21 July 2008

There are types of pain that require prompt medical attention.

We often ignore pain that we fell, considering it just for a while and will disappear soon. Carefull!! This pain might become a signal for something more serious heapens with your body. That’s why we sholud understand which pains must not ignore and why. And, of course, if in doubt, get medical attention.

No. 1: Worst Headache of Your Life
- Get medical attention immediately.
- If you have a cold, it could be a sinus headache
- It could be a brain hemorrhage or brain tumor
- classic sign of a brain aneurysm

No. 2: Pain or Discomfort in the Chest, Throat, Jaw, Shoulder, Arm, or Abdomen
- Chest pain could be pneumonia or a heart attack. Be aware that heart conditions typically appear as discomfort (hard to breath or feels something sitting on your chest), not pain, Don't wait for pain!
- The discomfort associated with heart disease could also be in the upper chest, throat, jaw, left shoulder or arm, or abdomen and might be accompanied by nausea.
- Could be angina, usually worse in cold or hot weather.

No. 3: Pain in Lower Back or Between Shoulder Blades
- Most often it's arthritis.
- Other possibilities : a heart attack or abdominal problems.
- One danger is aortic dissection; changes of the integrity of the vessel wall. These would include high blood pressure, a history of circulation problems, smoking, and diabetes.

No. 4: Severe Abdominal Pain- Still have your appendix? Don't flirt with the possibility of a rupture.
- Gallbladder and pancreas problems, stomach ulcers, and intestinal blockages are some other possible causes of abdominal pain. Need attention!

No 5: Calf Pain
- One of the lesser known dangers is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that can occur in the leg's deep veins.
- A piece of the clot could break loose and cause pulmonary embolism [a clot in the lungs], which could be fatal.
- Cancer, obesity, immobility due to prolonged bed rest or long-distance travel, pregnancy, and advanced age are among the risk factors.
- Sometimes it’s swelling without pain
- If you have swelling and pain in your calf muscles, see a doctor immediately.

No. 6: Burning Feet or Legs
- Do you have diabetes? Peripheral Neuropathy could be one of the first signs
- It's a burning or pins-and-needles sensation in the feet or legs that can indicate nerve damage.

No 7: Vague, Combined, or Medically Unexplained Pains
- Various painful, physical symptoms are common in depression. Vague complaints of headaches, abdominal pain, or limb pain, sometimes in combination.
- Get help when you've lost interest in activities, you're unable to work or think effectively, and you can't get along with people.


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