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Seeking relief of chronic pain after a spinal cord injury

Once, you may have heard someone say that pain is a good thing because it lets you know when something is wrong. Without pain, you may not realize that you need to slow down, give up certain foods or see a doctor. However, since your accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, you are experiencing pain in parts of your body where you have no other sensations. This pain, called neuropathic pain, is not useful.

A spinal cord injury that left you partially or completely paralyzed may also have damaged the nerves that send the pain messages to your brain. Because of this damage, those nerves continually fire pain messages even in the areas of your body where you have no feeling or mobility. Dealing with neuropathic pain is one more element of life with a spinal cord injury.

Unconventional methods of pain relief

An accident resulting from someone else's negligence has left you a very different person. You may be unable to do many of the things you did prior to the accident. Perhaps you cannot even move from one room to the next without assistance. However, the cruelest part of your injury may be the chronic pain. Neuropathic pain can jeopardize your quality of life and may lead to depression and feelings of despair.

Most frustrating of all is that traditional pain medication, even the strongest opioids, do little to combat the pain and may even place you at risk of serious complications, such as breathing issues, constipation and addiction. However, some alternative methods of pain control have offered relief to other victims of spinal cord injuries, including:

  • Surgical use of electrodes to destroy the pain neurons
  • Chemical or surgical nerve blocks
  • Electromagnetic stimulation of your brain or spinal cord
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Biofeedback training
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise and physical therapy

Some of these are experimental and may not fall within the coverage of your insurance. Additionally, some methods of pain management may take considerable time to show real progress. It is important that you find the relief you need; however, it is also tragic that the high cost of treatment may leave you suffering in pain.

Following an accident that results in damage to your spinal cord, you may benefit from seeking the advice and representation of a California attorney who has extensive experience seeking maximum compensation for victims of catastrophic injuries.

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