Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Stigma of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is very real and prevalent medical diagnosis, but it is also one that many refuse to accept and acknowledge, whether they are the sufferer of the pain or not.  Pain Pathways magazine (Spring 2011) had a brief article addressing the issue of chronic pain and public perception of the disorder.  Pain Pathways states that patients suffering from chronic pain have two major social issues to overcome when dealing with their diagnosis--perception that others will think that they are weak for reporting their pain, and fear of job loss if they report the condition to their employers.  Additionally, many chronic pain patients also don't want to seek treatment for their condition because they fear that it is untreatable or they don't want to become addicted to pain medications. 

Although these fears are are not unrealistic, they are only serving to harm patients who could otherwise receive very valuable help for their pain problems.  If you or a loved one have been experiencing prolonged pain, seek the counsel of a physician as soon as you are able.  There are a variety of options for chronic pain management that could greatly improve the quality of life for chronic pain sufferers.  Additionally, since chronic pain is becoming more frequently recognized and diagnosed as a primary medical disorder, fewer people are now denying the existence of persistent, significant pain problems.

It is very important to monitor your pain and consult with a knowledgeable physician if you suspect that you may have a case of chronic pain.   Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona, PA and serves the central and western Pennsylvania area.  For more information on him and his firm, please click here.

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