Getting hurt on the clock may do more than inconvenience you or a time. You may have a more critical problem if you ignore the signs your body sends.
When is a bump on the head after a day at work pointing to something more serious? Learn more about how that little episode at work may lead you down a medically critical road.
What is a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury or TBI is the classification given to any kind of injury that leaves the brain with temporary or long-term damage. The incident that led to the damage does not need to have originated with a bloody or traumatic injury. In fact, some of the most severe TBIs occur because of a seemingly harmless incident that leaves the brain swollen or bleeding silently.
What are signs of a TBI?
Absent a large head wound, you may not believe your brain has an injury. However, this is misleading since any impact that leaves the brain shaken or jostled may prompt a slow bleed or bruise. While this may resolve on its own, you should pay attention to the physical and psychological changes in your body, such as:
- Intensifying headache
- Nausea or other signs of a stomach bug
- Inability to sleep or stay awake
- Blurred vision or slurred speech
- Memory deficits
Without a confirmed diagnosis, your condition may worsen. A TBI that leaves you with bleeding may eventually cause you to have a stroke or other life-changing event. In the worst-case scenario, you may need constant medical care or even die prematurely. Getting help is critical to protecting yourself from the worsening impact of a TBI.