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The attached book, called the "Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide", is superb. If you have a TBI, I recommend looking at it. If you think you have a TBI, or if you have been told you might have a TBI, then I strongly recommend that you read it. Unless you have an obvious TBI, like shrapnel that has killed a portion of your brain, it is very hard to understand. Many warriors get embarrassed, having seen fellow warriors get killed or seriously wounded. So they ignore it. Believe me, I have seen many. I have met Marines who have faked it all the way through their second deployments. Talking to some of them, it is amazing they made it home. And they know it. They try, over and over, to get better on their own. To stay tuff.
Eventually, however, their brains begin to "shut down". Several pass out and lose their memories. Most get severe headaches.
And none of us understand it.
But this book does. And, it speaks English. Really. (Technically, doctors speak English. But they don't really.)
This questionnaire is not meant to be a formal “test” to see if you have a head injury. If you have multiple “YES” answers, bring this questionnaire to your doctor.Additional tests (medical and neuropsychological) maybe ordered.
YesNoDo you have more headaches since the injury or accident?
YesNoDo you have pain in the temples or forehead?
YesNoDo you have pain in the back of the head (sometimes the pain will
start at the back of the head and extend to the front of the head)?
YesNoDo you have episodes of very sharp pain (like being stabbed) in the
head which lasts from several seconds to several minutes?
YesNoDoes your memory seem worse following the accident or injury?
YesNoDo you seem to forget what people have told you 15 to 30 minutes
YesNoDo family members or friends say that you have asked the same
question over and over?
YesNoDo you have difficulty remembering what you have just read?
YesNoDo you have difficulty coming up with the right word (you know
the word that you want to say but can’t seem to “spit it out”)?
YesNoDo you get tired more easily (mentally and/or physically)?
YesNoDoes the fatigue get worse the more you think or in very emotional
CHANGES IN EMOTION
YesNoAre you more easily irritated or angered (seems to come on
YesNoSince the injury, do you cry or become depressed more easily?
CHANGES IN SLEEP
YesNoDo you keep waking up throughout the night and early morning?
YesNoDo you wake up early in the morning (4 or 5 a.m.) and can’t get
back to sleep?
YesNoDo you find yourself easily overwhelmed in noisy or crowded
places (feeling overwhelmed in a busy store or around noisy children)?
YesNoDo you find yourself making poor or impulsive decisions (saying
things “without thinking” that may hurt others feelings;
increase in impulse buying?)
YesNoDo you have difficulty concentrating (can’t seem to stay focused
on what you are doing)?
YesNoAre you easily distracted (someone interrupts you while you are
doing a task and you lose your place)?
YesNoDo you have difficulty getting organized or completing a task
(leave out a step in a recipe or started multiple projects but
don’t complete them)?
__________Total Number of Yes Answers
If you have 5 or more Yes answers, discuss the results of this questionnaire with your doctor.