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Some Facts About Chronic Pain

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
This is some interesting data that I pulled from a Sunday newspaper:

Some 76 million Americans live with chronic pain
(from American Academy of Pain Medicine)
This is a higher number than which Diabetes, Heart Disease,
and Cancer have combined!

Annual cost of Chronic Pain in the U.S. is $100 billion in
health care expense, lost income and diminished productivity.

Those are some pretty heft facts
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • :O
    That's some big numbers.

    But then again, Wall Street apparently costs more than we do!

    Federal Government would have saved money financing our ride instead of Wall Street's!

    Jeaux
    :B
  • that is a huge number. Hopefully with the constant changes in medical technology, that number will decrease soon.. :B jade
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  • What boggles my mind, is thinking about how in the world our ancestors made it through the day working and doing so much more manual labor than we typically do now. You know that they had to be hurting themselves and many suffering chronic pain. How did they cope?

    I've always wondered if maybe since they were so much more physically active, were they in better shape with stronger core muscles, hence avoiding lower back issues a bit more.

    Is untreated chronic pain something that contributed to the shorter lifespan?

    Is it why there was such a propensity for alcohol consumption?

    Like I said, it boggles my mind when I think about it.

    "C"
  • Very interesting facts there...

    C, my PT guy always says to "build my core" also interseting thoughts there.
    j
  • "C' - our ancestors had some fairly powerful medicine men (I think they were mostly men, but there could have been some women). They knew the proper herbals and the roots to chew when pain was bad. From some of the ancient sites that have been dug up, it seems that ancient folks lived with broken bones, tumors, etc., some for quite a long time with their afflictions. I think they just didn't have to pay huge corporations to get their drugs. They just went to the local shaman.

    Linda
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • just curious, who determines if you have chronic pain? does the diagnosis have to come from a pain dr or is it from a patient who says i hurt all the time. some people say they hurt, but sometimes there is no evidence that they are in pain especially if an mri is not done. as you know back pain sometimes is subjective without a proper diagnosis such as mri's. does a diagnosis from a pain dr the only criteria or can it come from a general physician? these are big numbers. i just wonder what evidence they base these claims on. does anyone know?
    thanks
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    article may have stated where it got its information from, but I no longer have the paper.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • thanks ron. anyone else know?
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • if there are about 220 million people in the u.s. that means that means that 1/3 of americans suffer from chronic pain. like i said what if you go in to a dr and say i have a back pain i have all the time but i have not had an mri, does that count? or is it if a patient goes in with mri results and complains of chronic pain is that what counts? anyone can go to a dr complaining of pain but does it need to be proved to be considered as part of this study. 1/3 of all americans is a very high number. if you divide 76 by 200 you get 35%
    wow
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • subjective. That is what we're taught anyway. The patient is always right. But, then there has to be a reason for the pain, regardless..therefore there are PM docs, when ortho, IM, FP and all the others give-up.
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