It’s common for people to take a blow to the head and experience various symptoms afterward, and those symptoms shouldn’t be ignored. Small injuries usually don’t require medical attention and will begin to heal on their own, but if the damage is severe, the victim may begin to experience disrupted brain functionality. In that case, the person may be dealing with a concussion, which requires immediate medical attention.
If you begin to feel dizzy, develop a bad headache, become nauseous, pass out, or have trouble remembering things in the wake of a head injury, here are the steps you should take to ensure your health and safety.
Step 1: Seek Medical Attention
A person with a concussion needs to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. The medical attention may involve a neurological test, CT scan, and MRI scan to determine the extent of the brain injury and whether or not the person has a concussion. The tests will also indicate whether or not further treatment is immediately necessary.
Step 2: Allow Your Head to Rest
Once a person knows they have a concussion and has been released from the doctor’s care, it’s important that they give their brain time to recover from the traumatizing event. They should put away loud or bright distractions and try to get as much solid sleep as possible so their body has the energy to recover.
Step 3: Watch for Worsening Symptoms
As a person with a concussion starts to recover, they should monitor their overall health and watch for worrisome signs of further damage. Excessive physical exercise and strenuous mental activity may trigger other problems, as can pain relievers.
If someone you know has sustained a serious concussion or a traumatic brain injury of some severity, feel free to reach out to TryMunity. Their online community of TBI survivors and their families are available to offer support, advice, and friendship. Remember that you are never alone when it comes to struggling with traumatic brain injuries. Join TryMunity today at www.trymunity.com.