Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia

banner-chronicChronic Pain and Fibrolmyalgia can have devastating effects on your ability to care for your family, care for your home and yard, and return to work after a collision.  Cases involving these types of injuries from a car accident are hotly disputed, and often involve trial.  The diagnosis of fibromyalgia or chronic pain syndrome stemming from a car accident is a difficult thing for an insurance company to accept.  Even within the medical community and despite the medical literature, there are skeptics.  Many people, and these people might be on a jury, think that the injured person is just faking it to get more money from a settlement.

Specialist opinions from rheumatologists are required in cases like this. These doctors have the training and experience to identify and diagnose the condition, clarify the science, and relay to the insurance company, and possibly the Court, that the condition is real, and that effects of fibromyalgia on a person’s life are real as well.

Fibromyalgia is diagnosed on the criteria of Widespread Pain, and the Severity of the Symptoms.  These symptoms have to have been at a fairly consistent level for at least 3 months, and there can’t be another disorder that would otherwise account for the pain that the person is feeling.

Widespread pain is tested by your doctor pushing on “trigger points.” The trigger points are located in the shoulder girdle, upper arm, lower arm, hip, upper leg, lower leg, jaw, chest, abdomen, upper back, lower back,and neck.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia are (1) getting tired easily or fatigued easily, (2) waking from sleeping and still feeling tired, and (3) problems with cognition.  The Severity of the these three symptoms are assessed on a scale of 0 to 3, with 0 being no problem, and 3 being that the symptom causes you continuous, severe, and life-disturbing problems.

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