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By: Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law (Lawyers) | Published 12/11/2016
Some types of chronic pain can come from an injury as a result of an accident. Chronic pain can start out with sporadic episodes that turn into more constant suffering.
Chronic pain can result from surgery, fibromyalgia and more. The problem with this disorder is that while it can drastically alter someone’s life sometimes the root cause can be hard to pinpoint.
Did you know that about 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from chronic pain?
Chronic pain can affect men or women and while it is most common in middle age individuals, it can affect people at any age. This disorder can affect your family life, your social life, and your work life. No one can "see" the pain you or your loved one is going through but they can see its devastating effects.
Chronic pain affects every aspect of your life. It can hinder those quality moments with family and friends. It can take a toll on your relationships. It can make attempting to work virtually impossible. Sufferers can often become depressed and withdrawn. When other people cannot see what you are going through it can be difficult for them to relate to you and understand.
The treatment of chronic pain is often very challenging and costly. I t may involve opioid use, nerve blocks and other pharmaceutical interventions. Activity may be limited by chronic pain and the result can be spiralling depression for some. Sadly some people who suffer from chronic pain go on to self-medicate and to become addicted to various drugs, both prescribed and not prescribed. The dangers of seeking opioids on the street currently are great, with deadly fentanyl and carfentanyl being distributed as morphine.
The ‘war on drugs’ aimed at the abuse of opioids by street level addicts has done little to help those who are being treated by physicians for chronic pain. In many cases physicians are reducing the options for bona fide patients in response to pressure from the government. It is a fact that there need to be tools for managing moderate to severe pain which may include the use of opioids and other analgesics in combination with other approaches. Health care patients and practitioners both require careful education about the effects, limitations and dangers of the use of all pain medications and therapies.
The Canadian Pain Society published a fact sheet in June 2014 which contains these interesting facts:
- 50% of people waiting for care at Canadian pain clinics have moderate to severe levels of depression and 1/3 think about suicide.
- 72.9% of people waiting to see a pain clinic report pain interferes with work
- 20% of Canadian adults suffer chronic pain
- Uncontrolled chronic pain compromises immunity, promotes tumor growth and results in increased death rates following surgery
- People living in pain have double the suicide rate of the regular population
At Paquette, Travers, & Deutschmann, we are here to help you whether you need to file a personal injury lawsuit or need to file a disability claim. We have experience on both sides of this issue and our team is highly skilled and ready to assist you.
With years of experience behind us we understand the often complex world of chronic pain. We will review your case thoroughly and help you determine the best course of action that is appropriate for you. Contact us today to set up your free consultation.