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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a mild brain injury in Indiana, you may be wondering exactly what this means. The term "mild" often confuses people. The Brain Injury Association of America notes that "mild" does not refer to the effects the injury has. Mild brain injuries can cause severe side effects and damage to the brain. The word "mild" refers only to how the injury occurred originally.

If you suffer a head injury, there will usually be symptoms that alert you to the issue. Diagnosis often relies on the patient or patient's family reporting the symptoms that have been experienced. It is important to know what symptoms may occur related to a brain injury so you can properly report them to your doctor.

Symptoms you might experience right after the injury include vomiting, dizziness, lack of cognition, memory issues, headaches and nausea. As time goes by, you may begin to feel fatigued, have a lingering headache, experience sensitivity to light or sound, have trouble concentrating and have a ringing in your ears. Mood changes are also common with this type of injury. You may feel moody or depressed or get frustrated or angered easily.

Doctors will also usually use testing devices to determine if the brain is injured. However, many of the common tests for brain injuries will not pick up mild trauma, which can lead to injuries being misdiagnosed or missed altogether. The best testing devices to be used include functional magnetic resonance imaging, single photon emission computerized tomography, diffuse tensor imaging and positron emission tomography. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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