When involved in a car accident, it is possible that you may suffer from internal bleeding as the result of your injuries. By definition, internal bleeding is any type of bleeding that takes place inside of your body. As such, it is not easy to see or to diagnose. Yet, in some cases, internal bleeding can be a life-threatening condition.
Symptoms of Internal Bleeding
There are a number of symptoms associated with internal bleeding. These include:
- Chest pain
- Low blood pressure
- Passing out
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe headache
- Severe weakness
- Shortness of breath
- Visual problems
- Weakness on one side of the body
You may also notice bloody or dark stool or vomit due to internal bleeding. In addition, if the bleeding is behind the internal organs located inside of your abdomen, you may notice bruising around your belly button or on the sides of your abdomen.
Causes of Internal Bleeding
When involved in a car accident, internal bleeding is typically caused by internal tears and damage to the blood vessels. If you suffer from certain conditions, you will also be more likely to develop internal bleeding. For example, the body is supposed to make proteins to help stop bleeding when you are cut or injured. If your body doesn’t make enough of these clotting proteins, however, you may bleed free. Certain medications, such as blood thinners, will also put you at a higher risk of internal bleeding because they will prevent your blood from clotting as it should. Chronic high blood pressure, inherited bleeding disorders and even gastrointestinal issues can also increase your risk of internal bleeding.
If you have been involved in a car accident, regardless of the injuries you have sustained, you can count on Advanced Spine and Rehab to be beside you every step of the way toward recovery. Contact us today to learn more!