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    "Generation Gap" Found in Chronic Pain

    "Generation Gap" Found in Chronic Pain
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    Adults under 50 with chronic pain may be less able to cope with their condition and more prone to depression than their elders. And the same "generation gap" exists in both blacks and whites, despite other racial differences in pain.

    Newswise - Adults under the age of 50 who have chronic pain may be less able to cope with their condition and more prone to associated depression than their elders, a new study suggests.

    And the same "generation gap" pattern exists among both blacks and whites, though blacks of all ages have previously been found to experience more pain and more pain-related negative effects than whites.

    The study also finds that in general, blacks scored higher than whites on measurements of the intensity of their pain, disability related to their pain, and depression symptoms. This finding is consistent with past studies on pain that examined racial differences in chronic pain experience.

    The new study, by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida, appears in a special issue of the journal Pain Medicine, published by the American Academy of Pain Medicine. The issue focuses on the differences in pain, pain effects and pain treatment that are increasingly being found between members of different racial and ethnic groups.

    "No matter what your color or age, chronic pain has a major impact on your life and your ability to work or function," says the study's senior author, U-M pain specialist Carmen R. Green, M.D., who is co-guest editor of the special issue. "Our study suggests that age is a significant factor across races and ethnicities, and that the impact of pain may differ even within racial and ethnic groups." Green recently was named an inaugural Mayday Pain and Society fellow by the Mayday

    This really is expected.
    In the 50's through the 70's..and of course even before the 50's I imagine..chronic pain was not really treated.

    Usually when you would say something..the answer would be "Well that's normal for your condition." Didn't even get pain relief after major orthopedic got one shot
    when you woke up and that was it..not even an aspirin..unless you got it on the sly.

    Noone asked you to rate your pain..just said it was normal..and you would get used to it.
    That is why over 50 is a different story.
    Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.