Health Tips: 7 Age-Related Pains and How to Ease Them
In this post we are going to be discussing 7 age related pains and how we can ease them.
If you have got some aches, without any injury, do not panic as you are not alone. Millions of Nigerians experience some sort of chronic pain, meaning the long-term kind that sticks around after an injury or illness.
Here are seven types of pain you need to know about and also tips on how to manage them;
1. Lower Back Pain: This is the most common type of chronic pain in Nigeria. If you’re under 50 and haven’t had a back injury, your back pain is likely the result of sitting for long stretches. That puts too much pressure on the discs in your back. Older adults, on the other hand, are more likely to have back pain from conditions like arthritis. To ease the ache: Strength-training and cardio exercise are both helpful. Physical therapy is another option. Some people also find using a heating pad eases pain, too.
2. Headaches: Regular ones and migraines are the second most common type of chronic pain in Nigeria. To ease the ache you can massage the area that hurts or apply menthol cream on your forehead or the base of your neck, though that is if your headache is just in your forehead and temple area. Pain meds like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or a medicine especially for migraines that contains caffeine, acetaminophen, or aspirin, can offer relief.
3. Osteoarthritis (OA): This condition happens when the protective cartilage between your joint and bone breaks down, causing pain in those joints, like hands, knees, and hips. To ease the ache, staying physically active is key. Some people find relief by applying heat when their joints are stiff, and ice when they’re swollen. Medicines that you take by mouth or put directly on your skin may also help.
4. Non-Arthritis Joint Pain: Pain that feels like it’s in or around the joints — and that isn’t the result of OA — is usually tendinitis, says Glashow. It’s often caused by activities that involve repetitive motion, like golfing and shoveling. To ease the ache, use rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Take a break from activities that aggravate your joint.
5. Pelvic Pain: One in seven women between the ages of 18 and 50 gets chronic pelvic pain. It can feel sharp or like a dull ache. It’s pain that’s not caused by your period. It may be the result of another condition, like endometriosis or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). To ease the ache: Over-the-counter pain medicines can help. But call your doctor if you have below-the-belt pain that lasts more than a few days. The treatment you need depends on the cause of your pelvic pain. It may include physical therapy, and prescription painkillers, or muscle relaxing medicine.
6. Carpal Tunnel: This happens when a nerve that runs from your arm to your palm becomes pressed or squeezed. It causes pain in your fingers and wrist, and numbness or tingling, too. It’s often caused by repetitive motion (for example, from typing or using machinery). But other things, like a family history of carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and menopause-related hormone changes, also up your odds of getting it. To Ease the ache: Talk to your doctor if you think have this condition. He may suggest exercise, occupational and physical therapy, and short-term use of over-the-counter pain relievers. But in some cases, surgery is the best way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
7. Muscle Strain or Pain: As you begin to age, your muscle fibers become less dense, which makes them less flexible and more prone to injury and soreness,” Clements says. To ease the ache: The best thing you can do is to try to avoid hurting yourself in the first place. Don’t lift, push, or pull heavy items without help.
There you have it on this post, I hope you found this piece helpful.