Chronic pain can be so debilitating that it disrupts daily activities, such as eating and sleeping, causes anxiety and depression, and compromises quality of life. Since chronic pain grows more prevalent with age, seniors and the elderly are especially at risk.
Nearly 50 million Americans have chronic pain, according to the American Pain Foundation. Sometimes the pain is caused by a specific injury or surgical incision that has long since healed, other times there may be no apparent reason for the pain. However, many cases of chronic pain are related to these 7 conditions: Low back pain, arthritis (especially osteoarthritis), headache, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, shingles, and nerve damage.
Find out what you can do on your own from home to reduce chronic pain. WebMD created a slideshow featuring 10 daily habits to reduce pain, including keeping a pain journal, practicing meditation, and exercising.