Chronic pain – diagnosis & misconceptions
Chronic pain is sometimes known as the hidden disability, since the symptoms are not visible, and unfortunately people living with chronic pain are often accused of faking or imagining their condition.
This can be devastating for the the injured person suffering from this very real condition and can only make their situation more difficult.
Our years of experience in dealing with the subject of chronic pain have given our legal experts a good understanding of the situation and this allows us to provide the best possible support and advice to our clients.
Read on to find out more about chronic pain, from complex diagnosis to common misconceptions about pain.
Diagnosing chronic pain
The diagnosis of chronic pain is complex and difficult, since pain is a personal and subjective experience. It is impossible to locate and accurately measure pain and so the doctor’s only means of identifying pain is through the patient’s feedback on the type of pain, the location and the severity of it.
Doctors seek feedback from patients on the sharpness or dullness of the pain, whether constant or periodical, whether burning or aching. This is information is used to create a pain history.
Chronic pain can occur throughout the body in various locations and patients work with professionals to identify the causes of this pain and the best ways to relieve it. The best treatment is devised in this personal, tailor-made way.
Common misconceptions about chronic pain
Chronic pain is a complex condition but perhaps the most troublesome aspect of the situation is that the ways we address acute pain are not necessarily relevant to addressing chronic pain.
When acute pain signals a specific injury or issue we rest in order to allow the injury to heal, but reducing activity and functionality can be the completely wrong thing to do when addressing chronic pain.
This is just one of the common misconceptions about chronic pain. Other misconceptions include:
Chronic pain is just in the patient’s head
If they look fine, they can’t be in pain
People who seek treatment for chronic pain are simply weak
People who take strong medication become addicted to drugs
Side effects of painkillers can be severe, causing death
Patients will have to frequently increased their dosage to get the same relief
Ignoring pain will make it go away
People living with chronic pain simply have to deal with it
All of these statements are, of course, false. Chronic pain is not in the patient’s head, but is a real medical condition. Many people feel trapped and helpless because they keep their feelings to themselves but they should be confident to come forward and seek help because effective treatments are available.
Chronic pain may be invisible, but the sufferers shouldn’t be. Pain management specialists are experienced in dealing with chronic pain and they can prescribe painkillers and treatments which deliver results over time. Moore Blatch solicitors have strong relationships with leading experts in the field of pain management, who will ensure that the client’s condition is fully diagnosed and understood, so that they obtain all of the compensation to which they are entitled.