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Seven Pains You Should NEVER Ignore

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No. 1:  The "I want to Bang My Head Against the Wall" Headache

Get medical attention immediately. Although you may just have a stress headache, or a sinus headache such pain is also a classic sign of a brain aneurysm. You could also have a brain hemorrhage or brain tumor. With any pain, unless you're sure of what caused it, get it checked out to rule out a life threatening condition. You'll feel better and sleep better too! 

No. 2: Pain or Discomfort in the Chest, Throat, Jaw, Shoulder, Arm, or Abdomen

Chest pain or discomfort could be pneumonia or a heart attack. The discomfort associated with heart disease could  be in the upper chest, throat, jaw, left shoulder or arm, or abdomen and might be accompanied by nausea. Too often people delay because they misinterpret heart conditions as heartburn or GI distress.Heart disease can masquerade as GI symptoms, such as bloating, GI distress, or discomfort in the abdomen. It's also associated with feeling tired

A delay can result in serious complications and possibly death. If you are experiencing pain or even intermittent discomfort call 911 or get to an emergency room or physician's office. Intermittent discomfort related to excitement, emotional upset, or exertion can also be a health issue. For example, if you experience discomfort when you're exerting yourself in some manner (like walking up stairs), but it goes away when you sit down, it could be  angina. If it turns out to be something else, that's great.  

No. 3: Severe Abdominal Pain

Gallbladder and pancreas problems, stomach ulcers, and intestinal blockages are some other possible causes of abdominal pain that need attention.  Another possibility is a ruptured appendix. 

No. 4: Pain in Lower Back or Between Shoulder Blades

Most often these pains can be pulled muscles or s arthritis. However, other possibilities include a heart attack or abdominal problems.  People who are at risk have conditions that can change the integrity of the vessel wall. These would include high blood pressure, a history of circulation problems, smoking, and diabetes.

No. 5: Calf Pain or Numbness

This can be a symptom of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that can occur in the leg's deep veins. DVT can be life-threatening. The danger is that a piece of the clot could break loose and cause a clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), which could be fatal.  Even more insidious,sometimes there's just swelling and/or numbness  without pain. DVT is more common than you may think. It affects 2 million Americans a year. Risk factors include: obesity, immobility due to prolonged bed rest or long-distance travel, pregnancy, cancer, and advanced age. If you have swelling, numbness and/or  pain in your calf muscles, see a doctor immediately.

No. 6: Burning Feet or Legs

A burning or pins-and-needles sensation in the feet or legs  can indicate  peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage). Peripheral neuropathy can result from such problems as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes of the disorder is diabetes. Of important note: According to the American Diabetes Association nearly one-third of the 20 million Americans who have diabetes are undiagnosed. 

No 7: Vague, Combined, or Medically Unexplained Pains

Various painful, physical symptoms are common in depression. Because the pain might be chronic and not terribly debilitating, depressed people, their families, and health care professionals might dismiss the symptoms.Not only can this degrade the quality of your life and those around you, but it can be life threatening if left untreated. Depression, contrary to popular belief, does not go away on its own. Depression has to be treated aggressively before it causes structural changes in the brain.

About the Author

Jeff Behar, MS, MBAJeff Behar, MS, MBA is a well known author, champion natural bodybuilder, is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, personal trainer, and life coach with over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, and  anti aging fields.

As a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, Jeff Behar has been featured on several radio shows, TV, and featured in popular bodybuilding publications such as Flex and Ironman. Jeff's work has appeared all across the web, in books, and in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Jeff Behar is also the founder of the very popular and health and wellness information websites; two of the largest 24/7 online web portals providing 24/7 news and information about top health, medicine, wellness, fitness, diet, nutrition, weight loss and anti aging issues that are being discussed today.






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