Learn About Fibromyalgia and Slip and Fall Accidents in Allentown

October 22, 2021

According to the Mayo Clinic, “[f]ibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.” The clinic goes on to state that “[s]ymptoms often begin after an event, such as physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress.” This includes, of course, slip and fall accidents or other types of accidents, such as animal attacks, motor vehicle accidents, and work accidents.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall or any other type of accident that has resulted in fibromyalgia, let an experienced Allentown slip and fall lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis help you with your claims, both insurance and legal.

What Kinds of Pain Do Victims of Fibromyalgia Suffer?

According to Verywellhealth, there are seven primary types of pain associated with fibromyalgia:

  1. Hyperalgesia, or the increased sensitivity to pain
  2. Widespread muscle pain, meaning pain in many areas of the body, often described as “pain all over”
  3. TMJ pain, or temporomandibular joint pain, which is pain in the joint that connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face
  4. Allodynia, which is skin pain upon even the lightest touch
  5. Neuropathic pain, which causes odd feelings of crawling, tingling, burning, itching, or numbness in the arms and legs
  6. Headaches
  7. Abdominal and Pelvic Pain

Accidents Causing Fibromyalgia

Some people, such as women, people with family histories of fibromyalgia, and people with lupus or arthritis, are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than others. Still, as stated by the Mayo Clinic, there is a causal connection between an accident and the onset of fibromyalgia. Any accident causing significant injuries, such as a slip and fall, may trigger fibromyalgia by causing the brain’s pain receptors to become more sensitive. 

The psychological stress of a significant accident, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and emotional distress, can also lead to fibromyalgia. The stress of dealing with relatively uncommon conditions like fibromyalgia may lead to depression and anxiety on top of fibromyalgia’s physical symptoms. 

Personal injury claims can be complicated due to the fact that fibromyalgia symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months after the accident. These symptoms can be physical, emotional, or cognitive in nature. Because of the potential delayed symptoms of fibromyalgia, it is critical that you let an Allentown slip and fall lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis handle your claims so you can be sure that potential future symptoms are accounted for.

Contact an Allentown Slip and Fall Lawyer for Help if You’ve Been Involved in an Accident Leading to Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a risk after any significant accident. Because of the potential for delayed symptoms, let an Allentown slip and fall lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis help you account for this possibility when filing your insurance or legal claims. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.