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Had recurring pain, past 12 months

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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).

In 2007, respondents were asked to report whether sample children experienced abdominal pain (ABPAINYR), back or neck pain (BACKPAINYR), or other chronic pain (OTHPAINYR) during the past 12 months.


This variable is only available in 2002.


  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2002