Which is sort of weird since 63% of respondents to the Research!America poll said they know someone whose pain was extreme enough for them to seek prescription medication, yet only 18% believe chronic pain is a major health problem.
While prescription painkiller addiction is a real problem in this country, it’s interesting that chronic pain essentially is dismissed by more than 80% of respondents. Maybe some Americans actually have to be in chronic pain to believe it’s real. Everyone else is just a crybaby!
For a large percentage of elderly Americans, chronic pain is part of their daily lives, a byproduct of aging as the body’s various parts — particularly the joints — begin to wear out. Perhaps the poll respondents who dismiss chronic pain should advise old people to stop complaining or maybe just stop getting old!
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