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Pain Becomes More Prominent With Age

Talk to anybody older than you and sooner or later, they’ll tell you all about their aches and pains. Their stories serve as a friendly warning of what you have to look forward to as you get older. Everybody seems to believe that as we get older, more aches and pains seem to creep into the picture, but is it actually true?

As it turns out, unfortunately, it is.  A new study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control reveals that more than fifty million older adults experience chronic pain every year.  The aches and pains stem from a variety of common sources.

The sources include, but are not limited to:

This is just a basic list.  To make matters worse, a significant percentage of older people (40 percent!) do not receive timely or adequate treatment or care for the pains they suffer.

A related study conducted by researchers at the Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life at Cornell University did an in-depth review of nearly a hundred separate studies that evaluated a wide range of pain management treatments for the elderly.

This study revealed several intriguing findings, including:

The bottom line here is two-fold.  First, yes, more aches and pains can be expected as we age. Second, is that although there are certainly challenges with regards to treating aches and pains as we get older, such treatment is possible with proper care and good communication with your doctor.

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