If you are a Florida retiree, you may share nostalgic stories with your friends and neighbors about back in the day when the funniest thing a TV and movie comic could do was take a pratfall in front of a group of horrified, albeit snickering, bystanders. While these carefully choreographed falls may have been funny, there is nothing humorous about falling.
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, a highly serious, oftentimes catastrophic, injury to your head and/or neck of such force that your brain becomes dysfunctional in some way. Since your chances of falling increase as you grow older, it follows that your chance of suffering a TBI likewise increases.
Even if the doctor gives you a clean bill of health right after your accident, be on the lookout for the following TBI symptoms in the days and weeks thereafter:
- Recurring headaches and/or bouts of dizziness, nausea or vomiting
- Frequent blurry vision and/or a more-or-less constant ringing in your ears
- Problems with your speech or in finding the right word to say
- Problems with your memory or concentration
- Frequent feelings of confusion, disorientation or unreality
- Personality changes such as mood swings and/or heightened feelings of anger, hostility, anxiety or depression
Report any such symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible. (S)he likely will want to run further tests in order to rule out a TBI as the cause of your symptoms.