Monday, March 5, 2012

New tools are coming...

Finding Unseen Damage in the Brain - ABC News

All I can say is, this is totally cool. My brain injury was not severe and today that means that I have to fight really hard to get others to believe it's real. Having an invisible injury is so complicated. Family members, for example, might prefer to stay in denial. Insurance companies and their lawyers want to argue you're faking it. Wouldn't it be great if everyone could actually see what I know is true?

The Veteran's Affairs Canada folks published an excellent problem statement for mild TBI:

mTBI (concussion) has long been a challenging public health issue. The following points are discussed in more detail later in this report:
  • Many who suffer from a concussion do not seek medical help at the time of injury.
  • The definitions of “mTBI” and “concussion” continue to be controversial. 
  • After an mTBI, an important minority of persons report subsequent symptoms and difficulties with jobs, relationships, community life and recreation. 
  • Symptoms reported after mTBI are nonspecific, meaning other physical and mental health causes could explain them. 
  • Symptoms may be subtle, especially cognitive problems. 
  • Some persons may have symptoms that are not easily recognized by themselves or others as possibly being due to an mTBI. 
  • No diagnostic test confirms with certainty that mTBI-induced brain damage is the cause of post-mTBI symptoms. 
  • Treatment of persistent symptoms after concussion is more effective when provided by a health care provider team capable of managing the full range of somatic, psychological and cognitive issues that may be reported after brain injury, but organizing such teamwork is challenging.

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