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Research estimates that more than 20% of US adults have chronic pain.


Among American adults, there are more new diseases than common long-term conditions like diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure.

The researchers said their findings “highlight the high disease burden of chronic pain in adults in the United States and the importance of early pain management.”

Research The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published last month by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that more than 51 million people – more than 20% of US adults – have chronic pain and 17 million – 7% of adults – are severely affected. Chronic pain.

The new studyThe study, which was published Monday in the journal JAMA Network Open, looked at data from more than 10,000 participants in the National Health Interview Survey, conducted annually by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The researchers looked at participants’ reports of high-impact chronic pain, defined as pain on most days or every day for the past three months, which limits life or work activities on most days or every day. In the last three months.

In the year Among people who reported being pain-free in 2019, the annual rate of chronic pain the following year was 52.4 per 1,000 people, and there were 12 high-impact chronic pain cases per 1,000 people. In comparison, the researchers found, there were 7.1 cases of diabetes, 15.9 cases of depression and 45.3 cases of hypertension per 1,000 people per year.

In the year Of the participants who reported chronic pain in 2019, nearly two-thirds said they still had it a year later. However, more than 10% of people with chronic pain in 2019 were pain-free in 2020.

“This study is not just about the terrible burden of disease in this country. Despite the promising 10% of people who recover from chronic pain, we have an urgent scientific need to expand our tools to fight pain so that we can return more people to a pain-free life. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in A News release. “The beginning of any chronic disease is a critical time and early intervention can make a big difference in the damage to the individual.”

The study was conducted by researchers at NCCIH, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Seattle University of Washington.

They pointed out that their work has some limitations, including a lack of data on the causes of suffering. Data were collected only twice over two years, and those who reported chronic or high-impact chronic pain may have been less likely to participate in the follow-up study. There was also some information about American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Asian people.

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