To avoid getting to the doctor at the last stage, learn to listen to your body. Pain is a signal that the body gives when something is wrong. Often, people come to the doctor too late because they do not know how to distinguish between "bad" pain and those that just "upset" them.
Not all pain can be attributed to a bad day, so it is not recommended to suffer in silence. To make it easier to differentiate between various types of pain, we present a list prepared by WebMD specialists, with the help of cardiologists, internists, geriatricians and psychiatrists.
1. Severe headaches. "If you had a cold and your head hurt, the pain could be due to sinus problems," says Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of the American College of Physicians. "It may also be a bleeding or brain tumor," adds Dr. Fryhofer.
2. Pain in the lumbar area or between the shoulder blades. "It's mostly about arthritis," says geriatrician Brangman from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, but there are other risks: possible heart attack, abdominal problems or blood vessel disorders.
3. Discomfort in the chest. When the chest hurts it may be pneumonia or heart disease. If you feel the pain as an embarrassment, the risk is to have heart problems. "Don't expect it to hurt any more," cardiologist Jerome Cohen suggests. Patients who have had a heart attack describe the pain as a strong pressure.
The pains that appear in the upper part of the chest, in the area of the neck, the jaws, the shoulder or the left arm or the abdomen are also associated with the affections of the heart, sometimes accompanied by nausea. "People past the age of 18 should really have problems when they face unexpected, persistent pain," advises Dr. Cohen.
5. Leg pain. Obesity, pregnancy, lack of movement or, on the contrary, traveling too far can be major determinants of leg pain. "If your legs are swollen and your muscles are aching you must go to the doctor immediately," suggests Dr. Brangman. Vein thrombosis and blood clots can also be signaled by leg pain, although this is less common.
6. Burns in the feet and legs always tired. Peripheral pain may be a sign of diabetes. "If you have burning or stinging sensations, it may also be the destruction of some nerves in this area," says Brangman.
7. Vague pain, without explanation. "Pain for no reason is a fairly common symptom of depression. The more depressed people are, the less they can describe the pain they suffer," warns psychiatrist Thomas Wise, head of the department of psychiatry at Fairfax Hospital. Losing interest in any activity, unjustified physical or mental fatigue, avoiding interaction with people are also signs of depression.
Read the whole article in the Evenimentul Zilei
October 20, 2006