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7 Pains to Know

Posted by medliorator on January 12, 2008

1. Worst Headache of Your Life
-hemorrhage, tumor, aneurysm

2. Pain or Discomfort in the Chest, Throat, Jaw, Shoulder, Arm, or Abdomen (along with chest pressure, nausea, and for women, bloating, GI distess, discomfort in the abdomen, feeling tired)
-pneumonia, heart attack.

3. Pain in Lower Back or Between Shoulder Blades
-arthritis, aortic dissection

4. Severe Abdominal Pain
-appendicitis, ulcers, blockage

5. Calf Pain (or swelling without pain)

6. Burning Feet or Legs
-peripheral neuropathy (diabetes)

7. Vague, Combined, or Medically Unexplained Pains (headaches, abdominal pain, limb pain, along with loss of interest, difficulty concentrating)

7 Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore [WebMD]


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