At some point in life, many people just don't feel the way they used to. The
run that once cleared their head now just makes them uncomfortably aware of
their knees. Or they've got achy joints that make them feel "old."
Although it is not uncommon with age to experience new aches, it isn't
normal to be in pain; that's a sign that something is amiss.
Nerve pain can be a symptom of many different conditions, including cancer,
HIV, diabetes, and shingles. For some, nerve pain is frustrating. For many
others, nerve pain is devastating and life-changing.
Whether it feels like burning, pinpricks, or sudden shocks of electricity,
nerve pain can disrupt your life at home and at work. It can limit your ability
to get around. Over time, it can grind you down. Studies show that people with
nerve pain have higher rates of sleep problems, anxiety,...
No two pains are alike, and it's hard to predict what you may 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
4 Golden Rules for Pain
No matter what your age or ailment, heed these guidelines when you feel
Deal with it head on. "Sucking it up" or denying pain is never a good
idea, says Michel Dubois, MD, director of research and education and professor
of clinical anesthesiology at the NYU School of Medicine.
Acute pain -- the kind that comes on suddenly -- should be treated as
quickly as possible to prevent it from becoming a chronic pain condition, which
is defined as 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. According to Sam Moon, MD, MPH, associate
professor in the division of occupational and environmental medicine at Duke
University Medical Center, vitamin D can be helpful in preventing micro
fractures and alleviating pain that stems from fractures associated with
Avoid obesity. Extra pounds put tremendous 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, and changes like
going to bed earlier and developing good sleep habits don't help, 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.
In Your 30s
Pain problem: Headaches
Headaches are one of the most common types of pain experienced by people in
their thirties, Moon says.
Although headaches can plague people throughout their lives, they seem to be
more common in midlife, Moon says.
Studies have shown that migraines, which are two to three times more common
in women than in men, tend to peak between ages 35-45. Tension-type headaches
-- the most common type of headache -- feature constant (rather than throbbing)
pain and pressure, and may increase with age.