Seniors Have Higher Pain Tolerance

Published Online: Tuesday, March 1, 2005

A study, reported in a special issue of Pain Medicine (January 2005), found that adults under the age of 50 with chronic pain may have more difficulty handling their condition, compared with their elders. The researchers also found that individuals under the age 50 experience depression associated with pain. The generation gap is found in both African Americans and Caucasians. African Americans of all ages, however, appeared to experience more pain and pain-related negative effects, compared with Caucasians.

During the 8-year study, the researchers analyzed data on 5823 African Americans and Caucasians. The participants were divided into 2 groups: under 50 and 50 and older. In general, the study showed that African Americans scored higher than Caucasians on measurements of pain intensity, disability related to their pain, and depression symptoms. The researchers concluded that the findings are consistent with past studies on pain that evaluated racial differences in chronic pain experience.

Latest Articles
A pharmacy robber not only left his fingerprints behind at a pharmacy—he also dropped his wallet containing his identification as he made his escape.
Janssen Research and Development LLC has submitted a new drug application to the FDA for canagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride extended release (Invokamet XR).
Treating chronic pulmonary obstructive disease with both inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting bronchodilators remains controversial, but new evidence suggests that this controller combination could reduce mortality risk.
Beverly Schaefer, RPh, of Katterman's Sand Point Pharmacy in Seattle, Washington, shares some fun tips on how to encourage patients who travel to come to your pharmacy for supplies.
Latest Issues