The connection between physical pain and the inability to focus or remember things is obvious. What might not be obvious is that you don’t just have to live silently with pain or risk being pooh-poohed as a hypochondriac. Pain is now gaining ground as the “fifth vital sign” behind heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and respiration – to the point that hospitals today must document, treat, and monitor it to maintain their accrediation.
Be sure to report physical pain to your doctor to see what can be done for relief. Keep in mind, too, that plain old lifestyle measures can often help diminish pain. Exercise can sometimes be key for alleviating pain in the lower back or neck, while weight loss can ameliorate the symptoms of hip or knee arthritis.
(Source: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter)