Every once in while we might experience some pain, which does not have to mean that it indicates some serious health issues. However, sometimes, some pains may mean that there is something problematic in our body.
We have to be able to distinguish the more dangerous pains. These signs usually occur suddenly, they linger longer than usual and they somehow feel different. If you experience these kinds of pain, you have to immediately consult your doctor.
The reason we are writing this article today is to inform you of all the pains that are considered to be red flags, according to a lot of experts.
1. Leg Pain with Swelling
Blood clot or deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) will cause symptoms like extreme tenderness of the area of the calf and major swelling which will be red in color and warm to the touch. You should not under any circumstance try to massage the area or walk off the pain. If the clot breaks free, it can go through your veins to your lungs and cut off your oxygen supply. What you should do instead is visit a doctor. The doctor will do a CT scan or an ultrasound to check for DVT. If you are positively diagnosed, you will have to take blood thinners-sometimes even for a year, if you want to dissolve it. This is what Suzanne Steinbaum, MD says. She is a director of women and heart disease for the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
2. Chest Pain
D-r Arthur Agatson, MD, who is a preventive cardiologist, says that many patients can avoid needless worry and expense if they become well versed in the language of the heart. A lot of studies have shown that women experience more heart attack symptoms than men. His experience says that there are good indicators of heart attacks and they occur in both the genders. They are the chest pain that does seem to go away, varied shortness of breath and upper-body pain. If you experience any of these symptoms you should immediately contact your doctor.
3. A Throbbing Tooth
If you have a tooth that is cracked or it is rotting away, it is very likely that its nerve has become damaged, thus , you need to fix it immediately. This is due to the fact that the bacteria in your mouth can invade the nerve. If the tooth has already been infected, you will need a root canal. This way the tooth’s bacteria-laden pulp can be removed and changed with plastic caulking material. Kimberly Harms, DDS, who is a dentist outside St. Paul in Minnesota says that you do not want the breeding colony to spread around your body.
4. Back Pain with Tingling Toes
If you have been doing any physical activity and you feel pain with tingling toes afterwards, just use anti-inflammatories which should stop the pain. If they do not, it means that you should visit an orthopedist. Letha Griffin, MD, who is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in Atlanta warns us to watch out for one of our discs. These are the spongy rings that cushion the bones in our spine. She says that it could be pressing on the spinal nerve. Thus, if you do not treat this properly, it can lead to permanent nerve damage.
5. Abdominal Discomfort Accompanied by Gas or Bloating
It is normal to have the occasional belly bloating and gasses. However, if you start to have these symptoms and they continue after two or three weeks, it is a red flag and you should contact your ob-gyn. If these symptoms have just started, the worst-case scenario is ovarian cancer. In 2007, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation released the first national consensus on early symptoms of this form of cancer: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain and difficulties with eating.
6. Severe Head Pain
If you have a lot of headaches, it can mean that you suffer from migraine. However, if you have these headaches and they are not accompanied by other symptoms like visual aura, sudden severe head pain, this can be a signal of a brain aneurysm. Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD, who is a cardiologist and director of the center for Women’s Health at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Colombia University Medical Center says that a burst aneurysm can cause some brain damage within minutes, thus, you have to call 911 immediately.
7. Sharp Pain in Your Side
Last, but not least, if you feel a lot of pain in the right side of your body and you feel nauseated and as if you have a fever, you could have appendicitis. It can also be ovarian cancer, if this is happening to women. These fluid-filled sacs are usually harmless and disappear by themselves, but if one of them twists or ruptures, you can experience terrible pain. In both cases, the solution would be surgery. Lin Chang, MD, who is a gastroenterologist and a co-director of the Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health at UCLA says that if you do not remove an inflamed appendix, it can burst. This can cause blockage of blood flow to the ovary and within hours. Also, a cyst needs to be removed right away.
Furthermore, we believe that it would be very helpful if you knew all the symptoms of a stroke, because according to the American Heart Association it is known to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is also the leading cause of serious disabilities. This means that everyone needs to know the symptoms of stroke so that they can know when to contact 911.
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden vision problems, in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
We hope that this information shed some light into your health and life. Now that you are informed about all the pains and causes and the ways of prevention we hope that you will not have to be ready to use any of them. But if you do, this article can really help you.