After a car accident sometimes life adds an additional blow. Sometimes chronic pain sets in and the victim discovers that life just will not return to normal, or at least the standard of normal that they were used to before that fateful day.
Dealing with chronic pain after the accident can be difficult but you are not alone and there are proven ways to relieve the daily flare ups.
How to Live a Life of Quality After Your Car Accident
- Know your limits. This sounds pessimistic, but it is not. Knowing your limits means that you can do some things and not feel intense pain. It is better to know exactly what you can handle and do that much, than to stop yourself from doing anything at all for fear of when the pain will hit.
- Do not build up a tolerance to your pain medications. Pain can seem unbearable, and sometimes it can seem so easy to pop another oxycodone pill to find relief before it is actually time. Do not fall into this habit because all you are doing is getting addicted to the medication. When the doctor cuts off your oxycodone, a large percentage of people are resorting to heroin to satisfy the addiction.
- Give physical therapy a chance. Often chronic pain sufferers will quit physical therapy after a few visits because initially the pain actually increases. Who needs that? Well, physical therapy may leave you sore at first but it offers the best chance for a normal life if you can work through the initial pain increase. A tall order when the pain is already intense but PT will end up worthwhile after a few months when you are doing things you never dreamed of.
- Invest in a hot tub if you can afford it, if not visit your local YMCA. A hot tub has proven health benefits and decreased pain and pain pill use over time. Soaking for at least 12 minutes every day in hot water increases circulation to the injured area and helps healing even older injuries.
- Involve your partner and family. Chronic pain sufferers can feel very lonely because no one understands what daily life in pain is like. Involve your loved ones in treatment and talk openly about how you are feeling so they do not feel hurt when you withdraw on bad pain days.
- Do not allow yourself to withdraw from friends or things you enjoy, even if you cannot participate at the same level to which you were accustomed.
Chronic pain and depression seem to go hand in hand. If you find yourself becoming depressed, get professional help immediately. Your pain will be harder to treat if you are also depressed, in fact depression can cause additional pain. Talk to your doctor and get the help you need, there is no shame, only help if you seek it. Chronic pain after an accident occurs in at least 10% of cases. Getting the treatment you need for your chronic pain may be more than just fixing the broken bones. Psychological injuries occur with the pain and trauma of the accident. Do not hesitate to get the help you need to live a full life.
Attorneys' and doctors alike recognize the trauma that a sever accident can cause to all aspects of the victim's health. If you have sustained injuries in an accident, call our Philadelphia car accident attorneys today to see how we can help.
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