AN ESTIMATED 50 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE WITH CHRONIC PAIN.
Hi this week I will be focusing on Chronic pain and various treatments.
Chronic pain is a public health crisis with far-reaching consequences for millions of individuals’ well-being, quality of life, productivity, health care costs, and more. Of the 50 million people who live with chronic pain, 20 million have high-impact pain, or pain that significantly interferes with activities of daily living.
Chronic pain is often defined as pain lasting longer than three to six months. It also can be defined as pain that lasts beyond how long it should normally take to heal. It is the opposite of acute pain, which is temporary, specific, and treatable.
Chronic pain can take many forms. For example, it can be mild or severe; intermittent or continuous; annoying or disabling; short-term or life-long. In addition, it can occur in nearly any part of the body and can cause a wide range of sensations. To learn more about a specific pain condition, visit www.learnaboutyourpain.com.
Understandably, chronic pain can affect quality of life and productivity. As a result, it my be accompanied by fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other problems. In addition, the economic impact is staggering. In 2010 dollars, the cost of chronic pain—including the cost of treatment and lost productivity—was estimated at nearly $635 billion.
Chronic pain affects literally every single aspect of life. From activities of daily living like bathing and toileting, to relationships stresses, self-esteem issues, and the absolute exhaustion of it all. When you take into account the lost work for some and the limited disability income for others, I cannot really fathom how much it affects the economy. Bankruptcy, less money flowing through the economy, etc.
I think I’m babbling now. I just wanted to mostly poke my head in and say, “You are SO RIGHT.”
Carry on, please 🙂
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