One-fifth of American adults experience chronic pain, CDC estimates

Approximately 20% of U.S. adults had chronic pain in 2016, a new CDC study reveals.

Approximately 20% of U.S. adults had chronic pain in 2016, a new CDC study reveals. Based on the research, published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, about 50 million adults reported pain on most days or every day in the past 6 months in 2016. Additionally, about 19.6 million (8%) reported high-impact chronic pain, which often limits life or work activities. In both categories, prevalence was higher for women, older adults, previously but not currently employed adults, people living in poverty, those with public health insurance, and people living in rural areas.