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Health & Nutrition - - BODY BASICS -

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.

First-line treat­ment

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

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