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Sleep Disorders

One of the very significant problems arising from TBI is that the biological rhythm of sleep is disrupted. A majority of victims of TBI express difficulty in sleeping, altered sleep pattern or need to sleep an unusually long amount following injury.

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Dizziness and Balance Issues

A very common symptom following TBI is that of a feeling of dizziness or problems with balance. If this problem goes on for more than several weeks following your injury, you should go to an ENT (ears, nose and throat doctor) to undergo a battery of tests to determine the possible causes of the problem.

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Vision Symptoms

The human visual system is complex and involves numerous muscles, nerves and a huge cross section of various parts of the brain. Blurred vision is a very common symptom of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Other difficulties are less simple. The vision can change in very strange ways after a brain injury.

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Tinnitus

A common result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is ringing in the ears, also known as Tinnitus. When the head is severely shaken, the complex but fragile systems in the ears get injured. Generally, ringing in the ears is suggestive that the nerves in the ear are dying.

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Neuropsychiatric Problems

There is substantial psychological and neuro-behavioral evidence available to support the fact that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a risk factor for subsequent psychiatric disorders. In the Journal of Brain Injury (van Reekum R, 1996).

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Intracranial Pressure (ICP)

Intracranial Pressure (ICP) is a very important way of monitoring the health and outcome of the brain after injury. The brain is encased in a non-flexible cover - the skull. Therefore, if there are changes which result in increased pressure, the fluid that surrounds the brain has nowhere to go.

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TBI Severity Levels

First of all, it is clear that the current system of assigning levels of severity to traumatic brain injury (TBI) is both ineffective and harmful. This is because it has been inappropriately tied to what is known as the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).