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By Nancy Harris Bonk - March 14, 2012
...by/against something. 10% of TBI’s are from assaults. 30.5% of TBI’s play a role in injury-related deaths in the United States. 75% of TBI’s that occur are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is leading the way to “honor the millions of people with brain injury, who with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term supports, are...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - August 14, 2012
...but all agree more work needs to be done in this area. What are your thoughts on this research? Do you find it as intriguing as I do? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 1.Factsheet. “Get the Stats on Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States.” CDC’s Injury Center. Prevention and Control: Traumatic Brain Injury. July 19, 2012.2. National Institutes of Health. Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page. National Institute of...

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By Diana Lee - January 19, 2011
...might suggest otherwise, the Sports Legacy Institute works on research and education involving not only athletes, but also soldiers and veterans. The organization’s founders recognized that because mild traumatic brain injury is the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, research into the condition would serve not only soldiers, but also athletes. A huge focus of the SLI’s efforts are focused on education. When the...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - January 12, 2012
...MD. “Military Post-Traumatic Headache: A Hidden Injury of War.” Information for Patients. ACHE —The Fred Sheftell, MD Education Center. December 2011. http://www.achenet.org/resources/military_posttraumatic_headache_a_hidden_injury_of_war/- 5 Evans, Randolph. MD. “Mild Closed Head Injury and Headache.” Information for Patients. ACHE —The Fred Sheftell, MD Education Center. December 2011....

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - March 23, 2012
...y. There are some interesting figures from emergency rooms about the frequency of PTH after a traumatic brain injury. Between 31% -90% of patients with TBI who were seen in the ER reported having headache one month after the injury. At the two to three month mark, 32% – 78% complained of headache; while one year after the injury, 8% – 35% reported headache. Still two to four years later, 20%-24% of patients stated they had headaches....

By Olivier Chateau - November 29, 2010
...appear linked in some cases. When the head trauma is the main cause of the migraines, it is called posttraumatic migraine. There are no concrete numbers on how many people who have migraines suffered an earlier head or neck injury or how many people who have a previous head or neck injury will eventually have migraine attacks. However, several studies have shown a relationship between these injuries and migraines and many migraine sufferers say...

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By The Migraine Girl - February 6, 2015
...uld feel to have someone see my gigantic bandage and say, “Oh, no! What happened? Are you okay?” When the vast majority of my pain and discomfort is invisible to most others, it felt really satisfying to have such an obvious injury. Have you ever been in my shoes? As someone who suffers with the (mostly) invisible illnesses of migraine and arthritis, sometimes it feels strangely good to have such a visible injury. Does anyone out there know what...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - July 6, 2012
Let’s face it – my memory in addition to a few other things, has not been the same since I sustained a traumatic brain injury TBI 16 years ago. The life and person I knew disappeared that day. Along with my short-term memory issues, TBI has created many struggles for my family and me. Two big issues I struggle with are my short-term memory and multitasking abilities, which never were troublesome pre-TBI. I was able to remember...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - March 12, 2012
Every year close to 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most people will recover after a few days of rest and return to their normal activities without any residual effects. Others will have a long, arduous road to recovery due to the extent of their trauma and may have lingering problems for years to come. Then there are those with TBI who can experience lasting headaches and/or Migraine, the most common symptom, in...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - May 3, 2012
...cover up the association between brain injuries and football. In addition to other N.F.L. players who have committed suicide, Easterling had been experiencing symptoms that can most likely be contributed to a traumatic brain injury. Some of these symptoms include; headaches, migraine-like headaches, dizziness, insomnia, depression, moodiness, and memory problems. Easterling’s wife and friends noticed he began to show signs of dementia as...

By Olivier Chateau - November 29, 2010
A post-traumatic headache occurs after an injury to the head or neck. In fact, headache is the most common symptom people experience after a mild head injury. The pain may start immediately or up to a week after the injury. Some people still experience pain months after the injury. The headaches are caused by swelling or fluid accumulating in and around the brain. Inside the skull, there is no room for swollen tissues to expand which causes...

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By Diana Lee - January 17, 2011
...f hits that knock a player out cold or leave him so woozy he doesn’t know where he is and can’t see straight. “Oh, he just got his bell rung,” you often hear a fellow fan say as though a knee or groin injury is somehow much worse than a brain injury. The whole idea of writing off the kind of hit that knocks a player unconscious seems increasingly ludicrous the more we learn about the horrible effects those hits can have....

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By Katie Golden - March 27, 2016
...Injuries (TBIs), also experience debilitating Migraines, loss of memory and loss of motor skills. Statistics on TBIs from the BIAA 3 Million Americans live with TBI related injuries. 137 Americans die every day due to a TBI injury. Every 13 seconds someone in the US sustains a TBI. The common causes for TBI are Falls (40.5%), Struck by or Against (15.5%), Vehicle Accidents (10.7%) and 19% are Unknown. Former NFL Player, Ben Utecht and his...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - September 20, 2012
...s developed in their concussion protocol and are: if the player is unresponsive or has loss of consciousness if the play has any confusion if the player has amnesia – retrograde (can’t remember events just before injury) and/or anterograde (can’t remember events after or maybe even before injury) if the play has persistent or new symptoms like headache, dizziness or nausea if the player has any abnormal neurological findings if...

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By Katie Golden - August 17, 2014
...rehab and months on the disabled list. Even if an injury doesn’t sideline an athlete, after 35 or 40 years old most are unable to perform like they did in their 20’s. So what do they do once they get passed their prime or an injury forces them out of the game early? They retire. In comparison to the rest of us, retiring at 30 years old seems too good to be true. But what exactly are they going to do with the rest of their lives? It’s got to be...

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By Ellen Schnakenberg - March 13, 2012
It has been revealed that the US soldier allegedly responsible for the nighttime massacre of 16 Afghanistan civilians in their homes on Sunday suffered a past Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The soldier, who was on his fourth deployment at the time of the incident, was reportedly in a rollover accident in 2010 and treated for TBI. At this time it is unclear whether his TBI played a part in the heinous incident, and the public is cautioned that it...

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By Diana Lee - April 5, 2012
For patients whose migraines are the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), memory loss is a huge, frustrating obstacle. Particularly short term memory issues. Certain medications can cause memory problems, too, such as migraine prevention med Topamax (Topamirate). As someone who deals with short term memory problems years after I stopped taking Topamirate, I can share some tips & tricks that help me get things done. Write everything...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - February 7, 2012
My son is a Migraineur and a high school athlete who has had a relatively safe athletic career; no concussions or traumatic brain injury that we are aware of. He’s been active since he was a little boy and began to train for his black belt in Tae Kwon Do (TDK) when he was just five years old. He went on to play basketball and baseball for a few years and now he throws shot put and discus in addition to playing football on his high school...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - September 3, 2012
Now that football season is upon us, we’ll be hearing more about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion on both the professional and student athlete levels. Many states have now passed concussion laws outlining when students are able to resume game play after sustaining a concussion. New York State enacted the Concussion Management and Awareness Act on July 1, 2012 mandating any student who sustains or is thought to have sustained a...

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By The Migraine Girl - December 14, 2008
...ind the old, gross mucus. Once I cleared that old, super-green mucus out for the moment, the watery stuff was released in a gush. Maybe. (Yuck, right?) She then said, “And it’s not as if you’ve had any head injury lately, right?” “Actually, I was in a car wreck in mid-November and had a minor head injury.” Oh. Then let’s keep an eye out just in case something else is up, kids! The waterfall phenomenon...

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