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Can TBI Cause Chronic Pain Disorders?

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Acquiring a traumatic brain injury is painful enough, but the long-term effects can be even worse. More than half of TBI victims suffer some variety of chronic pain disorder following their injuries. Chronic headaches, migraines and the rare but incredibly painful cluster headaches are among the most common long-term pain disorders resulting from TBI. Other common pain disorders are spasticity due to muscle tension in the head and neck, orthopedic trauma such as soft-tissue injuries or bone injuries and even gastrointestinal disorders. Especially in cases of severe TBI, where the victim has trouble communicating to a doctor that he or she is in pain, treatment can be difficult. It is important for family members of TBI victims to understand this and to be able to discuss treatment options with the doctor. Deciding what kind of treatment to utilize can be a complicated process because of the side effects of many…
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What Is Flat Affect?

Posted on November 22, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

If you are taking care of a loved one who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may notice that your loved one has trouble expressing emotion. This is a common symptom of TBI and is known as “flat affect.” “Affect” is a term used to describe emotional expressiveness, often through facial expression and general demeanor. Flat affect manifests as a lack of emotion. A perpetual distant look in the eyes, a bland or monotone voice and the appearance of apathy are typical signs of flat affect. What Causes Flat Affect? Flat affect can be a direct result of damage to specific parts of the frontal lobe or it can manifest as a separate symptom alongside depression. In the former case, flat affect can be diminished over time as the brain rewires itself to take over the functions of the damaged tissue; in the latter, flat affect can lift over…
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Could This Military-made Device Solve TBI-related Memory Problems?

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Memory problems are one of the most common symptoms of traumatic brain injury. For some, it is simple losses, like walking into a room and forgetting why, or a persistent habit of losing one’s car keys. For others with more severe injuries, it can be problems creating new memories, or even wiping out old ones entirely. The U.S. military has begun trials that seek to help bridge memory gaps in TBI patients. In late October, two teams demonstrated that a “neuroprosthetic” implant capable of mimicking the electrical patterns responsible for memory creation and storage could restore the brain’s capability to remember. The implications are vast for not only TBI patients, but also stroke victims – and even people who have lost memory functions due to aging. How the Neuroprosthetic Works To create short-term memories, a signal moves from one part (CA3) of the brain’s memory center, the hippocampus, to another…
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