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Vol. 2, No. 7 | July 2010




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Growing Pains
Physical pain associated with aging

US MED Gives Back At some point in life, many people just don't feel the way they used to. The jog that used to give them peace of mind now makes them highly aware of their knees and joints. It's not uncommon with age to experience new aches, but it isn't typical to be in pain; that's a sign that something is wrong. No two pains are identical, and it's hard to infer what you might feel as you age, but there are certain pains that are more common at certain ages. Here's a look at the types of pain that sometimes accompany aging -- and what to do about it. Regardless of your age or ailment, take these guidelines into consideration when you feel pain:

  • Deal with it head on. Ignoring pain or “sucking it up" is never a good idea. Acute pain, pain which comes on suddenly, should be treated as quickly as possible to prevent it from leading into a chronic pain condition, which is pain lasting more than three months.
  • Check on vitamin D. Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D levels to make sure you're not deficient. Vitamin D can be helpful in preventing micro-fractures and alleviating pain that arises from fractures related with osteoporosis.
  • Avoid obesity. Extra weight puts extra strain on the body, increasing your chances of experiencing chronic joint and lower back pain.
  • Get enough sleep.A lack of sleep can worsen pain and contribute to muscle tightness and depression. If you aren't sleeping well, check with your doctor to see if you have a sleep disorder and find out what can be done to help you get a good night's rest.
  • Watch for depression. Chronic pain is often accompanied by depression, which often goes unrecognized. Depression not only makes it more difficult to deal with physical pain, it magnifies it. If you have chronic pain, tell your doctor how you're feeling emotionally.

Pain is not something that you have to deal. Heed this advice and start feeling better today!

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