Here are some important things you may not know about chronic pain:
- According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, people who have fibromyalgia are 3.4 times more likely to develop major depression than individuals without fibromyalgia.
- Most people with fibromyalgia are women (Female: Male ratio 7:1). However, men and children also can have the disorder. (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention)
- Though arthritis is often thought to be more common among older patients, nearly two-thirds of arthritis patients are younger than 65. (The National Arthritis Action Plan)
- Over half of adults living with diabetes or heart disease are also living with arthritis. (The National Arthritis Action Plan)
- According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), clinical investigators have found that chronic pain patients often have lower-than-normal levels of endorphins in their spinal fluid.
- According to the American Pain Society, 50 million workdays are lost each year due to pain.
- According to Howard Schubiner MD, chronic pain is not only a physical condition. Brain function has an effect on this condition.
It’s not just a condition for elderly patients. Everyone is susceptible.
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In the meantime, do you address issues of chronic pain in your practice? What kind of approaches do you take?
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