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How many people have superficial somatic pain?

There are many causes of superficial somatic pain, and therefore, large numbers of people have it. It is common to all people and can be mild or severe. It has been estimated that over one-quarter of the population of the United States experienced at least one day of pain per month in 2006, and that 10 out of every 100 people have experienced pain lasting longer than one year. Chronic pain is responsible for more extended disability claims than any other condition.

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Why is superficial somatic pain also called cutaneous pain?
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Superficial somatic pain is caused by stimulation of structures in the skin that sense pain (pain re...
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How is deep somatic pain diagnosed?
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Doctors evaluate deep somatic pain using a combination of questions, physical examinations, and test...
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How do other illnesses affect deep somatic pain?
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Deep somatic pain is often the result of other illness, and its intensity can be based on what that ...
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Are there alternative treatments for superficial somatic pain?
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Alternative treatments for superficial somatic pain do exist. Two such treatments are acupuncture an...
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