Not everyone suffers from chronic pain in Michigan, but many people do. Our Cover Michigan Survey found that more than 35 percent of the state’s residents say they experienced chronic pain which limited their lives or work within the last year. This is similar result to research finding at least 30% of Americans report suffering from chronic pain.
- One in three people reported pain that limited their lives or work in the past year, and one in five were prescribed a pain medication.
- Of those suffering pain in the past year, four in five people had chronic pain some or most days.
- Chronic pain affects adults of all ages.
- Women and men experience chronic pain equally.
- African Americans were significantly more likely to suffer from chronic pain compared with all other groups.
- Medicaid beneficiaries report chronic pain at a higher rate than adults with other kinds of insurance.