By the numbers
- Pain affects more Americans than diebetes, heart disease, and cancer combined
- About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain
- Pain can become a chronic disease
- Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability
What is Chronic Pain?
A physical and emotional toll is taken on an individual when signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or years. Headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches are all common sources pain may stem from. Chronic pain also includes tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body. Generalized muscle and nerve pain can also become chronic. Symptoms of chronic pain include fatigue, sleeplessness, weakened immune system, anxiety, stress, and disability (Source).