the front. the hospital is making us drve 10 hours to see him. but she wont tell me anything. im 16 and think i have a right to know i my fathers gunna be okay…has anyone had experience with this. is he going to be okay? she also mention a hematoma that they had to immediately evacuate.

  58. My bro had a seziure and fell out side and hit his head really bad where he had to undergo brain surgery ,he went into a coma he has been in the hosp a week today he has now open his eyes for a long period of time he moves his eyes, he moves alot to the point of tryin to pull tubes they put him in restraints cause he is so strong ,he can breathe on his own the only thing is hes not responding to commands i just need to know if hes heading down to the road of recovery im in so much agony. Docs only give u so much info

  59. My husband was in a motorcycle accident on August 6th. He ended up with some road rash, soft tissue damage in his right shoulder and his right leg, and worst of all, traumatic brain injury (diffuse axonal injury). He spent a week in the hospital and 2 weeks in a rehab center doing physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. He’s doing very well considering the extent of his injuries. Almost back to normal.

    The only problem he has is trouble sleeping. He sleeps for 2-5 hours a night and it’s driving both of us crazy. When he can’t sleep, he looks up traumatic brain injuries online and basically turns in to a hypochondriac. He stresses himself out and he gets depressed and I don’t know how I can make him feel better. I know that if he could get a good night sleep, his mood would improve.

    So my question is: would giving him melatonin help him sleep? Could it have any side effects with the brain injury? Has anyone ever gone through this or known someone to have this problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  60. My ex was abusive. There were a couple of times he punched me repeatedly in the back/side of my head. I don’t think I ever loss consciousness, I just had a headache and a bloody nose. The last time I saw him he tried to kill me. He broke in a tried to strangle me. I felt like I slipped away for a minute but I was able to come back and start fighting him off me again, getting away and saving mine and my 2 son’s lives. I have had some issues, it was after all that happened(which was about 6 1/2 years ago) but I’m not sure exactly how soon after, I didn’t pay attention. My short term memory which used to be fantastic basically sucks. I don’t remember where I put stuff, conversations, etc. My family and friends think I don’t listen to them but I just can’t remember. I have a hard time focusing, I make a detailed list of things to do, in order, and I skip all around, skipping right over some things, etc. I also have no energy when I used to have plenty. I realize I have 3 kids now, which is demanding of course, a husband, a house, and a business but I just don’t feel normal. I had blood work done and everything was good for the most part. I’m not that old, I’m healthy, I don’t think I should feel like this. I’m not really sure why I’m asking here, I guess just to get opinions, not actual medical advice, of course. Thanks, and be nice.

  61. okay i’ve smoked weed after my traumatic brain injury alot of times its not good but everyhit you take how bad does it effect the brain? 1 hit effects your brain how bad?

  62. Does any one know of any one that has recoverd from sevear brain trauma the patient is alert but not responsive I believe he is in a vegitative state with his eyes open it has been 7 months since the injury is there any hope? Dr’s say that the window has passed since any sign of improvement should show by 6 months to a year. People in a coma have a chance of survival than the ones that are awake and occationally move arms and legs…any information about this will help. The patient is not in the US so the care he is receiving is not that great.
    what I meant not great means that in the US there are trained people that you can hier to attend to the patient. But in tird world countries where they have to fly to either India, Malaisa , Singapor for treatment don’t get the helthcare they have in the US. My freind’s brain injury is due to that very reason as he had to wait to be treated because he was over 40 and was not first on the list that waiting period is what got him in this state so we have to be thankful for what ever treatmetn they give us here in the US – we at least have that

  63. My ex was abusive. There were a couple of times he punched me repeatedly in the back/side of my head. I don’t think I ever loss consciousness, I just had a headache and a bloody nose. The last time I saw him he tried to kill me. He broke in a tried to strangle me. I felt like I slipped away for a minute but I was able to come back and start fighting him off me again, getting away and saving mine and my 2 son’s lives. I have had some issues, it was after all that happened(which was about 6 1/2 years ago) but I’m not sure exactly how soon after, I didn’t pay attention. My short term memory which used to be fantastic basically sucks. I don’t remember where I put stuff, conversations, etc. My family and friends think I don’t listen to them but I just can’t remember. I have a hard time focusing, I make a detailed list of things to do, in order, and I skip all around, skipping right over some things, etc. I also have no energy when I used to have plenty. I realize I have 3 kids now, which is demanding of course, a husband, a house, and a business but I just don’t feel normal. I had blood work done and everything was good for the most part. I’m not that old, I’m healthy, I don’t think I should feel like this. I’m not really sure why I’m asking here, I guess just to get opinions, not actual medical advice, of course. Thanks, and be nice.

  64. Does any one know of any one that has recoverd from sevear brain trauma the patient is alert but not responsive I believe he is in a vegitative state with his eyes open it has been 7 months since the injury is there any hope? Dr’s say that the window has passed since any sign of improvement should show by 6 months to a year. People in a coma have a chance of survival than the ones that are awake and occationally move arms and legs…any information about this will help. The patient is not in the US so the care he is receiving is not that great.
    what I meant not great means that in the US there are trained people that you can hier to attend to the patient. But in tird world countries where they have to fly to either India, Malaisa , Singapor for treatment don’t get the helthcare they have in the US. My freind’s brain injury is due to that very reason as he had to wait to be treated because he was over 40 and was not first on the list that waiting period is what got him in this state so we have to be thankful for what ever treatmetn they give us here in the US – we at least have that

  65. My husband was in a motorcycle accident on August 6th. He ended up with some road rash, soft tissue damage in his right shoulder and his right leg, and worst of all, traumatic brain injury (diffuse axonal injury). He spent a week in the hospital and 2 weeks in a rehab center doing physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. He’s doing very well considering the extent of his injuries. Almost back to normal.

    The only problem he has is trouble sleeping. He sleeps for 2-5 hours a night and it’s driving both of us crazy. When he can’t sleep, he looks up traumatic brain injuries online and basically turns in to a hypochondriac. He stresses himself out and he gets depressed and I don’t know how I can make him feel better. I know that if he could get a good night sleep, his mood would improve.

    So my question is: would giving him melatonin help him sleep? Could it have any side effects with the brain injury? Has anyone ever gone through this or known someone to have this problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  66. Difference and Similarities of a “Brain Injury” and a “Brain Disorder”?
    Hi people, I’m doing an essay related to neurology and this doubt came up in my mind

    Also need help because I can’t see where a clinical case that I’m studying is classified:
    A kid that had a type of epilepsy (Rasmussen syndrome), and this kid had a surgery called hemispherectomy (one half of her brain was removed). This would be a case of brain disorder, or a case of brain injury, or how?
    Would you say that both representa a “Neurological Damage”?

  67. Hi there,

    My husband was in a bad accident 3 years ago. He fell three stories and landed head first on concrete. He was i a coma for 2 weeks and in the hospital for 3 months. He is fully recovered and well. My question is that are there any long term affects someone may not be able to tell from a traumatic brain injury? I ask this because he has always been accident prone however after his injury i feel that he is doing things he other wise wouldnt and it scares me. In a span of 4 months he was in 2 bad accidents, he shot a nail through his thigh with a nail gun, and always seems to be so busy in his head where his driving is very sketchy to me. Any kind of advice would be so helpful.

  68. Can someone tell me what’s the chance of a recovery for this person and what kind of recovery I can expect? He had an car accident, air-bags didn’t open and he encountered a severe brain injury. He was clinically dead for more than an hour, CPR was performed for an hour and a half. Then he was put in hospital and into a coma because of swelling and all other problems. Later they also found out that he survived only because one bone at the back was also broken at the time of an accident making enough space for swelling. He was awaken from coma after four months. He can now say a few things (not enough to judge how he thinks), is confused, he is different, he is kinda always smiling, he squints on one eye, it looks like his understanding is on a level of a 5 year old child. His muscles are dead, he can’t move but they are doing a therapy to try and fix that. Though, he can breathe without any help. Doctors have said it’s already amazing he recovered to this point. More parts of brains were damaged, however last CT scan showed that about 45% of damage has been somehow healed by now.

    Thanks a lot!

  69. I was fell off of a stool when I was 1.5 years old, hitting my forehead; my baby sitter was not keeping a close eye on me. I bumped my forehead pretty hard and ended up with a straight 1 cm scar in the middle of my forehead. I know it possible to give a baby severe brain injuries by dropping it on its head but are there any not so severe brain related issues that can result from that??- by the way I am a normal adult now with no mental issues but it would be nice to know what problems i could have, thanks 🙂

    Also I fell on my forehead again when I was 7, hitting the exact same spot on my forehead, making the previous scar bigger…..it joined a diagonal line on top of the previous straight one. Now all i need now is to fall on my head again and join a diagonal scar at the bottom to make me Harry freaking Potter;I got called harry potter often in elementary school….Now, in all seriousness, what brain injuries can result from this?

  70. I got really drunk the other night and i cannot remember a few hours of my night. Not a thing, my mind is completely blank. Looking in retrospect it really scares me as i have no idea what i did or where i went during this period as i was by myself. I usually get paranoid about things in general but i fear that i might have fell and hit my head. I don’t think i did though. If I had serious head trauma or injury would there have been pain the next day? I had none whatsoever. If my brain was injured would i be able to feel it physically or can it be painless????

  71. I’m writing a book at the moment and my main character is blinded in a car accident. I can’t decide on burns to the face results in the blindness or a head injury. Note, she is completely blind and stays that way throughout the book. There is no ‘miracle’ at the end.

    If there are any brain specialists out there, please give me a few pointers.
    Mitch G, what a great answer. I’m really liking the optic nerve damage, that’ll fit in well.

  72. Does any one know of any one that has recoverd from sevear brain trauma the patient is alert but not responsive I believe he is in a vegitative state with his eyes open it has been 7 months since the injury is there any hope? Dr’s say that the window has passed since any sign of improvement should show by 6 months to a year. People in a coma have a chance of survival than the ones that are awake and occationally move arms and legs…any information about this will help. The patient is not in the US so the care he is receiving is not that great.
    what I meant not great means that in the US there are trained people that you can hier to attend to the patient. But in tird world countries where they have to fly to either India, Malaisa , Singapor for treatment don’t get the helthcare they have in the US. My freind’s brain injury is due to that very reason as he had to wait to be treated because he was over 40 and was not first on the list that waiting period is what got him in this state so we have to be thankful for what ever treatmetn they give us here in the US – we at least have that

  73. Hi there – I got into a severe car accident (many broken bones, bruised organs, burst bladder, etc.) and I got a brain injury. Apparently I healed faster than expected and the neuropsychologist asked if I even had a brain injurt – I didn’t have to take the third brain check up test or go back for the six month one. One of the nurses told me that even a tiny amount of liquor will get me drunk. So I tested it, and it does. I can drink one beer and already feel a little tipsy, but it goes away very quickly. It’s weird. I am on probation now, so I don’t plan on drinking, but once I am able to…is it just a tolerance build up or will I be very sensitive to a sip of liquor from now til the end of my life? I am hoping I just need to get my body used to drinking again, and build up a tolerance so I can have two beers and not feel much. Any answers are appreciated, thank you!

  74. I was slapped upside the head (accident) with moderate/rough force (The hit was not able to really move my neck/head to a slant). It was an unexpected hit though. I wasn’t dazed or anything. No swelling or bruising either. It happened about a week ago. No blackout either. Is it still possible that I could have endured a brain injury? What’s needed to cause a permanent brain injury? Are minor brain injuries permanent or can a brain heal? Would the hit be able to permanently impair my learning capabilities in school? Do minor concussions cause permanent damage to the brain?I can’t get it off my mind for some reason. I keep thinking that I’m less than I was before because of the blow to my head. I can’t shake the paranoia and it’s ruining my holidays. I know this whole thing sounds silly, but I’m still tense for some reason.

  75. my brother had a drastic brain injury that has made him very hostile and angry and then next hour he will be in a really good mood i think he might of became bioplare!

  76. My boyfriend was assaulted in May of 2009. He spend two months in the hospital. After that, he came back to live with me. He’s been diagnosed as having a traumatic brain injury. He seemed to make progress at first. The last couple of months have been hell. He had a fairly positive attitude at first but now he’s negative all the time. He spends all his waking time sitting in a recliner with a scowl on his face. When he talks to me, he usually growls. We used to joke and laugh all the time. If I try to joke with him now, he takes it totally wrong and turns it into a fight. I really don’t know how to deal with him. I spend half the day wishing he would move out and the other half feeling guilty for wishing that. I know he can’t help the way he’s acting but I don’t know how to know that and not be miserable. I need help!

  77. I’m writing a book at the moment and my main character is blinded in a car accident. I can’t decide on burns to the face results in the blindness or a head injury. Note, she is completely blind and stays that way throughout the book. There is no ‘miracle’ at the end.

    If there are any brain specialists out there, please give me a few pointers.
    Mitch G, what a great answer. I’m really liking the optic nerve damage, that’ll fit in well.

  78. my boyfriend had a truck accident christmas night and has frontal lobe brain injury’s. about how long does it take for his brain to heal and for him to be his self again?

    he’s talking a lot and he’s doing rehab so he can learn how to walk and things again! he also doesn’t have a feeding tube, he can eat whatever he wants.

  79. Hi! I’m Molly.
    So, in this story I’m collaborating on (we go back and forth, so I suppose it’s a little like RP’ing), my character, Jazz, suffers a brain injury. She forget’s most everything, except basic things like how to talk, etc. And some relationships, but she’s lost her memory of Darren. Darren and her had an unrequited love for a long time, but seeing as his father was trying to ship him off to Harvard, he and his brother Alex fake their deaths and come back the next fall.
    Darren will look, sound, and be different than the normal him, and we will most likely have the two fall in love, again.
    But Jazz needs to change after the injury, right? She won’t know much so she can’t just go back to being the funny, sarcasting, outgoing person that she used to be, but I don’t want to make completely different either.
    Help?! How should her personality change?

  80. my husband has a brain injury and although this has not affected his physical apperance it has affected his mental health. i just find it hard to decide into which catagory he falls as he is classed as disabled and has mental health issues…..you decide!

  81. Difference and Similarities of a “Brain Injury” and a “Brain Disorder”?
    Hi people, I’m doing an essay related to neurology and this doubt came up in my mind

    Also need help because I can’t see where a clinical case that I’m studying is classified:
    A kid that had a type of epilepsy (Rasmussen syndrome), and this kid had a surgery called hemispherectomy (one half of her brain was removed). This would be a case of brain disorder, or a case of brain injury, or how?
    Would you say that both representa a “Neurological Damage”?

  82. I was slapped upside the head (accident) with moderate/rough force (The hit was not able to really move my neck/head to a slant). It was an unexpected hit though. I wasn’t dazed or anything. No swelling or bruising either. It happened about a week ago. No blackout either. Is it still possible that I could have endured a brain injury? What’s needed to cause a permanent brain injury? Are minor brain injuries permanent or can a brain heal? Would the hit be able to permanently impair my learning capabilities in school? Do minor concussions cause permanent damage to the brain?I can’t get it off my mind for some reason. I keep thinking that I’m less than I was before because of the blow to my head. I can’t shake the paranoia and it’s ruining my holidays. I know this whole thing sounds silly, but I’m still tense for some reason.

  83. I was slapped upside the head (accident) with moderate/rough force (The hit was not able to really move my neck/head to a slant). It was an unexpected hit though. I wasn’t dazed or anything. No swelling or bruising either. It happened about a week ago. No blackout either. Is it still possible that I could have endured a brain injury? What’s needed to cause a permanent brain injury? Are minor brain injuries permanent or can a brain heal? Would the hit be able to permanently impair my learning capabilities in school? Do minor concussions cause permanent damage to the brain?I can’t get it off my mind for some reason. I keep thinking that I’m less than I was before because of the blow to my head. I can’t shake the paranoia and it’s ruining my holidays. I know this whole thing sounds silly, but I’m still tense for some reason.

  84. Hi guys I am doing a psychology paper and need to find out what areas of brain are likely to be damaged if in a car accident, a person’s forehead hit the dashboard. Does coup and contrecoup injury apply here? If so, does it mean the person’s frontal lobes , the front of temporal lobes and occipital lobes may be injured? Thank you!

  85. I’m just wondering with all the politically correct terms used these days if Traumatic Brain Injury is the politically correct and nice way of saying someone is brain damaged or if there really is a significant difference between the two terms?

  86. I was fell off of a stool when I was 1.5 years old, hitting my forehead; my baby sitter was not keeping a close eye on me. I bumped my forehead pretty hard and ended up with a straight 1 cm scar in the middle of my forehead. I know it possible to give a baby severe brain injuries by dropping it on its head but are there any not so severe brain related issues that can result from that??- by the way I am a normal adult now with no mental issues but it would be nice to know what problems i could have, thanks 🙂

    Also I fell on my forehead again when I was 7, hitting the exact same spot on my forehead, making the previous scar bigger…..it joined a diagonal line on top of the previous straight one. Now all i need now is to fall on my head again and join a diagonal scar at the bottom to make me Harry freaking Potter;I got called harry potter often in elementary school….Now, in all seriousness, what brain injuries can result from this?

  87. Everyone is an individual, we all have our own interests, likes, dislikes, special talents etc… Our genes and traits makes us the way we are, so what would happen if someone had a severe brain damage resulting from a Car Accident or a blow to the head? Would this completely change our personality and the way we orginally were?
    Could our genes and traits be modified in a way causing imbalance in the Brain Hormones resulting us to become Gay/Lesbian or no longer have the same feelings towards a specific person such as a loved one?
    Are we totally dependent on the Brain for who we are? Where is the Soul? I understand that our Soul is subject to the experiences that the Brain conceives as it acts as a Provider to the Soul. But it only took the Brain so long to actually reveal who we really are because as babies we knew just about nothing of ourselves… So i guess the real question should be are we The Brain or are we Souls controlling our Brain?

  88. I got really drunk the other night and i cannot remember a few hours of my night. Not a thing, my mind is completely blank. Looking in retrospect it really scares me as i have no idea what i did or where i went during this period as i was by myself. I usually get paranoid about things in general but i fear that i might have fell and hit my head. I don’t think i did though. If I had serious head trauma or injury would there have been pain the next day? I had none whatsoever. If my brain was injured would i be able to feel it physically or can it be painless????

  89. In the late seventies I suffered a serious head injury. And that’s all I going to say about that!

    I heard sometime ago that they are now treating people with serious head injuries by:
    They put the body in a very cold environment (don’t know how) for a set time. Apparently this slows down the damage to the brain. Hence far fewer complications and a quicker recovery time?

    Have I heard this correct? And what are the medical advances in treating this type of injury from thirty five years ago?

    Many thanks
    I do mean with fairly recent head injuries.
    Like a couple of hours ago.

  90. And, don’t tell me to read the books, I have many times, tell me your emotions about the injury. How do you act around a brain injured person, hopefully not like they are stupid or slow, most of the time they can understand what you are saying, so you can use bigger words then 3 little words. Don’t treat them like you are better then them.

  91. I’m writing a book at the moment and my main character is blinded in a car accident. I can’t decide on burns to the face results in the blindness or a head injury. Note, she is completely blind and stays that way throughout the book. There is no ‘miracle’ at the end.

    If there are any brain specialists out there, please give me a few pointers.
    Mitch G, what a great answer. I’m really liking the optic nerve damage, that’ll fit in well.

  92. My husband was in a motorcycle accident on August 6th. He ended up with some road rash, soft tissue damage in his right shoulder and his right leg, and worst of all, traumatic brain injury (diffuse axonal injury). He spent a week in the hospital and 2 weeks in a rehab center doing physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. He’s doing very well considering the extent of his injuries. Almost back to normal.

    The only problem he has is trouble sleeping. He sleeps for 2-5 hours a night and it’s driving both of us crazy. When he can’t sleep, he looks up traumatic brain injuries online and basically turns in to a hypochondriac. He stresses himself out and he gets depressed and I don’t know how I can make him feel better. I know that if he could get a good night sleep, his mood would improve.

    So my question is: would giving him melatonin help him sleep? Could it have any side effects with the brain injury? Has anyone ever gone through this or known someone to have this problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  93. I recently had a brain injury with bleeding in the brain, and I am told that the scar tissue on my brain can cause a seizure if I consume alcohol or drugs. I have heard from a friend that prescription drugs effect the nerves and muscles as opposed to the brain, so they would be safe, if I were to take Tylenol3 for example. I just want to get a buzz with my friends when everyones drinking, I know it sounds bad, but once a month I don’t think is the end of the world. Please don’t comment if you are just scolding me. I would love an answer from someone who knows about this injury and the effects of alcohol and drugs.

    Thankyou!
    Hey, thanks for the reply. I am 22 years old, its a bit early for me to stop doing that stuff, and I would never touch drugs, but alcohol is a social way of life for almost everyone my age, I know it sounds bad… I am just wondering if my friend was way off when he said tylenol3 or perkasets effect my brain? Or would it be the same risk

  94. I was shaking my head violently as fast I could for about 20 minutes one day and about 20 minutes the next day (don’t ask me why because it is a long and unneccersary story). the first day I shook my head violently, I became dizzy/light-headed hours afterwards and the second day i shook my head violently I felt dizzy/light-headed immediately afterwards but it reappeared again at supper. I also kept picking on my head which caused my head to hurt but I am not sure if it came from my brain or my skull or my scalp (again, there is no need to ask why I did this).

    So those incidents compounded perhaps caused me to have the following symptons in the weeks that followed (please carefully read):

    repeated headaches (it is almost the fourth week and this still reappears sometimes), vomiting (vomitted only once but could have been for another good reason), nausea (a few times in the second week), lack of motor coordination (strongly evident only in basketball shooting), dizziness/lightheadedness (constantly light-headed in the first two weeks then in the third week it was just sometimes), blurred vision or tired eyes (i never had a problem with seeing in everyday but struggle in seeing clearly fast-motion computer games (the fast moving characters have quite blurred legs when running), and changes in sleep patterns (many clear,vivid and complicated dreams that all make perfect realistic sense for some reason), behavioral or mood changes (depression and mood swings), confusion (i dont know about confusion, but my mind is just simpler and not fast or analytical anymore for 3 weeks and is still a like that now and it is already the third to fourth week and could still persist), and trouble with memory (detectable in the first three weeks where I could not remember much after reading a page), concentration (still struggle with concentration now being the third-to fouth week but only for writing creative academic writings) attention (less awareness to the surroundings even now being the third to fourth week because I sometimes do things during inappropiate times but even if i am sure of this it is still difficult to judge by others), or thinking (i certainly naturally think less when im not forced to). In addition I also struggle even now a little bit to understand abstract meanings which is why sometimes I cant fully understand essay questions that sound abstract.

    So far I have only taken daily chinese medicine(because im on holiday in china) and some sort of punctures into my spinal cord. I have not stayed at hospital except to collect medicine. I have taken an MRI test which said they could not detect anything wrong (no clues or anything) but then again mild traumatic brain injuries can’t all be detected by MRI. The doctor said it was mild but this is China so it maybe different to UK in measuring severity.

    So my real question is:

    from everything I have just said can you please use your instincts as a doctor to judge the severity of my traumatic brain injury?

    (if your not a doctor or not someone whose field is related to this then please do not answer)

    and also please do not say something like “but I need more evidence as a doctor” because I am just asking you to use the best of your medical abilities/instincts to judge my scenario based on all the information I provided. and if you need more information about my scenario please specify so I can add that on for you.

    also, what are the chances of permanent brain damage? and what is the best thing I should do now because I am still healing and it is better to aid it or prevent damaging further but i dont know much because i am not a doctor. also what additional adive would you give as a doctor?

    i am terribly sorry about all this writing but it just shows my desperation because the issue of permanent brain damage is just a big thing for me and thinking that it could affect my career and everything i do (because everything is controlled by the brain) is just freaking me out! thank you for your help!
    i also have not had more but not less than 7 hours of sleep during the first week post brain injury. I have had at least 10 hours of sleep in week 2 and 3 but recently it is swaying around 7 and 10 hours. the doctor told me to sleep at least 10 hours per day for 3 months and said lack of sleep or drinking beer or smoking cigarettes will increase chances of prolongued or permanent disabilities.

    also if you need anymore info please ask, i will definately reply fully asap… afterall, it concerns me
    of course i would not want to get brain injury on purpose. please dont jump to conclusions. i know it sounds like it which is precisely why i dont want to explain it. if i explain it all in one sentence then it would create more misunderstandings so i can only explain all of it and it is long enough as it already is and it has no medical relevance. and anyway, judging from your answer, i assume you havent fully read my question. and no im not thinking too much because the doctor said it was mild tbi
    actually i felt dizzy after shaking head which is a concussion the shaking of the brain inside the skull. although douglas, your theory is good about the musles in the back of the neck because it did hurt at the time and that is probably the case but i think there were two things that happened. the picking of the head caused muscle problems like u said and the shaking of the head caused concussion because you cant deny all of the symptoms as not being those of a traumatic brain injury. muscles does not cause reading and writing difficulties nor sleep deprivation. or its the scalp nerve cells?// well im not sure but my doctor said it was a concussion.
    linda, I am sorry to hear you also had a brain injury. Did you also feel extremely light-headed after the incident? how long did it last? also, how long did the headache last. its been four weeks and i am still getting headaches at times and I still feel light-headed if I run too fast or I suddenly get up. The most the brain injury has done to me was inability to concentrate and strong dizziness and inability to understand abstract ideas and answer questions that require some thinking at school. somehow i could do maths but not history because it is more abstract and not just exact number figures. also, in the first three weeks when i read from a page of writing, my mind just plays like a vivid dream-like video. and afterwards i would not remember any of the words but that video in my head. it sounds weird but you probably know what i am talking about since you had the same experience. is this normal for mild? and also what would UK doctors have treated me if i was still in UK?

  95. Our Mind is the center of the Brain, we depend on all of the Brain’s functions to correctly communicate with a person, planning a New Business, having Perfect Relationships and other things.
    So If i was a very smart and intelligent person and had a severe Car Accident tomorrow with traumatic Brain Injury.
    What would happen to my relationships and me? Would i ever be able to recover and be the same anymore?
    Also what if I had more than one traumatic Brain Injury? How many severe brain injuries does it really take to become dead?
    Can we recover from all of them if we’re still alive no matter the damage?
    I know this is a weird question But i’m more afraid of this because when you are dead, you don’t experience anything but with a Brain Injury you would be stuck with impairments for your whole life with a trapped soul. Has anyone experienced something like this?

  96. Starting in January of this year I started feeling depressed and I’m not sure why. The only explanations I can think of are that I suffered some minor brain injury during swim season, I did hit my head a few times very hard when doing flips in the pool. I can’t really think of any other explanations unless the way I feel is normal for all growing teens? I looked online and it seems that many of the problems I am having match up to brain injury. I am 15 and was still 15 back in January. Is this normal for all teens? I doubt it is because I can hardly concentrate anymore since January. I get easily frustrated. I feel sleep deprived all the time no matter how much I sleep. I can hardly pay attention in class when I used to pay attention very easily. I became so much less social and feel sad/ lonely all the time. Even during really happy moments like weddings or birthdays I feel nothing pain, literally. My head kind of aches endlessly even when I take pain relieving medication. I just feel so hopeless because I’ve been going through all of this since January and it’s almost a year and I have no answers and feel horrible. If anyone else is going through what I am going through or knows someone who is please provide me with some answers.
    +10 points plus my eternal gratitude to anyone who can really help me.

  97. I was slapped upside the head (accident) with moderate/rough force (The hit was not able to really move my neck/head to a slant). It was an unexpected hit though. I wasn’t dazed or anything. No swelling or bruising either. It happened about a week ago. No blackout either. Is it still possible that I could have endured a brain injury? What’s needed to cause a permanent brain injury? Are minor brain injuries permanent or can a brain heal? Would the hit be able to permanently impair my learning capabilities in school? Do minor concussions cause permanent damage to the brain?I can’t get it off my mind for some reason. I keep thinking that I’m less than I was before because of the blow to my head. I can’t shake the paranoia and it’s ruining my holidays. I know this whole thing sounds silly, but I’m still tense for some reason.

  98. So my dad’s long-time girlfriend got into an accident about 2 summers ago and had a brain and spinal cord injury among other things. She had to learn to do all basic things like walking, eatting, bathroom, etc.. and recovered quite well as she just moves a lot slower now. She is on permanent disability because she only can focus on something for a few minutes and will probably never work again…but her personality is completely different and she acts very self-centered and immature now.
    So this last wednesday she and my dad drove over 10 hours to visit my brother and baby nephew and she threw a complete “temper tantrum” that she wanted to go home after one day because she didn’t like the bed. She refused any other options like a hotel or putting her on a plane and they came straight back. My dad was seriously furious about this because she acts like that all the time and told me that he wants to leave her.

    Do you think personalities will come back after in injury like that, he should stick with it, or he is right in leaving? I’m not really sure I am asking anything in specific, but please give me some input if you have any experience with things like this…

    sorry, that was long.
    we are all very patient and understanding with her, but she is just not the same person anymore and even though we understand that it is not her fault her actions and attitudes are still affecting all of us in a negative way. she doesn’t understand that she is different now and you can’t even have a conversation with her really. The only time she can hold one is when the topic is all about her.

  99. Hi guys I am doing a psychology paper and need to find out what areas of brain are likely to be damaged if in a car accident, a person’s forehead hit the dashboard. Does coup and contrecoup injury apply here? If so, does it mean the person’s frontal lobes , the front of temporal lobes and occipital lobes may be injured? Thank you!

  100. I would firstly like to know if a brain injury or brain damage is the same as a mental illness. I would also then like to ask if anyone can offer some ideas about what type of deviances and conditions might make an older person retreat back to their childhood/youth. For example mental illness, abuse etc..

  101. okay i’ve smoked weed after my traumatic brain injury alot of times its not good but everyhit you take how bad does it effect the brain? 1 hit effects your brain how bad?

  102. So my dad’s long-time girlfriend got into an accident about 2 summers ago and had a brain and spinal cord injury among other things. She had to learn to do all basic things like walking, eatting, bathroom, etc.. and recovered quite well as she just moves a lot slower now. She is on permanent disability because she only can focus on something for a few minutes and will probably never work again…but her personality is completely different and she acts very self-centered and immature now.
    So this last wednesday she and my dad drove over 10 hours to visit my brother and baby nephew and she threw a complete “temper tantrum” that she wanted to go home after one day because she didn’t like the bed. She refused any other options like a hotel or putting her on a plane and they came straight back. My dad was seriously furious about this because she acts like that all the time and told me that he wants to leave her.

    Do you think personalities will come back after in injury like that, he should stick with it, or he is right in leaving? I’m not really sure I am asking anything in specific, but please give me some input if you have any experience with things like this…

    sorry, that was long.
    we are all very patient and understanding with her, but she is just not the same person anymore and even though we understand that it is not her fault her actions and attitudes are still affecting all of us in a negative way. she doesn’t understand that she is different now and you can’t even have a conversation with her really. The only time she can hold one is when the topic is all about her.

  103. And, don’t tell me to read the books, I have many times, tell me your emotions about the injury. How do you act around a brain injured person, hopefully not like they are stupid or slow, most of the time they can understand what you are saying, so you can use bigger words then 3 little words. Don’t treat them like you are better then them.

  104. I was slapped upside the head (accident) with moderate/rough force (The hit was not able to really move my neck/head to a slant). It was an unexpected hit though. I wasn’t dazed or anything. No swelling or bruising either. It happened about a week ago. No blackout either. Is it still possible that I could have endured a brain injury? What’s needed to cause a permanent brain injury? Are minor brain injuries permanent or can a brain heal? Would the hit be able to permanently impair my learning capabilities in school? Do minor concussions cause permanent damage to the brain?I can’t get it off my mind for some reason. I keep thinking that I’m less than I was before because of the blow to my head. I can’t shake the paranoia and it’s ruining my holidays. I know this whole thing sounds silly, but I’m still tense for some reason.

  105. I got really drunk the other night and i cannot remember a few hours of my night. Not a thing, my mind is completely blank. Looking in retrospect it really scares me as i have no idea what i did or where i went during this period as i was by myself. I usually get paranoid about things in general but i fear that i might have fell and hit my head. I don’t think i did though. If I had serious head trauma or injury would there have been pain the next day? I had none whatsoever. If my brain was injured would i be able to feel it physically or can it be painless????

  106. My ex was abusive. There were a couple of times he punched me repeatedly in the back/side of my head. I don’t think I ever loss consciousness, I just had a headache and a bloody nose. The last time I saw him he tried to kill me. He broke in a tried to strangle me. I felt like I slipped away for a minute but I was able to come back and start fighting him off me again, getting away and saving mine and my 2 son’s lives. I have had some issues, it was after all that happened(which was about 6 1/2 years ago) but I’m not sure exactly how soon after, I didn’t pay attention. My short term memory which used to be fantastic basically sucks. I don’t remember where I put stuff, conversations, etc. My family and friends think I don’t listen to them but I just can’t remember. I have a hard time focusing, I make a detailed list of things to do, in order, and I skip all around, skipping right over some things, etc. I also have no energy when I used to have plenty. I realize I have 3 kids now, which is demanding of course, a husband, a house, and a business but I just don’t feel normal. I had blood work done and everything was good for the most part. I’m not that old, I’m healthy, I don’t think I should feel like this. I’m not really sure why I’m asking here, I guess just to get opinions, not actual medical advice, of course. Thanks, and be nice.

  107. I was slapped upside the head (accident) with moderate/rough force (The hit was not able to really move my neck/head to a slant). It was an unexpected hit though. I wasn’t dazed or anything. No swelling or bruising either. It happened about a week ago. No blackout either. Is it still possible that I could have endured a brain injury? What’s needed to cause a permanent brain injury? Are minor brain injuries permanent or can a brain heal? Would the hit be able to permanently impair my learning capabilities in school? Do minor concussions cause permanent damage to the brain?I can’t get it off my mind for some reason. I keep thinking that I’m less than I was before because of the blow to my head. I can’t shake the paranoia and it’s ruining my holidays. I know this whole thing sounds silly, but I’m still tense for some reason.

  108. My ex was abusive. There were a couple of times he punched me repeatedly in the back/side of my head. I don’t think I ever loss consciousness, I just had a headache and a bloody nose. The last time I saw him he tried to kill me. He broke in a tried to strangle me. I felt like I slipped away for a minute but I was able to come back and start fighting him off me again, getting away and saving mine and my 2 son’s lives. I have had some issues, it was after all that happened(which was about 6 1/2 years ago) but I’m not sure exactly how soon after, I didn’t pay attention. My short term memory which used to be fantastic basically sucks. I don’t remember where I put stuff, conversations, etc. My family and friends think I don’t listen to them but I just can’t remember. I have a hard time focusing, I make a detailed list of things to do, in order, and I skip all around, skipping right over some things, etc. I also have no energy when I used to have plenty. I realize I have 3 kids now, which is demanding of course, a husband, a house, and a business but I just don’t feel normal. I had blood work done and everything was good for the most part. I’m not that old, I’m healthy, I don’t think I should feel like this. I’m not really sure why I’m asking here, I guess just to get opinions, not actual medical advice, of course. Thanks, and be nice.

  109. I was shaking my head violently as fast I could for about 20 minutes one day and about 20 minutes the next day (don’t ask me why because it is a long and unneccersary story). the first day I shook my head violently, I became dizzy/light-headed hours afterwards and the second day i shook my head violently I felt dizzy/light-headed immediately afterwards but it reappeared again at supper. I also kept picking on my head which caused my head to hurt but I am not sure if it came from my brain or my skull or my scalp (again, there is no need to ask why I did this).

    So those incidents compounded perhaps caused me to have the following symptons in the weeks that followed (please carefully read):

    repeated headaches (it is almost the fourth week and this still reappears sometimes), vomiting (vomitted only once but could have been for another good reason), nausea (a few times in the second week), lack of motor coordination (strongly evident only in basketball shooting), dizziness/lightheadedness (constantly light-headed in the first two weeks then in the third week it was just sometimes), blurred vision or tired eyes (i never had a problem with seeing in everyday but struggle in seeing clearly fast-motion computer games (the fast moving characters have quite blurred legs when running), and changes in sleep patterns (many clear,vivid and complicated dreams that all make perfect realistic sense for some reason), behavioral or mood changes (depression and mood swings), confusion (i dont know about confusion, but my mind is just simpler and not fast or analytical anymore for 3 weeks and is still a like that now and it is already the third to fourth week and could still persist), and trouble with memory (detectable in the first three weeks where I could not remember much after reading a page), concentration (still struggle with concentration now being the third-to fouth week but only for writing creative academic writings) attention (less awareness to the surroundings even now being the third to fourth week because I sometimes do things during inappropiate times but even if i am sure of this it is still difficult to judge by others), or thinking (i certainly naturally think less when im not forced to). In addition I also struggle even now a little bit to understand abstract meanings which is why sometimes I cant fully understand essay questions that sound abstract.

    So far I have only taken daily chinese medicine(because im on holiday in china) and some sort of punctures into my spinal cord. I have not stayed at hospital except to collect medicine. I have taken an MRI test which said they could not detect anything wrong (no clues or anything) but then again mild traumatic brain injuries can’t all be detected by MRI. The doctor said it was mild but this is China so it maybe different to UK in measuring severity.

    So my real question is:

    from everything I have just said can you please use your instincts as a doctor to judge the severity of my traumatic brain injury?

    (if your not a doctor or not someone whose field is related to this then please do not answer)

    and also please do not say something like “but I need more evidence as a doctor” because I am just asking you to use the best of your medical abilities/instincts to judge my scenario based on all the information I provided. and if you need more information about my scenario please specify so I can add that on for you.

    also, what are the chances of permanent brain damage? and what is the best thing I should do now because I am still healing and it is better to aid it or prevent damaging further but i dont know much because i am not a doctor. also what additional adive would you give as a doctor?

    i am terribly sorry about all this writing but it just shows my desperation because the issue of permanent brain damage is just a big thing for me and thinking that it could affect my career and everything i do (because everything is controlled by the brain) is just freaking me out! thank you for your help!
    i also have not had more but not less than 7 hours of sleep during the first week post brain injury. I have had at least 10 hours of sleep in week 2 and 3 but recently it is swaying around 7 and 10 hours. the doctor told me to sleep at least 10 hours per day for 3 months and said lack of sleep or drinking beer or smoking cigarettes will increase chances of prolongued or permanent disabilities.

    also if you need anymore info please ask, i will definately reply fully asap… afterall, it concerns me
    of course i would not want to get brain injury on purpose. please dont jump to conclusions. i know it sounds like it which is precisely why i dont want to explain it. if i explain it all in one sentence then it would create more misunderstandings so i can only explain all of it and it is long enough as it already is and it has no medical relevance. and anyway, judging from your answer, i assume you havent fully read my question. and no im not thinking too much because the doctor said it was mild tbi
    actually i felt dizzy after shaking head which is a concussion the shaking of the brain inside the skull. although douglas, your theory is good about the musles in the back of the neck because it did hurt at the time and that is probably the case but i think there were two things that happened. the picking of the head caused muscle problems like u said and the shaking of the head caused concussion because you cant deny all of the symptoms as not being those of a traumatic brain injury. muscles does not cause reading and writing difficulties nor sleep deprivation. or its the scalp nerve cells?// well im not sure but my doctor said it was a concussion.
    linda, I am sorry to hear you also had a brain injury. Did you also feel extremely light-headed after the incident? how long did it last? also, how long did the headache last. its been four weeks and i am still getting headaches at times and I still feel light-headed if I run too fast or I suddenly get up. The most the brain injury has done to me was inability to concentrate and strong dizziness and inability to understand abstract ideas and answer questions that require some thinking at school. somehow i could do maths but not history because it is more abstract and not just exact number figures. also, in the first three weeks when i read from a page of writing, my mind just plays like a vivid dream-like video. and afterwards i would not remember any of the words but that video in my head. it sounds weird but you probably know what i am talking about since you had the same experience. is this normal for mild? and also what would UK doctors have treated me if i was still in UK?

  110. Starting in January of this year I started feeling depressed and I’m not sure why. The only explanations I can think of are that I suffered some minor brain injury during swim season, I did hit my head a few times very hard when doing flips in the pool. I can’t really think of any other explanations unless the way I feel is normal for all growing teens? I looked online and it seems that many of the problems I am having match up to brain injury. I am 15 and was still 15 back in January. Is this normal for all teens? I doubt it is because I can hardly concentrate anymore since January. I get easily frustrated. I feel sleep deprived all the time no matter how much I sleep. I can hardly pay attention in class when I used to pay attention very easily. I became so much less social and feel sad/ lonely all the time. Even during really happy moments like weddings or birthdays I feel nothing pain, literally. My head kind of aches endlessly even when I take pain relieving medication. I just feel so hopeless because I’ve been going through all of this since January and it’s almost a year and I have no answers and feel horrible. If anyone else is going through what I am going through or knows someone who is please provide me with some answers.
    +10 points plus my eternal gratitude to anyone who can really help me.

  111. Starting in January of this year I started feeling depressed and I’m not sure why. The only explanations I can think of are that I suffered some minor brain injury during swim season, I did hit my head a few times very hard when doing flips in the pool. I can’t really think of any other explanations unless the way I feel is normal for all growing teens? I looked online and it seems that many of the problems I am having match up to brain injury. I am 15 and was still 15 back in January. Is this normal for all teens? I doubt it is because I can hardly concentrate anymore since January. I get easily frustrated. I feel sleep deprived all the time no matter how much I sleep. I can hardly pay attention in class when I used to pay attention very easily. I became so much less social and feel sad/ lonely all the time. Even during really happy moments like weddings or birthdays I feel nothing pain, literally. My head kind of aches endlessly even when I take pain relieving medication. I just feel so hopeless because I’ve been going through all of this since January and it’s almost a year and I have no answers and feel horrible. If anyone else is going through what I am going through or knows someone who is please provide me with some answers.
    +10 points plus my eternal gratitude to anyone who can really help me.

  112. Starting in January of this year I started feeling depressed and I’m not sure why. The only explanations I can think of are that I suffered some minor brain injury during swim season, I did hit my head a few times very hard when doing flips in the pool. I can’t really think of any other explanations unless the way I feel is normal for all growing teens? I looked online and it seems that many of the problems I am having match up to brain injury. I am 15 and was still 15 back in January. Is this normal for all teens? I doubt it is because I can hardly concentrate anymore since January. I get easily frustrated. I feel sleep deprived all the time no matter how much I sleep. I can hardly pay attention in class when I used to pay attention very easily. I became so much less social and feel sad/ lonely all the time. Even during really happy moments like weddings or birthdays I feel nothing pain, literally. My head kind of aches endlessly even when I take pain relieving medication. I just feel so hopeless because I’ve been going through all of this since January and it’s almost a year and I have no answers and feel horrible. If anyone else is going through what I am going through or knows someone who is please provide me with some answers.
    +10 points plus my eternal gratitude to anyone who can really help me.

  113. I’m just wondering with all the politically correct terms used these days if Traumatic Brain Injury is the politically correct and nice way of saying someone is brain damaged or if there really is a significant difference between the two terms?

  114. My sister was in a car accident on april 2nd, she was in the ICU for 17 days and then was transfered to a rehabilitaion center. She had Serious brain trauma, and was in a induced coma for 13 days. My question is, will her brain ever go back to normal??

    She is up walking, goes to the bathroom by herself, eats by herself. Can almost dress herself completely again.

    She is remembering her ex boyfriend she was dating for a few years, well now he is getting married to someone else. But my sister thinks she still dating him and keeps asking why he hasnt been in to see her. She is also remebering our old rabbit from when we were little, and she asks me to bring him to see her. But then talks about stuff that happened 2 months ago.

    Will her brain ever heal, normal???

    THanks

  115. My ex was abusive. There were a couple of times he punched me repeatedly in the back/side of my head. I don’t think I ever loss consciousness, I just had a headache and a bloody nose. The last time I saw him he tried to kill me. He broke in a tried to strangle me. I felt like I slipped away for a minute but I was able to come back and start fighting him off me again, getting away and saving mine and my 2 son’s lives. I have had some issues, it was after all that happened(which was about 6 1/2 years ago) but I’m not sure exactly how soon after, I didn’t pay attention. My short term memory which used to be fantastic basically sucks. I don’t remember where I put stuff, conversations, etc. My family and friends think I don’t listen to them but I just can’t remember. I have a hard time focusing, I make a detailed list of things to do, in order, and I skip all around, skipping right over some things, etc. I also have no energy when I used to have plenty. I realize I have 3 kids now, which is demanding of course, a husband, a house, and a business but I just don’t feel normal. I had blood work done and everything was good for the most part. I’m not that old, I’m healthy, I don’t think I should feel like this. I’m not really sure why I’m asking here, I guess just to get opinions, not actual medical advice, of course. Thanks, and be nice.

  116. I have a 9 year old daughter with a severe brain injury from a few years ago. She has been increasingly aggressive and frustrated lately. Does anyone have any good advice on how to curb this behaviour? Asking her to do anything does not help; she nearly threw me down the stairs the last time I tried to put her in her room, neither does taking things away as she doesn’t consider the consequences until after the fit is over. I’m at a loss and want to help her but I don’t know how. My home is so stressful at times and I find my 2 sons and myself hiding in our bedrooms often just to get some peace.
    Thanks for the responses. I actually had her to her doctor last week and she threw a fit in his office. He didn’t seem too concerned. She hasn’t seen a neurologist in a year as they were never able to diagnose and have not been any help so far with any form of treatment. It is very frustrating and I feel very alone.

  117. I was shaking my head violently as fast I could for about 20 minutes one day and about 20 minutes the next day (don’t ask me why because it is a long and unneccersary story). the first day I shook my head violently, I became dizzy/light-headed hours afterwards and the second day i shook my head violently I felt dizzy/light-headed immediately afterwards but it reappeared again at supper. I also kept picking on my head which caused my head to hurt but I am not sure if it came from my brain or my skull or my scalp (again, there is no need to ask why I did this).

    So those incidents compounded perhaps caused me to have the following symptons in the weeks that followed (please carefully read):

    repeated headaches (it is almost the fourth week and this still reappears sometimes), vomiting (vomitted only once but could have been for another good reason), nausea (a few times in the second week), lack of motor coordination (strongly evident only in basketball shooting), dizziness/lightheadedness (constantly light-headed in the first two weeks then in the third week it was just sometimes), blurred vision or tired eyes (i never had a problem with seeing in everyday but struggle in seeing clearly fast-motion computer games (the fast moving characters have quite blurred legs when running), and changes in sleep patterns (many clear,vivid and complicated dreams that all make perfect realistic sense for some reason), behavioral or mood changes (depression and mood swings), confusion (i dont know about confusion, but my mind is just simpler and not fast or analytical anymore for 3 weeks and is still a like that now and it is already the third to fourth week and could still persist), and trouble with memory (detectable in the first three weeks where I could not remember much after reading a page), concentration (still struggle with concentration now being the third-to fouth week but only for writing creative academic writings) attention (less awareness to the surroundings even now being the third to fourth week because I sometimes do things during inappropiate times but even if i am sure of this it is still difficult to judge by others), or thinking (i certainly naturally think less when im not forced to). In addition I also struggle even now a little bit to understand abstract meanings which is why sometimes I cant fully understand essay questions that sound abstract.

    So far I have only taken daily chinese medicine(because im on holiday in china) and some sort of punctures into my spinal cord. I have not stayed at hospital except to collect medicine. I have taken an MRI test which said they could not detect anything wrong (no clues or anything) but then again mild traumatic brain injuries can’t all be detected by MRI. The doctor said it was mild but this is China so it maybe different to UK in measuring severity.

    So my real question is:

    from everything I have just said can you please use your instincts as a doctor to judge the severity of my traumatic brain injury?

    (if your not a doctor or not someone whose field is related to this then please do not answer)

    and also please do not say something like “but I need more evidence as a doctor” because I am just asking you to use the best of your medical abilities/instincts to judge my scenario based on all the information I provided. and if you need more information about my scenario please specify so I can add that on for you.

    also, what are the chances of permanent brain damage? and what is the best thing I should do now because I am still healing and it is better to aid it or prevent damaging further but i dont know much because i am not a doctor. also what additional adive would you give as a doctor?

    i am terribly sorry about all this writing but it just shows my desperation because the issue of permanent brain damage is just a big thing for me and thinking that it could affect my career and everything i do (because everything is controlled by the brain) is just freaking me out! thank you for your help!
    i also have not had more but not less than 7 hours of sleep during the first week post brain injury. I have had at least 10 hours of sleep in week 2 and 3 but recently it is swaying around 7 and 10 hours. the doctor told me to sleep at least 10 hours per day for 3 months and said lack of sleep or drinking beer or smoking cigarettes will increase chances of prolongued or permanent disabilities.

    also if you need anymore info please ask, i will definately reply fully asap… afterall, it concerns me
    of course i would not want to get brain injury on purpose. please dont jump to conclusions. i know it sounds like it which is precisely why i dont want to explain it. if i explain it all in one sentence then it would create more misunderstandings so i can only explain all of it and it is long enough as it already is and it has no medical relevance. and anyway, judging from your answer, i assume you havent fully read my question. and no im not thinking too much because the doctor said it was mild tbi
    actually i felt dizzy after shaking head which is a concussion the shaking of the brain inside the skull. although douglas, your theory is good about the musles in the back of the neck because it did hurt at the time and that is probably the case but i think there were two things that happened. the picking of the head caused muscle problems like u said and the shaking of the head caused concussion because you cant deny all of the symptoms as not being those of a traumatic brain injury. muscles does not cause reading and writing difficulties nor sleep deprivation. or its the scalp nerve cells?// well im not sure but my doctor said it was a concussion.
    linda, I am sorry to hear you also had a brain injury. Did you also feel extremely light-headed after the incident? how long did it last? also, how long did the headache last. its been four weeks and i am still getting headaches at times and I still feel light-headed if I run too fast or I suddenly get up. The most the brain injury has done to me was inability to concentrate and strong dizziness and inability to understand abstract ideas and answer questions that require some thinking at school. somehow i could do maths but not history because it is more abstract and not just exact number figures. also, in the first three weeks when i read from a page of writing, my mind just plays like a vivid dream-like video. and afterwards i would not remember any of the words but that video in my head. it sounds weird but you probably know what i am talking about since you had the same experience. is this normal for mild? and also what would UK doctors have treated me if i was still in UK?

  118. Can someone tell me what’s the chance of a recovery for this person and what kind of recovery I can expect? He had an car accident, air-bags didn’t open and he encountered a severe brain injury. He was clinically dead for more than an hour, CPR was performed for an hour and a half. Then he was put in hospital and into a coma because of swelling and all other problems. Later they also found out that he survived only because one bone at the back was also broken at the time of an accident making enough space for swelling. He was awaken from coma after four months. He can now say a few things (not enough to judge how he thinks), is confused, he is different, he is kinda always smiling, he squints on one eye, it looks like his understanding is on a level of a 5 year old child. His muscles are dead, he can’t move but they are doing a therapy to try and fix that. Though, he can breathe without any help. Doctors have said it’s already amazing he recovered to this point. More parts of brains were damaged, however last CT scan showed that about 45% of damage has been somehow healed by now.

    Thanks a lot!

  119. I was slapped upside the head (accident) with moderate/rough force (The hit was not able to really move my neck/head to a slant). It was an unexpected hit though. I wasn’t dazed or anything. No swelling or bruising either. It happened about a week ago. No blackout either. Is it still possible that I could have endured a brain injury? What’s needed to cause a permanent brain injury? Are minor brain injuries permanent or can a brain heal? Would the hit be able to permanently impair my learning capabilities in school? Do minor concussions cause permanent damage to the brain?I can’t get it off my mind for some reason. I keep thinking that I’m less than I was before because of the blow to my head. I can’t shake the paranoia and it’s ruining my holidays. I know this whole thing sounds silly, but I’m still tense for some reason.

  120. My ex was abusive. There were a couple of times he punched me repeatedly in the back/side of my head. I don’t think I ever loss consciousness, I just had a headache and a bloody nose. The last time I saw him he tried to kill me. He broke in a tried to strangle me. I felt like I slipped away for a minute but I was able to come back and start fighting him off me again, getting away and saving mine and my 2 son’s lives. I have had some issues, it was after all that happened(which was about 6 1/2 years ago) but I’m not sure exactly how soon after, I didn’t pay attention. My short term memory which used to be fantastic basically sucks. I don’t remember where I put stuff, conversations, etc. My family and friends think I don’t listen to them but I just can’t remember. I have a hard time focusing, I make a detailed list of things to do, in order, and I skip all around, skipping right over some things, etc. I also have no energy when I used to have plenty. I realize I have 3 kids now, which is demanding of course, a husband, a house, and a business but I just don’t feel normal. I had blood work done and everything was good for the most part. I’m not that old, I’m healthy, I don’t think I should feel like this. I’m not really sure why I’m asking here, I guess just to get opinions, not actual medical advice, of course. Thanks, and be nice.

  121. Hi guys I am doing a psychology paper and need to find out what areas of brain are likely to be damaged if in a car accident, a person’s forehead hit the dashboard. Does coup and contrecoup injury apply here? If so, does it mean the person’s frontal lobes , the front of temporal lobes and occipital lobes may be injured? Thank you!

  122. My boyfriend was assaulted in May of 2009. He spend two months in the hospital. After that, he came back to live with me. He’s been diagnosed as having a traumatic brain injury. He seemed to make progress at first. The last couple of months have been hell. He had a fairly positive attitude at first but now he’s negative all the time. He spends all his waking time sitting in a recliner with a scowl on his face. When he talks to me, he usually growls. We used to joke and laugh all the time. If I try to joke with him now, he takes it totally wrong and turns it into a fight. I really don’t know how to deal with him. I spend half the day wishing he would move out and the other half feeling guilty for wishing that. I know he can’t help the way he’s acting but I don’t know how to know that and not be miserable. I need help!

  123. okay i’ve smoked weed after my traumatic brain injury alot of times its not good but everyhit you take how bad does it effect the brain? 1 hit effects your brain how bad?

  124. I recently had a brain injury with bleeding in the brain, and I am told that the scar tissue on my brain can cause a seizure if I consume alcohol or drugs. I have heard from a friend that prescription drugs effect the nerves and muscles as opposed to the brain, so they would be safe, if I were to take Tylenol3 for example. I just want to get a buzz with my friends when everyones drinking, I know it sounds bad, but once a month I don’t think is the end of the world. Please don’t comment if you are just scolding me. I would love an answer from someone who knows about this injury and the effects of alcohol and drugs.

    Thankyou!
    Hey, thanks for the reply. I am 22 years old, its a bit early for me to stop doing that stuff, and I would never touch drugs, but alcohol is a social way of life for almost everyone my age, I know it sounds bad… I am just wondering if my friend was way off when he said tylenol3 or perkasets effect my brain? Or would it be the same risk

  125. my 17 year old sister was in a bad car accident thursday and medivac to a trama 1 hospital, she has 3 small brain bleed and one deep bleed, she is unconsious at this time but still has brain activity, she was able to have surgury to have her two broken femurs put back together, I was just curios to see if anyone else has gone through this themselves or are a close family member gone thorugh this, to help me through this. The doctors have given her a good chance of recovey. Please no negative comments this accident was an accident my sisters boy friend car hit an icepatch.
    She is at the at one of the best Hospitals in America (Lehigh Valley), I am just glad she is alive, there was nothing left of the car and she was the worst injured.

  126. Hi guys I am doing a psychology paper and need to find out what areas of brain are likely to be damaged if in a car accident, a person’s forehead hit the dashboard. Does coup and contrecoup injury apply here? If so, does it mean the person’s frontal lobes , the front of temporal lobes and occipital lobes may be injured? Thank you!

  127. Hello, there’s this guy I really like. He’s really sweet and nice, but it is hard to deal w/ him sometimes b/c he has a brain injury. He is not violent, but he gets bad mood swings and he takes things really hard, even normal things like if I have to go suddenly. Or if I can’t talk to him, he feels I don’t want to talk to him at all. He takes one thing and comes to another conclusion.
    It is not something I am used to dealing w/. What do I do?

  128. I was fell off of a stool when I was 1.5 years old, hitting my forehead; my baby sitter was not keeping a close eye on me. I bumped my forehead pretty hard and ended up with a straight 1 cm scar in the middle of my forehead. I know it possible to give a baby severe brain injuries by dropping it on its head but are there any not so severe brain related issues that can result from that??- by the way I am a normal adult now with no mental issues but it would be nice to know what problems i could have, thanks 🙂

    Also I fell on my forehead again when I was 7, hitting the exact same spot on my forehead, making the previous scar bigger…..it joined a diagonal line on top of the previous straight one. Now all i need now is to fall on my head again and join a diagonal scar at the bottom to make me Harry freaking Potter;I got called harry potter often in elementary school….Now, in all seriousness, what brain injuries can result from this?

  129. it’s been for 5 days now that i’ve been drowsy and confused. I feel mentally slow and emotionally dullened. I have an appointment for the 23rd but my doctor wasn’t really listening to me and I think it’s getting worse.

    Should I try going to the hospital? when i was on the bus home it felt like i was unconcious whie stil awake. M y eyes were open and my mouth was down but it felt like i was drifting? I’m kind of scared.
    i was dehydrated for while and something happened to my head. i felt a tingle at the time

  130. Our Mind is the center of the Brain, we depend on all of the Brain’s functions to correctly communicate with a person, planning a New Business, having Perfect Relationships and other things.
    So If i was a very smart and intelligent person and had a severe Car Accident tomorrow with traumatic Brain Injury.
    What would happen to my relationships and me? Would i ever be able to recover and be the same anymore?
    Also what if I had more than one traumatic Brain Injury? How many severe brain injuries does it really take to become dead?
    Can we recover from all of them if we’re still alive no matter the damage?
    I know this is a weird question But i’m more afraid of this because when you are dead, you don’t experience anything but with a Brain Injury you would be stuck with impairments for your whole life with a trapped soul. Has anyone experienced something like this?

  131. Our Mind is the center of the Brain, we depend on all of the Brain’s functions to correctly communicate with a person, planning a New Business, having Perfect Relationships and other things.
    So If i was a very smart and intelligent person and had a severe Car Accident tomorrow with traumatic Brain Injury.
    What would happen to my relationships and me? Would i ever be able to recover and be the same anymore?
    Also what if I had more than one traumatic Brain Injury? How many severe brain injuries does it really take to become dead?
    Can we recover from all of them if we’re still alive no matter the damage?
    I know this is a weird question But i’m more afraid of this because when you are dead, you don’t experience anything but with a Brain Injury you would be stuck with impairments for your whole life with a trapped soul. Has anyone experienced something like this?

  132. I was shaking my head violently as fast I could for about 20 minutes one day and about 20 minutes the next day (don’t ask me why because it is a long and unneccersary story). the first day I shook my head violently, I became dizzy/light-headed hours afterwards and the second day i shook my head violently I felt dizzy/light-headed immediately afterwards but it reappeared again at supper. I also kept picking on my head which caused my head to hurt but I am not sure if it came from my brain or my skull or my scalp (again, there is no need to ask why I did this).

    So those incidents compounded perhaps caused me to have the following symptons in the weeks that followed (please carefully read):

    repeated headaches (it is almost the fourth week and this still reappears sometimes), vomiting (vomitted only once but could have been for another good reason), nausea (a few times in the second week), lack of motor coordination (strongly evident only in basketball shooting), dizziness/lightheadedness (constantly light-headed in the first two weeks then in the third week it was just sometimes), blurred vision or tired eyes (i never had a problem with seeing in everyday but struggle in seeing clearly fast-motion computer games (the fast moving characters have quite blurred legs when running), and changes in sleep patterns (many clear,vivid and complicated dreams that all make perfect realistic sense for some reason), behavioral or mood changes (depression and mood swings), confusion (i dont know about confusion, but my mind is just simpler and not fast or analytical anymore for 3 weeks and is still a like that now and it is already the third to fourth week and could still persist), and trouble with memory (detectable in the first three weeks where I could not remember much after reading a page), concentration (still struggle with concentration now being the third-to fouth week but only for writing creative academic writings) attention (less awareness to the surroundings even now being the third to fourth week because I sometimes do things during inappropiate times but even if i am sure of this it is still difficult to judge by others), or thinking (i certainly naturally think less when im not forced to). In addition I also struggle even now a little bit to understand abstract meanings which is why sometimes I cant fully understand essay questions that sound abstract.

    So far I have only taken daily chinese medicine(because im on holiday in china) and some sort of punctures into my spinal cord. I have not stayed at hospital except to collect medicine. I have taken an MRI test which said they could not detect anything wrong (no clues or anything) but then again mild traumatic brain injuries can’t all be detected by MRI. The doctor said it was mild but this is China so it maybe different to UK in measuring severity.

    So my real question is:

    from everything I have just said can you please use your instincts as a doctor to judge the severity of my traumatic brain injury?

    (if your not a doctor or not someone whose field is related to this then please do not answer)

    and also please do not say something like “but I need more evidence as a doctor” because I am just asking you to use the best of your medical abilities/instincts to judge my scenario based on all the information I provided. and if you need more information about my scenario please specify so I can add that on for you.

    also, what are the chances of permanent brain damage? and what is the best thing I should do now because I am still healing and it is better to aid it or prevent damaging further but i dont know much because i am not a doctor. also what additional adive would you give as a doctor?

    i am terribly sorry about all this writing but it just shows my desperation because the issue of permanent brain damage is just a big thing for me and thinking that it could affect my career and everything i do (because everything is controlled by the brain) is just freaking me out! thank you for your help!
    i also have not had more but not less than 7 hours of sleep during the first week post brain injury. I have had at least 10 hours of sleep in week 2 and 3 but recently it is swaying around 7 and 10 hours. the doctor told me to sleep at least 10 hours per day for 3 months and said lack of sleep or drinking beer or smoking cigarettes will increase chances of prolongued or permanent disabilities.

    also if you need anymore info please ask, i will definately reply fully asap… afterall, it concerns me
    of course i would not want to get brain injury on purpose. please dont jump to conclusions. i know it sounds like it which is precisely why i dont want to explain it. if i explain it all in one sentence then it would create more misunderstandings so i can only explain all of it and it is long enough as it already is and it has no medical relevance. and anyway, judging from your answer, i assume you havent fully read my question. and no im not thinking too much because the doctor said it was mild tbi
    actually i felt dizzy after shaking head which is a concussion the shaking of the brain inside the skull. although douglas, your theory is good about the musles in the back of the neck because it did hurt at the time and that is probably the case but i think there were two things that happened. the picking of the head caused muscle problems like u said and the shaking of the head caused concussion because you cant deny all of the symptoms as not being those of a traumatic brain injury. muscles does not cause reading and writing difficulties nor sleep deprivation. or its the scalp nerve cells?// well im not sure but my doctor said it was a concussion.
    linda, I am sorry to hear you also had a brain injury. Did you also feel extremely light-headed after the incident? how long did it last? also, how long did the headache last. its been four weeks and i am still getting headaches at times and I still feel light-headed if I run too fast or I suddenly get up. The most the brain injury has done to me was inability to concentrate and strong dizziness and inability to understand abstract ideas and answer questions that require some thinking at school. somehow i could do maths but not history because it is more abstract and not just exact number figures. also, in the first three weeks when i read from a page of writing, my mind just plays like a vivid dream-like video. and afterwards i would not remember any of the words but that video in my head. it sounds weird but you probably know what i am talking about since you had the same experience. is this normal for mild? and also what would UK doctors have treated me if i was still in UK?

  133. I got really drunk the other night and i cannot remember a few hours of my night. Not a thing, my mind is completely blank. Looking in retrospect it really scares me as i have no idea what i did or where i went during this period as i was by myself. I usually get paranoid about things in general but i fear that i might have fell and hit my head. I don’t think i did though. If I had serious head trauma or injury would there have been pain the next day? I had none whatsoever. If my brain was injured would i be able to feel it physically or can it be painless????

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