Physical pain can hinder the happiness one can draw from everyday life. That’s why it’s important to properly manage one’s pain and medication, especially for seniors.
Pain and aging
Though, while some signs of discomfort and pain are part of the natural aging process. Usually, pain is a sign that something is going wrong in the body medically. Pain management and medication management is a very important thing, especially for senior citizens. Seniors, who do not treat their pain properly can experience an overabundance of negative health effects, such as loss of appetite, loss of sleep, less energy, and mood alterations.
Usually, pain management becomes an increasingly growing concern for seniors over the age of 65. Due to the fact that usually, one or two chronic conditions develop with age, heart disease, diabetes, poor eyesight, and the body starts reacting to medications in different ways. However, it is important not to ignore pain. In order to properly manage it, seniors should do the following.
- Go through health evaluations on a continual basis with a doctor that you trust, so that you can develop the most effective strategies, and medication, that can satisfy your needs and provide the best possible outcome in regards to your pain, with the least amount of side effects.
- Professional medical help is crucial in determining that you get your proper medication, as well as dosages. Seniors need a lot of help when it comes to figuring out dosages. Due to the body constantly changes, such as the liver growing smaller, kidneys passing less blood, Seniors can become overwhelmed at a number of medications they may need. Due to these changes, aging bodies may experience difficulty in adjusting to certain types of medications.
What kind of pain do you have?
Essentially, senior citizens generally experience two types of pains. Chronic, and acute pains.
- Acute pains: may either stem from a past illness or injury that you did not recover from properly. The pain is occasional and usually, doesn’t last for very long. However, if not treated, acute pain may develop into chronic pain.
- Chronic pain: this pain continues to worsen over prolonged periods of time, and without proper treatment and medication, the pain may persist for weeks, months, and even years. Chronic pain usually stems from injuries that healed improperly or can be related to medical health conditions like frequent migraines, arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer.
Seek professional help in managing your pain
We always advise you to seek the medical help you need. It’s important to have an established, comprehensive medical assessment plan which includes a medical history examination, physical tests, laboratory tests, and diagnostics tests in order for your doctor to provide you with the proper treatment plant, and figure out which medication you need for your pain. As we discussed previously, when a senior goes to receive a physical exam, it will be easier to understand the source of pain due to a previously established medical history that can be referred to.
It’s very common for senior citizens to go for prolonged periods of time without doing anything about their health and the pain that they experience. Over 20% of senior patients whose age is between 65 and 75 years, often do not seek medical help. This percentage is even higher among seniors aged 75 to 85.
Many seniors do not seek medical help and medication because they believe that the pains they are experiencing are completely related to the natural aging process and that nothing can be done to remedy them. This is simply not true, for example, pain caused by cancer, or a serious heart condition may not seem like it is tied to these ailments, while in reality, it is. If not treated, extreme pain and worsening of a medical condition may follow.
While it may be true that certain pains can be related to the natural process of aging that seniors experience, it is still important to seek treatment, proper pain management, and medication in order to prevent the pain from becoming increasingly progressive, or more difficult to deal with in the future. The best way to avoid these uncomfortable situations is to properly communicate with your doctor, attend frequent medical checkups, and get the proper medication and treatment.
We at Bestland care for our seniors and believe that a pain-free life, is a happy life. So, let’s get started with managing your pain, and increasing your overall everyday satisfaction. We hope that by reading this, that you understand how important it is to get the proper help. Stay happy and healthy!