An injury, no matter the cause, will cause some pain. However, depending on the location of the injury and the severity of the accident which caused it, the amount of pain you experience will vary. Pain from an injury can be debilitating: it can keep you from walking, exercising, working, and even sleeping. In their treatments for your injuries, doctors and other medical professionals will try to limit your pain or eradicate it completely. Unfortunately, this is not always easily done, which is the case with chronic pain syndrome.
Chronic Pain Syndrome refers to pain which persists beyond a doctor’s expectations, usually more than six months. It is difficult to come to a concrete definition of chronic pain syndrome, but it is generally thought of as pain which exceeds the time required for the affected tissues to heal. In a case of chronic pain syndrome, it is hard to say when exactly the pain will diminish if it ever will.
Chronic pain can stem from any number of injuries and ailments, from a traumatic car accident to rheumatoid arthritis. In severe cases, the manner of pain can be aching, burning, or shooting; minor cases involve feelings of tightness and soreness. Other effects of chronic pain syndrome include:
Drug and alcohol abuse
Decreased energy and sex drive
Attempts to manage chronic pain include anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, nerve blocks, physiotherapy, antidepressants, and physical therapy/relaxation techniques. The treatment of chronic pain syndrome must be custom tailored to an individual patient’s needs. There is no universal approach. Among the types of pain which can become chronic are somatic pain and visceral pain.
Somatic pain relates to the skin and deep tissues. The pain felt from over-exercising, being cut or burned, even headaches, are described as somatic pain. Somatic pain can be felt in the muscles. Due to the supply of nerves to these parts tissues, muscle, and bone, somatic pain can be quite intense.
Visceral pain relates to the internal organs. This type of pain is often not as concentrated as somatic pain, presenting instead of an intense pain a duller pain, the source of which can be difficult to locate.
If you suffer from chronic pain syndrome due to the negligence of a driver, property owner, or medical practitioner, you should contact a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney at once. Your pain may cause long-term problems in your life, including a loss of money to medical bills and a loss of wages. It can also be a detriment to your quality of life. In the event of such lasting pain, you should seek compensation.
There is much and more to read on the subject of chronic pain syndrome. For more information on pain, medical treatments, and Pennsylvania accidents, see the many articles on the Carpey Law website, all of which can be found in our blog category section.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.