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Fibromyalgia and Proper Treatment After a RI Car Accident

This Personal Injury Law Article  concerning Car Accidents and  Fibromyalgia was authored by John J Page. This Auto Accident article was approved by Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer, David Slepkow 401-437-110. Email Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney

Fibromyalgia is generally described as musculoskeletal pain with accompanying fatigue, mood alteration, and tiredness. The following article discusses the common symptoms of fibromyalgia, how it can be caused by a motor vehicle accident, and what types of treatment are available.

Fibromyalgia is a serious medical condition that can be caused by many different types of stress, illness, and trauma. Fibromyalgia is also a common injury following a car accident. In a lot of instances, a motor vehicle accident not only causes physical injury, but also psychological trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a car crash can play a role in causing someone to suffer from fibromyalgia. Moreover, if a person has a family history of fibromyalgia in their genes, it is possible this could increase their chances of developing the disorder if they experience physical injury or emotional trauma.

Medical professionals often tell individuals suffering from fibromyalgia that their symptoms will disappear shortly after their traumatic experience. Unfortunately, this is all too often a failure to recognize the condition itself and often delays a patient’s treatment.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia often appear immediately following an auto accident. An accident can also be the trigger that begins a gradual onset of fibromyalgia symptoms over a period of time. Some of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia are as follows:

  • Tender Points: These are painful areas found in the soft tissues of the shoulders, chest, hips, shins, elbows, knees, neck, and back. There is usually a focal point of tenderness and the pain spreads out from that point.
  • Deep Aches
  • Shooting Pain
  • Burning Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Headaches
  • Decreased Ability to Exercise
  • General Fatigue
  • Problems Sleeping
  • Mood Alteration

If you are experiencing any of the fibromyalgia symptoms listed above, you should consult with your medical provider immediately. If diagnosed with fibromyalgia, your medical provider will often treat the condition with physical therapy, specific types of exercise geared towards the affected area, relaxation techniques, and various stress relieving activities. Medication is often used initially to decrease the extreme pain associated with fibromyalgia.

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia as a result of an accident that you believe was caused by another person’s negligence, it is important you do not accept any settlement until you have fully recovered. Insurance companies often pressure individuals to settle early on to escape paying for the full course of fibromyalgia treatment. This can cause financial ruin to victims suffering from fibromyalgia. It is important to do your research and be familiar with your legal rights and options.

Page Law is committed to providing each and every one of its clients with the personal attention they need and deserve. Our St Louis personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of cases from motor vehicle accidents to dog bites. For more information about how we can help you with your specific situation, call (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.

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