We’ve all got our aches and pains that we experience day to day.
That arm that you broke when you were a kid that sometimes aches. Arthritis flaring up. Maybe you have a long term health condition you’re being treated for, like fibromyalgia.
If you’ve got some toothache, at least you know what it is and how to get it solved. You just go to the dentist!
What if you’ve got a pain in a random part of your body, and you don’t know what it is? Many of us don’t do anything about that, and put off seeing a doctor.
Well, you shouldn’t do! Maybe you won’t put off seeing your physician for any longer after reading this!
Severe pain in the morning
If the first thing you feel in the morning is pain, or exhaustion, you shouldn’t ignore that. If you’re feeling tired, it’s probably because you’re not sleeping properly due to that pain. When you wake up, you should feel rested and ready to go. If you wake up feeling like hammered cr*p often, maybe you should get that checked out.
If your pain is keeping you from sleeping
Pain that wakes you up from a deep sleep should NEVER be ignored. Especially if you get it consistently. Not only could the pain be a symptom of something serious, but you’re not giving your body the opportunity to rest and heal by missing out on sleep. Do yourself a favour, and do something about it.
A sharp but localized pain
If you’re experiencing pain in very a specific area (of your body, we all experience pain at work) which doesn’t seem to be going away over time, it might be a sign of a serious issue. Depending on where it is on your body, arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome may be the cause, but you’ll never know for sure unless you get it checked.
Really bad headaches
And I mean, REALLY bad. You get them all the time, or painkillers don’t even touch them bad. Especially if you don’t have a history of getting migraines. It could be just a case of dehydration, so try drinking more water. But if that doesn’t cure it, your head pain could be a growth pressing on your cerebral cortex, or early signs of hemiplegic migraines.
Exhaustion and depression
People often think exhaustion comes from stress, or a lack of sleep. Maybe this is true, but often times this may not be the case. If you experience chronic depression, or you’re exhausted all the time, get yourself checked out. It could be the symptoms of an underlying illness.
Sudden swelling, or loss of sensation
If a part of your body suddenly swells for no reason and you DON’T get it checked out, you need more than that body part checking. You need your HEAD checking too! When a part of your body swells, it is because your body is sending extra blood to a specific region to help it heal. So this, or a loss of feeling in a specific area, could be a sign of something wrong with your nervous system.
Ladies, most of us have had menstrual cramps at some point. Whether that’s something you left back in your teens or you still experience today, it’s pretty common. What isn’t common is severe abdominal pain during your period. It could be a sign you might be dealing with a more complicated issue, and not part of your monthly cycle.
And not just because of the color the walls are painted. So if you feel pain while urinating or defecating, that’s something you shouldn’t ignore, particularly if you get it often. You should especially consult a physician if you see blood when you pee or poop.
A sudden change in temperature, or sensitivity to weather
Patients with chronic conditions like arthritis can often experience pain when there’s a change in the weather, especially when it’s hot to cold. Or even when they’re exposed to cold for too long in the winter months. If that’s a new thing for you, you might want to consider asking your doctor about it.
Fevers or hot flashes
Frequent hot flushes are normal when you’re dealing with the menopause. And of course if you’ve got a cold or the flu, you’ll probably be prepared for some fever, or take medication for it. But chronic fever, or sudden changes in body temperature are a sign of something completely different. Your body can overheats if it’s doing too much work, like for example fighting off an underlying condition you didn’t know you had.
You find it difficult maintaining concentration
Did you know that you can’t actually feel anything in your brain? Nope, that thing has no nerves to tell you it’s in pain! So it’s got to let you know that something is wrong in other ways, and difficulty concentrating is definitely one of them.
Any pain that lasts more than 3 months
We’ve all been there. You’ve had a niggling, nagging pain for a while. You don’t want to go to the doctor about it, because it doesn’t seem so major. You just keep taking painkillers, but now you think about it, it’s been in the same place for some time. How long has this been going on? Chronic pain is both draining on your physical health and your mental health. It’s a sign your body is struggling with something, and you should always seek medical advice for long term pain.
Have you been experiencing pain lately? Maybe you went to get it checked out and your doctor discovered an underlying health problem. Would it have gone unnoticed if you hadn’t visited your doctor? Either way, let us know with a COMMENT and don’t forget to SHARE with your family and friends!