Daily living after fractures

Although bones heal over the next six to eight weeks, multiple compression fractures in the spine can cause problems that don’t improve with healing. Causes of left chest pain Height loss and changes in the curvature of the back can make standing and moving more of an effort. Angina chest pain Abdominal organs can feel crowded into a smaller space which can affect eating, appetite and going to the toilet, and less room for your lungs to fully expand as easily may make you feel out of breath.

A hip fracture may occur following a fall.


Back pain exercises pdf You will probably need an operation, and although a full recovery is always possible, this will often depend on how well you were before the fracture happened. Medication for chest pain Hip fractures can have a big impact on your usual ability to stay as active as you were.

Looking after yourself and your home often involves movements and activities that may have become more of a struggle since you had a fracture. Mild chest pain on left side Bending down, lifting heavy items and standing for longer than you find comfortable may now cause problems. Chest pain and sore throat The following suggestions can go some way to help lessen these problems.

Climbing in and out of a bath or standing safely in a shower may make you feel that these are now out of the question. Anxiety attack chest pain It may be that having someone else in the house whilst you bathe or shower allows you to continue in the confidence that there is someone there to help should you need it. Chest pain and tightness However, there are many aids and adaptations that can be used in the bathroom to allow you to bathe or shower independently, safely and comfortably. Chest pain shortness of breath fatigue To help you to choose the right one for you, it may be a good idea for you to arrange a community care assessment (CCA) via your local authority social services team to discuss any difficulty getting in and out of the bath. Pain in chest when breathing deeply on left side Whilst only certain people may be eligible to have things paid for by the local authority, the occupational therapist (OT – who assesses the need for any aids or adaptations) will still advise on useful aids and where these can be obtained locally.

Items available include walk-in baths with door access, and baths with an integral hoist, to fully fitted bath lifts or hoists to manually lift you in and out of an existing bath. Burning pain in chest and back Simple measures such as grab rails, non-slip mats and tap grips (to help you turn the taps on and off more easily) are also available. Chronic chest pain Bath boards can be a simple but effective choice for many. Chest heart pain These fit across the width of the bath which you sit on and then swivel yourself around, lifting your legs over the edge of the bath so that you can then lower yourself into the water. Foot pain diagnosis chart Bath and shower chairs are also very useful as these come in different heights allowing you to sit whilst showering, or sit in the bath water, but not quite as low as the bottom of the bath. Anxiety chest pain It is important to check the size and type of bath that you have to make sure that any aids fit and that your bath (if plastic) is strong enough to take it.

All aids mentioned throughout this fact sheet are available via the internet, mail order or local daily living equipment shops. Pain in right side of chest and shoulder More information on equipment can be obtained from Disabled Living centres (see Useful contacts at the end of this fact sheet).

There are a variety of long handled sponges and brushes available to buy to help you reach further without needing to twist or bend. Pain in left side of chest when breathing These come in different shapes and sizes and either with curved, straight, or flexible handles, and cost from just a few pounds. Low back pain exercises pdf You can also have a full body dryer which fits onto your bathroom wall and blows warm air on you to get you dry after a bath or shower.

It is important to take good care of your skin and make sure that you can wash and dry areas that are difficult to reach. Angina chest pain symptoms A marked change in posture caused by spinal fractures can sometimes cause you to get sore skin in areas that may rub or are now in skin folds. Anxiety chest pain symptoms Dribbling can also sometimes be a problem if your head is very low down due to a severe spinal curvature which can again make your skin sore. Dull pain on right side of chest Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you about useful moisturising or barrier creams that can help you keep your skin healthy and reduce soreness.

Dressing sticks can be very handy if you have difficulty reaching items, pulling them up or pushing them down. Anxiety and chest pain This is usually a wooden or plastic stick with a hook on one end, and often a rubber cover on the other end. Pain right side of chest You can also get specific aids to help pull up underwear, socks and tights, pull up zips or even to help put on bras. Pain in left shoulder and neck heart attack Many of these can be purchased for just a few pounds.

You can also get long handled hair brushes and combs, and kits for your hairdryer which hold it still for you in a stand so you have both your hands free. Sharp chest pain center Many other small aids are also available such as long handled nail clippers and easy grip tweezers for personal grooming.

You can also get a variety of clothing that is made to be easier to get on and off with wider openings or easier to use fastenings than on standard clothes. Pain on right side of chest above breast For more information on clothing see the charity’s booklet ‘Clothing, body image and osteoporosis’.

This problem can often occur when height loss or a curvature caused by your fractures means that there is less room in your abdomen for your stomach to expand as you eat.

• Try sweet or savoury nourishing drinks such as Complan or Build-Up when a meal can’t be faced, or between meals if you’re worried you’re not eating enough. Right side chest pain radiating to back But avoid over relying on these without discussing it further with your GP.

• A small alcoholic drink such as sherry half an hour before a meal can help to stimulate the appetite. Persistent chest pain However, do check with your GP if you’re unsure whether alcohol is permitted with any medications or other medical conditions you may have.

• Trapped wind can add to the feeling of bloating. Lower chest pain Avoid fizzy drinks with meals – try sipping iced water. Chest and back pain Chew food slowly and thoroughly. Chest pain and shortness of breath from anxiety Some find peppermint tea helpful.

• If hiccupping is a recurring or troublesome problem, your GP may need to check whether there is a different underlying cause. Cardiac chest pain This may sometimes be treated with medication.

This can be a problem if you have developed a curvature in your spine. Pain on left side of chest and back Difficulty in swallowing can also occur due to other health problems so it is always sensible to get this checked by your GP. Stomach pain pregnancy symptom It can help to eat moist, soft (well cooked) foods; have sauces and gravies, casseroles or stews, and finely chopped meat and vegetables. Sharp chest pain Chew small mouthfuls of food well before swallowing and have a drink available. Chest pain left breast It may also help to avoid bread crusts and sticky foods such as peanut butter. Chest pain diagnosis Ask your GP for a referral to a dietician if you are finding it difficult to eat a varied diet, or if you are losing weight because of this.

Perching stools (a taller stool which let you take some weight off your feet by being in a semi-standing position) are often a good solution to help you with meal preparation or other jobs in the kitchen where you would need to stand for longer than you feel comfortable.

Wire baskets inside a saucepan enable you to simply lift out food when cooked. Chest pain anxiety or heart attack This avoids the need to lift a heavy saucepan full of boiling water. Chest pain relief The water can then be emptied, or scooped out later when cool. Chest pain during pregnancy second trimester A pull out shelf directly beneath the oven can be useful for getting heavy items out of the oven (if you have an oven door that opens sideways), and kitchen or household trollies can be a safe way of transferring hot and heavy items either across the kitchen or to the dining table. Chest pain back pain An assessment by an occupational therapist via social services might be useful to ensure that any changes you are considering are appropriate and safe.

When there is less room for the lungs to expand fully, some people can feel out of breath after even small amounts of activity. Chest pain left side above breast There are a few strategies that can help reduce the feeling of breathlessness and increase lung capacity.

• Learn and practice a breathing exercise or a relaxation method. Chest pain stress More information on this can be found in the ‘Living with broken bones’ chapter in the charity’s booklet ‘All about osteoporosis’. Common chest pain These help to slow the breathing rate, make breathing more efficient and restore a sense of control.

• Eat smaller mouthfuls of food at mealtimes and avoid very chewy foods. Sternum pain to touch Have “ready meals” in the freezer for those days when preparing a meal feels too difficult. Back pain when breathing in deeply Try to eat a balanced diet to help support your immune system and reduce the risk of developing chest infections. Chest tightness and pain Drinking extra fluids will help to keep phlegm thin and easier to cough up.

• Breathing through the mouth can make the mouth very dry. Sharp chest pain when breathing Keep your mouth moist with water-based drinks, chunks of fresh pineapple or melon, ice lollies or flavoured ice cubes. Chest pain gas or heart attack An ‘artificial saliva’ spray or gel may be prescribed by your GP or bought in a chemist. Natural remedies for chest pain Use lip balm to stop lips from feeling dry.

It may also help to prioritise what you want to get done and allow plenty of time to do it. Tight chest pain Pace yourself by undertaking any activity in small stages and have regular rest periods – the guide is to take a rest before you’re forced to because of breathlessness. Stabbing pain in chest and back If you’re going out, make a mental note of where you can stop and rest and, if possible, take someone with you to carry any shopping.

Let your GP know if you get breathless too easily, develop a cough or feel unwell in case you are developing a chest infection and need an antibiotic or other treatment. Mild chest pain Ask for a referral to a physiotherapist who can give valuable advice on managing and reducing breathlessness.

When there is less room for the bladder to fill with urine, you may pass urine more frequently and more urgently, with the occasional risk of not reaching the toilet in time. Chest pain when breathing Let your GP know if this is happening. Stabbing pain in left side of chest Sometimes the GP will investigate the problem further, make a referral to a continence advisor service or recommend exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

• You don’t need to cut back on the overall amount of fluids you drink unless you are drinking excessive amounts. Gastritis chest pain The bladder is more likely to empty more frequently if filled with small amounts of dark, concentrated urine, which can irritate it. Chest pain pregnancy symptom Aim to drink around 1.5 to 2 litres of fluids a day (around 6 to 8 glasses – or more if it is very hot weather) but avoid drinking too much in the evening to reduce the need for night-time trips to the toilet.

• Keep skin clean and dry, and if required consider using a barrier cream to protect the skin from the irritation of urine. Chest pain icd 10 If skin becomes red and inflamed, this may be a fungal or bacterial infection, which can be treated by a GP.

• The charity The Bladder and Bowel Foundation has produced a “Just Can’t Wait” card that explains to shop keepers or others in a queue for a public toilet that the holder of the card has a medical condition and needs to use the facilities quickly.

To get a “Just Can’t Wait” card or to find out more about how to manage bladder control problems, ring the Bladder and Bowel Foundation’s confidential Helpline on 0845 345 0165 to speak to qualified health professionals with specialist knowledge. Shortness of breath chest pain Or look at their website www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org which has a wide range of very helpful information.

IT may also be useful to join the RADAR National Key Scheme for public toilets. Pain in chest and back For a small fee this gives a key holder access to thousands of locked public toilets with disabled facilities. Dull pain in chest left side For more information contact Disability Rights UK (see useful contacts section at the end of this fact sheet).

Again there is a variety of products available to make this a little easier for you so that you can maintain your independence. Pain and tightness in chest Raised toilet seats (with or without hand rails), or toilet frames with seats that sit over the toilet can often help, and these come in a range of heights, so ensure that you have the right height for you. Pain on right side of chest when breathing Grab rails attached to the walls can also make a difference.

It is important to remember that you must not try to use a walking frame for this purpose. Chest pain breathing These are not designed to be used to pull yourself up with and could easily tip up, possibly causing you an injury.

There can be a number of reasons why constipation develops. Middle chest pain These include increased back pain when trying to bear down to open bowels, drinking too little, not enough fibre in your diet, being generally less physically active, and rectal pain from haemorrhoids (piles). Pain chest and back Calcium supplements, other medications and some analgesics (taken for pain relief) can also cause constipation. Pain in the center of my chest The following suggestions can help to ease the problem:

• Increase fibre in your diet with fruit, vegetables, wholegrain bread and breakfast cereals. Constant chest pain These may cause increased bloating and wind initially but this is temporary and should improve.

• Aim to drink several glasses per day of water-based drinks. Common causes of chest pain A good fluid intake is needed to keep motions soft and easier to pass, and becomes even more important when eating foods containing more fibre.

• Don’t ignore or delay attending to “the call of nature”, which tends to happen first thing in the morning (especially after a warm drink) or 30 minutes or so after a meal.

• If your feet don’t easily touch the floor when sitting on the toilet, use a footstool to rest your feet on so that your knees are bent and are slightly higher than your hips. Chest pain left side This helps when bearing down.