Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia

Chronic pain is defined as pain which continues for a period beyond three to six months.  Typically, after an accident, the expectation is that the accident victim will have pain for a period of time but will soon progress toward healing.  A diagnosis of chronic pain will often be made if a person does not make any progress toward recovery within the expected or average time range for the specific injuries sustained.

 Chronic pain must be managed in order to allow an injured accident victim to live as normal a life as possible.  This may involve direction from the person’s family physician, as well as guidance and treatment from a specialized pain clinic. Pain clinics offer in depth, multidisciplinary treatment from doctors, therapists, and psychologists.  It is important to recognize that a person living with chronic pain often is forced to deal with  emotional and psychological symptoms as a result of living with pain constantly.

 Fibromyalgia is another diagnosis made after a car or truck accident.  Fibromyalgia and chronic pain have in common the lack of any significant progress toward healing or resolution of the symptoms, but fibromyalgia is also characterized by tender points, or painful areas, located around various joints in the body, as well as diffuse pain, fatigue and often depression.

 Fibromyalgia is best diagnosed by a Rheumatologist who specializes in the management and diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Both chronic pain and Fibromyalgia are complex medical conditions that require proper management from a person’s medical team.

 Proving these types of injuries with appropriate medical evidence is something the lawyers at Becker, Lavin, & Wessler can help you with, if you’ve been injured as a result of an accident.

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