When you get up in years, you replace old fears with new ones.
You probably aren’t afraid to speak your mind as much. I know I’m not.
But you are afraid of breaking down. Or losing your independence.
I’m guilty there, but I’m doing everything I can to make sure it won’t happen to you.
I just read a scary study with a connection that we really haven’t seen before. It comes down to this: If you’re dealing with chronic pain, your risk of dementia goes up.
The slide into memory decline happens faster if you’re consistently in pain, and that’s doubly scary. And the researchers at UC San Francisco don’t really know why this happens.
They speculate that maybe painkillers are the culprit. If you’re dealing with chronic pain, you’re much more likely to be on medication for it, and drugs like opioids are already linked with cognitive impairment and confusion.
Or, maybe long-term and persistent pain somehow compromises your brain. Like your circuits finally overload, and in an effort to protect you… your brain misfires.
Persistent pain triggers the release of stress hormones… which can also beat your brain to bits.
Or perhaps there’s another factor that wasn’t studied. I suspect inflammation plays a part, probably a big part.
Most pain problems are the result of long-term, or out-of-control inflammation.
And if you have a raging fire inside, your memory is bound to get caught up in the flames.
My point is this: you never know what problems are interconnected in our bodies. They are wonderful, powerful machines… but we have to take care of them.
Because when one domino falls, others may not be far behind.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance