“Chronic pain is a common problem for Americans, touching all age groups and demographics, reports Consumer Reports. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last fall estimated that one in five adults (about 50 million Americans) reported hurting every day or almost every day in the previous six months. Nearly 20 million reported pain so severe it limited their ability to work, socialize, and even take care of themselves and their family.”
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“The opioid epidemic continues to rise in America, and a 2017 report from the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly suggests the crisis now affects more older adults, reports Harvard Health Publishing.”
“Chronic pain is a significant condition that affects millions of Americans. While family physicians play an important role for many of these patients, survey results indicate that many physicians consider the training they received in pain management inadequate, and may not feel comfortable in their ability to care for patients with chronic pain effectively, reports AAFP.”
A Prime Therapeutics study finds many people take opioids inappropriately. Programs encouraging appropriate use of painkillers could improve safety, and reduce costs. Even though medical guidelines recommend against prolonged opioid use for conditions such as low back pain, headaches
A new poll by the National Sleep Foundation finds that pain is a key factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount theyÛªre getting ÛÒ an average 42 minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those whoÛªve suffered from acute pain in the past week.