Chronic Pain

7 Types of Pain You Should Never Ignore


The daily pain that you have become used to may be a symptom of an underlying health issue. Pain is an indication that something is not right somewhere in the body. Often, we know why we are experiencing the pain. However, if the pain comes in sudden waves and lasts longer, then medical attention is needed and should not be delayed. Experts suggest that the following 7 pains should not be ignored:

  1. Chest pain
  2. Severe head pain
  3. Throbbing tooth
  4. Sharp pain in the sides
  5. Abdominal discomfort with bloating or gas
  6. Back pain and tingling toes
  7. Leg pain and swelling

Let’s see why these 7 pains are major red flags for your health.

Chest Pain

Studies suggest that women go through a wider range of symptoms of heart attack than men. Three primary indicators tell that something is wrong and are experienced by both the genders. The three are; chest pain that persists, pain in the upper body that has never occurred previously, and shortness of breath.

Severe Head Pain

There is a high probability that it is only a migraine. However, if other migraine symptoms like visual aura are absent, then a severe and sudden head pain might suggest a brain aneurysm that can damage the brain in minutes.

Throbbing Tooth

Throbbing tooth is most likely because of nerve damage caused by the cracking or rotting of the surrounding enamel. Unless you get it treated quickly, the bacteria present in the mouth can attack the nerve, and you might just need a root canal.

Sharp Pain in the Sides

If this pain is accompanied by a fever and a nauseous feeling, then it could be appendicitis. In women, it could also be an ovarian cyst. Usually, these sacs filled with fluid go away on their own and are harmless; however, if they rupture or twist, then they can cause excruciating pain. A twisted cyst should be removed immediately since it can block the flow of blood to the ovary in hours.

Abdominal Discomfort with Bloating or Gas

If you have been having difficulty eating, are feeling bloated a lot, and are experiencing abdominal or pelvic pain, then it might be a sign of ovarian cancer. If you experience these symptoms on a regular basis for around three weeks, then you need to get it checked immediately.

Back Pain and Tingling Toes

If the pain you’re feeling doesn’t go away with anti-inflammatories, then one of the discs in your spine might just be pressing themselves on the spinal nerve. If this isn’t treated, then you might just permanently damage your nerves.

Leg Pain and Swelling

If your calf is tender, swollen, red, and warm at one point, then you might be a victim of DVT which is basically a blood clot. Instead of massaging the area, consult a doctor immediately as the clot can travel via veins to the lungs and cut the supply of oxygen.