We often try to avoid visiting the doctor for life’s little aches and pains. After all, some amount of pain is to be expected over the course of our lives, whether due to injury or illness or simply over-exerting ourselves while exercising or going about daily tasks like gardening.
In many cases, small amounts of pain due to exertion or other normal causes will ebb and flow on their own, without any need for medical intervention. However, there are seven types of pain that should never, under any circumstances, be ignored. Let’s take a look at them.
Pain #1: Burning Pain or Numbness in the Legs or Feet
A burning pain in the legs or feet could be neuropathy, and specifically, diabetic neuropathy.
Nearly a quarter of the 23 million Americans who have diabetes are undiagnosed, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Some of the symptoms of diabetes include:
- Dry mouth
- Constant thirst and hunger
- Itchy dry skin
- Slow-to-heal wounds or cuts
- Frequent and urgent urination
- Blurred vision
If you have any of these symptoms and also have a burning sensation or a numb/tingling sensation in the legs or feet, you could be diabetic—bring your concerns to your doctor’s attention as soon as possible.
Pain #2: Unexplained, Persistent Pain in the Chest, Throat, Jaw, Arm, or Belly
Most people are well aware that chest pain could mean a heart problem and even a heart attack.
However, pains—even minor discomforts—in the chest, throat, jaw, arm or belly could also indicate serious cardiac problems.
Some people with heart problems mistake their initial symptoms for stomach or intestinal problems. Heart trouble can even mimic simple acid reflux. If you experience unexplained, persistent discomfort in any of these areas, and you know you have the high risk of cardiac problems, please visit a doctor.
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