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Is it Aging Pains?

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It's inevitable – you're going to age, and with each passing decade, a new pain seems to pop up. Whether it's a sudden bout of headaches, achy joints, or sore muscles, don't just assume it's a sign of growing older.

Headaches are a common complaint among those in their thirties. The cause is often stress-related and can be alleviated with a little extra exercise and sleep. Caregivers may be more prone to stress from the added responsibilities, and stress management is especially important for them. Learn more about how to reduce your stress on If minimizing stress doesn't help your headaches, consult your doctor.

Back pain in your forties and fifties can be the result of bad posture – particularly when you sit – and the way you sleep. To reduce that pain, pay attention to your posture and make corrections. Also consider trying Pilates to strengthen your core muscles to reduce back pain.

Ideally, one-third of your day is spent sleeping. The Mayo Clinic offers recommendations to ease back pain caused by your sleeping position. The good news is you may not need to splurge for a new mattress; an extra pillow properly placed could do the trick.

If you're over sixty and dealing with joint pain, you're not alone. The CDC reports nearly half of Americans over the age of 65 report a diagnosis of arthritis. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints caused by a breakdown of cartilage. It causes swelling, pain and reduced mobility at the affected joint.

You can find pain relief in a regular exercise program that includes weight training and stretching. Learn some simple exercises that can help you maintain and improve your physical health as you age. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any new exercise program and potential medications that can help alleviate your joint pain. Visit Living at Home with Arthritis for more information.

Any pain that doesn't dissipate should be addressed by your physician. While aging isn't always easy, it doesn't have to be painful.



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