Have you had head injuries or concussions in the past?
If you have and you are experiencing cognitive, physical and emotional problems long after the injury, you may have a Traumatic Brain Injury. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. This type of injury affects how the brain normally functions. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (commonly called a concussion) to “severe.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults. In fact, nearly 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations or deaths are associated with TBI every year, the CDC reports.
It is important to remember that a traumatic brain injury can occur even if there is no loss of consciousness. The brain does not necessarily fit tightly inside the skull, sometimes causing a “slosh effect” when the head hits a hard object and the brain moves quickly against the bony structures inside the skull. This is frequently what happens to athletes who suffer concussions playing football, soccer, basketball and other sports.
If you have had one or more concussions in the past, the cumulative effect of those injuries could be causing symptoms and impacting your quality of life. Symptoms can be both cognitive and physical and may include any number of the following:
- Foggy thinking
- Confusion, disorientation, or feeling in a daze
- Memory issues or loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Trouble speaking
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Loss of coordination or impaired motor skills
- Weakness or numbness in extremities
- Mood swings
Many traumatic brain injuries lead to psychological issues, which can mimic the symptoms of other brain conditions. What may look like various psychological disorders and/or cognitive problems to a practitioner may actually be a mild to moderate brain injury. But your provider may not be able to “see” that without the objective evidence provided by qSPECT imaging.
Many of CereScan patients have had MRI and CT scans that turned out to be negative. Our qSPECT brain imaging can show the presence of a traumatic brain injury even when other types of scans do not. How? Our imaging looks at how the brain is functioning by measuring blood flow in up to 160 regions of the brain to pinpoint the actual damaged areas.
At CereScan, we have conducted hundreds of brain images of professional and amateur athletes as well as military veterans with head injuries from bomb blasts. Our diagnostic information has proven incredibly useful to treating medical providers who cannot see a brain injury in the clinic. We make these invisible injuries visible.
Getting an accurate diagnosis will allow you to:
- Receive proper treatment
- Get off of any medications that may actually be hurting you rather than helping
- When appropriate, use new medications to manage symptoms
- Provide confirmation (if positive) to you and your family that your symptoms are the result of an injury and not psychological issues
- Better understand your personal condition
Knowing what is really wrong with you is always better than not knowing. Please don’t assume that the problem is simply a psychological disorder. Find out.