Sometimes, the pains we feel do not indicate some serious health issue, like for example, a headache is just a headache, and heartburn is nothing more than a sign that you rang the Taco Bell once too often. But, there are times when they’re not. Those symptoms may be indicating something problematic in our body. These signs usually occur suddenly, linger longer than usual, but somehow seem different, and we need to consult the doctor, the sooner, the better. This article will explain all pains that are considered red flags according to experts.
1. Chest pain
“Many patients could avoid needless worry and expense if they were to become well versed in what I think of as the subtle language of the heart, many,” notes Arthur Agatston, MD, a preventive cardiologist. “Studies have found that women experience a wider range of heart attack symptoms than men do.” According to Dr. Agatston’s experience there are three good indicators of a heart attack, and they can occur in either gender. They are: chest pain that doesn’t go away, varied shortness of breath, and any upper body pain that hasn’t occurred before. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your doctor or 911 immediately.
2. Severe head pain
Severe headaches can mean that you suffer from migraine. However, if it isn’t accompanied by other migraine symptoms (such as a visual aura), sudden, severe head pain, this can signal a brain aneurysm. “A burst aneurysm can cause brain damage within minutes, so you need to call 911 immediately,” advises Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Center for Women’s Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
3. A throbbing tooth
If the white enamel of your tooth is cracked or rotting away and it’s likely that the tooth’s nerve has become damaged, you need to patch it immediately, for bacteria in your mouth can invade the nerve. And you definitely don’t want that breeding colony to spread throughout your body, says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a dentist outside St. Paul, Minnesota. If the tooth is already infected, it’ll require a root canal, it’ll require a root canal, in which the tooth’s bacteria-laden pulp is removed and replaced with plastic caulking material.
4. Sharp pain in your side
If you feel as if you’re being skewered in the right side of your body, and you’re also nauseated and running a fever, you could have appendicitis. It may be an ovarian cancer, if these symptoms occur in women. Typically these fluid-filled sacs are harmless and disappear on their own, but if one twists or ruptures, it can cause terrible pain. Both cases are resolved with an emergent surgery. If you don’t remove an inflamed appendix, it can burst,” says Lin Chang, MD, a gastroenterologist and co-director of the Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health at UCLA. Considering the fact that it can block blood flow to the ovary within hours, a cyst also needs to be removed right away.
5. Abdominal discomfort with gas or bloating
We all have occasional belly bloating and gasses, but if you start experiencing these symptoms almost daily for more than two or three weeks, consider it a red flag and you should schedule an appointment with your ob-gyn to discuss your symptoms. If these symptoms are new, the worst-case scenario is ovarian cancer. In 2007, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation released the first national consensus on early symptoms of this form of cancer: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, and difficulties with eating.
6. Back pain with tingling toes
If you have done a difficult physical activity, like helping your cousin move into her new fourth-floor apartment and afterwards you feel back pain with tingling toes, anti-inflammatories should banish the pain. But, if they don’t help, it means you should visit an orthopedist. “One of your discs (the spongy rings that cushion the bones in your spine) could be pressing on the spinal nerve,” says Letha Griffin, MD, an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in Atlanta. This condition can lead to permanent nerve damage if not treated properly.
7. Leg pain with swelling
If you experience, for example, that your calf is extremely tender in one location, noticeably swollen, and red or warm to the touch. You might have deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), commonly known as a blood clot. You should not try to massage the area or to try walking off the pain. If the clot breaks free, it can travel through your veins up to your lungs and cut off your oxygen supply. You just need to visit your doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will do a CT scan or ultrasound to check for a DVT. In case of a positive diagnosis, you’ll need to take blood thinners—sometimes for up to a year—to dissolve it, says Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, director of women and heart disease for the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
You Also Need To Know the symptoms of a stroke
According to the American Heart Association, stroke is known as the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious disabilities. If you or someone close to you is experiencing any of these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1.
Some of the symptoms that can signify stroke are:
– Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
– Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
– Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
– Sudden vision problems, in one or both eyes
– Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination