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5 Ways Seniors Can Manage Chronic Pain

Posted by Susan Abercrombie on Apr 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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Chronic pain is a part of everyday life for many seniors. As we age, our bodies can ache from a number of different ailments, from arthritis, to musculoskeletal problems, to neuropathic conditions. Having chronic pain can make activities of daily life more challenging. Here are some ways you can try to manage your chronic pain.

1. Stay Active

In order to stay in shape, our bodies need exercise. Even if you can only move a little bit, make sure to get two to three days a week of light to moderate exercise. Being sedentary is one of the biggest causes of chronic pain in adults. The less you use your muscles, the harder it is to move around. Keep your body flexible and fit by making sure you get up to move around at least once every hour.

2. Medication

If your doctor has prescribed you medication for your chronic pain, make sure you are taking it regularly and as ordered by your physician. In many cases, anti-inflammatory drugs can be used to treat mild to moderate chronic pain. If you are not currently on any medications for your chronic pain, ask your doctor if there is a medicine that’s right for you.

3. Alternative Pain Management

Many chronic pain sufferers opt for alternative means of pain management, such as chiropractic care and massage therapy. Inflammation and lack of movement can make your joints and muscles shift and feel uncomfortable. Alternative pain treatments can offer some relief and help you to relax. Talk to your doctor before you try anything new.

4. Assisted Living

If your chronic pain has reached a point where activities of daily life are just too difficult for you to manage on your own, it might be time to consider assisted living as an option. At an assisted living community, you will have access to nutritional meals, help with mobility issues, and help with other certain activities if you need it.

5. Reduce Stress

As a result of being in pain constantly, our minds can react with high stress levels. So participate in activities that can reduce your stress level. Spend some time outdoors, have lunch with a dear friend, meditate, or read a good book. There are several ways that you can relax near you. Keeping your mind calm and at ease can help you manage your pain in the best ways possible.

 

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Susan Abercrombie

Written by: Susan Abercrombie

Susan has 32 years of nursing experience caring for seniors in assisted living and doctors’ offices. She now manages two Cottage communities in Alabama. Susan and her husband of 30 years, Tim, have two dogs, Sydney and Macy.