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.
To hear more about chronic pain, check out this video clip:
Howard Schubiner MD, as part of NICABM’s teleseminar series Clinical Applications of Mind Body Medicine: New Thinking about Stress and the Remarkable Power of Psychoneuroimmunology, discusses Modern Medicine’s Blind Spot: The Mind/Body Syndrome of Pain.
You can view his presentation and more once you sign up here.
In the meantime, do you address issues of chronic pain in your practice? What kind of approaches do you take?
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