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Why should I report physical pain to my doctor if I am an older adult?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
As an older adult, it is vital that you tell your doctor if you are experiencing pain since it can impact your health more than your advancing age or any diseases you may have. Persistent, unrelieved pain is a powerful predictor of depression, social isolation and even suicide. Conversely, addressing your pain will maximize your ability to remain active and engaged in life.

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