An entire town, for example, is afflicted with insomnia at one point in the novel.
I infer from this that Dan Kois is not afflicted with lower back trouble.
I know, because I myself am so afflicted, looking for relief of an unbearable urge.
"person or persons in constant suffering of body or mind," 1650s, noun use of past participle adjective from afflict.
late 14c., "to cast down," from Old French aflicter, from Latin afflictare "to damage, harass, torment," frequentative of affligere (past participle afflictus) "to dash down, overthrow," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fligere (past participle flictus) "to strike," from PIE root *bhlig- "to strike" (cf. Greek phlibein "to press, crush," Czech blizna "scar," Welsh blif "catapult"). Transferred meaning of "trouble, distress," is first recorded 1530s. Related: Afflicted; afflicting.