CogniFit's Science blog: Signs And Symptoms Of Brain Problems

Signs And Symptoms Of Brain Problems

Brains are very complex organs. Each day we depend on them to help us do the simplest things such as brushing our teeth to solving the most complex problems, like whether to apply for a new job or not. There are certain injuries and sicknesses that can stop the brain from functioning the way it used to or the way others do.

The first kind of brain problem that can occur is caused by trauma. This can be a impact of the head of any kind from mild to severe. Head trauma can cause skull fractures, hematoma and contusions of the brain tissue. Where and how hard you are hit will partly determine the extent of the damage of the brain injury.

Headaches are also a type of brain problem or symptom. These can range from simple headaches to more painful headaches such as migraines. If you are finding your headaches are more frequent or longer lasting it is possible it is pointing to some bigger problem with your overall brain health.

One of the most serious brain injuries that can occur is a brain aneurysm. An aneurysm is a weak blood vessel in the brain. If this aneurysm bursts before you get to a medical professional it could be potentially fatal. The usual symptoms are a terrible headache that comes on quickly you could also experience double vision, neck stiffness and eye pain.

Another serious medical condition that can product brain symptoms is a stroke. A stroke can occur when the brain is temporarily deprived of oxygen which can be caused from a few different reasons. Strokes can have lasting effects in some cases including headaches, confusion, memory loss or paralysis.

Although some brain traumas such as headaches are simple and will go away on their own there are some symptoms that require immediate medical treatment. These symptoms include change in consciousness, change in mental status such as hallucinations or lethargy, double vision, difficulty walking, garbled speech, loss of muscle use and severe stiff necks or headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms it is best to dial emergency right away.

Keeping the brain in optimal condition is essential to your overall brain health. If you suspect you may have a brain injury or are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consider getting checked by a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you find out the problem the less likely you are to experience long term brain issues.