Last year, Mom (77) was active in family and other activities. Now she’s almost a recluse because she’s always in pain. Does she have to live this way? She says the doctor doesn’t know what’s causing the pain, so she assumes “it’s here to stay—just part of getting old.” With all the scientific advances in last 20 years, I find that hard to believe.
- Barney, PSL
If Mom’s physician couldn’t find the source of her pain, he may have referred her to a specialist. Mom may not remember or may not want to go. Pain is the most common symptom of injury and disease, neither of which are considered “normal” or “just part of getting old.” Without pain control, people suffering from chronic pain (lasting more than 3-6 months) frequently become isolated from friends and family, suffer from sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, depression, and feelings of hopelessness. The combined physical and mental impact of chronic pain can weaken the body’s immune system, causing additional problems. In older adults several health conditions may occur simultaneously making the diagnosis difficult. Take Mom to a geriatric physician to help identify the cause and treat her pain.
Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
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