Chronic Pain Statistics


If you live with chronic pain, it is easy to feel as though you are the only one in the world. You aren't alone. There are many people who face the daily challenge of living with chronic pain. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pain Physicians, more people suffer from chronic pain than from diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. In the United States alone, over 76 million people live with some form of chronic pain. One if five people report having enough pain that their sleep is disrupted several nights every week.

There are other ways that chronic pain affects people's lives. In a 2003 survey that was conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates for a nationwide survey for Research America, researchers looked at how Americans felt about pain in America. One of the results indicated that many people have made major life adjustments to deal with such pain, including:

  • taking disability leave from work (20%)
  • changing jobs altogether (17%)
  • getting help with activities of daily living (13%)
  • moving to a home that is easier to manage (13%)

Pain affects people in a wide variety of ways. For example, living with chronic pain is expensive, not only for individuals and their families, but for the country. Researchers estimate that the annual costs of chronic pain (when including lost income, lost productivity and healthcare expenses) is estimated to be at $100 billion dollars.

What's worse is that living with chronic pain can continue until the end of one's life. In fact, over half of patients who are hospitalized and dying are reported to die in moderate to severe pain.



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