"Chronic pain is a widespread problem in the U.S., affecting at least 100 million American men and women, according to the Institute of Medicine," states the study. "And it takes a serious toll. The Yahoo Health/Silver Hill survey, which included 900 people who self-identified as having experienced serious, continual pain during the past six months or longer, showed that even though pain may not take your life, it can certainly take your livelihood."
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70% of "chronic-pain sufferers said they’d experienced 'significant' or 'severe' pain during the past two weeks."
The majority of chronic pain sited in the survey is back pain (67%), followed by lower body pain—dubbed "hip/buttock/leg" region—(44%), neck pain (39%), and shoulder/arm (35%).
82% of "chronic pain sufferers think about their pain either 'constantly' or 'frequently.'"
73% of those surveyed said they had “little interest or pleasure in doing things.” The harsh reality is that chronic pain changes the central nervous system over a prolonged time.
90% of "chronic-pain sufferers said pain interferes with both their fitness and social life."
This staggering majority said their battle with pain prevents them from leading healthy lives, partaking in physical activities, pursuing passions that they used to find joy in, and even having an enjoyable social life.