Aches and pains are, unfortunately, for some, a normal part of the aging process. Asking your doctor about aches and pains, you may get this reply, “Oh, it’s just arthritis,” or “It’s bursitis,” or the dreaded, “It’s just old age.” That may be the case that it is one of those things, but it doesn’t negate the fact that you’re still in pain and pain affects your quality of life. If the pain feels different than your normal aches and pains, it might be time to get a second opinion. Sometimes the pain is more than arthritis and it is important to get a second opinion. Unfortunately, I have seen people experiencing a tremendous amount of pain be treated for arthritis or bursitis for months and come to find out it was cancer. Valuable time was lost, when proper treatment could have been sought. No one wants to hear the dreaded, “C” word, but it is important to take your health into your own hands. It’s easy to trust your doctor’s opinion. After all, they are the ones that went to school for all those years, but you know your body and how you feel more than they do. Don’t be afraid to ask for an MRI or go to a pain specialist for a second opinion. You should definitely investigate more if your pain is accompanied by unexplained weight loss. Ideally, there will be nothing to worry about, but in the off chance that there is something wrong, it’s good to get a head start.
Better Safe Than Sorry
As we get older we have different pains and sensations that we did not have previously. Often we brush these to the side like they’re nothing and ninety-nine percent of the time they are nothing.