Intractable & Widespread Pain
Persistent though the pain is, overcoming it is akin to a major personal accomplishment
The Department of Health recognises chronic pain as a long-term condition and as a component of other conditions that might stretch beyond certain duration. It is estimated that 14 million people suffer from chronic pain in England. Of these, 25%, or one in four ie. about 3.5 million, had to give up their usual activities including work for at least two weeks during the previous three months.
A person enduring pain will have a very poor quality of life, which is usually as bad as significant neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. Four of the top 12 disabling conditions globally, namely low-back and neck pain, migraine, arthritis, other musculoskeletal conditions, are persistent pain conditions.
The 2008 Chief Medical Officer report states that 25% of pain sufferers lose their jobs and as many as 16% of sufferers feel their chronic pain is so bad that they sometimes want to die. Severe chronic pain is associated with increased risk of mortality, independent of socio-demographic factors and input of pain clinic can help reduce this impact and improve quality of life.