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  •  "Toughing it out" as you get older (1+ / 0-)
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    ek hornbeck

    isn't such a good idea. I usually trust a patient's judgement about pain and respiratory distress up to a point. I take a step back and look at them from the door. Does this person look sick? Does the patient look comfortable? Are they breathing too fast? Deep?

    Older patients far too often "put up with" the pain and shortness of breath when they shouldn't. Most of the time, it's just a need for adjustment in medications. Making sure the patient understands his/her condition, has their medication and is taking it as prescribed is another factor.

    Arbitrarily not taking a prescribed medication can have really bad consequences. Always call you doctor before you do and ask the pharmacist before taking OTC medications that may not mix well with your other medications.

    Stay well

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    by TheMomCat on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:35:36 PM PST

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    •  I think that many older people (1+ / 0-)
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      Have had so much pain at one time or another in their lives that they have learned to ignore it, especially if they do hard physical labor jobs. It's hard to know if that pain is a problem compared to all the earlier pain endured that was a passing thing.

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      by splashy on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 03:24:20 PM PST

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