Poverty Impacts Pain

“Pain was experienced by over-indebted individuals more frequently (71.3%) compared to the general population (59.6%)”. They found opioid use was less but this would not work where I am as poor have drugs mostly covered by government.

Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep 6;16:100987. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100987
Over-indebtedness and its association with pain and pain medication use.
Jacqueline W et al.

  • German survey of 7987 cases
  • “Over-indebtedness significantly increased the odds of pain (aOR 1.30; 95%-CI 1.07–1.59)after adjusting for socioeconomic, demographic and health factors”

Factors considered include:

  • low socioeconomic status
  • depression

Comment – other factors I see include

  • unable to afford some treatments (eg. – botulinum for unofficial reasons like piriformis injections)
  • Unable to afford rehab/physio etc
  • Unable to get around without a car
  • life in an unsafe neighbourhood  – anxiety of living in poor areas. I have one lady raped more than once probably because she live in poverty.

Life really is not fair..

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