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  • Brain Injury Car Accident

    I had a car accident back in October last year, and had a traumatic brain injury. Since then I went to a rehabilitation center for 9 days, was doing very well and was discharged to do rehab outpatient. In three weeks I was doing very well and was also discharged from that. I have all my memory, speech, and I am exactly the same as I was before my accident. What would be the severity of my brain injury? None of the doctors have really told me and I'm doing very well and I was cleared to go back to my electrical job 2 1/2 months after my injury.
    I was just wondering what everyone's opinion of what the severity of it could be.

  • #2
    Ask someone close to you. I had non-traumatic brain injury, and I think/thought my cognition was just fine. But my wife can tell I'm not the same as I was. I asked her for examples; she has plenty. It sucks, but I have lapses that I don't even recognize.
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    • #3
      I'm curious why you are asking. My son had a tbi, nearly killed him, obvious life changes, but he charged forward even before he had complete clearances.
      I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.


      • #4
        Here is one TBI severity scale that is commonly used: SourceMild, Moderate, and Severe TBI

        Traumatic Brain Injury severity is commonly described as Mild, Moderate, or Severe. Injury severity is traditionally based on duration of loss of consciousness and/or coma rating scale or score, post-traumatic amnesia (PTA), and brain imaging results. Mild, Moderate, and Severe TBI may be characterized as follows:
        • Mild TBI
          • Brief loss of consciousness, usually a few seconds or minutes
          • PTA for less than 1 hour of the TBI
          • Normal brain imaging results

        • Moderate TBI
          • Loss of consciousness for 1 – 24 hours
          • PTA for 1 – 24 hours of the TBI
          • Abnormal brain imaging results

        • Severe TBI
          • Loss of consciousness or coma for more than 24 hours
          • PTA for more than 24 hours of the TBI
          • Abnormal brain imaging results

        Severe TBI may be further sub-categorized as follows:
        1. Coma- a state of unconsciousness from which the individual cannot be awakened
        2. Vegetative State- a state in which an individual is not in a coma (i.e. awakes) but is not aware of the environment
        3. Persistent Vegetative State- a Vegetative State that has lasted for more than a month
        4. Minimally Responsive State- a state in which a person with a severe TBI is no longer in a coma or vegetative state and inconsistently interacts with/responds to the environment.

        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


        • #5
          Ok thanks that definitely helps. I took a Neuropsych evaluation 3 months after my accident and I tested excellent in everything. The psychologist said I tested into the right range for my age group and that my brain functions normal. My brain injury was severe due to their coma scale, even though technically I was never in an actual coma, but a medically induced one. Usually anyone with a severe brain injury isn't cleared to go back to so soon or to eval normal so soon.


          • #6
            peter, Daniel...I had TBI along with spine and tons of internal bleeding. Was in coma almost 6 months. Good things are going well. I think he sooner all response returns is better. Longer that goes, many things become extreme complicated. I could write a book for being in hospitals 5 years. Once again, good things are going good. Make sure keep at that and be very aware.


            • #7
              I'm curious why you're asking. My son had a tbi, nearly killed him, obvious life changes, however he charged forward even before he had complete clearances.