Recognizing Six Types of Pains
Recognizing these six types of pains could save your life. As you age, aches and pains will become frequent visitors. They may come so often that it is easy to ignore them and to go about your daily life. However, there are six key types of pain medical professionals all agree you should never ignore.
Discomfort in the Chest
Although pain or discomfort in this area can often be diagnosed as heartburn or acid reflux, it may also indicate pneumonia or a heart attack. It is imperative that you contact a doctor since prolonged or misinterpreted pain can often allow more damage to be caused.
Pain between the Lower Back and Shoulder Blade
It is possible that this can be caused by joint, ligament, tissue, or muscle damage. However, many organs also lie in this area. Anything from a heart attack to gallbladder issues to certain types of cancer can manifest as pain in your lower back and shoulders.
Lower Leg Pain
Leg pain is easy to explain away. If you have been walking all day, or worked out a little too hard, you can expect some discomfort in your calves and lower legs. However, when this pain is accompanied with swelling or redness, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Abdominal pain can occur anywhere from your chest to your groin. Though it is frequently excused away as food poisoning or heartburn, pain in this area can
be indicative of appendicitis, pancreatic issues or gallbladder problems and should be treated immediately.
Everyone gets headaches from time to time and they do not usually need medical attention. However, headaches that become so severe you cannot function need to be discussed with your doctor, since they can indicate other issues such as ruptured blood vessels or brain tumours.
Tingling or Burning Foot Pain
Anyone who has worn uncomfortable shoes for long periods of time is familiar with the painful sensation at the end of the day. It is when that pain is accompanied
with persistent tingling that it becomes a concern. Although not often thought of, diabetes can present with nerve damage, which may manifest itself as pain and tingling in the feet. When this persistent pain occurs, a trip to the doctor may be warranted. It is easy to ignore the aches of daily life, particularly if you have a very high pain tolerance. Knowing the six types of pain you absolutely cannot ignore or push through is vital as it can save your life or the life of a family member.
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John has been reporting on home health care and independent living for over ten years. In addition to extensive research, John writes on important issues from personal experience.