Growing older is a natural progression of life; however, the potential pains that come along with it may not be. Aches and pains are often underreported because people mistake them for typical signs of aging. These mystery pains can be anything from a mild annoyance to something that significantly impacts the quality of life. Dismissing potential warning signs and putting up with the pain can be dangerous. Those living with mystery aches and pains should remember:
Honesty is the Best Policy
- Speak Up: Do not assume that your pain is merely due to growing older. Reporting any discomfort you are experiencing to your health care providers will keep you healthy and out of the hospital for a longer duration of time. Take control of your health and future by being vigilant and prompt when pain begins.
- Take Precautions: Stay up to date with all doctor orders and medication they prescribe. Also, be mindful of personal health by staying active in a manner that does not overexert you. A walk in the evening/morning can go a long way in keeping you healthy long-term.
- Listen to your Body: Take note of any pain that begins out of the blue. You know your body, and this is key in helping with identifying health concerns. Keep open communication with those around you; they are here to help.
Common Pains and What YOU Can Do to Help
- Muscle/Tendon Strain: Overuse of muscles, tendons, and ligaments are sure to happen. Physical Therapists from Assisted Home Health can suggest exercises that can help ease pain.
- Back Pain: Back pain is widespread, whether it be due to sitting for too long or from a prior back injury. In order to help ease this pain, low-impact exercises can be highly beneficial.
- Headaches: Headaches can either be irritating or debilitating when they occur. There is a wide range of reasons they occur, including dehydration and muscle tension. Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day, avoid skipping meals and always get enough sleep. Medication could be helpful if the pain grows. However, it is not recommended to take more than three days without talking to a doctor.
Assisted Home Health & Hospice can provide support in the form of nurses, caregivers, and other medical professionals to help clients with mystery aches and pains. Skilled nurses and caregivers are trained to work with aging adults who have a wide range of conditions that may cause pain or discomfort. To learn how Assisted’s home health services can help you or your loved one, call us today at (800) 949-6555 or visit our website at www.AssistedCares.com.