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COMMON CHRONIC PAIN CONDITIONS AND STATISTICS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD…

Chronic pain is conveniently defined as any pain that persists for at least three months despite sensible treatment. It ultimately affects almost half of all adults and is most likely to occur in older people. Chronic pain is known to have significant effects on health and well-being and is a major cause of lost workdays.

Very Well Health say the most common chronic pain conditions in the U.S. are:

  • Migraine
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Fibromyalgia

Together, those six conditions affect more than 150 million Americans.

The UK NHS says that “Almost half the adult population is living with chronic pain,” the Daily Mail reports. A major new review suggests that around 28 million adults in the UK are affected by some type of chronic pain (pain that lasts for more than three months).

The researchers used data from 19 studies that included almost 140,000 adults. They extrapolated the results to come up with the estimate that around 43% of people in the UK experience chronic pain. More adults aged 75 or over (62%) experienced pain than those aged 18 to 25 (14.3%). Some of these chronic pain conditions include –

  • Low back pain.
  • Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis.
  • Headache.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Shingles.
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Cancer Pain

The British Journal of Anesthesia say that “Chronic pain is a common, complex, and distressing problem, which has a significant impact on society and individuals. It commonly presents as a result of an injury or a disease; however, it is a separate condition in its own right, not merely an accompanying symptom of other ailments. Chronic pain, therefore, has both its own taxonomy and medical definition.”

The population that has the highest prevalence is among women (21.7%), non-Hispanic white adults (23.6%), and those aged 65 and over (30.8%). High impact chronic pain was highest among women (8.5%) and those aged 65 and over (11.8%).

According to Pathways The Country rankings of chronic pain by the number of people affected is –

China – 501 million 39.92% of the population

India – 174 million 13% of the population

United States – between 100 and 116 million 30% of the population

Brazil – 77 million 37% of the population

Mexico – 28.5 million 27% of the population

United Kingdom – 28 million 43% of population

South Africa – 23.7 million 42.3% of the population

Colombia – 23 million 46% of the population

France – 20 million 30% of the population

Germany – between 12 and 20.5 million 14.5 to 25% of the population

Poland – 16 million 42% of the population

Italy -16.2 million 26% of the population

South Korea – 15 million 30% of the population

Japan – 12.7 million 11% of the population

Philippines – 11 million 10.4% of the population

Then the figures really start to fall with Spain – 8 million and only 17% of the population – Australia – 5 million and 20% of the population, Chile -5 million and 27% of the population,

Bolivia – 3.5 million and 3.5% of the population, Portugal -3 million and 31% of the population, Austria – 2.2 million and 24.9% of the population, Netherlands – 2.2 million and 20 % of the population, Finland – 2 million and 35% of the population, Malayasia – 2 million and 7% of the population, Sweden- 1.8 million and only 18% of the population, Norway-1.6 million and 31% of the population, Canada – 1.5 million and 10% of the population, Switzerland – 1.4 million and only 16% of the population, Singapore 1.2 million and 20% of the population, Denmark – 1.1 million and 20.2% of the population, New Zealand – 791 550 and 16.7%, Ireland – 620 000 and 13% of the population and finally Iceland – 160 000 but 47.5% of the population.

It’s a fascinating read of these statistics especially the last one from Iceland with such a low amount and yet such a high proportion of the population.

Source : Pathways

British Journal of Anesthesia

NHS UK

Very Well Health

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SLEEP SUNDAY – MORE WAYS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

Only a few more sleeps to Santa coming now but with everything else going on in the world it won’t be just the children who are missing their sleep.

Over the last month, I’ve been up in the night writing lists then reading to try and get my mind on something else. We cannot help it at the moment as there is so much to think about.

One minute they are telling us that we need a full night sleep to function correctly and even that sleeping may help you to lose some weight! Now, researchers are careful to note however that oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical problems, including diabetes and heart disease.

They say that sometimes circumstances mean we need more sleep, for instance during times of stress or illness ( like now). But, the typically recommended amount of sleep for adults should be between seven and nine hours each night.

Some tips to help you sleep if you are having difficulty at the moment are:

1. Have a glass of semi-skimmed milk with 2 teaspoons of honey before you got to bed for a natural goodnight’s sleep. Our immune system also works harder during sleep to fight and prevent illness.

2. Take Melatonin which is a hormone that plays a key part in regulating your natural body-clock. Studies have shown that melatonin improves sleep quality, particularly in the elderly.

3. Take Valerian as it is thought to have a sedative effect. Studies have shown that the root of the valerian makes getting to sleep easier and increases a deeper sleep.

4. Eat more leeks and onions or garlic and artichokes as they contain prebiotic fibres that fuel the healthy bacteria in our gut and can have a profound effect on our health and sleep.

5. Some CBD products help. For me personally, I prefer the gummies as I think they work better and easier to monitor how many you have had. They certainly relax you if nothing else.

6. Some people do truly believe acupressure to help you sleep. Use your first two fingers and tap them across the top of your head from temple to temple. Then work from front to back and side to side as this can get blood and oxygen moving to ease tension and restore focus.

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TWELVE TOP TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID AGGRAVATING YOUR BACK OVER THE FESTIVE PERIOD…

It’s easy at this time of year to forget the correct way to pick something up or the correct way to sit to avoid stirring up your back problem, so I’ve put some tips together to remind you. So, here are my twelve top tips to prevent you from aggravating your back over the festive period.

1.If your using public transport don’t forger your badge or stick as you should be offered a seat.

2. When brushing your teeth rinse with a cup of water, don’t bend, it’s a classic position to trigger low back pain.

3. If you have to have a bath as you have no shower, either bend your knees to the floor then fill up your bath or get someone else to fill the bath for you. I have pulled my back out twice while filling a bath. When you do have a shower remember to have your toiletries at the correct height so that you are not stretching or bending.

4. Always, always, always bend the knees when picking up anything or bending down. Use your legs when lifting. Bend at the knees and straighten your legs as you lift the object. This puts less strain on your back.

5, And for the women, do not carry your life around in your handbag.

6. And for the men, do not carry too much in your computer bag.

y. Another one for the women, don’t wear high heels all the time. The long term effect can not only effect your back but also your feet.

8. Standing incorrectly I suppose is an obvious one but they say that if you can avoid leaning while standing (against a wall or similar) and do not stand on one leg as this can create muscle imbalances.

9. If you stand for long periods of time, raise one foot on a box to lessen the strain on your back. Check your posture and try to maintain the natural curve in your spine. Take frequent breaks if possible.

10. If you must sit for long periods of time, get up every 30 minutes, walk around and do a few stretches.

11. If you work at a computer, adjust your chair so your elbows to wrists are parallel to the floor and the screen is at eye level.

12. If your going to stay with family over Christmas do pay attention to how you get in and out of the car. Sit down facing the door and swing both legs into the car together. Getting out is the reverse. It may look cumbersome but many a bad back is triggered by getting in or out of the car the wrong way. Ensure if you are driving any distance that you take regular breaks and have a walk around, and pop a cushion or towel behind your back.