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Senior care physicians recommend taking pain medications when pain first starts or on a regular schedule to prevent pain from occuring. Once pain begins to take hold, it is much harder to ease the pain. NEVER attempt to drive a car, mow the yard, walk a tight-rope :o)...when taking strong pain medications...our reflexes just don't work so well in these times. If pains persist, never 'overdose' with medications, but call your doctor or the nurse for advice immediately.