The common cause of aches and pain in old age is arthritis, which causes joint pain and inflammation of joints. Most elderly people do not like consulting doctors for minor aches and pain. They either self medicate with painkillers or endure it. Minor untreated pain can become chronic with the passing of time.
Common causes of chronic pain in elderly are:
- Joint pain and inflammation of fingers, knees, hips and spine
- Joint stiffness in the morning
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Nerve pain
7 ways to help you to deal with pain:
- Get some gentle exercise – Do daily activities like walking in the morning, or evening. Swimming 3 times a week. Yoga also helps reduce pain. Your joints will ache and you will feel tired in the beginning but as you to exercise regularly, the muscles relax and the pain decreases.
- Lessen stress in your life- Stress intensifies pain. Negative feelings like depression, anxiety, tensions and despair can increase body pain. Try to control your stress by listening to music, talking to your friends or family, reading a book or watching movies. Progressive muscle relaxation is a different technique that gives you relaxation.
- Join a support group – Meet others who have chronic pain, who can understand your pain and you feel less alone.
Pain can lead to depression, you can meet a counsellor who will help you lead a better life and also help you to avoid all negative thoughts that can make your pain worse.
- Get a proper diet – According to nutritionist, eat red onions, grapefruit, broccoli, cranberries, salmon, walnuts, tea, citrus fruit, yogurt, and red grapes are proven painkillers, this will help to reduce your pain.
- Try to distract your mind –Do something else so that the pain isn’t the only thing on your mind. Do activities that you enjoy like sewing, reading books, painting, photography and so on, if your mobility is restricted.
- Keep in touch with your family and friends – Don’t let your pain to lose contact with people. Talk with your friends and relatives that are good for health and can help you feel much better. Talk about anything other than your pain.
A good physiotherapy treatment can help you from pain, reduce stress and relieve tensions.
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