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Sickly Brits will suffer from 6,284 lifetime ailments

Posted Mar 09 2010 9:41am

A new study shows the average person is set to endure at least 80 ailments including headaches, cramp, back pain and common colds every single year.

This has led to people spending 21 days of every year on pain relief medication, or 1,649 pill-popping days over an average life span of 78.5 years. And the average person is forced to seek medical attention for their ailments at least three times a year.

The poll shows the most common complaint suffered across the nation is frequent bouts of cramp. Cramp affects individuals up to 19 times a year – or 1,492 times over the average life span of 78.5 years. People can also expect to have at least 16 headaches during the course of one year – which equates to 1,256 over a lifetime. And the third ailment most likely to impair every day life is back pain – endured by Brits 14 times a year and an agonising 1,099 times in total.

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