Whether it be a discomfort in the head, stomach, or leg, we have all felt physical pain at some point in our lives. Majority of the time we shrug it and go about our day. However pain in certain areas of our bodies can be a sign of something more serious.
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If pain occurs in this area and your leg swells, it is time to call your doctor or visit the emergency room. This could be the sign of a blood clot which is medically called a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Nearly 2 million Americans are affected by this life threatening issue every year. These clots occur in the legs due to extended immobility, obesity, blood disorders and pregnancy. The danger comes when pieces of the clot breaks off and travels to the brain, heart or lungs, all of which can cause death. A clot that ends up in the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism, this is usually the main concern from a DVT. Early treatment is the key to prevent complications. Therefore if you notice a consist pain in your calf, get it checked.
Some other symptoms to look for are : discoloring of the leg, warmth in the troubled area, and trouble walking.
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Usually headaches are not a cause for concern. However if the pain is so severe that you become sensitive to light and have trouble speaking, call 911. This can be the warning sign of a stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (DVTs can contribute to this condition), that causes a disruption of blood flow. During a stroke brain cells are killed and certain everyday abilities can be lost forever. With any life threatening illness, early treatment is important when dealing with a stroke. If your headache is like none you have ever felt, seek medical help.
Some other must known symptoms of a stroke are : confusion, dizziness and numbness of the arms or legs on one side of the body.
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Most people will shrug off any pain they feel in their chest as just gas. Fortunately this is usually the case but on a few occasions a chest pain can be more. If your pain is sudden, accompanied by nausea, and feels like someone is sitting on your chest, it could be a heart attack and it is important to get help immediately. Chest pains are not the only symptom of this issue though, pains in the jaw and shoulder blades can be caused by heart problems also.
Other things to look out for are : Dizziness, shortness of breath, sweating, and fainting.
Pain on the lower right side of your abdominal could be a sign of appendicitis. The pain may start of as a mild cramp that becomes severe and steady with time. Medical attention is needed immediately to prevent a fatal rupture.
Some other symptoms to be aware of are : vomiting, a low grade fever, abdominal swelling, and nausea.
Pain is the way the brain alerts us that something is wrong with our bodies. Paying attention to pain and any other symptoms you feel can save your life.