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Pam Hallman to Meet with the U.S. Congressional Brain Injury Task Force13-Oct-2017

On October 25, our own Pam Hallman has been chosen to represent domestic violence and brain injury survivors across the country in front of the U.S. Congressional Brain Injury Task Force at a brie.. Read More...

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BIA HOME : Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Dealing with brain injury is a daunting task, especially at the beginning. There are so many questions, it can be hard to know where to start. Some questions you will not think of until much later, even through the answers would be helpful at the beginning. We have compiled a list of questions that some of our survivors wished they asked their doctors when they first found out about their brain injuries. This is not a comprehensive list, but a starting place to help you get information you may need. We do not offer answers to these questions; answers will be unique to your situation and it is best to get the right information from your doctor.

  • What is the diagnosis?

  • What kind of evaluative tests can be given to better assess the injury?

  • What are the possible symptoms I could experience?

  • What kind of precautions should I take?

  • What is the treatment plan for the diagnosis?

  • What are the positive and negative aspects of the treatment?

  • What are the steps in the healing process?

  • (If being put on a medication): What are the side effects of the medication?

  • (If being put on a medication): Are there alternatives to taking prescription drugs for the rest of my life?

  • What therapies are available to help improve abilities?

    • If you notice you have a problem with something in particular, such as memory or coordination, as your doctor about therapies related to improving specific problem areas.

  • What medical devices can help pain prevention or assist in living?

  • How will progress be evaluated

  • (If frequent headaches are an issue): Are there other factors, such as vision, hearing, or vertigo, contributing to the headaches?