Chronic pain is a great challenge, but not an uncommon one. If you’re struggling with chronic pain yourself, we can help. We’ve fought for thousands of chronic pain sufferers and helped them get the compensation they deserve.
Pain ordinarily functions as a useful signal that lets you know something is wrong with your body. It’s a normal part of dealing with injuries and illnesses. Pain that works in this way, as a defence mechanism, is referred to as ‘acute.’
Chronic pain syndrome, or CPS, is something very different. It is pain that recurs over long periods of time, long after any causative injury or illness has been resolved. Chronic pain is typified by lasting for three months or more.
Chronic pain is not only physically exhausting. It can also have a devastating emotional and mental impact.
If you have chronic pain stemming from an injury inflicted on you through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation in exchange for all the negative effects it has had on your life.
If you’re ready to start a claim or simply like to discuss your chronic pain experiences, we’d be happy to help. You can reach us on 0808 164 9153 for free.
Chronic Pain Defined
In diagnosing chronic pain syndrome, the duration of the pain you experience is the key factor. Pain that persists beyond the expected recovery time for an illness or injury may qualify as chronic the longer it goes on. Pain lasting for more than 12 weeks is typically considered chronic.
Chronic pain does not have to be constant; brief symptom-free periods in between bouts of recurrent pain are common to chronic pain sufferers.
Physical symptoms can vary widely, but they typically including aching sensations, shooting pain, or feelings of stiffness and tightness.
If you’re struggling with chronic pain and the cause was an accident that wasn’t your fault, we might be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us free of charge on 0808 164 9153 to speak to our legally-trained advisors about your situation. We provide free, confidential advice and help you determine whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim.
Chronic Pain: Potential Causes
There are a host of different causes that may cause chronic pain, some of which are difficult or almost impossible to determine. Chronic pain without a clear cause is especially hard to treat. Many cases of chronic pain can be directly attributed to an injury.
Common causes include:
- Car accidents
Head or brain injuries
Spinal cord damage
Amputation (amputation may cause ‘phantom pain’ in a limb that has been removed)
Regardless of its origin, the chronic pain you suffer is real. If that pain is the result of an accident which you did not cause yourself, we can help you seek compensation. Call us on 0808 164 9153 for a free, confidential consultation with our friendly advisors. We’ll help you find out whether or not you’re eligible for compensation.
Chronic Pain Conditions
Fibromyalgia Syndrome, or FMS, is a common condition characterized by pain spread all over the body. Fibromyalgia may be caused by extreme physical or emotional trauma, including serious injuries. Deeply emotional events, such as the death of a loved one or giving birth, may cause Fibromyalgia.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia besides prolonged pain include headaches, fatigue, and cognitive impairment (difficulty concentrating and remembering).
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RDS)
RDS is a condition also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS. RDS is particularly common after a serious injury of the arms or legs. Bone fractures, crushing injuries, and amputation are all particularly likely to cause RDS, but the syndrome may also be seen following more minor injuries like severe sprains. RDS may only begin to present symptoms months after the causative injury.
RDS symptoms include throbbing or burning pain, swelling, sensitivity, and motion impairment. Symptoms can last months or even years.
Myofascial pain is a condition brought on injury or strain of a specific muscle, tendon, or ligament, or a group of such tissues together. Symptoms include muscle spasm, muscle pain, and tenderness