Going through personal injury is always difficult. It has the potential to lead to lasting physical, emotional, mental, and financial effects. Some of these lasting effects can include chronic pain. This is a reality that all too many Americans have to deal with. In fact, the American Pain Foundation estimates that approximately 36 million Americans have dealt with chronic pain that has lasted more than a year. If you have been dealing with the same type of pain for more than three months after your accident, you may be suffering from chronic pain yourself. Unfortunately, chronic pain usually does not occur in a vacuum. On the contrary, it may bring about some lasting emotional and mental side effects as well. One of these side effects is depression.
It can feel hopeless and isolating to have to deal with chronic pain, depression, and the like. Oftentimes, such issues can exacerbate any existing issues you already had before your accident occurred. For instance, you may have worried about your potential loss of income immediately following your accident. Now that you are dealing with chronic pain and depression, it may feel as though you have yet another obstacle in your way to returning to work. Your new conditions may also cause you to feel less productive, which makes you feel even more depressed. We know that the reaches of both chronic pain and depression are far and ever-reaching. In fact, they have the potential to touch every area of your life. That is why, in this blog post, we aim to help you better understand a few major coping mechanisms for dealing with chronic pain and depression after suffering personal injury. Read on to find out more.
When it comes to choosing a doctor after your accident, you will of course want to find someone who is experienced in treating the same type of personal injury that you are suffering from. In other words, if you have suffered from a dog bite accident, you will want to make sure you see a doctor who has experience in treating dog bite accidents. The same goes for medical malpractice issues, nursing home abuse, and any other context personal injury may occur. You will want to read all the relevant reviews, see all the relevant accreditation, and make sure your doctor has all the relevant experience. These things probably seem like natural steps for you to take already.
However, this should not be the end-all, be-all for you when choosing a physician. Sometimes, the supposed best doctor in the field may not be the right doctor for you. Especially because recovering from personal injury can be such an emotional matter, it is important for you to choose a physician that you have 100 percent faith and trust in. This will encourage you to maintain open communication about your condition, which in turn leads to better treatment.
Your ideal doctor should have a good combination of open communication, trust, and experience. This should allow them to provide you with the best possible recovery plan for your specific situation. Once you have found such a physician, you should try to adhere to their treatment plan for you as much as possible. This includes being diligent about staying on your set medication schedule. Failure to do all this not only has the potential to worsen your injuries, but can also be seen by the courts, insurance agencies, and any other relevant parties as a way for you to deliberately exacerbate your condition in order to maximize your payment. This may prevent you from collecting the full damages you are owed—which certainly will not help with your existing chronic pain and depression.
Being open with your physician about your emotional and physical state may also lead to them providing you with some recommendations on good psychologists they know. If you find yourself dealing with any sort of significant emotional distress following an accident, it is imperative that you see a mental health professional as soon as possible in order to manage your symptoms. Remember: It is not just your body that is important. It is your mind, too. Put your overall health first and remember to treat whatever needs to be treated—and to take your mental health professional as seriously as you would any other physician.
Good news: You may be able to help speed up your recovery process by taking a vested interest in your health. A simple and easy way to do this is to just pay attention to the things that seem to cause you more stress and pain. Every time you think you have identified a potential trigger, write it down in a notebook and pay attention to how it progresses or changes. Remember to bring these notes with you to your next doctor’s appointment, so the two of you can discuss potential treatment options. If this sounds too complicated, it may be easier for you to start off by logging your pain levels everyday along with any activities you complete, any food you eat, or anything else that could potentially relevant. You will also want to make sure that you are protecting your health by refraining from any unhealthy habits. This looks different for everybody. For one person, it may mean quitting smoking; for another, it may mean cutting back on drinking or introducing exercise to their everyday routine. Ask your doctor if there are any lifestyle changes you may be able to make in order to help your condition.
If you or a loved one have recently suffered personal injury, the nationwide personal injury attorneys at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. We are a Colorado-based firm dedicated to helping victims all around the country. No matter where you are located in the United States, our team of experts and investigators may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our qualified lawyers.