Many people live in this fear in an attempt to stave off the aging process, as if aging needs to be a bad thing! My dad would ignore problems. In fact there was a time he was so yellow with jaundice he couldn't ignore it anymore! (After an extensive hospital stay and answered prayers he is back to his jovial self). We should not be afraid of our bodies and age, but our attitude tends to be like teenagers throwing a wild party half afraid their parents will get home early. As a massage therapist many of my clients come in fear that their shoulder pain means a torn rotator cuff muscle or their back pain means a herniated disc all of which ends with surgery and immobility. Take a deep breath is my advice. No need to be jumping to conclusions. But human nature tend to remind us there is an end and once things stop working the way they used to, well it's time for the nursing home. You don't need to fall victim. You don't need to limit your bodies' capabilities to the experience someone else had in a similar situation. Here is my list or arsenal to attack those thoughts with:
I have seen all sorts of clients in my years of massage and with that comes many stories. Some of those include people convinced, by their own means or another health professional, that their situation would require drastic measures to remedy only to find a trigger point in a muscle to be the cause of their pain. It is always a gift to be there when all the fears are melted away due to such realizations. I urge you to be aggressive in your quest for answers and not settle until you have exhausted all avenues. Every health professional has their strengths and weaknesses, specialties and unfamiliarity with certain situations that it is up to you to advocate for yourself.