According to one study, the chronic pain suffered by millions could be behind one in 10 suicides

The chronic pain suffered by millions can lead people to commit suicide (stock)

The chronic pain suffered by millions can lead people to commit suicide.

Of the more than 120,000 suicides that took place in the US UU For more than 11 years, 10 percent of the deceased claimed to be in continuous discomfort in their suicide notes or medical records, found a study of EE. UU

Back pain was the most common complaint, followed by discomfort and arthritis related to cancer.

Suicide is the tenth cause of death in the USA. UU And the highest cause among men under 50 in the United Kingdom.

Chronic pain, which lasts more than three months, affects about 11 percent of adults in the United States. In the United Kingdom, up to 14 percent of those who suffer pain claim that their discomfort has left them severely disabled.

The chronic pain suffered by millions can lead people to commit suicide (stock)

The chronic pain suffered by millions can lead people to commit suicide (stock)


An alarming number of university students say they experience so much stress that they consider suicide, reveals a report published in September 2018.

Up to one in five students faces such intense academic pressure, family, relationship, career and financial problems that they find it difficult to see the way forward.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School were especially surprised by the number of university students who found not one, but several sources of stress that they felt could be insurmountable.

One in four of the 67,000 students surveyed said they had a diagnosed mental health problem or that they had been treated by one in the past.

But much more, three quarters, had experienced a significantly stressful event in the last year.

These events can range from the pressure to succeed in your classes to health problems (including your own or family and loved ones), to death in the family, relationships and the financial fall.

Approximately 20 percent of students had six such events in the span of just one year, and previous research has shown that this type of stress can have particularly significant effects on suicide risks for adolescents and young adults.

Perhaps the most severely affected groups were LGBTQ students, for whom suicide thoughts rates increased by more than 20 percent since 2009.

Now, the majority – 58 percent – of lesbian, gay and bisexual students report having considered suicide.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from the National Information System on Violent Deaths.

This system collects information about the circumstances surrounding suicides in 18 states.

A total of 123,181 suicides were evaluated between January 2003 and December 2014 in people over 10 years of age to determine if the deceased were in pain beforehand.

The pain was determined by evaluating patients' medical records for signs of discomfort, such as back pain, for at least three months.

The records also showed whether the patients had any medical conditions that caused pain, such as sickle cell disease. The "emotional pain" was not included in the analysis.

In cases where suicide notes were left, they were examined to determine if pain was mentioned.

The results, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that 10 percent of people who committed suicide in 2014 suffered from chronic pain, an increase of 31 percent compared to 2003.

Of those with pain who took their own lives, 24 percent experienced spinal discomfort, while back pain affected 22 percent. The discomfort related to cancer affected 12 percent and arthritis to seven percent.

More than half of the deceased had pain related to a medical condition, while 15 percent had two disorders and five percent had three or more.

About 51 percent of patients with pain and 44 percent without a known mental health condition, with depression being the most common.

About two out of three people who committed suicide while fighting pain were men, and most were 80 or older.

This contradicts other suicide data, suggesting that men are more likely to kill themselves at maturity.

The lead author, Dr. Emiko Petrosky, said: "Health care providers who care for patients with chronic pain should know the risk of suicide.

"Chronic pain is a major public health problem, and it is essential that we improve the management of chronic pain through integrated, patient-centered management that includes mental health care, as well as medications for these patients."

If you have suicidal thoughts, contact the Samaritans here.