Persistent pain is a devastating condition that affects as many as 90 million Indians. Unlike short-term, acute pain – the kind that happens when you sprain an ankle, persistent pain may last for months, or even years. Whether the source of your suffering is arthritis, back pain, or nerve pain, it is important for you to know that there is help available. The most common cause of persistent pain in older adults is musculoskeletal pain, such as osteoarthritis or lower back pain. Another common cause is neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by nerves or mechanisms in the spinal cord or brain that result in the perception of pain, even though the source of the injury is long gone. There are treatments available for both these types of pain.
The most common treatment for pain is the use of analgesic medications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, for example) is the safest analgesic medication for most patients with mildto-moderate pain, especially those with arthritis, back pain, headache, or other