The most prevalent chronic illness in America is pain, by far: Study
According to recent research, pain is by far the most prevalent chronic illness in America, and those who experience pain are likely to continue to do so for a whole year.
More than 10,000 people’s pain ratings from 2019 and 2020 were compared in the research, which was published this week in JAMA Network Open.
It was discovered that pain was far more prevalent than other chronic illnesses. According to the study, there would be 52 cases of chronic pain, 45 cases of high blood pressure, 16 cases of depression, and 7 cases of diabetes among 1,000 participants who were monitored for a year.
The following questions were posed to volunteers: “How frequently did you experience discomfort over the last three months? Would you say never, occasionally, frequently, or always? and “How frequently did pain restrict your life or work activities over the past three months?” Would you say never, occasionally, frequently, or always?
At the beginning, almost 40% of participants reported no pain, a similar amount reported some discomfort, and more than 20% reported chronic pain, suffering every day for at least the previous three months or on most days.
Over the course of the following year, some persons made a full recovery, while others experienced worsening discomfort. A year later, nearly 15% of people who had some pain in 2019 reported having chronic pain, whereas 10% of those who had chronic pain in 2019 said they no longer had it.
However, the more pain a person experienced in 2019, the more probable it was that they would continue to experience pain in 2020 and the more likely it was that their discomfort would restrict their ability to live or work.
Older persons and those without a college degree reported higher chronic pain than younger people and college graduates respectively.
54% of the research participants were women, between the ages of 18 and 49, while over 50 made up the remaining volunteers. Only around 30% had a college degree. The group’s racial and ethnic composition was generally representative of the general population: 2% of participants were American Indian or Alaska Native, 6% were Asian, 12% were Black, 73% were White, and 17% were Hispanic.