Codes and Frequencies
PAINYR identifies sample adults who had "recurring pain" during the past 12 months. Neither the question wording nor the Field Representative's Manual provided guidance on how frequent pain should be to qualify as "recurring."
Five other variables included in 1997 forward identify sample adults with specific types of pain that "lasted a whole day or more" and did not simply consist of "aches and pains that are fleeting or minor." Specifically, these variables identify sample adults who, in the past 3 months, experienced neck pain (NECKPAIN3MO), low back pain (LBPAIN3MO), low back pain which "spread down either leg to areas below the knees" (LEGPAIN3MO), facial ache or pain in jaw muscles or joint in front of the ear (FACEPAIN3MO), or severe headache or migraine (MIGRAIN3MO).
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+.
- 2002 : SAMPWEIGHT