Four Unfortunate Pains You'll Likely Deal With in Your 70s
By Anica Oaks
While many wonderful things happen when you reach your 70s, this time in your life is bound to come with its share of pain, too. Some of these pains will be physical. Others will be emotional and psychological. Although you don’t want to dwell on them, you should be mentally prepared for them. Here’s a look at some possible pains you might feel as you grow older.
The number one killer of men as they age is heart disease and the related issues that come with it, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. However, this issue comes with many warning signs, including pain in the chest, in the neck and in the left arm. If you have heart disease, it’s best to see your doctor, especially if you’re exhibiting any of these symptoms. By the time you’re experiencing heart-related pains, the disease has already progressed quite a bit.
It does seem a bit cliché to say that you’re going to experience arthritis pain as you get older. Many people do. However, knowing that you’ll experience it doesn’t quite prepare you for this pain when it comes. For some arthritis sufferers, the pain becomes so acute that they must adopt an arthritis pain management plan. Doing so can reduce the amount of pain the sufferer feels and increase his or her mobility at the same time.
Loss of Mobility and Youth
As you get older, it’s likely that you’ll lose some of your independence through a loss of mobility. This is a hard pill to swallow, particularly if you have been active all your life. You may not only experience physical pain because of this, but psychological pain as well. This experience changes your identity.
As you get older, you’ll inevitably deal with grief because you’ll begin to lose loved ones as they age and then pass away. This may be the most difficult of all of the pains to deal with for a number of reasons. First, you’ve lost someone you love. That takes a lot of getting used to. Second, it also means that you must come face to face with your own end-of-life issues. While you may have peace about your own passing, you’re likely to think about how your passing will affect those you love, and that’s bound to make you sad.
Life can be rich and fulfilling. It can also have its share of pain. By the time you reach your 70s, it’s likely that you have already experienced many if not most of the pains on this list. However, it’s important to try not to dwell on the inevitable pains that come with getting older. Doing so blocks your joy, which life also has in abundance.