How do You Manage Physical Pain Over 50?
Oh, the dreaded four letter word: P-A-I-N.
Everyone deals with it in their own little way.
We laugh it off, we cry in agony, we snap at everyone around us, and sometimes it is so bad that we are afraid to even move.
Most people casually ask each other in passing: “How’re you doing?”
Yet, if we were to be brutally honest, we would often find ourselves in many socially awkward moments.
After all, we remind ourselves, there are loads of other people who are crippled by their pain and are in way worse shape than we are!
However, what kind of existence is it when you cannot concentrate properly, your sleep never feels fully restorative, and you have to decline your favorite physical activities or suffer the consequences?
Most of us just want to know what to do so that we can get on with living our lives to the best of our ability.
So, what do you KNOW about your pain?
Where is it coming from and do you know how it works?
Does it turn off and on like a mechanical switch or is it always there to some degree like a constant burning inflammation?
Which contributing factors in your habits and in your environment are within your control?
What is your plan of management when aggravating factors are simply beyond your control?
How many different coping strategies can you and your healthcare professionals come up with that lessen the flare-ups?
If you do not know the answers to those questions, you need to keep searching.
Remember, it is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease!
Do not endure in silence just because you think it is polite and you do not want to be a bother.
The majority of hopelessness and helplessness comes with the “NOT KNOWING” exactly which way to turn.
Whether training for fitness goals or just trying to get through the physical demands of the day, we need to recognize which kind of pain we work through versus pain that demands our respect.
Once you understand the mechanism of your injury, then positive steps can be taken to limit or avoid the progression of the problem altogether.
-Pamela Klombies (BScPT)