How Seniors Can Talk To Their Doctors About Pain

Talking about chronic pain can be difficult for seniors. Often seniors don’t bother mentioning their pain to their doctors because they believe that pain is just a part of getting older. But there’s a big difference between occasional age related pain and chronic pain.

If chronic pain is impacting your senior loved one’s quality of life then they should be able to discuss it with their doctor so that they can be treated for it. Some seniors have trouble talking about their pain so it’s helpful if you or a 24-hour home care provider can help them bring up and discuss chronic pain when they are at the doctor.

If you can’t attend your senior loved one’s appointments having a 24-hour home care provider go with them to the appointment is a great way to make sure that your senior parent has an advocate in the room to help get a conversation about chronic pain going.

You, your senior loved one, or their home care provider can use these tips to have a more effective conversation with the doctor about chronic pain:

Write Everything Down

One of the best ways to open a conversation with a doctor about chronic pain is to have a list of all the incidents or times when your senior parent had chronic pain. When you or your senior loved one can show the doctor a concrete list of all the times when your senior parent had pain it gives the doctor a starting point to begin trying to diagnose what’s going on.

Record The Conversation

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Anyone can have trouble picking up on all the information that the doctor gives during a medical appointment, but it can be especially difficult for seniors to get all the information given in a conversation. Especially when they are trying to think of how to describe their pain. So it’s a very good idea to record the conversation that you and your senior parent have with the doctor. That way you can listen to the recording as many times as you need to in order to make sure you’re understanding everything the doctor said.

Don’t Minimize The Pain

When your senior loved one is describing the pain that they are feeling encourage them to be honest and to not minimize the pain. Often older people will say that pain isn’t as bad as it is or that it isn’t anything to be concerned about when the pain might be very intense. Pain isn’t normal. It’s important that your senior loved one tells the doctor what the extent of the pain really is.

Stay Focused On Solutions

The doctor may seem reluctant to prescribe medication for pain, especially if your senior loved one is already taking some heavy duty prescription medicine. If that’s the case then ask about diet, supplements, physical therapy, or other treatments that might help minimize the pain your senior parent is feeling.

Sources:
https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-advocate-for-pain-management#track-symptoms
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-to-talk-to-your-doctor-about-pain/
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6736a2.htm

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