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The Link Between TBI and Intestinal Complications

The Link Between TBI and Intestinal ComplicationsTracing TBI to the Gut

 

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect many parts of the body, including the gastrointestinal system. The link between TBI and intestinal complications stems from the close connection between the brain and the gut. The brain is in charge of controlling and regulating your gastrointestinal (GI) system, which means the GI tract can fail in a number of ways after brain injury.

 

Disrupting the System

 

The brain operates the autonomic nervous system, which controls digestive tract functions like contractions and motility. You can experience abdominal pain if your autonomic nervous system is affected by TBI and intestinal complications arise when your GI tract doesn’t function automatically.

 

TBI can also hinder communication between your gut and your brain. When messages between your brain and your GI tract don’t transmit properly, the lack of communication can contribute to conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

 

Brain Injury and GI Tract Damage

 

TBI can also damage parts of your GI tract. For example, the mucus lining in your GI tract can degenerate and die after a trauma such as a car accident. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) can suffer physical damage as well. When that barrier is compromised, harmful chemicals can pass from your bloodstream into brain tissue, leading to numerous intestinal complications. A brain injury can also cause leaky gut syndrome, which is when the cells lining the GI tract become more permeable, allowing larger molecules and pathogens to pass through into your blood stream.

 

Strengthening the Connection

 

The link between TBI and intestinal complications means your gut—like many other parts of your body—can be affected by a brain injury. Fortunately, some of these issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, can be alleviated with treatment. But because of the irreparable harm TBI can potentially do to your GI tract, it’s important to treat brain injuries as soon as possible. You should seek prompt medical attention after suffering an injury or getting in an accident to help prevent further damage.

 

Speak with a personal injury attorney if you’ve been in an accident and suffered a brain injury. Before you settle your claim, it’s essential you know the full extent of your injuries. Because TBI can affect many parts of your body in significant ways, you need a thorough medical examination to determine your damages. An experienced Arlington Heights personal injury attorney can ensure you submit the proper evidence to the insurance company to get compensation for your present and future losses.

 

If you want to settle your insurance claim, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

 

How Is Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosed?

How Is Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosed?An Elusive Injury

 

Traumatic brain injury is a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention. But diagnosing traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be challenging, as numerous symptoms can appear. This makes TBI an especially dangerous injury because it can worsen over time without proper treatment.

 

Testing for TBI

 

A neurological examination testing for motor and sensory skills is the first step to diagnosing TBI. Emergency medical providers will often ask the patient questions about what they can feel and ask them to complete simple tasks like making a fist or gripping an object. If these tests indicate possible brain injury, medical providers use brain scans to confirm a diagnosis and assess the scope and severity of the damage.

 

CT scans take cross-sectional x-ray images of the skull to identify fractures, bleeding, brain tissue swelling, and bruising. MRI scans are also used to identify more subtle signs of TBI including scaring or minor bleeding or tissue damage, which a CT scan could miss.

 

In addition to these scanning methods, healthcare providers will evaluate the patient’s symptoms to diagnose TBI. But again, TBI patients can suffer a wide range of symptoms including:

 

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Cognitive deficiencies
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Seizures
  • Lack of emotion regulation
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Memory problems, and
  • Mood swings

 

Some symptoms appear immediately, while others can take weeks or even months to surface. Unfortunately, many people aren’t correctly diagnosed with TBI after an accident, which is made worse without treatment. For this reason, it’s crucial to seek emergency medical treatment after an accident so you can be thoroughly examined. You may not recognize signs of TBI. But TBI—if left untreated—can manifest itself in serious and long-term symptoms.

 

Why a Proper Diagnosis Is Important

 

If you’ve been in an accident, don’t rule out TBI. Concussions are a common injury after car accidents and also a form of TBI. Also, never ignore symptoms of any kind after an accident. Even seemingly unrelated conditions, such as depression, can indicate TBI. Don’t rush into settling your claim before you know the full scope of your injuries. TBI often isn’t diagnosed right away, so follow your medical provider’s recommendations and never settle before you’ve fully recovered and spoken with an Illinois auto accident attorney.

 

Preventing TBI is just as important. Always wear a seat belt in a car, which can reduce the chance of head injury, and wear a DOT-approved helmet if you are a biker or motorcyclist. And seek medical treatment immediately after an accident to catch and treat TBI before it worsens.

 

If you’ve been seriously injured, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

Moving on After Traumatic Brain Injury

Moving on After Traumatic Brain InjuryYou can suffer traumatic brain injury whenever your brain experiences impact, such as in auto accidents. Scientists are learning more about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and how you can treat it every day. But what we do know is not everyone fully recovers. This poses a problem if you’ve been injured in an accident and are seeking compensation. How do you know what fair compensation is? When should you settle your case if you are still experiencing symptoms? A good place to start when trying to answer these questions is taking a look at the effects of TBI.

TBI can cause a multitude of problems that affect everything from cognition to motor skills to emotional regulation. Depending on the severity and nature of the injury, treatment can include a variety of therapies—such as speech and occupational therapy—hyperbaric oxygen treatment, and even meditation. Unfortunately, there is no real cure, and everyone’s recovery journey will be different.

Prognosis and Treatment

Moving on from TBI can include both short and long-term treatments, as your doctor recommends. It also involves learning how to live with TBI because you can experience symptoms for the rest of your life. A typical TBI treatment regime can include targeted therapies to treat the effects of TBI. For example, you may need ongoing occupational therapy to develop and maintain fine motor skills necessary for daily living, or counseling to help you with emotional regulation. Again, every case is unique, and every patient’s prognosis and treatment plan will vary.

Future Costs

The ongoing costs of therapy can add up significantly. If you were involved in an accident and suffered TBI, it is vital to treat your injuries to the extent that you can before settling your claim. If you have TBI and expect to have lasting symptoms, work with an attorney to ensure your settlement includes compensation for your future medical bills and pain and suffering. Your doctor and your attorney can help you determine when you are ready to settle, which is typically when you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). MMI can be equated to a treatment plateau.

The Journey Ahead

Once further treatment no longer helps your condition, you might be ready to settle. Just make sure your settlement figure represents the cost of any future therapy needed to help you cope with your condition. Speak with an attorney if you’ve been injured and have TBI. If you are seeking compensation from the liable party, you should work closely with an experienced Arlington Heights personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected, and the liable party is held responsible. If your TBI leaves you experiencing symptoms for years to come, you deserve compensation.

 

If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

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