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Most importantly, we should discuss our pains, in depth, with our senior health care physicians. Talk about what has worked well for us in the past; discuss medications that may be new on the market, BUT remember to ask about side effects from these. Oft-times, some good exercises, therapies (massages, heat/cold packs) can be recommended. Remember to discuss allergies you may have to some types of pain medications...they come by so many new names, now! Senior home care does not mean we should 'treat' ourselves with over-the-counter medications without discussing with our doctors - too many times I've heard of problems worsening because of 'o-t-c' meds causing bad interaction with other meds being taken. We know our bodies; doctors and pharmacists know medications!