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What are consequences of pain in older adults?
Last Updated: 2nd March, 2020
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Herein, what causes pain in the elderly?
Arthritis and arthritis-related diseases (such as back pain) are common causes of chronic pain in older adults. Other causes include neuropathies, vertebral compression fractures, cancer and cancer treatments, and advanced chronic diseases such as end-stage heart, lung, and kidney disease.
Also, what causes muscle pain in the elderly? Muscle pain in older adults may be polymyalgia rheumatica. Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory disease that can also be associated with giant cell arteritis (GCA). Both illnesses affect patients aged 50 years and older, with a mean age of 70 years, and are probably a spectrum of one disease.
Subsequently, question is, how do older people cope with pain?
Medication Risks And Contraindications In the Elderly
- NSAIDs. NSAIDs are used commonly to treat musculoskeletal pain in the elderly, with some prescribers favoring NSAIDs over opioids for pain management.
- Adjuvant Analgesics.
- Alzheimer's Disease.
- Assessing Pain.
- Administering Medications.
How does age affect pain?
Age differences in pain perception are less consistent. Some studies indicate older adults are more sensitive to experimental pain than young adults, whereas others suggest a decrease in sensitivity with age. In fact, one study found only 40% of elderly patients were screened for pain conditions.