If we have lived any time at all, we have experienced aches and pains at some point. Maybe it was after that workout at the gym or hauling stone for the flower bed. Most of the time we shrug it off, and usually the pain leaves the same way it arrived — on its own with a little rest and TLC. We know the cause of these pains – we over did it and are paying the cost !!!
But some pains are mysterious and sometimes lingering. We can’t pin point exactly what we could have done to cause them. And just like that strange click, whir or squeal that comes from our car or washer, they should not be ignored. That odd noise coming from your car/washer – like your bodies pain – tells us that something isn’t right !!!! Usually, doctors and mechanics alike wonder why we didn’t bring these problems to their attention sooner. While few people are excited about going to a doctor, few doctors are enthusiastic about treating a medical emergency that they could have detected or treated before the problem snowballed into a potentially life-or-death matter.
So, what kind of warning signs should you never ignore? Keep reading and find out.
1.) Sudden Thunder Headache – A sudden, intense headache, like a clap of thunder, may be a serious medical emergency. Chances are any jack- hammering in your brain is just a migraine. But if it’s not accompanied by other migraine symptoms, such as a visual aura, it can signal a brain aneurysm. A brain aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain and happens in about 5% of the population. Most of the time they don’t cause any trouble unless this weak spot leaks or tears. If your headache causes nearly blinding pain, it could also be a sign of stroke. Other symptoms of a stroke may include dizziness, temporary visual problems or simply trouble holding a pen. But an aneurysm that bursts or a stroke can cause brain damage or death within minutes so call 911 immediately.
2.) Chest Pain – This pain just might be a bad case of heartburn from eating too many hot peppers on your tacos but if it is accompanied by a tight squeezing sensation, like being laced in a corset you may be in trouble. Symptoms tend to be less severe in women so you may also have fatigue, jaw pain, or shortness of breath. In any case, call 911. If it is a heart attack, a delay could cause the heart muscle to be damaged. Better safe than sorry !!!!
3.) Pain in your side – if you feel as if you’re being skewered in your right side and you’re also nauseated and running a fever, you could have appendicitis. 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 that need attention. This is not a-if I ignore it, it will go away pain. Seek medical attention.
4.) Calf Pain – a deep burning, feverous, and tender calf may be a sign of deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT, also known as a blood clot. Blood starts to pool in your lower body and forms a clot. When it gets big enough to act as a stopper in the vein or artery, the area around it will start to hurt and swell. Resist the urge to massage the area or to walk it off. If the clot breaks free, it can travel through your veins up to your lungs and cut off your oxygen supply. Instead see your doctor as soon as possible to prevent this medical emergency.
5.) Back Pain – Pain in the lower back is one of the most common pains people encounter and, as such, ignore. Americans spend nearly $50 billion trying to take care of their own lower back pain. Now, If you’ve just pulled weeds in your acre garden, anti-inflammatories should banish the pain. But if they don’t work after a few days, make an appointment with your doctor. Our backs contain most of our bodies’ infrastructure — muscles, tissues, nerve bundles, spines and vertebrae. Without these structures, our bodies would resemble nothing so much as a pile of unstructured flesh, like jellyfish. Back pain could be a ruptured disc or you could have a disc (one of the spongy rings that cushions the bones in your spine) pressing on the spinal nerve. Without proper attention, you risk permanent nerve damage. Back pain could also relate to the formation of a kidney stone, with its sharp shooting pain, often in the back area. Physical therapy or surgery may be needed for a disc injury and medication/surgery for the kidney stone but a doctor has to determine these diagnosis.
6.) Burning Pain in the Legs or Feet – Burning or pins-and-needle sensation in the legs or feet might be an indication of diabetes. Frequent urination, excessive thirst, and Increased hunger are also symptoms. Nearly a quarter of the 23 million Americans who have diabetes are undiagnosed. Diabetes untreated can lead to major organ damage. A simple blood test can be taken at your doctor to check for this insidious disease. See him if you have leg and feet pain !!
7.) Unexplained bleeding – rectal bleeding, vaginal bleeding or bloody vomit can all be signs of serious conditions. It can be hemorrhoids, bronchitis or something as serious as cancer. There can be a common reason as well for seeing blood where you don’t expect it, but it still needs to be checked out – and soon – by a doctor.
8.) High or Persistent Fever – Fever is your body’s way of fighting infection. Fever of 103 degrees and higher warrants a trip to the doctor- immediately. A persistent low-grade fever – for several weeks – with no obvious cause is characteristic of some infections and needs attention too. Because fever indicates infection all fevers need to be taken seriously. Keep your doctor in the loop on that fever.
9.) Skin Lesions – Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of sun – exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women. But it does not always strike in exposed places. All skin types can develop skin cancer even darker skin. Signs and symptoms may include a pearly or waxy bump, a flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion, a firm, red nodule or a flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface. Any skin changes should be checked out by a doctor. Not all skin changes are cancer but your doctor should investigate your skin changes to determine a cause.
10.) Unexplained Weight Loss – We all as women have tried to lose those extra 5 pounds (or more) we accumulated as we grew older but if you lose more than 5 percent of your body weight – without trying -over a period of six months you should check this out with your family doctor. Endocrine disorders are a common cause of unintentional weight loss or it could be a sign of diabetes. Gastrointestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and Celiac disease cause weight loss as well – in addition to symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. So if you have an unexplained weight lose, be sure to check with your doctor.
Usually pain or fever in your body signals that something needs attention. In fact, this is the how pain benefits us. This short list of symptoms is by no means all the things you need to pay attention to and make your doctor aware of but it is a start. You know your body and how it feels normally.
My dryer had a slight tick when the drum rotated for years but I had a service man tell me that one of the braces had a slight burr on it and when the drum turned it caught. This noise didn’t warrant my attention but when one day it began to overheat – this became a problem.
Now, what I’m trying to say is, you know if something is off and just doesn’t feel right. Persistent pain and fever should never be ignored. We only have this one body so let’s take extra good care of it so we can have a long, healthy, and joyful life !!!!!!
Are there any more warning signs you can share?