For the subject of understanding pain, we must have to define and scratch out the common myths and general knowledge about pain: (1) Pain is never normal even if you are already a senior. (2) Pain is considered the sixth sense and is often under-treated [sadly]. (3) And lastly, pain is a powerful factor that affects your mood, your functionality, and defines your quality of life.
What Is Pain?
Pain is an experience related to tissue damage. And, pain has two different types: chronic (can last for 3 – 6 months and can cause long-term problems psychologically) and acute (pain that lasts for a shorter period of time, less than 30 days).
Before Seeing a Doctor or Taking Pain Relievers
Here are some questions you need to ask yourself before seeing a doctor or taking pain relievers:
- What’s the location of the pain?
- Is it localized or does it spread all over your body?
- What does the pain feel like? Sharp? Dull? Throbbing? Or is there another word you can use to describe it?
- What are some activities that can alleviate or exacerbate the pain?
- Are there other symptoms that go along with the pain?
Effective Treatments for Pain
After asking these questions and factoring in your medical history, your doctor can now recommend a certain treatment for your pain. The options are limitless when it comes to pain treatment and it is sometimes effective to do a trial and error to find the best cure for your pain. This list of treatment will also help in teaching seniors technology on how to improve their quality of life.
- Analgesics are the most common form of pain relievers. This comes in the form of Acetaminophen and the likes. It is highly effective for pains that range from mild to moderate. The only precaution before taking analgesics is that it may damage your liver if taken in high doses.
- (NSAID’s) Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs are also common. These are your aspirins and your ibuprofen. These drugs are over-the-counter and your go-to medication if you feel pain. The side effects of this medication however are, but not limited to dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. If you have high blood pressure, be cautious of this drug since it might not be best for you and may cause complications.
- Opioids are powerful narcotics and are prescribed by your physician. This type of pain reliever is used for moderate to severe pain and is usually prescribed for pains for post-surgery or for terminal cases. One thing about this medication is that it is addictive and can cause a lot of side effects.
- Acupuncture is a traditional type of treatment that uses needles. The needles are usually inserted through the skin at points that are along the meridians of your body.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a more psychological approach to pain. This senior living technology will condition your brain on how to react to pain.
- Hypnosis is another psychological approach to pain. It helps you in focusing your attention in order to feel alleviated from the pain.
- (TENS) Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is an advanced type of senior living technology that will use electrical impulses which will stimulate your nerves to alleviate the pain.
- Massage Therapy is another non-medication type of treatment that works best for pains caused by tight muscles.
It is true that pain is amplified when you get older. However, this would not stop senior living technology in finding ways to improve the quality of life for seniors. For more information about our services, contact us today. Our Realtime App ensures an efficient exchange of information ‘The technology solution for the senior industry’