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Take on chronic pain where it lives
At-home strategies can help you find relief when it hurts.
The good news is that more people are living longer. The bad news is that as a result, more people are also living with chronic pain, which becomes more common with age.
"There are more people over the age of 65 today than under the age of 5. This is a first in our country," says Robert Jamison, PhD, a professor in pain management, anesthesia, and psychology at Harvard Medical School. However, as people age, many of the body’s systems start to break down, which can lead to persistent discomfort.
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