On this cold and dark January afternoon, we wanted to share this NPR story featuring a small group of people living the best they can with pain that never stops.
These neuropathic pain statistics shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows someone who is suffering:
- 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain or about 33% of the entire population.
- The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain costs the U.S. up to $635 billion yearly in medical expenses and lost wages.
- A study of U.S. pharmacy records finds the number of Americans filling prescriptions for opioid painkillers has declined yet people who are still able to get those drugs are using them for longer amounts of time.
The Dec. 24 NPR episode discusses the frustration chronic pain sufferers feel when everyone tells them they don’t ‘look sick’ and maybe their issues are ‘all in their heads’…
Yes, we know, those of you reading this can probably relate. As we’ve stated from the first day we introduced Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment, the painkillers are not the solution to pain.
However, believe us, fighting the advertising budgets of the big pharmaceutical companies continually pushing these drugs to patients, doctors and hospitals, is the battle of a lifetime.
But it’s a war we are more than willing to fight.