At some point nearly everyone has to deal with pain.
How do Americans experience and cope with pain that makes everyday life harder? We asked in the latest NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll.
First, we wanted to know how often pain interferes with people's ability to work, go to school or engage in other activities. Overall, 18% of Americans say that's often a problem for them. Almost a quarter – 24% — say it's sometimes the case.
The degree to which pain is a problem varies by age, with 22% of people 65 and older saying pain interferes often with their daily lives compared with only about 9% of people 35 and younger.
Once pain strikes, how do people deal with it?
The poll found that 63% of people had sought care for their pain and 37% hadn't. Younger people were less likely to have pursued care.