DO NOT Ignore These 12 Pain Symptoms

DO NOT Ignore These 12 Pain Symptoms

As we age our bodies naturally slow down and aches and pains are something that comes with the territory. Pain is normal but when any new, sudden or unexplainable pain comes along, it should be checked out by a doctor. If you are experiencing any of the following 12 pain symptoms, get in touch with your doctor.

1. Pain Resulting with Loss of Function
If you slip and fall and hurt your leg but can still walk on it, your leg should be okay. If you’re feeling pain and can’t move your leg, then head to doctor. It could be anything from a broken bone, a fracture to nerve injury.

2. Sudden Eye Pain
Pain coming from your eyes can be caused by:
• a blocked blood vessel
• a detached retina
• the first symptom of shingles
• acute glaucoma

3. Chest Pain
Chest pain could be a sign of a heart attack. Heart attacks sometimes come on slow and heavy with a lot of pressure, so if you start to feel chest pain it’s best to seek medical help as soon as possible.

Edwin Leap, M.D., an emergency physician in Southern Appalachia, says that the older generation “tend to put things off. They put off chest pain for a day or two and by the time they come to the hospital, they’ve completed a heart attack.”

4. Pain in Arms, Jaw, or Shoulder Blades
These are lesser known symptoms of a heart attack that are found to affect women more likely than men. If you experience pain in your arms and/or jaw and also have shortness of breath, lightheadness or nausea, go get help right away.

If you experience severe pain in between the shoulder blades, call your doctor. The pain could be caused by aneurysm or a tear in a major blood vessel.

5. Extremely Terrible Headache
Headaches are normal and for the most part nothing to worry about. It’s when a headache turns into a more severe and painful headache, like a migraine. If that painful headache is accompanied by any of the following, it’s best to get in contact with your primary doctor as it can lead to something more serious:
• vision blurriness / changes
• neck stiffness
• weakness

6. Bad Abdominal Pain
Bad abdominal pain can be an indication of diverticulitis or appendicitis which are both a severe health concern.

7. Calf or Thigh Pain in Just One Leg
Dangerous blood clots can form in your leg(s) after long periods of inactivity or living a sedimentary lifestyle. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)’s need to be treated right away. Blood clots can travel through bloodstream, causing life-threatening conditions. People who need to keep an eye out for DVT’s are those recovering from hip or knee surgeries, or inactive seniors.

8. Severe Back Pain Lasting Longer Than 3 Days
About 8 out of 10 people have back pain at some point in their lives, but if you start to feel more pain than usual, like your back hurting when you bend over or twist, call your doctor.

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9. Back Pain Combined with Pelvic Numbness
If your back pain causes you to have numbness in the glute or groin area, seek help immediately. These could be signs of serious nerve compression.

10. Major Pain from a Minor Wound
Pay attention to any cuts or scrapes you may get. As we age our skin gets more delicate so even something as simple as a splinter could cause an infection. If you notice the area of the splinter getting more red and irritated as days go on, go see a doctor. Untreated bacteria in the body can cause a serious infection.

11. Constant Pain After a Procedure
Pain after getting a procedure done is normal. But If you notice you’re experiencing constant pain days after the procedure, request a follow up.

12. Pain with a Fever
If you have pain associated with a fever, that usually is a sign to call the doctor.