Fishers doctor says chronic pain isn't always explained
The complexity of chronic pain makes it difficult to treat, says Dr. Randall Franiak, a highly rated anesthesiologist in Fishers, Ind., who's board certified in pain medicine. "Sometimes, a specific cause can't be determined," he says. "This is frustrating for both the patient and the physician." Here are some staggering stats regarding the mental, physical and monetary drain caused by chronic pain:
698 — Milligrams per person of opioid painkillers sold each year in the U.S., enough for each American to take 5 milligrams of Vicodin every four hours for three weeks.
20 — Percent of American adults who report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep each week.
116 — Number of Americans who suffer from chronic pain.
2.1 million — Number of annual visits to emergency rooms for acute headaches.
2 to 1 — Ratio of women to men who suffer from severe headaches or migraines.The r
52 —Percent of Americans with lower back pain who say it hinders basic activity.
2 out of 3 — Chronic pain sufferers who feel it impacts their overall enjoyment of life.