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 What is Chronic Pain? 

A 1994 Harris poll estimated that 17% of adult Americans suffer from chronic pain. The major causes, other than cancer, are headaches, back pain, and arthritis. Some 25 million Americans suffer migraines, while another 15 million have other kinds of chronic recurrent headaches. Arthritis afflicts about 40 million Americans. Low back pain disables 7 million. Other causes of chronic pain include angina (the painful spasms associated with coronary artery disease), shingles, tic disorders, amputations, and paralysis. Since many of these causes are associated with age, most chronic pain sufferers are middle-aged or older. As our population ages, the problem of chronic pain will only grow worse.

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