Pain

Everyone experiences pain at some time. It might be the result of an injury, operation, or pushing your body too hard. Headache, infection, arthritis, and other health problems cause pain. Unchecked, pain can rob you of the ability to sleep, work, and enjoy life. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.

We've come a long way from the days of "grin and bear it," or "no pain, no gain." Pain begets pain, so it's important to stop it early. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to pain relief. Standard medications can be a good option for many pain sufferers, but a wide range of effective nondrug therapies are also available.

Pain Articles

Best ways to cope with hand pain

Hand pain is common in older age. It may be caused by many conditions, such as osteoarthritis, a wearing away of the cartilage in the joints; carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome, two different conditions involving the compression of nerves in the arm; or trigger finger, a type of tendon irritation that interferes with the ability of the finger to bend. It’s important to seek treatment for persistent hand pain before it gets so advanced that it’s tough to use hands for even the simplest jobs. More »

Turning your back on back surgery

Back pain remains one of the top reasons people seek medical care for pain, and for many older man, the source of their pain is spinal osteoarthritis. Finding relief is an ongoing struggle, but men should think hard before turning to surgery without first trying less invasive treatments. Surgery may help control the pain in some cases, so a person can function better, but it won’t cure the osteoarthritis. (Locked) More »

Managing statin muscle pain

Muscle aches and cramps—the most common side effects of statins—are more common in women than in men. Treating vitamin D deficiencies and low thyroid hormone levels, changing prescriptions, and making lifestyle changes may help. (Locked) More »

The finer points of acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture has been used to help heal and manage ailments such as chronic pain, low back pain, and arthritis. The treatment involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to help release energy that may be blocked because of illness or other imbalances. While the supporting research is ongoing and mixed, men may benefit from the treatment either by itself or as part of traditional pain therapy. (Locked) More »

What to do for a sprained ankle

It takes less force to sprain an ankle as we age, but there are steps you can take to prevent sprains and minimize their effects when you have them. It’s important to get medical attention if symptoms don’t improve after a few days. More »

Getting the best of bothersome bunions

Although some people are genetically predisposed to developing bunions, most cases result from improper footwear. Wearing shoes with low heels and wide toes, protecting the bunions with cushions, and shoe inserts can prevent irritation and relieve pain. Corrective surgery is a last resort. More »

When heart attacks go unrecognized

Nearly half of all heart attacks are “silent,” meaning the person doesn’t realize it at the time. One reason may be a higher-than-average pain tolerance. People with diabetes might be less sensitive to pain because the disease can deaden nerves. However, failure to recognize atypical heart attack symptoms is a more likely explanation. Nonclassic symptoms include shortness of breath, weakness, nausea or vomiting, and unexplained fatigue. (Locked) More »