New Study Reveals TBI-Headache Effects for Vets

military veteran tbi migraineA new study reveals that those who suffer traumatic brain injuries, including recent US veterans, are at a much higher risk for headaches, especially painful and sometimes serious migraines.

The study researched 53 veterans who had suffered from traumatic brain injury during their deployment, as well as a control group of 53 veterans who did not suffer from traumatic brain injury. All veterans in the traumatic brain injury group reported experiencing headaches, compared with only 76 percent of those in the control group.

The frequency and strength of the headaches was also higher for those in the traumatic brain injury group compared to the control group. According to the study, the frequency of headaches in the traumatic brain injury group was 4.5 times higher, while chronic headaches, considered 15 or more days a month, were 3 times higher. To top it off, migraines, a particularly painful and debilitating type of headache, accounted for 89 percent of headaches among the traumatic brain injury group compared to 40 percent in the control group.

Dr. James Couch of the University of Oklahoma Medical School in Oklahoma City concludes that traumatic brain injury “is associated with a strong and highly significant increase in frequency and intensity of headache, the majority of which are migraine.” Traumatic brain injury has quickly become the “signature injury” for those who served in the US armed forces, especially for those recently on deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. The study revealed that 15 to 20 percent of those deployed now suffer the effects of a traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries can have far reaching effects for the person injured. Often times, much medical attention is needed for the injured person to recover. Sometimes, even medical attention cannot guarantee a full recovery. For those injured due to the negligence of another, the recovery process can be even more difficult.

Luckily, those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or other injury due to the negligence of another have legal rights they can exercise in an attempt to receive just compensation for their trauma. For those who want to collect monetary damages, it is imperative to talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer like those at Barber and Associates, LLC in Anchorage, Alaska. With extensive experience in personal injury law, including traumatic brain injuries, Barber and Associates, LLC can offer knowledgeable legal advice and help you pursue your personal injury case.

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