Paget’s Awareness Day
Paget’s Awareness Day is on the 11th of January. As the name implies, the purpose of Paget’s Awareness day is to raise awareness about this bone disease. We hope to do our part in supporting those affected by Paget’s disease, as well as providing information on how others can get involved if they also wish to spread awareness.
Read on to learn more about Paget’s disease, the significance of Paget’s Awareness Day, and how palliative care in Chadwell Heath, Romford can help those living with the condition.
What is Paget’s Awareness Day?
Paget’s Awareness Day is observed every January to raise public awareness, raise funds for research and support those living with Paget’s disease. The first Paget’s Awareness Day was held on January 11, 2019 which marked the 205th anniversary of Sir James Paget, the man who discovered the bone disease.
Understanding Paget’s disease
Paget’s disease is a disease of the bone. It disrupts the normal cycle of bone renewal, causing bones to weaken and become deformed or fractured over an extended period. The most common areas affected are the spine, skull, pelvis and femur. The condition is fairly common in the UK, typically affecting people over 50 years of age. Although there are treatments to help keep symptoms under control, it can cause persistent pain and other problems.
Symptoms to look out for
Paget’s disease affects the bones which can lead to joint pain, swelling and stiffness. If you’ve been diagnosed with Paget’s disease, you may notice a shooting pain that travels along or across the body. This can lead to loss of movement in some body parts, a numbness or tingling sensation. It’s also possible to experience a dull and constant pain in the bones. In many cases, symptoms are not always noticeable and the condition is only discovered after tests carried out for different reasons.
Our palliative care services
Living with Paget’s disease can bring new challenges to life and make living at home difficult. For example, you may experience limited mobility or need support managing painful symptoms. In addition, Paget’s disease of bone can sometimes lead to further, potentially serious problems such as fragile bones that break more easily, heart problems and permanent hearing loss.
We have 40 years’ experience providing palliative and end-of-life care. Our specialist end-of-life and palliative care training enables us to help people live as comfortably as possible, despite any pain they are experiencing. With support from our compassionate carers, families can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their loved one is in good hands and being well looked after.
How to get involved
To show support to those living with Paget’s disease and raise awareness for this condition, we encourage you to wear royal blue and tell people why. Sharing facts about the disease with family and friends can help educate others.
Get in touch
Could you or a loved one benefit from our palliative care services? We are here for you and your family. Please do not hesitate to get in touch or call us on either 0800 999 8499 or 0208 597 4175 with any of your questions or concerns. One of our sensitive staff would be happy to answer any of your questions or provide you with more information.