Seven Pains You Should Never Ignore
I don’t know too many people that thrill with the idea of going to the doctor, but sometimes seeing one is unavoidable.
According to Good Housekeeping there are several instances where seeing one is of utmost importance.
They call them the seven pains you should never ignore…and here is why they are so important to pay attention to.
A “thunderclap” headache
Headaches happen every day. Not enough water, too much caffeine or forgetting your glasses so you squint all day can attribute to head ache pains. But if a sudden and severe headache hits you out of nowhere, don’t just reach for the Excedrin. A localized, painful headache focused behind or above the eyes could be a warning sign of a brain aneurysm and if it’s accompanied by blurred vision or dilated pupils, you should call 9-1-1 immediately. Though these aneurysms are rare, they are incredibly serious and require medical attention, stat.
Sleep stopping tooth pain
If you can’t sleep through the night because your teeth are hurting so bad, it’s time to stop avoiding the dentist. They may be one of the world’s least favorite doctors, but tooth grinding (medically referred to as bruxism) or tooth clenching can start to wear away your tooth enamel and that can lead to cracked teeth. At that point, root canals come into play, so if you’re feeling tooth pain throughout the night call your dentist now to take preventative measures.
Sharp stomach pains on the right side
It may be a staple on sitcoms and soap operas, but an appendicitis really can happen at any time and it’s pain should be taken very seriously. If a dull ache in your stomach starts to become a sharp stabbing pain that worsens as it moves lower and to the right of your abdomen, go straight to the ER. An appendicitis can burst if left untreated, spilling bacteria and infectious material into your abdomen which is extremely dangerous and fatal if antibiotics are not immediately involved.
Mid-back pain with high fever
Most of the time when you feel achy and nauseous, you’ve got the flu or a stomach bug. But if that pain is localized in the middle of your back and is coupled with an extreme fever and nausea you could actually have a kidney infection. Some people also get UTI-like symptoms but many do not. So if you think it’s just body aches, but they only seem to be hitting you in the lower back, check with your doctor just to be safe. A kidney infection will need antibiotics to go away.
A tender spot on your calf
Sore muscles are one thing, but when the pain in your leg (more specifically your calf) becomes a small tender spot it could be a blood clot in the deep veins. Known as DVT (deep vein thrombosis), they typically form in the legs and can cause swelling and pain. They are a lot more common in women taking the birth control pill or people who haven’t been able to move in awhile, like those recovering from surgery or confined to bed. The clots can increase in size or even break off and move through your veins, so seeing a doctor as soon as possible can prevent a more serious outcome.
Menstrual cramps that don’t get better with medication
Lots of women experience menstrual cramps each and every month, but if that painful cramping doesn’t go away with a few Advil or continues once your period has ended you should go see your doctor. Endometriosis is more common than most women think. The symptoms go further than just pain, but 40%-60% of women with painful periods have endometriosis, a condition in which tissue grows outside the uterus. It can also prevent many women from conceiving, so if you think this might be happening to you see your doctor right away.
Unexplained ache between the shoulder blades
A tough workout could explain an achy pain between your shoulder blades away, but if you’re not one who works out and you’re feeling this type of pain, seek medical attention immediately cause it could be the first sign of a heart attack. 30% of people DO NOT get the classic chest pain feeling during a heart attack. Especially in women, the pain is more often between the shoulder blades or in the jaw. It can often be accompanied by shortness of breath or nausea, so never ignore these feelings. If you think you could be having a heart attack, don’t try to drive yourself to the hospital. Call 9-1-1, emergency personnel can administer medical treatment as soon as they reach you.