NIH: More than 1 in 10 American adults experience chronic pain

August 11th 2015, WashingtonPost.com

More than 25 million American adults—about 11.2 percent—reported having pain every day for the previous three months. Researchers said the same data suggests that more than 23 million Americans felt “a lot” of pain in the preceding months, and more than 126 million—or more than half of all U.S. adults—reported experiencing some sort of pain during the same period.

The analysis, published in the Journal of Pain, is based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, an annual undertaking that asks thousands of Americans about their health- and illness-related experiences. The survey quizzed people about the frequency and intensity of pain they had experienced during the prior three months.

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