2018 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Chronic Pain

What is the main cause of your chronic pain?*

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  Total
Respond.^
Arthritis Back Pain** Accident or Injury Other
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 1,123 410 34.8 31.4-38.5 232 19.1 16.4-22.1 116 11.2 9.0-13.9 365 34.9 31.2-38.7
GENDER
Male 441 135 29.4 24.3-35.1 91 20.0 15.9-24.8 73 16.6 12.6-21.6 142 34.0 28.5-40.0
Female 682 275 38.3 33.8-43.1 141 18.6 15.2-22.5 43 7.7 5.4-10.9 223 35.4 30.7-40.4
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 804 300 36.9 32.7-41.3 175 19.6 16.5-23.1 80 10.0 7.6-13.0 249 33.6 29.3-38.1
Non-Hispanic Black 193 74 33.2 25.8-41.5 30 15.3 9.8-23.0 16 12.6 7.4-20.6 73 39.0 30.7-47.9
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 34 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 35 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 44 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 105 11 12.1 6.0-23.0 19 17.0 10.4-26.6 18 19.4 12.1-29.6 *** *** ***
35-44 121 19 14.9 8.9-24.1 29 24.0 16.4-33.8 17 16.7 9.3-28.4 *** *** ***
45-54 212 75 39.9 31.9-48.5 44 19.3 13.7-26.4 27 10.9 6.9-17.0 66 29.9 22.7-38.2
55-64 265 98 39.3 31.9-47.2 57 19.3 14.2-25.6 30 10.3 6.8-15.3 80 31.1 24.1-39.1
65-74 273 131 45.4 37.4-53.6 60 20.1 14.5-27.1 17 6.2 3.5-10.7 65 28.3 20.5-37.8
75+ 133 *** *** *** 19 12.1 6.6-21.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 132 51 35.7 26.1-46.5 20 16.4 9.6-26.8 12 10.6 5.5-19.5 *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 313 118 33.9 27.8-40.5 74 21.7 16.6-27.7 27 10.7 6.9-16.3 94 33.7 27.1-41.0
Some Post-H.S. 380 132 36.0 30.1-42.4 74 17.8 13.8-22.5 49 12.6 8.9-17.4 125 33.7 27.9-40.0
College Graduate 298 109 33.1 27.0-39.9 64 20.3 15.3-26.5 28 9.6 6.2-14.5 97 37.0 30.3-44.2
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 157 51 27.7 19.3-38.0 35 23.5 15.6-33.7 14 13.9 7.8-23.6 57 35.0 25.8-45.4
$15,000- 24,999 201 75 34.4 26.6-43.2 41 20.1 13.7-28.5 20 10.5 5.9-17.9 65 35.0 26.3-44.8
$25,000- 34,999 120 43 33.4 24.1-44.3 28 21.3 13.7-31.5 13 14.1 7.9-23.9 *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 134 47 35.6 26.4-46.1 22 15.5 9.6-23.9 12 8.6 4.6-15.4 *** *** ***
$50,000-74,999 128 49 31.9 22.8-42.7 23 15.9 9.7-24.8 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 190 63 36.0 27.7-45.2 54 26.8 20.2-34.7 25 12.5 7.2-20.6 48 24.7 18.0-33.0
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 193 82 41.5 32.8-50.7 29 9.9 6.3-15.2 22 11.8 7.1-18.8 60 36.8 28.2-46.4
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 661 234 34.6 30.0-39.4 142 19.8 16.2-23.8 74 11.7 9.0-15.2 211 34.0 29.3-39.0
No 459 176 35.5 30.2-41.1 88 17.8 14.0-22.3 42 10.6 7.3-15.3 153 36.1 30.6-42.1
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 184 60 34.1 25.5-43.8 37 17.3 11.9-24.5 23 12.7 7.8-20.2 64 35.9 26.9-46.0
Non-Veteran 939 350 35.0 31.2-38.9 195 19.4 16.5-22.7 93 10.9 8.6-13.9 301 34.7 30.7-38.8
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 201 72 33.0 25.9-41.0 46 19.7 14.2-26.7 15 8.2 4.7-13.8 68 39.1 31.0-47.8
Regional City or Suburban County 268 95 35.4 28.6-42.7 51 16.7 12.2-22.3 33 12.4 8.5-17.7 89 35.6 28.7-43.2
Rural 654 243 35.3 30.6-40.3 135 20.3 16.6-24.7 68 11.8 8.7-16.0 208 32.6 27.9-37.6
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 399 123 31.6 26.3-37.5 84 18.5 14.6-23.0 47 12.5 8.8-17.2 145 37.5 31.9-43.4
Unemployed 39 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 375 169 44.7 38.0-51.6 77 19.8 15.0-25.6 26 6.4 4.2- 9.7 103 29.1 22.8-36.3
Unable to Work 259 91 34.4 27.1-42.5 57 20.5 14.9-27.5 31 11.6 7.5-17.5 80 33.5 25.9-42.0
Other not in Labor Force 46 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 44 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 105 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 227 88 39.4 31.8-47.6 42 15.2 10.5-21.4 25 13.2 8.5-20.0 72 32.2 25.0-40.3
151% to 200% 92 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 461 163 35.2 29.8-41.0 102 21.0 16.9-25.7 45 9.2 6.2-13.3 151 34.6 29.2-40.6
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 193 82 41.5 32.8-50.7 29 9.9 6.3-15.2 22 11.8 7.1-18.8 60 36.8 28.2-46.4
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 276 113 37.8 30.3-45.9 57 21.0 14.8-28.8 23 10.4 5.9-17.8 83 30.8 23.7-38.9
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 508 182 35.6 30.5-41.0 102 17.8 14.2-22.0 53 11.4 8.3-15.5 171 35.2 30.0-40.8
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 339 115 32.1 26.3-38.4 73 20.2 15.7-25.7 40 11.3 7.9-16.0 111 36.4 30.0-43.2

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*Asked of respondents that stated they suffer from Chronic Pain.
**Includes sciatica, slipped or ruptured discs, and spondylosis.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2018 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on 2018 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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