Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain that affects the quality of their lives. Some chronic pain is so debilitating that sufferers are unable to work and others are unable to engage in the routine activities of daily life. Chronic pain is also expensive, costing billions of dollars in medical treatments, lost productivity in the workplace and lost income in the workforce. According to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report, chronic pain affects more people than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.
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