In recent articles, I talk about ways in which you can treat chronic pain versus managing it with medications, and why this is important. Chronic pain is a big issue, especially here in the U.S. An estimated 100 million Americans live with chronic pain, and these numbers are expected to grow in coming years. Why are more and more Americans suffering from chronic pain at alarming rates? There are several factors such as environment, stress, injury, or illness. However, one culprit that is often overlooked is diet, and how nutrition can mitigate or prevent a chronic disorder from occurring down the road. Chronic Pain and Poor Nutrition Whether you are.