All of us have experienced random, mysterious, and sometimes persistent pains at some point in our lives. Most of us do not attach importance to them, and usually the pain comes out the same way it came by itself and without any explanation. However, there are 10 mysterious pains that you should not ignore. Read on to know them.
These pains are not so different from the strange noise your car makes from time to time. It makes some buzzing or screeching and then the noise fades as fast as it had come. Those of us who are not mechanics can not think of anything else. However, just like a car, body aches often get worse over time and are often the sign of a much bigger underlying problem.
Although not all the pains you feel are indicative of an extreme emergency, some mysterious pains simply should not be ignored. Although few people are excited about going to a doctor, few doctors are excited about treating a medical emergency that could have been detected or treated before the problem escalated into a life-and-death affair. So what mysterious pains should not be ignored?
1. More than the pain in the chest
Although this section focuses on heart disease, chest pain is not the only indication that something is wrong. Imagine this scenario: it’s a hot summer day and you’re sweating by mowing the lawn. You stop to clean your forehead, when suddenly the jaw begins to hurt. Everyone has trained you to worry about chest pain. So you think that what happens to you is nothing. You may have squeezed your jaw tightly during your stress at work.
Unfortunately, the sore jaw could be a sign that your heart is getting stressed. The pain in the jaw could serve as a warning of an impending heart attack or a sign that one just happened.
The pain of a heart attack often manifests in places other than your chest: the shoulder, arm, abdomen, lower jaw or throat. If you experience a sudden pain in the shoulder or the jaw area stops doing what you are doing, alert someone and seek medical attention.
2. Low back pain
Low back pain is very common, but it can be a sign of more than sore muscles. Sometimes, back pain is a symptom related to kidney problems. Low back pain may be related to the formation of a kidney stone, which usually goes away (painfully) on its own. If the kidney is infected, it swells, causing discomfort in the lower back. If a kidney tumor has grown enough, it can cause lower back pain, too.
3. Severe abdominal pain
Occasionally, there is no clear cause for abdominal pain. Problems with nearby organs such as the kidneys, lungs, or uterus could result in abdominal discomfort. The pain in the lower right abdomen may mean that your appendix is inflamed and that means you need a quick surgery.
The pain in the upper right abdomen may be a sign of a problem with your gallbladder. Upper abdominal pain (along with upper back pain) may be a sign of pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. Abdominal pain may also point to intestinal obstruction. If not treated immediately, this can result in death of the intestinal tissue and other problems. And, finally, an inflammation of the liver due to hepatitis could cause unbearable pain in your gut.
4. Calf pain
Calf pain often marks the day after a good day (or a long climb up the steep stairs). But sometimes calf pain, especially when it is not tied to any kind of injury, can mean that something else is wrong.
The leg has a network of arteries and veins that move blood to and from the muscle and heart. The veins that can be seen under the skin are called superficial veins and move the blood to the deep veins. Small valves within the veins prevent blood from flowing the wrong way. However, clots can form due to a ruptured vein, this is a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), which can produce calf pain and swelling of the legs.
5. Tingling in arms and legs
If you’ve ever left your legs crossed for too long, you’ve probably experienced a near-painful tingling sensation in your legs and feet caused by decreased blood circulation. Fortunately, the tingling disappears quickly once you get up and move.
However, if your feet or hands feel this way, even when you have not bent for too long, it could be sign of nerve damage. Symptoms such as tingling, numbness and a burning sensation point to peripheral neuropathy.
6. General pain in the body
If you have pain in a certain part of your body it is a sign that something in that area needs attention. You may have fibromyalgia, a mysterious disease that translates into pain and discomfort and affects women more than men. Fibromyalgia appears to result in increased sensitivity to physical pressure or pain and often implies difficulty sleeping.
It’s amazing, but depression can also cause random and otherwise unexplained pain in various parts of your body. This can manifest itself in the form of back pain, headaches and increased sensitivity to pain.
7. Testicular pain
Testicular pain should never be ignored, as it often indicates a condition that could get worse if ignored for too long. Anything from a cancer hernia can cause testicular pain. The spermatic cord can be twisted, causing testicular torsion.
Inflammation of the epididymis, a spiral tube located at the back of each testicle that serves as a storage system and delivery of spermatozoa, can also cause testicular pain. If the discomfort in the testicle accompanies a strange sensation, you are likely to have varicose veins, known as varicoceles.
8. Severe headaches
While the headaches often seem to come out of nowhere, some headaches descend incredibly fast, pounding like thunder. This mysterious and sudden pain could be a sign of something much more serious than a simple headache. If your headache causes almost blinding pain, it could be a sign of stroke or a transient ischemic attack.
9. Pelvic pain during intercourse
One of the common symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease is pain or discomfort in the pelvic region during intercourse. It is a bacterial infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes which results in red, swollen and painful tissue. Inflammation can cause scarring, which can lead to problems such as infertility.
Pelvic inflammatory disease can also result in the formation of abscesses or chronic pelvic pain. Sexually transmitted diseases, most often chlamydia or gonorrhea, or any source of bacteria that travels to the reproductive organs are the usual suspects of pelvic inflammatory disease. If left unchecked, the infection can spread to the blood or other tissues of the body.
10.Persistent joint pain
Osteoarthritis, the general age-related wear, and tear of cartilage that cause the bones to rub against each other, is a common source of joint pain, but it is not the only one. Stiffness and swelling of the joints can be caused by lupus, a disease that changes between periods of recrudescence and remission. Other symptoms of lupus include fatigue, hair loss, and fever.
Hepatitis, a disease that affects the liver, also states pain in the joints as a symptom. On the other hand, it could be arthritis, but a more serious form of it: rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system gets out of control and attacks its own tissue.