According to the American Pain Foundation, approximately 36 million Americans have dealt with chronic pain lasting over one year. When pain lasts over three months after injury, it is considered chronic. With chronic pain often follows depression. Below are some basic tips to help a person that is dealing with pain and depression following an injury.
Perhaps you have been injured at work and are currently out of work dealing with a significant amount of pain. There are a variety of work related injuries with the most common being back injuries. You may be depressed not only from the severe pain but for the fact that your life is not what it used to be; you miss your work and being able to feel productive.
Chronic pain can be so severe that it interrupts all avenues of life. For example, you may not be able to sleep due to being in such pain. Also, there can be severe muscle pain, mood disorders, and impaired mental as well as physical performance.
If you have been injured and believe you are on a path to chronic pain, please follow some of these tips below.
- Make certain you are seeing a doctor that you trust 100 percent and that you can communicate how you are feeling.
- Your doctor needs to have some experience in dealing with pain management.
- Since depression often follows chronic pain, have not only a good doctor but a psychiatrist that can help you through the emotional difficulties that prevail due to pain.
- Be open and honest in your communication with your doctor and psychiatrist.
- If you are on medications, make certain you are taking them properly and not abusing them.
- Identify the types of things in your life that stress you out more and cause more pain. Do all that you can do to minimize this in your life.
- Under a doctor’s care, find out what exercises are acceptable for you due to your injury. Exercise releases natural endorphins that make us feel much better. Proper exercise is vital.
- Take extra good care of your health through healthy eating habits and limiting the alcohol and tobacco.
- Sometimes a massage is recommended and can do wonders on making you feel much better.
If you have experienced severe chronic pain due to a work related injury and feel that you are not being supported and you are not receiving the proper treatment you need, call our experienced Colorado personal injury attorney Mack Babcock for a free consultation.