According to a study published in the American College of Rheumatology’s Arthritis & Rheumatology pain in adults could be worse due to poor sleep. There are other factors, but not getting enough restorative sleep is the main problem.
Some of the conditions that cause widespread aches include fibromyalgia, and affect 10 percent of men and 15 percent of women aged 50 or older. This information comes from previous studies that have been completed. By the time people reach 65, 80 percent complain on pain on a daily basis, whether in the bones, muscles or joints.
Other issues linked to the feelings of tenderness, aches and soreness include poor physical health, anxiety and impairment of the memory.
The study led by Keele University’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre researcher Dr. John McBeth started the research as a way to find out why older adults suffered from widespread pain. 4326 adults aged 50 and over were asked to participate in the study, which assessed their physical health, psychological health, lifestyle, demographic and any aches they suffered from. To start with, 2764 of the participants indicated that they felt some discomfort and tenderness, while the rest reported nothing at all.
Three years later, the participants were asked to part-take in follow-up questions and tests to see if their circumstances had changed. 19 percent of the participants reported new widespread problems, and this was found to affect more of those who indicated there were some problems to start with. Almost 85 percent of those who had new widespread problems stated they had some issues to start with.
When looking into the reasons, it was found that the worse pain was likely due to the adults’ poor non-restorative sleep. However, quality of life and cognitive complaints were also evident in some of the participants. The results were adjusted to take osteoarthritis into account. Age was also taken into consideration, considering the previous fact of 85 percent of those over the age of 65 suffering with problems.
However, one 70-year-old says that age is a mental issue. Those who let themselves believe they are old will succumb to the downsides of aging. Sam “Sonny” Bryant still works the grave-yard shift as a forklift driver and enjoys going to the gym on a bi-daily basis. He started training when he was 44 and loved the weights so much that he’s continued ever since. His belief is that it is just state of mind that makes someone old and not the actual number on the birth certificate. He blames issues on inactivity. As people get older they think they can’t do as much so don’t. The only problem he has had was blistering feet during his seven years in the military, which ended with a medical discharge.
After sharing the results of the study, McBeth stated that interventions for both widespread and site-specific problems were needed. If the worse pain is due to poor sleep, patients need help with getting the right amount of rest, but psychological, physical and memory health of adults also need to be looked into.
By Alexandria Ingham