Even though experiencing some pain from time to time is quite normal, these minor ailments can often mark an underlying condition that asks for immediate medical attention. Read on and find out which types of pain you should never leave on stand-by.
- Chest pain
Chest pain is one of the first signs of heart disease. In case of an impending heart attack, this pain can become really sharp and spread to the arms, shoulders, lower jaw, and/or throat. If you experience this type of pain, see a doctor immediately.
- Lower back pain
Lower back pain often indicates kidney malfunction. It can also be a sign of kidney stones. This pain typically disappears on its own; however, it can cause a lot of discomfort. In case of a urinary infection or a swollen kidney, this type of pain will intensify and last longer. Kidney tumors manifest in the same way. That’s why you should never ignore lower back pain.
- Acute abdominal pain
If a heavy meal or strenuous workout don’t account for the severe abdominal pain you are experiencing, it’s a red alert. The thing is your abdomen comprises your lungs, uterus, and kidneys, all of which can trigger sudden abdominal pain. For instance, appendicitis, which asks for immediate medical attention, is normally marked by pain in the right lower quadrant. On the other hand, pain in the upper right quadrant of your abdomen can indicate gallbladder issues. In addition, pain in the upper back could point to pancreatitits, whereas pain in the intestinal area could be a sign of liver inflammation.
- Lower leg pain
Although lower leg pain can be the result of strenuous physical activity, such as climbing, it can also indicate a more serious condition known as Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). This condition is caused by a rupture in the blood vessels of the calf, which in turn leads to blood clotting. DVT is also marked by swelling of the leg.
- Tingling sensations in the arms and legs
Tingling in the legs normally appears after staying in one position for too long due to restricted blood flow. This unpleasant sensation lessens once you change position or start moving.
But, if the tingling in your arms and legs is not caused by poor body posture, it could be a sign of nerve damage or peripheral neuropathy. This symptom also seeks immediate medical attention.
- Generalized body aches
Generalized ailments all over the body, such as fibromyalgia, are more common in women, and these increase a person’s sensitivity to pain and external pressure. The worst side effect this condition brings on is difficulty sleeping well.
Depression can also increase physical sensitivity and trigger unexplained pain in different body parts including migraines and back pain.
- Pain in the testicles
Testicular pain can be caused by a number of conditions ranging from hernia to cancer. When the spermatic duct is twisted, it normally results in painful testicles.
Testicular pain also appears when the epididymis (sperm storage facility and delivery unit) is damaged. A pang in the testicles could point to varicocele (varicose veins).
- Bad headaches
Unexplained or sudden headaches, especially if accompanied by blurred vision, could be a warning sign of an impending stroke or a transitory ischemic attack.
- Pain during sex
Pelvic pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse could point to pelvic inflammatory disease, which results from a bacterial infection of the fallopian tubes or uterus. This in turn triggers a swollen and burning tissue. Pelvic inflammatory disease can cause scarring, or, in the worst case scenario, infertility, which is why this symptom must never be overlooked.
- Protracted joint pain
Joint pain normally occurs as a result of osteoarthritis, which normally develops with age. However, it can also be a sign of lupus, an autoimmune condition that can intensify and lessen joint pain, and is normally accompanied by chronic fatigue, fever, and hair loss.
Rheumatoid arthritis, another autoimmune disease that puts the immune system out of balance, making it attack its own tissue, as well as hepatitis can also account for joint pain.
If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, discuss them with your physician without delay.
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