A bad car accident can damage nearly every part of your body, which makes it difficult to watch out for symptoms. This gets even more challenging when you consider the fact that some injuries take hours or days to show up.
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This symptom is tricky because so many of us get headaches a few times per week. How is an accident victim supposed to know that the headache they experience a few days after an accident is the sign of a traumatic brain injury? If you start experiencing a headache after a car crash, always take it seriously and assume the worst. Do not talk yourself into believing that it’s just from the stress of the collision. It could be a sign of a concussion or blood clot, and so it warrants immediate attention.
Back pain is extremely common after a car crash, so it’s difficult to know when it’s a sign of a more serious injury. However, back pain could indicate whiplash, spinal injuries, herniated discs, or muscle sprains. When the pain starts, try to gather as much information as you can. Is it localized or does it spread across your whole back? Is it an intense stabbing pain or is it a dull ache? Give that information to your doctor to find out what tests you need and how you can move forward with treatment.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Whiplash commonly occurs after a car crash. The neck endures enormous pressure when you fly forward and then snap back during a collision. Due to the adrenaline rush that happens in an accident, you may not notice neck and shoulder pain immediately. Once it sets in, you should make it a priority to seek medical care right away. Whiplash can affect every part of your neck and even extend down into your shoulders.
On a side note, this injury shows how important it is to get medical care even if you are feeling fine after an accident. Whiplash can often be detected by doctors before pain sets in, allowing you to manage the pain early and seek treatment right away.
Unexpected Behavior or Speech Patterns
Traumatic brain injuries cover a wide range of diagnoses and outcomes after a car collision. As a result, they cause a huge variety of symptoms. Watch out for symptoms like:
- Mood swings
- Inappropriate laughter or crying
- Inability to control what you say
- Inability to control emotions
- Extreme fatigue
- Difficulty seeing
- Spots in the corner of your field of vision
Much like a headache, people often attribute these symptoms to the stress of the crash. However, they can actually be physical symptoms of a serious TBI. Rather than assuming that you’re just angry about your totaled car when you lash out at a loved one, stop and think about if it’s a sign of something more serious. The outcome of a TBI depends largely on how quickly the issue is detected and how much you stick to your treatment protocol, so early detection is key.
Numbness and Tingling
If your spinal column is damaged in a car neck, you might actually experience this symptom before you notice pain in the neck or back. If a damaged nerve cuts off the sensation to your arms, legs, hands, or feet, you’ll notice uncomfortable numbness and tingling.
If you suddenly develop deep bruising on the abdomen, dizziness, or fainting spells after a crash, seek emergency medical care immediately. These may be signs of internal bleeding. The longer an internal bleed goes without treatment, the more likely it is to be fatal. Even if you think you are overreacting, it is far better to be safe than sorry.
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