Pain is the body’s way of attracting the attention when something is not right. After you physically exert yourself, you may naturally experience body Pain for a day or two. These pains are tolerable, you know the cause, and it will resolve its own in maximum 2 days. Yet, there are body pains that you should be alert and pay attention to. Even a minor pain if remains constant can be a sign of some serious underlying issue. Overlooking what the body is saying can cost more than we imagine.
Therefore, never miss the signals sent by your body. Here are 8 body pains to which you must not close your eyes:
1. Pain between shoulder blades or in the lower back
More often, pain between the shoulder blades or neck indicates some sort of tension in muscle, ligaments, and joints. However, it can be a sign of some severe issue in other organs as well. This type of pain indicates the possibility of various types of ailments like:
- Abdominal issues
- Liver cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Pain between shoulder blades or under the right shoulder blade may be signaling gallbladder disease (most probably accompanied by vomiting).
2. Calf pain
The calf muscles are situated at the back of the lower leg. If you don’t stretch properly before exercise, or to too much exertion like continuously walked for a relatively long time or over exercise can induce this pain and is expected. However, developing sudden calf pain without a cause can be an indication of arterial insufficiency, a condition in which arteries fail to supply the calf enough blood. Arterial insufficiency may happen due to atherosclerosis, hardening of the artery or deep vein thrombosis. Both need close monitoring and medical attention. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that can occur in the leg’s deep veins can turn out to be very serious if the clot breaks away from the calf and travels to other organs. If the clot happens to be ending up in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), it could be fatal.
3. Burning sensation in feet/legs
Burning feet can occur simply because of overexertion, especially in those who have jobs that demand to stand all day long. Overweight can also induce this burning sensation. A good leg massage and proper rest will alleviate this pain. However, burning feet can also be an indication of nerve damage associated with diabetes. In these cases, pain and burning sensation interfere with a person’s sleep and require prompt medical attention.
4. Horrible headache
Perhaps most people get headaches at some point in their lives. And once you get a bad headache you always feel it is the worst one. However, if you have a gut feeling that this headache is different from usual one, or if it is accompanied by nausea/vomiting, or if it worsens when you bend or strain when doing toilet, never hesitate to see a doctor. It could be a sign of life-threatening issues like brain hemorrhage, brain tumor, meningitis, etc. However, if a headache is accompanied by a cold, it might be a sign of a sinus headache. It also needs to be treated for fast relief.
5. Pain or discomfort in chest
Heartburn, reflux, etc. can cause discomfort in the chest. But there are some other life-threatening condition exhibit same symptoms. Discomfort in the chest can be an indication of pneumonia or heart attack. Please note it will be ‘discomfort’ rather than pain if it is associated with a cardiac issue. Chest pain also indicates the possibility of pneumonia. The discomfort associated with heart disease could also appear in the upper chest, throat, jaw, left shoulder or arm, or abdomen and might be accompanied by nausea. Heart disease can often be misinterpreted as a gastrointestinal problem as the symptoms comprise bloating or abdominal discomfort.
6. Persistent back pain:
Repeated back pain may be an indication of any issues with your spine. Some issues associated with the internal organ can also cause recurrent back pain. Sometimes it could be a sign of slip disc.
7. Severe abdominal pain:
Severe pain in their abdomen hinders with your daily routine, hence you may not ignore it. But, even then you may not know what all serious issues could be the base of the pain. Abdominal pain indicates extremely severe, life-threatening conditions such as acute appendicitis, abdominal aneurysm, stomach ulcers, intestinal blockages or gallbladder, pancreas problems, etc. to relatively less serious issue such as heartburn, reflux, gastroenteritis, etc. Therefore, any symptom of severe abdominal needs to be examined as soon as possible.
8. Painful urination:
Any pain, discomfort, or burning sensation during urination, usually felt in the urethra or perineum requires medical attention. The pain or burning sensation during urination more often points to an infection somewhere in the urinary tract. If ignored the infection may spread and even end up in kidney failure if the infection manages to reach the kidneys.
Even if your pain is not listed above, see a doctor, without delay, if whenever you encounter an abnormality in your health it’s better to seek medical attention without much delay.