If chronic pain affects your life, or the lives of your loved ones, you’re not alone. In 2018, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report estimating that some 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. That’s “just over 20 percent of the adult population,” or one in five adult individuals.
However, findings from research conducted by other agencies differed widely from the CDC estimate, even when those agencies operated from within the same overall departments. Alternate figures ranged from 11 million all the way up to 100 million Americans with chronic pain.
So, why are these numbers so far apart?