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Annoying Aliments

Some aliments, while not especially dangerous, can still be annoying and uncomfortable,

Here are some common but annoying problems and what you or your Caregiver can do about them.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a tingling or aching pain or numbness in your hand, fingers and/or forearm, causing swelling in the wrist that pinches the nerves in your hand. It can be caused by age, hormonal changes, and excessively repetitive movements, like typing, or using the computer mouse.? Diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis is also a symptom. Pain relievers like Advil or Aleve can ease swelling and pain, and rotating your wrists in both directions helps. For chronic cases a cortisone shot or outpatient surgery can help.

Varicose Veins are found most often on the thighs, lower legs and calves. Spider veins are thin, purplish-red jagged lines on the face and legs. They occur randomly but menopause, obesity, injury, sun exposure and aging are causes. Do exercises that help circulation, and avoid sitting or standing for long periods. Resting with the feet elevated can help. For more serious cases see a doctor.

Leg Cramps are sudden muscle contractions in your leg or foot that can last a few seconds or a few minutes. Older people are more susceptible especially if they have mineral deficiencies, lack of hydration, poor muscle conditioning or taking certain medications. Stretching and massaging to loosen muscles can prevent cramps or relieve cramps if they occur. Applying a hot washcloth can also relax the muscle. Low potassium, calcium and magnesium levels are the suspects, so make sure your diet includes bananas, oranges, brown rice, almonds, avocados and spinach. Staying hydrated and wearing comfortable shoes can help, too. A Home Care Nurse/Caregiver can apply treatment and preventative exercise and devises diets to reduce or relieve the effects.

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