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Survey Shows One Third of Europeans Suffer Constant Pain

Posted by Sharon W on 10/13/03 at 09:30 (133825)

Survey Shows One Third of Europeans Suffer Constant Pain

'LONDON (Reuters) - A third of Europeans suffer pain every minute of their lives and chronic pain accounts for nearly 500 million lost working days a year, costing Europe 34 billion euros, according to a survey published Monday.'

'The poll of 46,000 people across 16 countries found that 19 percent of adults -- many aged under 50 -- were in constant pain, suffering for years without adequate pain relief.'

'A third of those questioned reported being in pain every minute of their lives and one fifth said they had been in pain for 20 years or more.'

'One fifth of those questioned said they had lost a job as a result of their pain, 21 percent had been diagnosed with depression and 16 percent said their pain was sometimes so bad they wanted to die.'

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20031013/hl_nm/health_pain_dc&e=2&ncid=751

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Of course, there are some who would say this study just proves that those who 'complain and whine' that they are in pain should stop 'exaggerating' or stop 'wasting the doctor's time' or 'quit being such big babies' and should learn to 'live with it like everybody else'.

But... SIXTEEN PERCENT of those questioned said sometimes their pain was 'so bad they wanted to die'?? That's almost HALF of the people with chronic pain!! I think that should tell us something about that MYTH that chronic pain is only 'mild aches and pains that come with old age'!

And TWO THIRDS of those with chronic pain had been diagnosed with depression -- that sure helps to explain the high rate of suicide among senior citizens, since they are the ones most likely to suffer from undertreated chronic pain!

Sharon
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Re: Survey Shows One Third of Europeans Suffer Constant Pain

PETER R on 10/13/03 at 18:36 (133900)

I hope that 95% of them are French.