Nov 12, '12
by herring_RN Guide
It can be dangerous to accept symptoms as just part of aging.
I know a woman who works full time as a waitress at age 63 complaining about swollen feet and ankles. She quoted the Rolling Stones, "What a drag it is getting old."
I told her she needed to see a doctor. She went to a local clinic that charges on a sliding scale. The NP found that she had suffered an MI at sometime in the past and was in CHF. She was referred to a cardiologist. Now she is getting medical care and is no longer SOB. The swelling is gone too.
Best not to assume feeling bad is part of normal aging.
I'm blessed with good health. Other than occasional migraines I feel good if I've had enough sleep.
Last edit by herring_RN on Nov 12, '12
: Reason: typo