Posted by: painreliefcoach | May 29, 2007

FACTS ABOUT CHRONIC PAIN

                                                

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from persistent pain each year, according to the American Pain foundation.  Add two loved ones for every patient and the total number of people affected is at least 150 million Americans—50% of the population. 1 in 3 Americans lose more than 20 hours of sleep each month due to pain, according to the American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives (AACPI).According to the National Headache Foundation, headaches are the most common type of pain.  It is estimated that industry loses $50 billion per year due to absenteeism and medical expenses caused by headaches.Pain is the second leading cause of medically related work absenteeism, resulting in more than 50 million lost workdays each year, according to the American Pain Society.There are more than 100 forms of arthritis.  Currently more than 33 million Americans have arthritis. Nearly 90% of all persons over age 40 show beginning signs of arthritis or rheumatism (Lawrence, R.C., Hochberg, MC, Kelsy J.L., Journal of Rheumatology 16, 427-441)According to recent pain research by Hoffman and Tarzian ( “The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias Against Women In The Treatment of Pain” Law/ Med Ethics, 2001: 29:13-27), women are less likely to receive treatment for pain than men.Some 52 million informal and family caregivers provide care to people aged 20+ who are ill or disabled, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Many caregivers consider pain to be an indication of the patient’s status.Pain costs an estimated $100 billion each year.  Every day, 60% of men and women experience some pain (AACPI).Of the community dwelling elderly, up to 50% can be expected to suffer from pain.  Among institutionalized elderly 71% to 83% report at least one pain problem  (L. Galieze, “Chronic Pain in Elderly People” Pain 1997 Mar., 70 (1): 3-14)Chronic pain not only causes physical discomfort, but also interferes with social relationships, family life and self-esteem.  There is a high correlation between chronic pain and depression.                             

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