We all experience pain from time to time. Maybe your back hurts or your knees are sore. It often doesn’t really matter where the pain is, all you know is that the older you get the more pain you experience.
For the most part, pain can signify a pulled muscle, overworked joints, or simply old age. But there are some types of pain that really shouldn’t be ignored as they can signify something more serious, meaning, you shouldn’t just pop yet another painkiller and forget about it.
7 types of pain you shouldn’t ignore
Pain during urination
Painful urination can be a symptom of many conditions, from urinary tract infections all the way to bladder cancer. It’s important to note any accompanying symptoms to help identify the exact cause.
A ‘thunderclap’ a headache
Could be: An aneurysm, which is a balloon-like area in an artery
Most of us have experienced mild or moderate headaches — usually, an over-the-counter pain medication makes the pain go away. But if you have the worst headache of your life and it comes on suddenly, call 911. Again, do not drive the hospital yourself.
How do you know it isn’t a migraine? With a migraine, you feel nauseous, are sensitive to light and sound and it’s a gradual progression.
Bleeding in the brain due to a ruptured aneurysm isn’t all that common, but when it does happen, swift action is key. Surgeons can save your life by sealing off the weakened spot. If you aren’t treated right away, you could die. The biggest risk is if it does rupture, and you are bleeding into your brain, it becomes difficult to treat if it can be treated at all.
Don’t take aspirin for such a sudden, intense headache — it can increase the bleeding.
Leg pain with swelling
If your calf is killing you, hurts to touch, or even feels warm, it could be a result of a blood clot. If you suspect a blood clot, avoid rubbing the area – this can greatly worsen the condition as the blood clot can start moving and may end up in your lungs. Blood clots can be dissolved with medications, so you need to see the doctor before complications occur.
Transient chest pain
This kind of chest pain comes and goes, and when it’s gone you feel totally fine. Chest pain can be brought on by many different conditions, from indigestion to a heart attack, so it’s important to keep in mind your existing ailments, along with any recent activities you performed or food you ate to help narrow down on a specific cause. If you have risk factors for a heart attack, don’t hesitate to see a doctor right away.
Sharp pain in the abdomen
This pain may feel like you have been stabbed in the gut. There are many organs between your ribs and hips, so this type of pain may be originating from any one of them, from the gallbladder to pancreas. Your doctor will have to run tests to verify the source of your pain.
Persistent foot or shin pain
On top of the foot or your shin is where it hurts. This can worsen with exercise or excessive walking. It could be a sign of a stress fracture, and the more you use your foot the worse the fracture can get. To recover, you will need to rest as much as possible, but if the fracture is severe you will need a cast.
Severe back pain
It’s that kind of pain where heat packs and over-the-counter pills don’t offer any relief. If you haven’t been exercising lately, this pain could be a sign of an aneurysm. This is particularly dangerous because if it bursts it can result in death. Another possibility is a kidney stone, an incredibly painful experience on its own, albeit much less life-threatening.
Sudden groin pain
This type of pain may be accompanied by swelling and may feel as if you were kicked in the groin. If you’re a male experiencing this pain, it could signify a testicular torsion. The testicles are attached to the body by the spermatic cords and by fleshy anchors near the scrotum. When the testicles aren’t anchored down, the cords can twist, blocking blood flow to the testicles and causing sudden pain.
It’s important that this condition is identified right away or else you may lose the testicle due to lack of blood flow. A surgeon will need to straighten out the twisted cord and ensure no infection develops.
As you can see, there are many different types of pain that shouldn’t be ignored. Pinpointing the cause of your pain and getting a timely medical attention can help you obtain relief and reduce the risk of serious health complications.