Causes of Aches and Pains in Elderly
We often feel more pains as we get older. Since our body undergoes various changes due to aging, we usually dismiss the physical aches we suffer thinking they would just go away after a few days.
But this should not be so. In fact, we should be more cautious and concerned with our health when we get older in order to avoid worse health complications.
So whenever we feel these signs commonly felt by clients of Magnum Home Health Care, Inc., we should go to our doctor and make sure we get the right diagnosis and treatment.
- Pain in the fingers
Pain and numbness in the fingers may be associated with several diseases like carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical radiculopathy, and rheumatoid arthritis.
If it is rheumatoid arthritis, we will feel tenderness, swelling, and observe redness in the painful area. Other symptoms like numbness, tingling sensations, and burning in the hands or feet may also be felt.
Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy mimic that of rheumatoid arthritis. But the main sign for this condition is the pain which spreads to the neck, chest, and upper shoulders. A person who has cervical radiculopathy may also experience lack of coordination.
Meanwhile, it might be carpal tunnel syndrome when the numbness or pain is felt in the thumb, index, and middle finger. The pains will often become worse at night compared to that in the morning.
- Lower back pain
Lower back pain is the third most common complaint of elderly with Home Health Care in Michigan. Other than injuries and bone diseases like osteoporosis, scoliosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis may cause aches in the lower back portion of our body.
But physicians always suggest more tests to be conducted when senior citizens complain of lower back pain. The tests which are oftentimes recommended are blood examinations to rule out infections, electromyogram to diagnose possibility of muscle diseases, discography, and ultrasound studies.
- Nerve pain
Cancer, HIV, shingles and diabetes are just a few health conditions which cause nerve pains. Since the pains may feel like burning, pinpricks or sudden shocks, nerve pains would likely disrupt our daily activities.
When due to cancer, nerve pains occur when tumors press on the surrounding nerves of the affected area in the body or when the cancer grows out of the nerve themselves. HIV, on the other hand, makes us suffer from pain in the hands and feet and we will immediately feel it once we get infected. Any person afflicted with diabetes may also feel pains in the nerves because the high levels of glucose can injure our nerves.
Every pain we feel has an underlying reason for it. We should never dismiss them and always inform our caregiver from Home Health Care Services instantly about these aches.