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injury may result from stroke, aneurysm, tumors, degenerative neurological disorders, loss of oxygen, and other conditions.

Symptoms of Brain Injury

Whether traumatic or non-traumatic, brain injury can result in a variety of symptoms: some short-term, and others prolonged or permanent. It is important to remember that each individual will exhibit different symptoms (even some not mentioned below) and to varying degrees. We will describe three categories of symptoms:

  • Physical

  • Cognitive

  • Emotional/Behavioral

Physical symptoms are often those that are most obvious to survivors and their loved ones. Treatment is typically straightforward. Common physical symptoms include:

  • Fatigue

  • Seizures

  • Loss of motor control and coordination

  • Sensory problems (e.g., noise sensitivity, visual misperceptions,

blurred vision)

  • Difficulty with speech

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Bladder and bowel incontinence

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Balance difficulties

  • Loss of smell/taste

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