Chronic Pain Worldwide Statistics

Compilation Of Chronic Pain's Average Prevalence

Key Statistics

To get the approximate total number of people worldwide that suffers from chronic pain - 1,442,938,691/ 8,000,000,000 = 0.18036733637 = 18.03% people around the world have chronic pain.

 

  • 65% of people who experience pain cannot be happy while in that state.
  • 65% percent agree that pain reduces their ability to enjoy life. 
  • 72% of people claim that pain reduces the quality of their life.

 

According to the statistics we've gathered among the world's countries, these are the countries with the most people with chronic pain conditions.

  • Tunisia - 79.6% of people's health is affected by chronic pain
  • Dominican Republic - 64% of people's health is affected by chronic pain
  • Moldova - 61% of people's health is affected by chronic pain

 

Here are the regions with the highest amount of chronic pain based solely on the estimated raw number of people with chronic pain.

  • China - approximately 457,330,00 million people with chronic pain.
  • India - approximately 182 million people with chronic pain.
  • European Union - approximately 100 million people with chronic pain.

  • In the United States alone, chronic pain costs are estimated to be around $560 - $635 billion annually.
  • United States of America - Out of 332,529,000 - 100,000,000 (30.7%) people have chronic pain.

What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is persistent and can occur anywhere within a patient's body. Pain will start to be classified as chronic when it persists longer than its average recovery period.

 

For example, acute back pain generally lasts 14 days or less, depending on the severity. If the pain is persistent and lasts for more than 14 days, it may be classified as chronic back pain.

 

Chronic pain epidemiology shows that this is not limited by race, sex, or age. The studies say that men, women, children, and adults from anywhere in the world may have this pain. Although, there are factors that make a patient more vulnerable, like elderly people having a high risk of chronic pain. If you feel like you may have chronic pain, do not hesitate to get checked by your doctor and seek treatment from a local health center.


Chronic pain also doesn't necessarily have to be continuous. It may disappear one day and reappear the next, sometimes disappearing for even longer periods.

What Are The Classifications Of Pain?

When basing it on pain persistence, there are two main classifications of pain: acute and chronic.

  • acute pain - is the immediate pain that comes after an injury or is caused by another disorder or illness if you fractured your wrist from playing a sport; the following pain until the fracture's full recovery is classified as Acute Pain.

 

  • chronic pain - is the type of pain that persists longer than usual. Going back to the fractured wrist: based on facts and statistics, that usually takes about 6-8 weeks until treatment is complete. If the burden of pain persists longer than that, even if the injury is already healed, that would be classified as Chronic Pain.

How Are Chronic Pain Patients Affected?

Chronic pain affects its patients in a variety of ways. This depends on where the pain is located, how often the pain arises, how high the pain intensity is, and many other factors.

Chronic pain patients worldwide can experience effects anywhere from mild inconvenience to not being content with life.

 

Outside factors could also worsen this, especially in a country that already has other problems. Patients from these backgrounds will find it harder to seek treatment which will deepen their burden. Here are some of these factors:

  • Inequality - a patient who is a minority in a nation with high prejudicial tendencies may find is harder to seek health treatment.

 

  • Unstable politics - conflicting policies may affect a nation's healthcare programs and how they prioritize pain and health. Patients in a nation with a low priority for pain and health may find it harder and more costly to seek health treatment.

 

  • Environmental issues - a patient from a nation with high amounts of pollution may suffer more because pollution has negative effects on the body.

 

  • A history of poor general health - a patient from a nation with a high amount of other dangerous diseases like cancer or tuberculosis is likely to be more vulnerable. Try to have a quick browse on which diseases to look out for in your nation or area.

The Overall Chronic Pain Statistics Worldwide

Here's a map presented by CBD Living that shows the prevalence of widespread chronic pain on a worldwide scale:

 

Chronic Pain Worldwide Statistics

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*This has been gathered through numerous studies, each source having various pain statistics for the country they were conducted in. If multiple studies were conducted in the recent past, we took the average results of the studies to display in this article.

 

Here’s the number of people with chronic pain as well as the percentage affected per region:

Africa

 Africa Chronic Pain Statistics

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  1. Benin - Out of 12,785,000 - 5,011,720 (39.2%) people have chronic pain

  2. Libya - Out of 7,041,000 - 1,380,036 (19.16%) people have chronic pain.

  3. Mayotte (France) - Out of 256,500 - 81,310.5 (31.7%) people have chronic pain.

  4. Morocco - Out of 36,548,000 - 7,675,080 (21%) people have chronic pain.

  5. Mozambique - Out of 33,089,000 - 10,588,480 (32%) people have chronic pain.

  6. Nigeria - Out of 216,747,000 - 11,921,085 (5.5%) people have chronic pain.

  7. Niger - Out of 26,084,000 - 5,563,717 (21.33%) people have chronic pain.

  8. Reunion (France) - Out of 869,000 - 275,473 (31.7%) people have chronic pain.

  9. South Africa - Out of 60,756,000 - 11,118,348 (18.3%) people have chronic pain.

  10. Tunisia - Out of 11,708,000 - 9,319,568 (79.6%) people have chronic pain.

 

Asia

Asia Chronic Pain Statistics

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  1. Armenia - Out of 2,961,000 - 1,568,146 (52.96%) people have chronic pain.

  2. Bahrain - Out of 1,472,000 - 779,571 (52.96%) people have chronic pain.

  3. China - Out of 1.45 billion - 457,330,000 (31.54%) people have chronic pain.

  4. East Timor/Timor Leste - Out of 1,369,000 - 725,022.40 (52.96%) people have chronic pain.

  5. Georgia - Out of 3,782,600 - 718,694 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  6. India - Out of 1.4 billion - 182,000,000 (13%) people have chronic pain.

  7. Indonesia - Out of 272,248,500 - 18,000,000 (6.62%) people have chronic pain.

  8. Iran - Out of 86,023,000 - 20,645,520 (24%) people have chronic pain.

  9. Israel - Out of 9,449,000 - 2,362,250 (25%) people have chronic pain.

  10. Japan - Out of 125,340,000 - 50,136,000 (40%) people have chronic pain.

  11. Kuwait - Out of 4,336,000 - 2,428,160 (56%) people have chronic pain.

  12. Kyrgyzstan - Out of 6,700,000 - 3,548,320 (52.96%) people have chronic pain.

  13. Lebanon - Out of 6,685,000 -1,905,225 (28.5%) people have chronic pain.

  14. Macau - Out of 683,200 - 215,481 (31.54%) people have chronic pain.

  15. Malaysia - Out of 32,670,000 - 2,286,900 (7%) people have chronic pain.

  16. Maldives - Out of 579,000 - 306,648 (53%) people have chronic pain.

  17. Mongolia - Out of 3,423,000 - 1,812,821 (52.96%) people have chronic pain.

  18. Myanmar - Out of 55,227,000 - 3,258,393 (5.9%) people have chronic pain.

  19. Nepal - Out of 30,931,000 - 15,156,190 (49%) people have chronic pain.

  20. Oman - Out of 4,595,000 - 165,420 (3.6%) people have chronic pain.

  21. Philippines - Out of 110,000,000 - 1,650,000 (1.5%) people have chronic pain.

  22. Qatar - Out of 2,792,000 - 1,478,643 (52.96%) people have chronic pain.

  23. Russia - Out of 145,800,000 - 18,954,000 (13%) people have chronic pain.

  24. Saudi Arabia - Out of 35,013,414 - 6,652,549 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  25. Singapore - Out of 5,453,000 - 474,411 (8.7%) people have chronic pain.

  26. Thailand - Out of 66,171,000 - 13,168,029 (19.9%) people have chronic pain.

  27. Turkmenistan - Out of 6,202,000 - 3,284,579 (52.96%) people have chronic pain.

  28. Vietnam - Out of 97,583,000 - 84,438,570 (86.53%) people have chronic pain.

 

Europe

Europe Chronic Pain Statistics

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  1. Albania - Out of 2,843,500 - 540,265 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  2. Andorra - Out of 79,535 - 15,112 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  3. Austria - Out of 8,916,845 - 1,872,537 (21%) people have chronic pain.

  4. Belgium - Out of 11,521,238 - 3,341,159 (29%) people have chronic pain.

  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Out of 3,249,000 - 617,310 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  6. Czech Republic - Out of 10,682,000 - 5,501,230 (51.5%) people have chronic pain.

  7. Denmark - Out of 5,873,420 - 1,186,431 (20.2%) people have chronic pain.

  8. Estonia - Out of 1,328,000 - 164,672 (12.4%) people have chronic pain.

  9. Faroe Islands Denmark - Out of 53,664 - 10,840.128 (20.2%) people have chronic pain.

  10. Finland - Out of 5,550,000 - 1,054,500 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  11. France - Out of 67,818,000 - 21,498,306 (31.7%) people have chronic pain.

  12. Germany - Out of 83,262,000 - 14,154,540 (17%) people have chronic pain.

  13. Greece - Out of 10,679,000 - 6,065,672 (56.8%) people have chronic pain.

  14. Hungary - Out of 9,689,000 - 3,013,279 (31.1%) people have chronic pain.

  15. Iceland - Out of 369,000 - 112,914 (30.6%) people have chronic pain.

  16. Ireland - Out of 5,011,500 - 1,779,083 (35.5%) people have chronic pain.

  17. Italy - Out of 59,236,000 - 16,823,024 (28.4%) people have chronic pain.

  18. Latvia - Out of 1,893,000 - 359,670 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  19. Liechtenstein - Out of 39,151 - 7,439 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  20. Lithuania - Out of 2,792,000 - 530,480 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  21. Luxembourg - Out of 634,730 - 120,599 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  22. Malta - Out of 516,000 - 206,400 (40%) people have chronic pain.

  23. Moldova - Out of 2,604,000 - 1,591,044 (61%) people have chronic pain.

  24. Monaco - Out of 38,350 - 7,287 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  25. Montenegro - Out of 621,000 - 117,990 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  26. Netherlands - Out of 17,475,415 - 3,145,575 (18%) people have chronic pain.

  27. Norway - Out of 5,425,000 - 1,627,500 (30%) people have chronic pain.

  28. North Macedonia - Out of 2,069,000 - 393,110 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  29. Portugal - Out of 10,344,802 - 3,827,577 (37%) people have chronic pain.

  30. San Marino - Out of 33,700 - 6,403 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  31. Slovakia - Out of 5,450,000 - 1,035,500 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  32. Slovenia - Out of 2,109,000 - 400,710 (19%) people have chronic pain.

  33. Spain - Out of 47,326,687 - 7,856,230 (16.6%) people have chronic pain.

  34. Sweden - Out of 10,452,326 - 1,881,419 (18%) people have chronic pain.

  35. Switzerland - Out of 8,670,300 - 1,387,248 (16%) people have chronic pain.

  36. Ukraine - Out of 41,167,336 - 24,865,071 (60.4%) people have chronic pain.

  37. United Kingdom - Out of 67,081,000 - 28,945,452 (43.15%) people have chronic pain.

  38. Vatican City - Out of 800 - 432 (54%) people have chronic pain.

 

North America

 North America Chronic Pain Statistics

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  1. Anguilla - Out of 15,100 - 6,515.65 (43.15%) people have chronic pain.

  2. Barbados - Out of 273,000 - 68,250 (25%) people have chronic pain.

  3. Bermuda - Out of 63,700 - 27,486.55 (43.15%) people have chronic pain.

  4. British Virgin Islands - Out of 31,000 - 13,376.50 (43.15%) people have chronic pain.

  5. Canada - Out of 38,246,000 - 7,591,831 (19.85%) people have chronic pain.

  6. Cayman Islands - Out of 69,656 - 30,056.56 (43.15%) people have chronic pain.

  7. Costa Rica - Out of 5,182,000 - 1,554,600 (30%) people have chronic pain.

  8. Dominican Republic - Out of 10,448,500 - 6,687,040 (64%) people have chronic pain.

  9. Greenland - Out of 56,420 - 11,397 (20%) people have chronic pain.

  10. Guadeloupe (France) - Out of 384,000 - 121,728 (31.7%) people have chronic pain.

  11. Greenland - Out of 56,420 - 11,396.84 (20.2%) people have chronic pain.

  12. Martinique (France) - Out of 364,500 - 115,546.5 (31.7%) people have chronic pain.

  13. Montserrat - Out of 4,626 - 1,996.12 (43.15%) people have chronic pain.

  14. Panama - Out of 4,447,000 - 1,341,000 (30%) people have chronic pain.

  15. Puerto Rico - Out of 3,264,000 - 1,002,048 (31%) people have chronic pain.

  16. Saint Kitts and Nevis - Out of 54,000 - 23,301 (43.15%) people have chronic pain.

  17. Sint Maarten - Out of 41,500 - 7,470 (18%) people have chronic pain.

  18. Turks and Caicos Island - Out of 44,540 - 19,219.01 (43.15%) people have chronic

  19. United States of America - Out of 332,529,000 - 100,000,000 (30.7%) people have chronic pain.

  20. US Virgin Islands - Out of 106,000 - 32,542 (30.7%) people have chronic pain.

 

South America

 South America Chronic Pain Statistics

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  1. Aruba (Netherlands) - Out of 111,000 - 19,980 (18%) people have chronic pain.

  2. Brazil - Out of 214,283,000 - 97,134,484 (45.33%) people have chronic pain.

  3. Caribbean Netherlands - Out of 25,987 - 4,677.66 (18%) people have chronic pain.

  4. Chile - Out of 19,828,563 - 6,364,969 (32.1%) people have chronic pain.

  5. Colombia - Out of 51,513,000 - 2,421,111 (47%) people have chronic pain.

  6. Curacao (Netherlands) - Out of 151,000 - 27,180 (18%) people have chronic pain.

  7. French Guiana (France) - Out of 282,000 - 89,394 (31.7%) people have chronic pain.

  8. Uruguay - Out of 3,041,000 - 912,300 (30%) people have chronic pain.

 

Australia and Oceania

 Australia and Oceania Chronic Pain Statistics

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  1. American Samoa - Out of 46,366 - 14,234.36 (30.7%) people have chronic pain.

  2. Australia - Out of 25,724,000 - 3,601,360 (14%) people have chronic pain.

  3. French Polynesia - Out of 276,000 - 87,492 (31.7%) people have chronic pain.

  4. Guam (USA) - Out of 168,800 - 51,821.6 (30.7%) people have chronic pain.

  5. Marshall Islands - Out of 54,516 - 16,736.412 (30.7%) people have chronic pain.

  6. New Caledonia - Out of 271,400 - 86,034 (31.7%) people have chronic pain.

  7. New Zealand - Out of 5,127,200 - Out of 851,082 (16.6%) people have chronic pain.

  8. Northern Mariana Islands - Out of 51,660 - 15,859.62 (30.7%) people have chronic pain. 

  9. Tuvalu - Out of 10,679 - 4607.9885 (43.15%) people have chronic pain.

The Effects Of High-Impact Chronic Pain

High-impact chronic pain is a classification of chronic pain wherein the pain persists for longer than three months and prevents them from performing a major activity such as working away from home or other social activities.

 

The GSK global pain index notes in its statistics that 65% of people who experience pain cannot be happy while in that state. The same percentage agrees that pain reduces their ability to enjoy life. 

 

72% of people claim that pain reduces the quality of their life.

How Many People Worldwide Have Chronic Pain?

Whether you're Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, or wherever you are in the world, the burden of chronic pain prevalence is present.

 

More than 1.4 billion people are affected by chronic pain, making this a significant global health issue.

What Percentage Of The Population Suffer From Chronic Pain?

Based on the survey content we've shown, the number of chronic pain patients globally is estimated to be 18.03% of the population. Remember that this figure only counts the countries that have available studies on the number of chronic pain patients.

Several nations worldwide don't have pain statistics readily available to the public. Therefore, global chronic pain's real prevalence level is much higher than 18.03%.

 

Despite that, this figure is already a high number. 18.03% means that about 2 in 10 people around the world suffer from the burden of chronic pain and need treatment.

Which Populations Have The Highest Prevalence Of Chronic Pain?

According to the statistics we've gathered among the world's countries, these are the countries with the most people with chronic pain conditions.

  1. Tunisia - 79.6% of people's health is affected by chronic pain.

  2. Dominican Republic - 64% of people's health is affected by chronic pain.

  3. Moldova - 61% of people's health is affected by chronic pain.

 

Here are the regions with the highest amount of chronic pain based solely on the estimated raw number of people with chronic pain.

  1. China - approximately 457,330,00 million people with chronic pain.

  2. India - approximately 182 million people with chronic pain.

  3. European Union - approximately 100 million people with chronic pain.

Is Chronic Pain A Global Health Issue?

Judging from the chronic pain statistics we've collected, some people regularly experience chronic pain globally. With at least 1.4 billion people, or 18.03% of the global populace, affected by chronic pain, we can conclude that it's a significant public health issue.

Whether or not the patients suffer from light, mild, or high-impact chronic pain is another issue.

In Terms Of Economy, How Much Does Chronic Pain Costs Affect Countries?

Affect Countries?

Chronic pain costs are a serious global social issue. Aside from the costs needed to keep pain prevalence under control, there are even more ways that chronic pain affects people economically.

 

Patients undergoing treatment for high-intensity chronic pain will face problems at work, which could slow them down and make them less productive. In worse cases, chronic pain could cause people to stop working entirely.

 

If enough patients are affected this badly by chronic pain, it could drastically lower an entire nation's workforce's efficiency and therefore cause a high impact on their economy.

In the United States alone, chronic pain costs are estimated to be around $560 - $635 billion annually.

*This includes treatment costs, costs from time missed at work, and from lowered work efficiency

Relief exists for chronic pain. Using delta 8 for pain and medical attention to help relieve chronic pain has potential.


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