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"Talk and Die Syndrome" - Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 1st, 2009

Although nothing has been confirmed, it appears as though prominent pitchman Billy Mays from symptoms linking to a traumatic brain injury. If confirmed, this will be the second case of TBI to have led to the death of a famous personality.

Upon his arrival into Orlando yesterday, the plane experienced an unusually rough landing. Mays hit his head very hard against articles falling from overhead. Before he went to sleep later that night, he expressed to his wife how much his head hurt. Last winter, actress Natasha Richardson died from a traumatic brain injury after falling while learning how to ski.

TBI is a form of brain damage that occurs after hitting your head and damaging the brain. Depending on the severity of the impact, symptoms of TBI can range from severe to very mild, in some cases just a headache. In each case involving the celebrities, both suffered headaches, however neither felt anything overly serious.

The risks of TBI are very serious and many cases are fatal. Symptoms to watch for:
? Headache that will not go away
? Repeated vomiting and/or nausea
? Convulsions or seizures
? Dilation of one or both pupils
? Slurred speech
? Weakness of numbness in extremities
? Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation

Unfortunately, there is little a doctor can do to reverse the effects of TBI. However given enough time, medical personnel can stabilize an individual with TBI and work on preventing other injuries. Depending on the severity of the cases, patients receive either a skull and neck x-ray or a CT scan.

If one experiences any of these symptoms combined with trauma to the head, they should seek medical attention immediately. If one experiences head trauma of any kind the safest option involves seeking medical attention immediately. Both Richardson and Mays complained only of headaches and were both too late in receiving help. These cases are examples of why TBI is nicknamed the ’talk and die syndrome.?