It’s no secret that as we get older we experience more aches and pains, most of which are easily attributable to the aging process. However, some of these “harmless” pains can threaten a senior’s health, making it more difficult to identify actual symptoms of a more serious condition. Omaha Home Care Assistance offers some common types of pain experienced by the senior population that most often deserve further investigation:
Unusually Severe Headache
Headaches are more common for some than others, and their causes can be attributed to a variety of sources. However, an extremely painful headache that is persistent and comes on with no obvious cause (such as a cold or sinus condition) may indicate a more serious problem. In fact, extremely severe headaches can be indicative of a tumor or brain hemorrhage. While this isn’t always the case, if severe headaches become frequent, fast action to identify the cause can make a big difference in one’s chances of recovery, so it’s important to schedule a visit with the doctor.
Heart Related Discomforts
We all know that chest pain can be a warning sign of a heart attack. What is less well known is that other forms of pain can also indicate cardiovascular problems. Pain and discomfort in the arm, shoulder, jaw and abdomen area, especially when accompanied by feelings of nausea, can also indicate heart troubles. While other, less serious conditions may also cause these symptoms, seniors should not take chances and report pain to their doctor as soon as it’s identified.
Many seniors experience back pain due to arthritis, but it can also indicate more serious issues. Especially lower back pain, or pain felt primarily between the shoulder blades, could indicate conditions such as aortic dissection, high blood pressure, circulation difficulties or even diabetes. Older adults who relay this information to their Omaha senior care specialist will be able to receive a better diagnosis and a recommended plan of care for how to move forward.
Severe Stomach Pains
Pain that goes beyond just a normal bout of indigestion should not be ignored. For older adults, severe stomach pain can indicate harmful conditions ranging from pancreas problems and ulcers to difficulties involving the intestines. If stomach pain seems to be persistent beyond heartburn or indigestion, a senior should speak with their doctor or dietician.
Most importantly, trust your instincts. Whether you are experiencing unusual pain or you are noticing that your aging loved one is regularly complaining about any of the above, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional. For more information about senior health and in-home care for senior health conditions, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Omaha at 402-763-9140. A Care Manager will be able to answer any questions about hourly or 24 hour care in Omaha and can also help you schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to further discuss our home care services.