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How to Manage Chronic Pain After an Auto Crash

AdobeStock_96275293-1024x683The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex is an amazing to explore, but if someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in an accident things can be very different. While accidents caused by negligence can lead to any number of injuries, chronic pain can be especially difficult to manage. If you’re suffering from chronic pain that was caused by another person’s negligence, you need experienced legal counsel.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines chronic pain as any pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. While acute pain serves the important role of alerting sufferers to a physical problem that needs medical attention, chronic pain is a different story. Chronic pain is simply just pain – and often lasts for a prolonged time. Chronic pain often results from a precipitating injury, and is frequently accompanied by other health problems such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Decreased appetite
  • Changes in mood

Because chronic pain can limit a victim’s ability to move freely, it can lead to decreased flexibility, strength, and overall stamina. In turn, this can cause the victim to have problems carrying out the tasks and pleasures of daily living, which can culminate in depression and anxiety.

If someone else’s negligence has left you suffering from chronic pain, you know how difficult that can be. Chronic pain can negatively affect your life in a variety of ways that continue to compound upon each other. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley in Dallas, Texas, understand how bad these injuries can be, and we’re committed to helping you recover on your losses.

It’s Personal

Chronic pain follows no set pattern. Every occurrence of chronic pain is as unique as the individual who suffers from it. NIH relays that pain is a very subjective experience and that there are no tests with which to measure or locate pain with real accuracy. Instead, your own assessment is critical. Your pain history, which will define your pain on the continuum from sharp to dull, from constant to on-and-off, and from burning to aching, is likely the best indicator of the source and degree of your chronic pain. You and your doctor need to work together closely to devise a treatment plan for your unique pain experience.

Treatment of Chronic Pain

When it comes to chronic pain, treatment focuses on reducing your pain level and improving your function level so that you’re able to resume your daily activities and move forward with your life. Often, chronic pain can’t be cured but, instead, is managed. There are a variety of methods that can be employed to help manage chronic pain:

  • Medications
  • Nerve blocks
  • Surgery
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrical stimulation

There are also some less invasive treatment options that can be effective tools for some people. Such treatments can include psychotherapy, biofeedback, behavior modification, and relaxation therapy.

Chronic Pain and Self-Management

When it comes to managing chronic pain, NIH finds that self-management holds great promise. Self-management programs focus on helping individuals to become active participants in managing their own pain. The approach can include learning and incorporating problem-solving skills, learning to pace oneself, taking on new decision-making strategies, and actively engaging in pain management. The idea behind these programs is that the sufferer of chronic pain needs to learn how to think, feel, and manage better while living with chronic pain. Improving communication between you and your medical provider can empower you in your efforts.

The Brunt of the Work Is on You

If you are experiencing chronic pain after a motor vehicle crash, you’re left with a lot of work to do in the effort to manage that pain. Chronic pain is a journey, and you’re saddled with the job of navigating it. As such, chronic pain is often accompanied by a significant emotional component. It negatively impacts the way you move through your world and life from minute to minute, and you are left having to find mechanisms for dealing with the pain you’ve endured because of another person’s negligence. Many victims of chronic pain experience increased levels of depression and anxiety, which tend to exacerbate the chronic pain itself.

Your Damages

Chronic pain is not a symptom of something, but rather a condition on its own. There are medical expenses involved in the treatment of chronic pain that can include care and treatment from your doctor, specialists, and physical therapists, prescription medications, pain therapy, and psychological therapy.

There are also, however, a variety of other damages associated with chronic pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, you are likely to suffer a loss of wages. Chronic pain can even cause you to experience a diminished earning potential into your future. Further, it can decrease your level of enjoyment in your career and your motivation to seek advancement. All told, chronic pain can cause you to experience serious employment damages.

The emotional damages associated with chronic pain may, however, be the most difficult component of the condition. Chronic pain, after all, is with you all day, every day. This means that everything you do – for as long as the chronic pain is with you – is through the lens of this pain. Because chronic pain can also negatively affect your ability to move freely, it can stop you from enjoying the very things that have the potential to help alleviate your chronic pain. Chronic pain is serious, and its attendant damages should never be discounted.

If Someone Else’s Negligence Has Left You in Chronic Pain, Reyes Browne Reilley is Here to Help

Chronic pain is extremely difficult to manage, and coping with it takes serious work. If another person’s negligence has left you with chronic pain, you need experienced legal counsel to help you recover just compensation. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley in Dallas, Texas, have the knowledge, skill, and compassion to advocate for your right to recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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