A significant bill relating to chronic pain has reached the neighboring Ohio State Senate. Last month, a bill was passed by the Ohio State House’s Health and Aging Committee in the Ohio State Senate, which will educate Ohio practicing physicians about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a chronic pain disease that is characterized by burning pain, excessive sweating, swelling of the tissues, and becoming very sensitive to touch.
According to a recent article covering the bill, it is mentioned that “The average CRPS patient might see five doctors before it is diagnosed”. Additionally, the article stated that chronic pain affects more than 116 million people and costs as much as $650 billion each year in treatment and lost productivity. This particular bill is the product of the work of a local Akron, Ohio carpenter who suffered from the syndrome for years. He has been working on trying to get this bill passed for the past five years. The bill still has to pass the House of Representatives and the Governor’s office for his signature. Proponents of the bill believe that the governor will be willing to sign it.
Different diagnoses exist within the larger realm of chronic pain. Working with your physician and seeing what your exact diagnosis and treatment options are is the only way to find an effective, realistic pain management treatment. If you would like more information about this page or central Pennsylvania attorney Doug Stoehr's areas of practice, contact our Altoona, Pennsylvania, law firm by calling 814-946-4100.