Chronic pain is an invisible ailment, and long after the accident wounds have healed, it persists in negatively affecting those suffering from it.
According to Web MD,
“Chronic pain lasts longer than acute pain and is generally somewhat resistant to medical treatment. It’s usually associated with a long-term illness, such as osteoarthritis. In some cases, such as with fibromyalgia, it’s one of the defining characteristic of the disease. Chronic pain can be the result of damaged tissue, but very often is attributable to nerve damage.
Both acute and chronic pain can be debilitating, and both can affect and be affected by a person’s state of mind. But the nature of chronic pain — the fact that it’s ongoing and in some cases seems almost constant — makes the person who has it more susceptible to psychological consequences such as depression and anxiety. At the same time, psychological distress can amplify the pain.
About 70% of people with chronic pain treated with pain medication experience episodes of what’s called breakthrough pain. Breakthrough pain refers to flares of pain that occur even when pain medication is being used regularly. Sometimes it can be spontaneous or set off by a seemingly insignificant event such as rolling over in bed. And sometimes it may be the result of pain medication wearing off before it’s time for the next dose.”
However, there are many coping mechanisms that sufferers can employ to reduce their discomfort and pain, such as:
- Learn deep breathing or meditation to help you relax.
- Reduce stress in your life. Stress intensifies chronic pain.
- Boost chronic pain relief with the natural endorphins from exercise.
- Cut back on alcohol, which can worsen sleep problems.
- Join a support group. Meet others living with chronic pain.
- Don’t smoke. It can worsen chronic pain.
- Track your pain level and activities every day.
- Learn biofeedback to decrease migraine and tension headache pain.
- Get a massage for chronic pain relief.
- Eat a healthy diet if you’re living with chronic pain.
- Find ways to distract yourself from pain so you enjoy life more.”
If you or a loved one is having difficulty managing chronic pain that was triggered by an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
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