6 Pains That Could Mean More Than You Think

Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something isn’t quite right. While you may identify most of your pains and recognize the reason behind them, some can come suddenly, linger for a while and seem unusual or different.

By knowing about the six types of pains that you shouldn’t ignore, you will be able to diagnose these pains and prevent them from occurring in the future.

1Sharp Pain in Shoulder Blades

Don’t mistake it for a muscle ache or spasm; this could be a symptom of an incoming heart attack. Research indicates that about 30 percent of heart attack sufferers do not feel the classic chest pain while having an attack. Other atypical symptoms include shortness of breath, pain in the jaw and extreme nausea.

2Severe Headaches

While you might dismiss a jackhammering in your head for a migraine, a “thunderclap” headache could also signal a brain aneurysm (arterial bulges).

While a migraine makes you sensitive to light and progresses gradually, this headache comes suddenly and is unbearable. Brain aneurysms, if ruptured, can be fatal, but if diagnosed in time can be completely treated.

3Burning Feet or Tingling in the Toes

One of the earliest signs of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy (a tingling sensation in the extremities). The burning or pins-and-needles sensation in the legs and feet is a clear indication of nerve damage, which in turn can signal diabetes.

4Back Pain With Fever

You may think your fever, nausea and back pain is due to a stomach bug, but these can also signal a kidney infection. The initial symptoms can be that of a urinary tract infection, although the bacteria can progressively and rapidly infiltrate the kidney and cause complications. It’s recommended to visit your doctor if the symptoms persist.

5Calf Pain

This could indicate Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that forms in the leg’s deep veins. If the clot breaks free, it can travel up to the lungs and cut off the oxygen supply. See a doctor if the pain persists for more than a day.

6Abdominal Pain With Bloating

Listen up, ladies! Have you been feeling gassy and bloated more often lately? According to the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, excessive bloating and prolonged pelvic or abdominal discomfort can be early signs of ovarian cancer. Book an appointment with your gynecologist to discuss your symptoms.

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Updated July 24, 2016