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7 Pains You Should Never Ignore

  • August 12, 2011
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7 Pains You Should Never Ignore

See which painful symptoms could indicate a health emergency

By the Editors of Prevention

Pay Attention to Your Body’s Signals

Usually a headache is just a headache, and heartburn is nothing more than a sign that your last meal didn’t agree with you. Except when they’re not.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right. More often than not, you have some idea of what’s behind it. But when it comes on suddenly, lingers longer than usual, or just seems different, it calls for medical attention—and the sooner, the better. According to our experts, all of the following pain conditions should be considered red flags.

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1. Chest pain

“If patients were to become well versed in what I think of as the subtle language of the heart, many could avoid needless worry and expense,” notes Arthur Agatston, MD, a preventive cardiologist. “Studies have found that women experience a wider range of heart attack symptoms than men do.” In Agatston’s experience, there are three good indicators that something isn’t right, and they can occur in either gender. They are chest pain that doesn’t go away, varied shortness of breath, and any upper body pain that hasn’t occurred before. If you experience any of these symptoms, he says, you should call your doctor or 911 immediately.

2. Severe head pain

Chances are, it’s a migraine. But if it isn’t accompanied by other migraine symptoms (such as a visual aura), sudden, severe head pain can signal a brain aneurysm. “A burst aneurysm can cause brain damage within minutes, so you need to call 911 immediately,” advises Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Center for Women’s Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

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12:44PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

Thank you.

5:40PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Thank you

11:04PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

thanx for info

2:04PM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

Thank you for the information;

8:04PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Running joke, the doc will see me in the morgue because I am uninsured.

5:41AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

5:41AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

7:30PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

#5 is something I didn't know. Thanks for all of these tips.

11:36AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

#4 could also be symptoms of a kidney stone. However there is no way of knowing which of the 3 it is so get to the emergency room ASAP, urgent care typically won't see you since you'll need some tests and there is a chance for surgery. Plus you'll need some serious pain killers for the pain.

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