10. Post-Surgical Pain
Whether you were in the hospital for work on your shoulder or your ticker, you’re at risk for nerve injuries that lead to constant pain. “Some research has shown that half of people who have chest surgery develop chronic pain,” says Lynn Webster, MD, past president of the American Society of Pain Medicine. “In the future, we’ll be able to identify, through genotyping, who is most at risk.” In the meantime, he cautions patients not tough it out in the hospital because managing the acute pain lessens the risk of long-term problems.