This article, originally entitled “Chronic pain a hurdle for many, especially women, seniors, obese,” appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2014.
Americans take 80 percent of the painkillers used in the world, though only 28 per cent of respondents in a recent survey said drugs completely kill their pain. (Photo: Thomas Levinson / The Chronicle)
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults reports living with chronic pain, and the rates are even higher for women, seniors and those who are obese.
These are the findings of a new Washington State University study that examined national health survey results of almost 90,000 Americans.
The researchers defined chronic pain as constant or frequent and lasting at least three months.
A little less than half of patients with arthritis, kidney failure or heart disease said they had chronic pain.
Nearly 60 percent of patients with emphysema-related pain said they did, and roughly a third of migraine suffers and those with cancer-related pain said it was chronic. Read the full story »