Chronic Pain is a Pain in the … Uh, Well, You Know

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks all kinds of health issues. The latest release of information involves chronic pain and comes from information gathered from a survey of of 29,482 adults in 2021.

The results are shocking but not really all that surprising.

  • 20.9% of adults in the U.S. experience chronic pain
  • 6.9% have such high-impact pain that it substantially restricts daily activities

The CDC said its findings highlighted very important disparities in the prevalence of chronic pain in different population groups. Most of the high impact chronic pain was experienced by:

  • Older adults
  • Females
  • Unemployed adults that were previously employed
  • Veterans
  • Adults living in poverty
  • People residing in non-metropolitan areas
  • People with public health insurance
  • Non-Hispanic American Indians
  • Alaska Native adults
  • Adults identifying as bisexual
  • Adults that are divorced or separated

Chronic pain of the debilitating kind has been linked to:

  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s and other dementias
  • High suicide risk
  • Substance abuse
  • Substance misuse

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