More than a quarter of Americans suffer daily pain, a condition that costs the U.S. about $60 billion a year in lost productivity.

by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

More than a quarter of Americans suffer daily pain, a condition that costs the U.S. about $60 billion a year in lost productivity. Americans in households making less than $30,000 a year spend nearly 20% of their lives in moderate to severe pain, compared with less than 8% of people in households earning above $100,000, according to a landmark study on how Americans experience pain. The findings, published Thursday in the British yournal the Lancet, also found that participants who hadn’t finished high school reported feeling twice the amount of pain as college graduates. “Those with higher incomes welcome pain almost by choice, usually through exercise,” he says. “At lower incomes, pain comes as the result of work.” Indeed, Krueger and Stone found that blue-collar workers felt more pain, from physical labor or repetitive motion, while on the job than off, which at least offers hope that the problem can be mitigated. This finding “emphasizes the need for pain preventing measures (in the workplace) such as better ergonomics,” wrote Juha H.O. Turunen, a professor of social pharmacy at Finland’s University of Kuopio, in an accompanying commentary to the report.

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Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, board certified internist and best-selling author of From Fatigued to Fantastic!, is also the author of landmark published research on effective treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia. For more information on CFS, FM and other health topics, please visit his website at www.endfatigue.com.