Traumatic Brain Injury

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What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain. An open TBI occurs when the skull is penetrated. Closed TBI involves internal injuries to the brain. The injury to brain tissue temporarily or permanently impairs brain function.

Common symptoms reported by people with Traumatic Brain Injury

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Traumatic Brain Injury

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
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Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Traumatic Brain Injury (39) Dizziness (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (22) Headaches (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Migraine headaches (18) Headaches (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (20)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (1)
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Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Traumatic Brain Injury (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (13) Migraine headaches (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Pain (1)

Data from patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Traumatic Brain Injury

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Sexual dysfunction Diarrhea 12 more
How many evaluations
22
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Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Traumatic Brain Injury (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Pain 11 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Traumatic Brain Injury (39) Dizziness (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Dry mouth 3 more
How many evaluations
15
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Nervousness 11 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (22) Headaches (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Migraine headaches (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorexia Nervosa Aphasia 12 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Migraine headaches (18) Headaches (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Insomnia (20)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) Loss of balance 1 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (1)
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Perceived effectiveness
for Traumatic Brain Injury (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Anger Flashbacks 7 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Traumatic Brain Injury (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) 6 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (13) Migraine headaches (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Migraine headaches Shaky hands
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Pain (1)

Data from patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
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  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Traumatic Brain Injury on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 107
20s 682
30s 1,720
40s 1,920
50s 1,499
60s 639
70+ 87

Sex

Distribution of sex

49% Female
51% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 203
20-29 years 228
30-39 years 212
40-49 years 193
50-59 years 78
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,650
Not Diagnosed 141

These charts show data from TBI patients who have completed their condition history
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