Two people with the same injury can have two wildly different reactions—one mild, one debilitating—based on the health of their brain prior to injury.
Although we can’t necessarily control whether a brain injury happens from a fall, a car accident, or a blow to the head, we can affect how well our brain copes with the trauma. More than 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury each year, and more than 5 million people are disabled due to brain injuries.
What makes the brain most vulnerable to increased devastation from a brain injury is inflammation. Inflammation in a knee, ankle, or elsewhere in the body typically results in pain. An inflamed brain, however, does not hurt. Instead, a common symptom of brain inflammation is brain fog. People with brain fog complain their thinking feels slow and disconnected, as if they are in a fog. This is because the inflammation in the brain slows communication between neurons.
Other symptoms of brain inflammation can include memory loss, depression, anxiety, and neurological disorders.
Common factors that inflame the brain include:
- Food intolerances
- A diet high in sugar
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Poor blood flow and oxygenation
By knowing what symptoms to look for, you can take action to improve your chance of a better recovery in the event of a brain injury. You can also contact a personal injury lawyer to help you get all the care you need for the best recovery possible.