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How to Identify and Cope With the Many Complications of Chronic Pain


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6/12/2014
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You were quick to dismiss thoughts of lawsuits after suffering an on-the-job injury. After all, your insurance would cover your injury treatment, and workers’ compensation should cover the rest, so there was really no need to sue. However, after your fifth physical therapy appointment at Morristown Medical Center, it is clear you may suffer from chronic pain for the rest of your life—and workers’ compensation is unwilling to pay for lifelong treatment. So how can you get the benefits you deserve for the symptoms and other effects of chronic pain?

Where Does Chronic Pain Usually Strike?

Persistent pain may occur anywhere in the body, but most commonly takes the form of joint pain, headaches, backaches, arthritis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and recurring pain at the site of an injury. Chronic pain symptoms will often include:

  • Mild or severe pain that is always present or “comes and goes” at points in the day.
  • Shooting, aching, burning, or stabbing pains in the affected area.
  • Persistent feelings of soreness, tightness, or discomfort in the body.

What Complications Are Associated With Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is not a standalone condition. In addition to the regular pain symptoms, patients will often suffer other physical and emotional problems, such as:

  • Persistent fatigue or increased need to rest.
  • Restlessness or insomnia due to pain.
  • Withdrawal from usual activities, social interaction, or hobbies.
  • Chronic sickness due to a weakened immune system.
  • Mood changes—such as depression, anxiety, irritability, or anger.

The emotional side effects of chronic pain are just as serious as the condition itself. Increased anxiety can intensity feelings of pain, making the chronic condition worse. Depression and fatigue may make the patient reluctant to leave his bed, causing additional physical problems that can further affect recovery. For these reasons, it is important to incorporate cognitive therapies into your recovery, as pain management courses can be highly effective in helping victims cope with the strain of their condition.

What is the biggest problem facing chronic pain sufferers in New Jersey? Leave us a comment below to tell us about the difficulties you have encountered, or click the contact link on this page to ask us a question about your case.



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