When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, the end result can vary. In some instances, you make a full recovery and resume normal life in a matter of days. Other times, you may suffer from chronic pain and lifelong disabilities.
How dangerous traumatic brain injuries are may come down to the force of the trauma, where you received the trauma and whether you wore any protective gear. A lot of factors also depend on pure chance.
Who suffers traumatic brain injuries?
Anyone can suffer from a TBI, but it occurs most commonly among military personnel, athletes and victims of car crashes. CNN estimates that these and other factors resulted in 3 million trips to the emergency room, in 2014. This showed a 53% increase from 2006. Even worse, children make up a significant number of TBI victims.
How bad can it turn out?
The best-case scenario for TBIs involves mild headaches and dizziness that disappears in hours or days. In some cases, you may need to take medication to dull the pain. More severe cases may lead to slurred speech, seizures and an inability to coordinate movements. The most severe cases can result in severe disability or death.
Can you live with severe TBI?
Not all forms of severe TBI threatens a person’s life. However, all forms of severe TBI can threaten your quality of life. The good news is that even severe TBI may resolve with continued medical treatment. Some people also experience success with alternative medicines and meditation.
Traumatic brain injuries may not necessarily mean the end of your life. However, for a time, it may mean the end of life as you know it. Eventually, you might either reclaim your old life or feel compelled to create a new normal that makes you happy.