Chronic pain is a very serious and common issue that often arises after a trauma like a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall. The widespread problem is the leading cause of long-term disability in the US. The American Academy of Pain Medicine estimates that more than 1.5 billion people around the world live with chronic pain. For general cases, pain is a natural warning system telling your body that something is wrong after an injury. However, chronic pain persists months after the original cause is gone.
Chronic pain often causes more underlying problems than meets the eye. Complications can seriously hinder your quality of life by making it harder to complete daily tasks, like managing work and home responsibilities. A condition called chronic pain syndrome (CPS) affects about 25% of all people with chronic pain. CPS is diagnosed when symptoms like depression, anxiety and difficulty sleeping arise in addition to pain.
Sometimes, proving that a person has chronic pain syndrome can be a complex process because most of the symptoms are subjective and do not appear on tests or through medical procedures. However, consulting with a medical professional and rehabilitation expert to help establish solid evidence can help increase the chances of a personal injury claim.
Unfortunately, there is no instant cure for chronic pain. However, treatments including medication and or physical therapy, among other things, can help manage pain and relieve symptoms.
3 Tips for Dealing with Chronic Pain
1. Live a healthy lifestyle:
Eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, exercising, getting enough sleep, and limiting alcohol intake can help decrease stress.
2. Find support:
Either by joining a local support group, talking to friends and family or speaking with a professional can enhance your wellbeing.
3. Continue doing what you enjoy:
If you are physically capable, socializing with friends and participating in activities can help distract you and maintain a positive outlook on life.
If you would like more information on how to build a personal injury claim for your chronic pain, please call 613-233-4529 or email us at [email protected]