Millions of Brits admit to suffering pain in silence – to avoid annoying others
Millions of Brits admit to suffering pain in silence – to avoid annoying others.
A study found the average adult experiences two headaches a week, with one in five admitting this has led to emotional distress.
And a fifth have taken time off work due to back pain.
But more than a third don’t voice their discomfort, due to a fear of annoying others, not wanting to come across as moaning or worrying that other people won’t care.
Despite this, one in five wish their family members and partners opened up more about their own physical aches.
The poll, of 2,000 adults commissioned by Nurofen to mark International Pain Awareness Month, also found Brits could be mismanaging their pain with one in four confused about how to treat it.
While experts recommend keeping active in order to help back pain, four in ten adults believe it is best to rest.
Nurofen spokeswoman, Sezi Unluturk, said: “These survey findings are important to shed light on how many people may be suffering their pain in silence or mismanaging their everyday pains and highlight the real impact this can have on their day to day lives, and for those around them.
“As a nation, our own pain often gets moved to the bottom of the priority list, which is reflected in our hesitation to speak about it, and in some people’s reluctance to take action to relieve it.
“There are simple ways people can better educate themselves on ways to manage their aches and pains and by announcing these findings, we hope people will realise the benefits in doing so, both personally and for those around them.”
The study also found the average headache lasts as long as three and a half hours.
And this everyday pain has an impact on relationships, with more than a quarter of sufferers admitting they have had to cancel social events.
But despite many suffering for hours at a time, more than half prefer to wait to see if a headache passes before treating it.
It also emerged back pain has a major impact on Brits’ lives and wellbeing, with one in five missing more than one day of work as a result of the ailment.
And workers suffer from back pain an average of twice a week, with almost two thirds of those who spend their days at a desk believing their work environment has caused them increased problems.
More than a third confessed to feeling unsure about how to manage back pain and, as a result, one in six ‘ignore it’ and hope it gets better.
Parents were also among those surveyed, with four in 10 saying they have had a restless night’s sleep when their child has fever, with almost half feeling ‘worried and unsure’ about how to deal with it.
And surprisingly, the majority of parents do not realise that ibuprofen can provide longer lasting fever relief in children than other over the counter (OTC) painkillers such as paracetamol.
Instead, more than half of those polled via OnePoll believe all painkillers work in the same way.
In addition, six in 10 Brits believe ibuprofen should always be taken with food – however, when used in the short-term, adults can take with water alone (unless advised otherwise by their doctor).