We recently conducted a survey of over 1,000 American adults with back pain, and the results may surprise you. The findings from the report reveal that over half of respondents with back pain take over-the-counter medications at least five to seven days a week, but most do not get relief. According to the data, fewer than 20 percent of respondents who take over-the-counter medications find them to be helpful in relieving their back pain.
As those with chronic pain know all too well, changes in the weather – hot or cold, wet or dry – can affect your pain. The science is unclear about why, or how, but we feel it and the correlation itself is proven. The weather can aggravate pain, but pain patients’ symptoms are often unique.
Over 100 million American adults have some form of chronic pain. This makes chronic pain more common than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Within that number, chronic back pain is the most common, with approximately 80 percent of Americans experiencing back problems at some point in their lives. Back pain is also the leading cause of disability worldwide (Mayo Clinic). However, because chronic pain is not fatal, it does not get the public attention it greatly deserves.
Whether traveling for summer vacation or business, those who live with back pain know all too well that their condition can be worsened or aggravated by what this entails. Racing through airports with heavy bags, hoisting bags into overhead compartments, sleeping in a different bed and sitting motionless for hours, cramped in car or plane seats, can take a toll. If you suffer from acute or chronic pain and are looking for ways to improve the experience of traveling, see our five tips for relieving pain below:
There’s little doubt that acute and chronic pain negatively impact sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, only 45 percent of people with acute pain report “good” or “very good” sleep quality and the number decreases to 37 percent for those with chronic pain. Additionally, pain is a major factor in how much sleep Americans say they need versus how much they are actually getting. Chronic pain sufferers report an average 42 minute sleep debt – also known as the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep –