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Chronic Pain Facts

Here are important facts about Chronic Pain. Sharing these facts via social media is one way of becoming an advocate for your disease.

  • There are over 100 million Americans living with chronic pain or roughly 1 out of 3 people in the US. (Resource link)
  • Chronic pain is associated with 100 general categories of medical conditions. There are over 100 forms of arthritis alone. (Resource link)
  • Unrelieved chronic pain costs society $560-$635 billion each year. (Resource link)
  • Chronic pain is sometimes the disease itself. (Resource link)
  • Chronic pain affects more people in the US than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. (Resource link)
  • Very few medical schools have comprehensive pain management training as part of their curriculum. (Resource link)
  • The cost of chronic pain includes not only healthcare cost, but days missed from work, hours of work lost and lower wages. (Resource link)
  • Research shows that people who understand the science of their #pain disease are more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle. (Resource link)
  • Self-management of chronic pain, such as pain tracking & coping mechanisms, leads to reducing pain and gaining function. (Resource link)
  • 20% of American adults report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more. (Resource link)
  • Research shows that 50-75% of patients die in moderate to severe pain.  (Resource link)
  • The top 4 pain complaints according to NIH are back pain, migraine, neck pain and facial pain. (Resource link)
  • Back pain is the leading cause of #disability in Americans under 45 years old. (Resource link)
  • A study showed workers lost an average of 4.6 hours per week of productive time due to a pain condition. (Resource link)
  • Treatments for chronic pain include medications, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, cognitive behavioral therapy & surgery. (Resource link)
  • The brain doesn’t feel pain- it’s the interpreter of pain. The brain itself does not have pain-sensitive nerves. (Resource link)
  • Dr. Albert Schweitzer, proclaimed in 1931 that, “Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.”  (Resource link)
  • Chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. (Resource link)
  • Pain in infants & children require special attention because they can’t always describe the type, degree, or location of pain. (Resource link)
  • Sports injuries are among the most frequent causes of chronic pain for people in their 20’s. (Resource link)
  • Chronic pain interferes with mood, sleep, emotions, quality of life, ability to work & personal relationships. (Resource link)
  • Chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. (Resource link)
  • Pain management can improve function, enable people to work, attend school, or participate in daily activities. (Resource link)
  • No test can measure intensity of pain, no imaging device can show pain, & no instrument can locate pain precisely. (Resource link)
  • Gender, race & socioeconomic status all play a role in determining who are more likely to seek out pain treatment. (Resource link)
  • Chronic pain affects 20% to 35% of children worldwide. Musculoskeletal, headache & abdominal pain top the list for kids. (Resource link)
  • Chronic pain not only involves the person with pain, but the family as well. Educate loved ones so they can help. (Resource link)
  • Quitting smoking, exercise and a healthy diet are all ways to control chronic pain. (Resource link).
  • Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSANII) is a rare disease where patients feel no pain. (Resource link)
  • A study showed that those who are less economically secure tend to have more pain because they can’t afford preventative care. (Resource link)



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