What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia after Injury?

Melanie Burden Personal Injury Solicitor
Author:
Melanie Burden
Solicitor, Head of Serious Injury Claims
Date:
16/02/2021

Fibromyalgia is a form of long-term Chronic Pain and can be caused by injury in an accident, including both minor and serious injuries.

Fibromyalgia has many common symptoms, such as:

  • Pain and muscle stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Depression
  • Difficulties with memory and concentration (sometimes called Fibro Fog)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

It’s thought that any trauma to the central nervous system can trigger the onset of Fibromyalgia, and research has shown that that as many as 20 to 25% of people suffering with the condition had an accident shortly before the onset of their symptoms.

If you suffer a traumatic accident that causes injuries such as whiplash, you could develop Post Traumatic Fibromyalgia. And if you already suffer with the condition, then suffering an injury in an accident can make your symptoms worse.

If you’ve developed Fibromyalgia because you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s only right that you can access the care, support and rehabilitation you need to live with your condition.

Our Serious Injury Solicitors are experts and can help you claim compensation and get the best possible treatment from specialists such as Rheumatologists, Neurologists and Psychologists.

Contact us for a free claims assessment and we’ll be happy to talk with you about your circumstances and how we can help you. We can often act on a No Win, No Fee basis - ask us for details.

If you’re already making a Fibromyalgia Claim with another Solicitor, but you feel that your symptoms of Fibromyalgia haven’t been recognised and you’d like a second opinion, contact us and we can discuss if we can take this on for you.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms 

Pain and Muscle Stiffness

A person with Fibromyalgia may experience painful sensations such as:

  • Burning
  • Throbbing
  • Shooting pains
  • Stabbing pains
  • Very painful periods in women

These may appear in muscles that are used more regularly.

Fatigue

Although the level of fatigue in some Fibromyalgia sufferers can be mild, in others it can be significant and cause huge problems in their day-to-day life. For example:

  • They can find it hard to concentrate
  • Their limbs weigh heavily, making it hard to move
  • Sleeplessness

The nature of Chronic Pain means it can be hard to sleep deeply enough to feel rested when you get up. So even if you believe you’ve had enough sleep, you could still wake up feeling tired.

Extreme Sensitivity

People with Fibromyalgia can find the slightest touch extremely painful, so something that might be briefly painful for most could hurt for a long time if you have the condition.

There are two types of extreme sensitivity:

  • Hyperalgesia - being extremely sensitive to pain
  • Allodynia - feeling pain from something that ordinarily isn’t painful, like a very light touch

A person with Fibromyalgia may also have a negative reaction to smoke, certain foods and bright lights. 

Depression

Living with Chronic Pain can have a huge psychological impact, and lead to people:

  • Constantly feeling low
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Losing interest in the things you usually enjoy

Why You Should Claim Compensation

The symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be life-changing, so if you developed the condition after being injured through no fault on your own, we believe you should get the care and support you need to improve your quality of life.

Our Serious Injury Solicitors can help you put together an injury care plan, and calculate an amount of compensation that covers the cost of the care you need, as well as any possible financial losses you may be dealing with, such as loss of income.

Each person’s experience of Fibromyalgia is different, so any care plan and compensation settlement will reflect your specific circumstances.

We can help you access the treatment you need from many different specialists, including rheumatologists, neurologists and psychologists, as well as hydrotherapists, aromatherapists and many more besides.

While the treatments they provide can’t cure fibromyalgia, they can be invaluable in helping you learn to live with your condition and stop the symptoms getting worse.

What if I Had Fibromyalgia Before I Was Injured?

It may be that you already had Fibromyalgia before your accident. But if the injuries you sustained made the condition worse and increased your suffering, you could still claim for compensation.

Our expert Serious Injury Solicitors can advise you on this during our free claims assessment, so you you’ll know whether you have grounds to make a claim straight away.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for Fibromyalgia?

According to the Judicial College Guidelines, which are typically used by Lawyers and Judges to value a personal injury claim, a claim for moderate Fibromyalgia could be worth between £19,770 and £36,120. A claim for severe Fibromyalgia, meanwhile, can be worth from £39,350 to £59,110.

We’ll advise on the likely value of your injury once we’ve obtained medical expert evidence. Remember, the injury aspect is only one part of your compensation award.  The compensation also includes financial losses - both past and future, and this is often the highest part of the award.

That means the amount of compensation each person making a Fibromyalgia claim can vary a great deal depending on their specific situation and circumstances.

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