Having a mild TBI can change the way you feel, act, move, and think. Even though you may look fine, a mild TBI can have a big impact on many areas of your life. A mild TBI can cause headaches, fatigue, memory problems, mood swings, and inability to focus your thoughts.
Treatment for mild TBI may be different, depending on symptoms and other unrelated medical issues; therefore, no 2 TBIs are the same. You may need to work with a TBI team — a group of healthcare providers who help people recover from TBI. For example, you might work with a physical therapist to help with your balance and movement problems. Or you might work with an occupational therapist to help you function better at home and at work. Other medical experts may help you with emotional and thinking problems.
In some cases, your doctor may use medicine to ease symptoms while you recover. These may include pain relievers, antidepressants, antianxiety medicine, sleep aids, and muscle relaxants. Although medicines can help, they are not a main part of treatment. You should not take any medicines unless discussed and approved by your healthcare provider. Things that you can do for yourself are usually as important as the medicines you are prescribed. This part of your treatment is called self-management.