Chronic Pain

by Lois Etienne on December 2, 2011

in Caregiver Support,Diabetes,Senior Health and Safety

Senior-Woman-with-WalkerOne more time I’m reminded that we have very little control in our lifetime. We like to think we do but all it takes is one car accident, one illness, a divorce, a child goes to prison, an earthquake hits…it doesn’t really matter, they all put the brakes on YOUR plans for the day (or maybe your life). As a matter of fact, it can be something as simple as a stubbed toe, a bad grade or even a bad hair day.

But as we get older and we realize that not everything is life and death, we seem to be able to roll with the punches a little easier. The problem as we age is more on the line of chronic issues that don’t clear up and seem to always be a part of the everyday picture…like arthritis or diabetes. Chronic illness takes its toll, mainly on our mental well-being, because it’s always there, it never goes away. Chronic pain is the worst. I always tell people that having a baby is nothing. You know why you’re having pain, you know approximately how long it’s going to last and you get a prize at the end! That’s never the case with chronic pain.

As you spend time with older loved ones in your life, even though they may not complain about it, try to determine if they are having ongoing suffering of any kind. Pain is not a normal part of aging AND there are tons of medicines and treatments that we have available today that we didn’t have 30 years ago. Help them voice their issues to the doctor and help their doctor to take it seriously and work towards a solution.

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