When to Push Through The Pain

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  1. GmaGoldie profile image80
    GmaGoldieposted 11 years ago

    As we age, we get injured but how do we know when to push through the pain or when to phone the doctor?  When is it too little too late?

    Are shoulder injuries different?  I am battling a frozen shoulder and feel that I tried to ignore the pain and now I have actually made it worst.

    Need pain tips now!

    1. Cagsil profile image81
      Cagsilposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If you are battling a shoulder issue, I would suggest seeing a Chiropractor, instead of a normal doctor. Doctors are more than likely to do x-rays and then give you a prescription.

      I see a Chiropractor every so often, due to an older injury to my back. Doctors do nothing to help it, but the Chiropractor works wonders.

      Just a thought.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image87
      rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not a medical professional, but I would say, working through pain, especially if you don't know the true cause of the pain, would not be best. as you mentioned, you made it worse. pain that doesn't go away is the bodies signal that something is wrong and needs attention. once you know the cause, then it can be treated.

      I found these tips on when to seek medical advice for pain in the shoulder.

      When do you need to call your doctor about your shoulder pain?
      If you are unsure of the cause of your shoulder pain, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek medical attention. Treatment of these conditions must be directed at the specific cause of your problem. Some signs that you should be seen by a doctor include:

                o Inability to carry objects or use the arm
                o Injury that causes deformity of the joint
                o Shoulder pain that occurs at night or while resting
                o Shoulder pain that persists beyond a few days
                o Inability to raise the arm
                o Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or arm
                o Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth
                o Any other unusual symptoms

      hope you feel better. If you have a regular doctor, he already has your medical history.

  2. relache profile image72
    relacheposted 11 years ago

    Too many people consider discomfort and pain to be the same things.  Discomfort is when things are sore from use, but movement is unhindered and no sensations are sharp or become more intense when the full range of motion is explored.

    Pain is a sign of damage.  Hampered movement or loss of use and sharp or shooting painful sensations are a sign that something is wrong and you need to go find out why from a medical professional before things get worse.

    If you find yourself "having to push through the pain" you are doing your body a disservice, especially if you are older.  Damage comes more easily and takes longer to heal as the body ages, and too many people think they can just dismiss things that they did when they were younger.

    1. weeyo profile image61
      weeyoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Couldn't agree more, relache!  There can be such a fine line between discomfort and pain.  If you are in pain be sure to have it checked, by not addressing it, you could be doing more harm than good.

  3. profile image0
    Precious Williamsposted 11 years ago

    GMA Goldie, you should go and see a doctor first - and find out what he says.  I don't think if he orders an xray it is a waste of time, because it might say whether its a chiropracter you need or a physiotherapist. What ever the outcome do not agree to any invasive treatment until you have had the opportunity to look at the alternatives.  The problem with struggling through the pain is that you generally cause further problems as you hold parts of your body stiffly to counteract the difficulties you have.  If you are told you have no choice but to live with the pain, that is when you learn to live within it and control it rather than it controlling you.

  4. profile image0
    4youreyesposted 11 years ago

    You should seek medical treatment,we would all like to think we can fight the pain and win.I fought my pain with my back for 10 months,I have since had two surgeries and will never work again.A elderly neighbor lady had a frozen shoulder,she did physical therapy and pain/anti-inflammatory injections and she found relief and movement.Best of luck to you hope you find relief and the reason for your pain soon

  5. westdrug profile image60
    westdrugposted 11 years ago

    Tell you what, arthritis can instill a searing pain, much more than what you can experience with a shoulder! And I agree with the anove comments, see a doctor first!

    Btwn, you can also check some of my hubs on similar contemporary medical issues.


  6. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 11 years ago

    I think the only time anyone should push through any pain is if there's a baby on the other side of it.  Other than that, pain is always a sign to stop until you figure out what's causing it.  (Even my "zillions" of workout DVD's tell people to stop if they feel pain.  smile  )

  7. aefrancisco profile image60
    aefranciscoposted 11 years ago

    well, just know when to stop.

    Pain - if physical, just sing ... I AM SICK, CALL THE DOCTOR VERY QUICK ... for an expert opinion for the matter.

    Pain - if emotional, let time heal ... and accept the outcome ...

    But in both circumstances, just one thing, another knowledge, another learning experience - that we'll surely be thankful of.


  8. CASE1WORKER profile image61
    CASE1WORKERposted 11 years ago

    Being of the too posh to push brigade I endorse what others have said, go see the doc or the chiropractor.
    I take glucosamine when things get bad- takes about two months to work but it does. Having said that I will try anything not to go!
    Make sure that your desk is set up so that you are not putting any strain on your poorly shoulder  and mind your back as it tends to compensate for the change in posture


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