Todd Condon, 56, of Ticonderoga, New York, never goes a day without being in excruciating pain.
Lyme disease is one of the main causes of his pain in his bones and joints.
The Burden Of Chronic Pain On The 50 Million Americans Who Suffer From It
“In 2016, I happened to have a tick bite. But I didn’t have the diagnosis for another 18 months,” he said. “Unfortunately, it arrived just too late for successful treatment.”
Condon claims that the suffering never ends.
He described the pain as “terrible, ripping pain.” “Anything to keep my mind off the symptoms, including painting, music, and getting autographs from popular bass players,” says the patient.
Tammy Searle, a 55-year-old trained speaker and teacher from Palm Desert, California, claims that her constant pain has prevented her from enjoying several of the things she likes.
She said, “I have a connective tissue condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and it appears to get worse every year.”
“While struggling with debilitating pain, I’ve managed to make the most of my life. The worst thing is that I can’t prepare ahead and I never know how I’ll feel on any given day,” she said.
Condon and Searle aren’t the only ones who suffer from the same fate.
Citing a recent survey, experts claim that chronic pain impacts more than 20% of American citizens at any given time.
The figures were found after the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) included a new series of questions about pain to its National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in 2019.
The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is an annual household-based survey that provides useful information about adult health in the United States.
Researchers from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear, both affiliated with Harvard University, found that 50 million Americans (roughly 20%) suffer from chronic pain. This is focused on an interpretation of the recent National Health Interview Survey results from 31,997 people around the country.
“Chronic Pain is the most common reason for patients to see a specialist. It has a huge effect on people’s lives,” said Dr. Robert Jason Yong, the medical director of Brigham’s pain relief centre and the study’s contributing doctor.
According to Yong, this research has come closer than any other to determining how serious and debilitating chronic pain is in the United States.
“Other surveys have mentioned it, but research from pain centres, hospitals, and other providers continues to focus on patients needing medical help,” he said.
The authors of the study point out that survey participants with chronic pain missed considerably more workdays than those who did not have chronic pain (10 days versus fewer than 3 days).
The authors calculated the gross economic effect of chronic pain on Americans at about $80 billion in missed earnings using these numbers.
According to the researchers, the estimated cost of lost productivity because of chronic pain is about $300 billion a year.
Chronic pain patients have reported more limitations in their social and everyday lives.
The most frequent sources of pain recorded were back, hip, knee, and foot discomfort. The most popular services pursued were physical and massage therapy.
The research was inspired by the “day-to-day clinical observation that many of our chronic sinusitis patients have registered headache, migraine, and other types of chronic pain,” according to Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya, FACS, a professor at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.
“We were shocked by the prevalence of chronic pain in the United States,” Bhattacharyya said.