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3 ways chronic pain from an injury will affect your life

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2022 | Catastrophic Injuries |

The physical limitations caused by an injury are often someone’s primary focus. They worry about whether they can get back to work when they heal or if they will never do their job quite the same again.

The idea of lingering pain often doesn’t arise until someone heals but doesn’t feel entirely better. Chronic pain is a reality for people with issues ranging from degenerative disc disease and carpal tunnel syndrome to traumatic injuries from car crashes.

Chronic pain is often invisible to others but can have a major impact on someone’s daily lived experience and overall quality of life. How will chronic pain affect you on a day-to-day basis? 

It will alter your mood

When you experience daily pain, it may be hard to avoid becoming irritable, especially later in the day when your symptoms are bad. People may also become task avoidant if they associate exercise or their employment with a flare-up of their pain.

Those struggling with chronic pain often also have issues with depression or an increase in emotional deregulation, meaning that they are more prone to angry outbursts.

It will affect your job performance

Even if you try to work through the pain, you will likely notice that you can’t do your job as well as you once did. You may be a little bit slower and therefore less productive. You may feel less safe and therefore less confident when performing certain tasks.

Unless you have a supportive employer and effectively communicate your experience, you might start receiving worse performance reviews and could be at risk of losing your job eventually.

It will affect your sleep

Adequate rest is crucial for your overall health and quality of life. When people don’t have enough sleep, they have trouble making good decisions, managing their emotions and maintaining their focus. Unfortunately, chronic pain tends to have a direct impact on someone’s quality and duration of sleep.

 Pain can keep people from moving into the deeper stages of sleep. It can cause problems when people attempt to fall asleep at night or may wake them up frequently throughout the night. Sleep interruptions and low-quality sleep can have dire implications for someone’s overall health.

Chronic pain can affect your employment, lead to major medical expenses and even affect your closest relationships. Pursuing a personal injury claim can help you cover the costs you have related to an injury and the pain it causes you.