Chronic pain is the most under reported and under diagnosed disease of the 21st century. It affects more people per capita than Cancer, Heart disease and Diabetes combined, yet there is little to no funding in place for research or treatment.
A staggering 100+ million Americans live in Chronic Intractable pain, that is not expected to resolve in their lifetime. In Canada it affects 7 million lives or 1 in 4 Canadians - ranging from adolescents , to work force aged men and women, to retirees.
The U.K. and Australia are not far behind.
Chronic pain is the fastest growing disease in developed countries, and yet it is rarely talked about in the media. With just 1% of every 25 cents targeted for medical research funneled to Chronic Pain, unmanaged pain is on the rise, costing North America Billions annually in lost wages and productivity.
With aging baby boomers pushing retirement age- these numbers will exponentially double or even triple, by the year 2020. An already fragile health care system in both Canada and the USA stands to be overburdened, beyond return.
Without timely public education and affirmative remedial action, the consequences can be dire. How did we, as developed nations allow this to happen?
We are living in ~ A Pandemic of Denial.