Sometimes a car accident can lead to some surprising symptoms. Have you noticed that you’re having more difficulty with your bowel movements after an accident? It may seem counter-intuitive, but traumatic brain injuries can lead to trouble with constipation. Constipation can be a symptom of a concussion or other serious brain trauma. If you are experiencing trouble with bowel movements after an accident you should consult your physician immediately.
When you body is ready for a bowel movement your rectum sends a signal to your brain to initiate the process. According to this medical journal, “ Medical Problems in TBI: Bowel Program in Traumatic Brain Injury: Bowel Movements/Bowel Program in TBI,” after a traumatic brain injury that signal may be blocked. Thus eliminating the body’s response for a necessary bowel movement.
The first step after an accident is to visit your primary physician. Discuss with your doctor your difficulty producing bowel movements and ask him to refer you to a gastroenterologist. After evaluation with your gastroenterologist, you may want to request a colonoscopy, CT Scan or PET Scan to rule out any potential damage to major organs.
Damage to organs, or a potential head injury, is significant enough to retain the services of an attorney. An attorney will make sure that all your medical bills are paid by those who are liable, while also insuring that you get the greatest possible settlement for your pain and suffering.
If you are permanently disabled, your attorney will instruct you to be evaluated by your doctor for a permanency rating. This will give provide a numerical range of damages projected throughout your lifetime for your disability. This will be used as leverage in your settlement.
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