There is no set pattern to the onset of chronic pain or how it affects different people on a daily basis.
The pain itself may be constant or variable and, depending upon the condition causing the pain, may affect the whole body, certain parts of the body or may be focused entirely on one area.
We attempt to describe pain in so many ways; “gnawing”, “stabbing”, “shooting”, “like constant electric shocks”, “like a really bad toothache”, but invariably is so difficult to explain exactly what we are experiencing.
Follow this link to an excellent article by a chronic pain sufferer on why it is so difficult to describe your pain.
Inevitably, living with chronic pain can be the trigger for other symptoms, particularly psychological or emotional symptoms such as anger, anxiety and even depression.
It is fairly obvious that chronic pain will take its toll psychologically. How can it not? Indeed, many people suffering chronic pain find that the effect on their mood and feelings worsens to such an extent that they become clinically depressed, sometimes severely. The stress and depression becomes all-consuming, further exacerbating the psychological symptoms and in turn worsening their pain; thus perpetuating a vicious and downward cycle of symptoms.
Follow this link for more information on the psychological effects of chronic pain.
Lethargy, fatique and exhaustion
For some people there is absolutely no respite from their pain. This causes huge problems with sleep, making it difficult to fall sleep in the first place until sheer exhaustion overcomes you. Even then, the pain will awaken you through the night.
Sleep allows the brain time to refresh itself and the body time to heal and recover. When a restful night’s sleep is no more than a distant memory, you will be permanently exhausted and entirely drained of energy; existing not living. Lack of restful sleep begins will begin to affect your body physically, not just mentally.
Follow this link to an article on coping with sleep problems related to chronic pain.
Managing chronic pain
Follow this link for more information on how chronic pain is managed.
“Clare Lowes at BLB Solicitors was my solicitor after I changed from [my previous solicitor]. I can testify that the difference was immediately noticeable. Clare was a whirlwind of activity unlike [my last solicitors]. When you’re in pain 24/7 you have to rely so much on other people and I quickly learnt that I could rely on and trust Clare.” VY (£310,000 received), April 2018
Why do you need a specialist Chronic Pain Syndrome Solicitor?
Over many years, we have worked with hundreds of clients suffering a variety of chronic pain conditions. Accordingly, not only do we have an unrivalled understanding of chronic pain and your requirements, but also excellent working relationships with many of the country’s leading medical experts. As Chronic Pain Syndrome Solicitors, this is knowledge and expertise we use daily for our clients’ benefit.
We understand the fundamental importance of seeking early specialist treatment and are regularly able to arrange funding for the complete range of treatment options.
In summary, what you can expect when you instruct us is:
- access to the leading experts in chronic pain to get you the specialist medical help you so desperately need;
- regular requests for early interim payments to fund the cost of treatment and rehabilitation as recommended by the medical experts;
- consideration as to whether you would benefit from a medically qualified case manager to co-ordinate your treatment, rehabilitation, purchase of specialist equipment and adaptations to your home.
“Andrew, I feel so lucky to have found you. What a difference you made! Let’s face it, with [previous solicitors] the claim was heading for the rocks. Thank you so much.” TR (£265,000 received), October 2018
What will happen when you call us?
For a free, confidential discussion, contact us either using the form at the bottom of this page, or call us on 01225 462871.
One of our specialist Chronic Pain Syndrome solicitors will be waiting to speak with you. They will be able to talk through your situation and make a realistic assessment of how we can maximise your compensation and, crucially, help you to obtain the early, specialist treatment you need.
For information on chronic pain, including the latest on research and treatment, please also keep an eye on our informative and regularly updated Blog.