Some Americans feel pain at its most extreme — or not at all. | USA TODAY

From intense, chronic pain to no pain at all, some Americans experience that sharp sense of danger in a very different way.

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At least 1 in 5 Americans suffers from chronic pain and nearly 1 in 10 are disabled by it. Medications are either not enough, cause dangerous side effects or even making the pain worse.

To better understand pain in America, USA TODAY spoke with more than 50 experts – in pain control, psychology, complementary medicine, addiction and neuroscience – and people who live with pain every day. That reporting resulted in America in Pain, a five part series exploring the problem, its link to the opioid epidemic and some possible solutions.

We learned adequately addressing pain isn't easy. But there's plenty of room for hope.

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    1. ​@First Last if you really got pain then the medicine is just doing it purpose and not bad at all I never felt high or anything even that I had many strong medicine, is when use it in wrong purpose it is bad, my nerve pain doctor told me this, have spinal cord injury. but sadly as doctors at another place accused me for be drug addict and even to give out to others, which I never would do, I choice stop have medicine. horrible doctor we got here in Sweden hope yours are better because my life been horrible since then

  1. Chronic pain affects every aspect of a persons life. It makes family and friends leave you to deal with your pain in your own while going on living normal lives. Doctors don’t believe you in the amount of pain that your in. Addicts that make people desensitized to them and chronic pain sufferers.

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