The report, which includes experiences taken from 4,400 members of the public, revealed that more than a quarter had suffered with chronic pain at some point during the past five years and of those only 23 per cent had been referred to a specialist who manages pain.
Chronic pain is characterised by a continuous pain which lasts for a period of twelve weeks or more and it is estimated to affect around eight million Brits on a daily basis.
Additional findings highlighted in the report included one third of patients not knowing how to take their medication correctly, only one in four chronic sufferers having ever been referred for specialist care and more than half (57 per cent) of pain sufferers remaining unaware of potential side affects.
Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association has said that though the exact financial cost of chronic pain is unknown, back pain alone costs the economy an estimated £5 billion a year.
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