NEW YORK [Reuters, 24 Feb 2006] --- More than 20 percent of patients with chronic pain do not seek physician care for their pain, according to a report.
"We need to get over what for many people appeared to be the 'don't ask, don't tell' mentality about chronic pain," Dr. Barbara P. Yawn from Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester, Minnesota told Reuters Health.
The survey showed that 78.9 percent of the silent sufferers used over-the-counter pain medications (compared with 56.3 percent of vocal sufferers), but only 5 percent used prescribed pain medications (compared with 35.2 percent of vocal sufferers).
Silent sufferers made fewer health care visits per year than their vocal counterparts (5.2 vs 8.6), the report indicates.
Some of the patients I've encountered especially the senior ones, would rather suffer silently than bother a friend or close relatives about the pain they have. The frequent reason of course, is financial, as people here would rather spend for food to eat for their family than buy medicine for their pain. Also, I've observed that elderly people have that fatalistic notion that once they reach a certain age, it is okay for them to die already. They would not seek immediate help and would bear the pain silently believing that it all part of growing old.