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Pain Management Health Center

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Pain Poll: Many Americans in Pain

Survey Shows Back Pain Is the Most Commonly Reported Source

Pain's Impact on Daily Life

How much did pain hamper mood, activities, enjoyment, relationships, work/chores, and sleep?

The responses were split. Just more than half said that when they had pain, it didn't interfere with those areas of life very much (56% or higher in all categories).

However, the others said pain had "some" or "a great deal" of interference with life. In this category, for instance, nearly four in 10 (39%) said pain interfered with their sleep and 43% said it affected their moods.

Still, the vast majority of people -- 91% -- said they were "very" or "somewhat" satisfied with their life.

Attempts to Ease Pain

Most people (63%) said they'd talked to a doctor or health care professional about their pain. Nine out of 10 of them said they thought the doctor or health expert had understood them "very well" or "somewhat well."

However, fewer people (59%) said they'd gotten at least a "good amount" of pain relief after consulting their doctor.

More than eight out of 10 people said they felt they had at least some control over their pain. Another 11% said they had "hardly any" or "no control at all" over pain.

Pain Relief Resources Tried

The survey also covered pain-relief methods. Here are those results, with the percentage of people who said they'd tried each one:

Most people who reported trying those methods said they worked well. However, there weren't enough users of acupuncture or marijuana to get feedback in those areas.

Of the people who said they used prescription pain medications, nearly one in five (19%) said they used them on a daily basis. Most people (66%) said they used them less than once a month.

As for the most common remedy -- over-the-counter drugs -- 33% said they used them every day or at least once a week.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3%.

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