With the cost of medical attention these days many of us are doing our best to tough it up when we go through pain. As long as we aren’t dying, we just need to wait it out. There is danger in this, though because we aren’t medical professionals. How are we to know if our pain is life-threatening or not? Here are 5 pains you shouldn’t ignore.
Jaw and Throat Pain
Evidence of a heart attack has been drilled into us as chest pain and arm pain but the truth is that a heart attack can start with pain in many different parts of the body like the jaw and throat, back, and shoulders. If you suddenly start to feel a pain in your jaw or one of these other parts will doing strenuous work or being under stress, do not ignore it. This could be a sign that you are about to have a heart attack or that you already did. Be safe and get a doctor to check your heart.
Severe Head Ache
Who doesn’t get a headache every once in a while. This type of a headache, one that stops you in your tracks and puts you down for the count until it goes away, isn’t to be ignored. Sure it could be something as simple as a sinus infection but it could also be as serious as a brain aneurysm or brain tumor.
Hard Abdominal Pain
This could be way more than just indigestion. Severe pains in the stomach could mean something much more troublesome. If its lower side abdominal pain, it could be your appendix. If you ignore this pain and it ruptures, the infection in your appendix will slowly seep out into many of your other organs and can cause septic shock which could eventually lead to death. Other possible causes of abdominal pain are stomach ulcers, an intestinal blockage, or problems with your pancreas or gallbladder. None of these should be taken lightly either.
Lower Back Pain
We all work so hard and get tense and many times it can cause our lower back to hurt. For this reason, we figure a lower back pain isn’t a big deal and we treat it by taken a couple pain relievers and possibly a heating pad but lower back pain could be a sign of something much worse. Like we brought out in the first bullet point of this article, back pain could be the sign of heart problems. Also, it could be kidney problems. Get it checked out.
If you have calf pain and you haven’t done any type of running or working out, this isn’t something you should ignore. Calf pain could mean a blood clot in your veins which is called Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT. It can swell up and become something much worse. If the blood clot travels through your body it becomes an embolism that can block your lungs, heart, and brain.