The Pain associated with RSD/CRPS can cause a variety of problems: Depression; Sleep disturbance; Suicidal Tendencies; Anxiety; Loss of Libido; Reduced Memory Retention; Mood Swings; Isolation; Despair; Reduced Quality of Life.
It has been documented that depression and anxiety can often occur with persistent pain disorders and the RSD/CRPS sufferers are no exception. The National Health Organization estimates there are approximately 6,000,000 RSD/CRPS patients in the US with up to 50% suffering from depression at any time. Over recent years there has been an increase in pain clinics offering psychological help due to the fact that; “Recognition that chronic pain is a complex neurophysiological, behavioral and psychological phenomenon has led to the development of innovative treatment programs. The programs share one common assumption: If chronic pain is complex, then a combination of treatment techniques are required to successfully treat patients.” (Keefe 1982)
Feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn’t mean that you are crazy, or weak, or flawed. It only means that you have more pain than you can cope with right now.
Life with severe, constant pain is very hard and there will be times when what is already excruciating flares up to being beyond comprehension in terms of pain. When these times occur, you must take extra special care of yourself physically and mentally relying on family and friends to assist you.
Depression associated with RSD/CRPS cannot be attributable to only the pain, but also the social changes it sometimes brings to the life of the sufferer, which can be numerous and often devastating:
There is little wonder that depression becomes an integrated symptom of RSD/CRPS Patients
Belt Law Firm, P.C., is an Alabama law firm with extensive national experience in representing RSD/CRPS afflicted persons and handling RSD/CRPS cases with a focus on regional litigation in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Delaware. To learn more, call the firm toll-free at 205-933-1500 or use its online form.
The personal injury attorneys at Belt Law Firm have successfully represented RSD/CRPS clients in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. These cases involved injuries from automobile accidents (shoulder injury, ankle fracture), product malfunctions (hand crush, wrist fracture), slip and falls (knee contusion, wrist fracture), poorly performed blood draws (antecubital pain), and crush injuries (ankle, Achilles tendon).
Among the settlements we have achieved in RSD/CRPS cases are: $2,500,000 for a (AL) slip and fall case involving a woman who developed RSD after suffering a broken wrist, $1,300,000 for a (FL) case where a woman developed RSD after an improperly performed blood draw, and $800,000 for a (TN) woman who developed RSD after suffering a bruised knee due to a slip and fall in a grocery store. ...Read More