Everyday body aches and pains are a part of life especially as we age. But a recent survey has shown that 70% of people delay seeking medical attention due to severe aches and pains they experience. Experiencing any type of pain especially when it occurs on and off over a period of time needs attention. Be careful and take note of the following 5 warning sings you must never ignore.
Chest Pain that Spreads
If you experience a progressive and worsening tightness in the centre of your chest creeping up to your shoulder and jaw, or radiates down your left arm, it may signal a heart attack.
Many people wait too long to seek help, perhaps thinking the pressure is too mild to be a real heart attack. Be aware of that. Look out for other signs such as nausea, heartburn, shortness of breath, sweating, back pain, sleep disturbance or weakness. Seek help immediately. Proper treatment within an hour hugely improves your chances for a full recovery.
Numbing Lower Back Pain
An aching back with the feeling of numbness or pain that starts in the buttocks and extends down the back of your legs may be signs of a herniated (slipped) disk. This happens when a portion of a spinal disk ruptures and presses on the nerve.
A physical exam by your doctor can usually diagnose the problem. Nonsurgical treatments, such as rest, painkillers, and simple strengthening exercises, will relieve symptoms in more than 90 percent of patients, but if the pain continues, you may need surgery to remove the disk.
Terrible & Severe Headaches
Headaches can range from annoying to severe acute pain. Then there’s a headache that comes without warning and feels like your head is about to explode. If it feels like it’s the worst headache of your life, then it may signal a ruptured blood vessel in your brain called a aneurysm. It can lead to stroke or even death if not treated quickly. Fortunately, recognizing this headache and getting to the hospital quickly can improve your odds of survival. While some people are born with aneurysms, most of us aren’t.
Good lifestyle habits-like not smoking and controlling your blood pressure- go a long way in preventing them from rupturing or even happening in the first place.
Leg Pain with Redness & Warmth
We may all experience the occasional muscle cramps in our legs, but if the pain happens to be in one calf and you’re also experiencing swelling, redness and warmth, take it seriously. It could be deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that forms in the veins of your legs. If the clot breaks free it can then travel to your lungs and cut off your oxygen supply.
Don’t try to massage away the pain as doing so could cause the clot to break loose. See your doctor straight away. Also, to help prevent a DVT, stay well hydrated and stretch often during long trips.
Tingling Foot Pain
You’ve probably experienced that awful fiery sensation that develops after a long day of wearing high inch heels. If, however, that pain is accompanied by the feeling of pins and needles, then it means you have nerve damage in your feet. The culprit may surprise you. It could very well be diabetes. See your doctor to obtain a blood sugar test.
Diet and exercise, blood sugar monitoring, and medication can prevent further damage.