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6 types of pain that you must not ignore

written by Vidya Sury August 7, 2011

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Pain can be….well, painful. How painful, though? Could it be just an everyday ache or a precursor to a bigger health problem?
Whatever it is, here is a list of six types of pain you must not ignore, simply because the pain could be telling you about an underlying health issue in your body. Can you imagine ignoring the warning of a heart attack? Listening to your body could save your life!
If you experience any of the following pains, take heed – and contact your doctor for a pain management plan and medical advice. 

Chest pain – mild or severe

Probably the most aggravating kind of pain, chest pain symptoms could call for emergency attention if you

  • have a heavy feeling that feels as though someone stacked rocks on your chest
  • experience pain radiating to your jaw or arms
  • find it difficult to breathe
  • feel extremely depressed

When is chest pain not so serious? When you have been involved in physical activity and feel chest pain where you can touch the muscle causing it, medication may relieve it. Even if it makes you feel stupid, talk to your doctor. Better safe than sorry, you know. 

Digestion acting up

Digestive pains are common. There’s nausea,  diarrhea, vomiting, and heartburn. Maybe you think you don’t need to rush to the doctor, but if the pain is severe, yes, you do because it could be a signal of a serious abdominal health problem like 

  • appendicitis
  • gallbladder disease
  • stomach
  • bowel disorders
  • pancreatitis
Any acute pain needs urgent medial attention and abdominal pain is no exception. If you’ve had trauma or surgery, you will need to keep in touch with your doctor periodically even if you feel well.

Painful urination

If it burns or hurts when you urinate, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. If you see blood in your urine and experience pain and fever with back pain, rush to the doctor.  While painful urination could relate to a urinary tract infection, a common problem, you might need to check for kidney stones or bladder stones.

That back pain

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain and it is tough to pinpoint the cause. There’s age-related back pain to consider, too. 

  • If the back pain is unbearable or lasts for more than two weeks, visit your doctor.
  • If you feel numbness or weakness in your legs along with the back pain, you may need medical care. 
  • If back pain is accompanied by bladder problems, rush to the doc. as there may be nerve compression causing these problems which can get worse over time.
Migraines and severe headache

Another very common health problem – headache – is experienced by almost everyone in varying degrees. If you think you have the worst headache of your life, have it checked out. Severe headaches are painful and stop you from functioning normally.  Chronic headaches have revealed brain tumors and cerebral hemorrhage.  You most certainly want to rule that out.

Leg pain

Leg pain could be the result of exertion through walking or cycling or some other normal physical activity. That kind of pain goes away. But 

  • If you experience leg pain that is severe and sudden, there could be a bigger health problem hiding behind it. 
  • Add tenderness or swelling to leg pain and there is the possibility of a blood clot which you cannot afford to ignore. 
  • If leg pain comes with lower back pain, it could be sciatica.
Remember – any leg pain that gets worse and makes it difficult to move about is worth checking up immediately. 
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Farila August 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

Ouch.. Just by reading the blog I am starting to imagine pains taking over my body.

Vidya Sury August 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

🙂 Ok. Now eliminate them one by one.


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