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With Old Age Comes Retirement

Arthritis Pain Relief

When we have a pounding headache or straining pain from arthritis, we often look for quick pain relief from painkillers such as ibuprofen. Although the painkillers reduce the pain, they are also increasing the risk of a stroke.

A study that examined patients who took painkillers for arthritis pain regularly saw that taking these drugs can cause an irregular heartbeat which is also known as arrhythmia.
When ibuprofen painkillers were taken for two months every day by patients, the risk of a stroke increased by 40%. When other drugs for arthritis pain, such as Celebrex were used, the risk of stroke was increased by 70%. Some drugs such as Vioxx were recalled because they caused a risk too high to be distributed.

Doctors have become cautious when prescribing painkillers and although over the counter ibuprofen is available, it is best to see your doctor first to see what is the best method of pain relief for arthritis for yourself.

If drugs for arthritis pain are not how you would want to treat arthritis pain, there are other methods! Taking oral pain medications may not be the best option to control the pain of arthritis. You can find topical pain relief ointment to use instead of ingested drugs. Other ways to relieve arthritis pain is to exercise.

Exercises that strengthen your joints while improving your muscle tone will help keep your joints strong. Exercises such as leg raises, finger curls, bicycling, and swimming are said to strengthen joints. Also, drinking freshly squeezed orange juice and having water each day can also lubricate joints.

Some vegetables that reduce inflammation from arthritis pain are vegetables that are yellow and orange. Consuming vitamin C is also crucial to prevent arthritis inflammation. Spices that can be used to help arthritis pain are cinnamon and ginger. If you want advice about the best way to treat your arthritis pain, speak to your doctor. The best thing you can do is maintaining a healthy body weight joined with a proper diet. Don’t let the pain stop you from your regular routines.

Are You Ever Too Old To Work?

Everyone waits for the day he or she can finally retire. However, the date of retirement comes much later for some than others. People have been known to work for decades after the average retirement age of about 65. Some people have even worked into their 90s!

As a result of working for a longer period of time, physicians and other health care professionals have noticed that the number of patients from this particular group of people (those that work past the average retirement age) is increasing. Physicians are now seeing more patients in this particular group of people and are trying to help them continue working and thus improve their quality of life.

As one ages, natural wear and tear of the body will occur. Many jobs also involve heavy lifting or standing for long periods of time. Even sitting for long periods of time can be uncomfortable!

Some effects of aging on the body include:

  • Fatigue
  • Heavy breathing
  • Slow movement
  • Muscle strength decreases
  • Internal organs function less efficiently
  • Reduced hearing
  • Reduced vision
  • Slowed reaction rate
  • Memory loss

Despite how difficult it can be to work, working into old age can actually have many benefits. Foremost, people experience less stress because the financial situation may be improving or becoming stabilized. Reducing stress is very important because it gives people an overall feeling of happiness and reduces the risk of depression. Working also allows many seniors to maintain more of a social life.

Moreover, not everyone continues to work after retirement solely for financial reasons. In many cases it gives seniors something to look forward too. Many will feel that by working, they are essentially making a difference by contributing to society.



-BS Pharm, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Paul Zickler is a graduate of the University of Wester Ontario in 1972. After graduating from the faculty of medicine, Dr. Zickler practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years. He has then operated ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years. Dr. Zickler has become an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, a Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy), a principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines, and a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Dr. Zickler is passionate about combining western prescription medicine and natural medicines.

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