Staggering stats on pain

Staggering stats on pain

In working with chronic migraine sufferers, highly rated Dr. Judy Lane of the Head Pain Center in Englewood, Colo., says patients should set realistic expectations. “It’s important to establish upfront there’s not a cure, but almost everybody can be better,” she says. Whether you suffer from migraines, back pain or joint pain, you’re not alone.

Some staggering stats on the mental, physical and monetary drain caused by chronic pain:

2 to 1 — Ratio of women to men suffering severe headaches or migraines.

52 — Percent of Americans with lower back pain who say it hinders basic activity.

64 — Number of accredited pain treatment centers nationwide offering interdisciplinary approaches.

$99 billion — Annual amount federal and state government health programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and workers’ compensation, pay for medical care due to 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.

1 to 33,000 — Ratio of board-certi ed pain specialists to chronic pain sufferers.

56 — Percent of Angie’s List members polled with chronic pain who use prescription pain medicine.

31 — Percentage of Angie’s List members polled who say they suffer chronic migraines.

1.1 billion — Worldwide revenue of Bayer Aspirin in 2010. The over-the-counter medicine can be used for mild to moderate headaches, arthritis, toothaches and muscle aches.

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