Neither young nor old should ignore lingering back pain
When you get some back pain while you’re young usually brings forth the statement, “I’m just out of shape.”
When the pain lasts too long you usually blame yourself until someone tells you that the discomfort should have gotten better even if you’re old and have been inactive.
The next step most people take is getting some spasm and pain medicine at the drugstore. If all this fails, you may consider a doctor’s visit.
Age is a factor. Older people become more intolerant of their discomfort and want to get better quicker. Perhaps they should listen to the recommendations of their friends and family who say it’s time to go to the doctor.
After a while, even young people start to get worried about lingering pain. Continuing pain should be a warning that something more serious could be wrong.
Too often, men take an attitude that you just have to grin and bear it, while women waste less time until they seek professional help. According to comparative studies, men have shorter visits to the doctor because they have fewer questions while women want answers, have more questions and will be anxious to get everything explained.
The doctor may get Xrays and even do blood tests. The last thing anyone wants to find out is that the back pain turned out to be Hodgkin’s disease or another form of bone cancer.
With lingering pain, no one should postpone having an examination by a physician. Hopefully, the patient is just out of shape!
The doctor will ask when the pain started and perhaps seemingly unrelated questions like the color of recent bowel movements and any other changes in lifestyle. The intake of alcohol and aspirins and, of course, whether the person smokes will possibly be related to the pain.
Never assume that discomfort that lasts should be blamed on age or being out of shape. Never overlook any pain that lingers regardless of age or where it occurs.
If all is well, discuss an exercise program with the doctor. No one should start out pressing hundreds of pounds of weights. Instead of just being involved, it would be best to get into a supervised program. Remember that exercise is of value at any age if done correctly.
Young people seem to think they’re part-Superman. Whether it’s running in hot weather or swimming laps in the pool until exhaustion sets in, life is not an endurance challenge. No one should try to impress others by hiding fatigue.
Everyone should realize that being out of shape is not an indication that someone is less masculine or an indication of physical failure. Meanwhile, see a physician for discomfort that continues.