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What are the effects of untreated pain?

Treating pain, such as headaches, back ailments and arthritis, is big business in the United States. But if you’re living with chronic pain, you may feel alone in your struggle. The good news is that millions of Americans can relate -- and new treatments are being developed all the time. Unfortunately, pain is a seriously undertreated problem. About 75% of sufferers do not receive adequate treatment for effective pain management.


Untreated or poorly executed pain management plans put people at risk for depression, irritability, fatigue and an overall diminished quality of life. About 33% of Americans in pain experience sleep loss, which may affect their ability to work, take care of their families, socialize, exercise and participate in activities they enjoy. Treating pain is an important step in regaining control over quality of life.

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