New research* published today reveals that HALF the nation is living in constant or regular pain, with more than one in three (36%) of people suffering chronic pain.
Pain is the most common reason that people seek healthcare, the study by Well Pharmacy reveals that a third of the population regularly take pain killers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin. While 47% revealed they had previously or are currently on stronger prescription only pain killers such as co-codamol, amitriptyline and oxycodone.
Wendy Lee, Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy said: “Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen a real increase in patients coming in for advice and support for pain relief. Living in pain can really affect people’s lives – both in terms of their independence and mobility but also their mental health.”
The research also reveals that MILLIONS of people across the country are using search engines such as Google or Yahoo to find a solution for their ailment. The research uncovered 21% of people seek online advice instead of seeking professional advice healthcare professionals such from pharmacists.
Wendy Lee went on to say: “The internet can be a great starting point when feeling various aches and pains, it is quick and easy to turn to search engines to find a list of symptoms that match your own. But it doesn’t take into account other factors such as like personal and family history to make an accurate diagnosis.
“I would always recommend popping in to speak to your local Well pharmacist, with no appointment necessary, to understand your options and what is suitable for you. There is a lot people can do to help manage and live with pain. Simple lifestyle changes can often make a big difference, alongside pain relief aids such as rubs, TENS machine and more holistic approaches such as massages and acupuncture - people should not suffer in silence.”
The top five areas people are experiencing pain with (according to the research) are:
1. Neck (48%)
2. Back (48%)
3. Muscles (39%)
4. Head (26%)
5. Chest (9%)
To find your local Well pharmacy visit: finder.well.co.uk.
*Link to research