The Institute of Medicine's recent report on chronic pain presents data on the toll of severe headaches and migraines-and exactly whom they tend to afflict.
Approximately 116 million American adults suffer from chronic pain, more than are affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. The resulting price tag in the form of medical treatment and lost productivity is between $560 and $635 billion per year. These are the alarming top-line numbers in a wide-ranging report on chronic pain released last week by the Institute of Medicine, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research.
Dig a little deeper, and the report presents some interesting data on the toll of severe headaches and migraines—and exactly whom they tend to afflict: