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1) Treatment Issues
One, have your questions about chronic pain been ignored during your treatment? Have you asked about specific issues relating to your pain that have been ignored? Occasionally, an underlying issue might appear less serious than it actually is and not get the attention it deserves. If you think this might be the case, there may have been some mistakes in your treatment.
Two, don’t wait for somebody to admit fault. Mistakes happen all the time and things can arise from untreated symptoms. If you feel like an injury has not received the attention it requires, get a second opinion from another medical expert in the same field. You deserve proper treatment and it’s always okay to ask for that second opinion.
Seek legal counsel. They’ll usually be able to tell you in the space of a short consultation if your case qualifies for a closer look.
2) Medication is Making Your Pain Worse
ain medication is designed to make your life more tolerable. Personal injuries can be devastating to your way of life physically, mentally, and emotionally. And when pain is too much to handle, we’re grateful for the scientific engineering that makes it possible to live through the agony caused by the aches and the breaks.
But for a handful of individuals, pain medication can actually make the pain worse. Unfortunately, the longer a person takes painkillers, the less effective they often are. The physical and emotional trauma of an injury can be very tough to deal with, but painkillers are not a long-term solution. Over time, they can make your pain more difficult to live with.
In addition to dependency issues, over an extended period of time, pain medication can make it harder to sleep and harder to function during the day, which can create even more health challenges.
So, what can you do if you feel like your medication is making your chronic pain worse?
First, seek help. The best course is to talk to your doctor about the possibility of changing your prescription.
Ask your doctor if it may help to introduce a new regime of physical exercise to help deal with your symptoms. Chronic pain can be hard to live with, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. There are many trained people ready and willing to help you find solutions that work for you.
3) Making an Insurance Claim
I ran into an old friend a couple of weeks ago. He was on crutches because he’d been in a crash. It turns out the injury he had left him with pain that’s gone on and on for over a year. His doctors are doing everything they can to help, but they’re telling him that they don’t know if the pain will ever completely go away.
It’s been more than a year since his crash, and his life has changed completely because of what he’s been through. As he and I talked, he was surprised to learn that because of what happened in the crash, there may be insurance available to help him deal with everything he’s been through and currently dealing with.
Since it’s been over a year since the crash, it really surprised him that I might be able to help him. He’s been so focused just on trying to get better, he didn’t think about making a claim.
It’s not always clear whether someone else might have been responsible for your crash, the accident, or the fall you’ve had, but even if a lot of time has passed, it’s worth looking into.
The time limits in Utah give you quite a fair amount of time to look into whether you want to bring a claim.
4) Treating an Injury After an Accident
Probably the most important thing to know is that if you have any questions about the severity of an injury, you should talk to a doctor as quickly as you can. This might mean talking to your family doctor, calling an urgent care, or calling the emergency room. They can give you good counsel about whether you need to come in and see them right away, or if there are other less expensive options.
For many types of sprains, strains, bruises, and abrasions, doctors will prescribe RICE, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four things help keep swelling and pain under control and give your body time to heal.
Pain control is a critical component of healing. To help keep pain under control, doctors may prescribe a variety of medications. Which medication you are prescribed will depend on the severity of your pain, any other health conditions you have, and existing medications you are taking.
If your pain continues for months and becomes chronic, your doctor may consider other options to help manage your pain to keep the amount of medication you’re taking under control.
One alternative long-term pain management strategy is heat, such as using hot packs, hot whirlpools, and steam rooms to help with the perception of pain and to keep your muscles loose and painful joints moving.
Another alternative pain management strategy is physical movement and therapy. The latest science on pain is that movement helps. Under the direction of your doctor or a confident physical therapist or chiropractor, there are a variety of movement exercises you can do to keep painful areas moving, to strengthen and support the muscles and the joints around the area, and to strengthen and support the peripheral structures to help keep your pain down.
Along with these, there are complementary pain treatments like acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units, spinal cord stimulators, and many, many others.
Do you or your loved one need help with a serious injury and have questions about these 4 ways to get ahead on your chronic pain case? Contact experienced Salt Lake City personal injury lawyer Brad DeBry for a free consultation.