Everyone has experienced random pains, both mysterious and sometimes persistent, at some point in their life. The majority of people don’t pay much attention to them, and usually the pain just goes away for no reason. There are, however, 10 mysterious pains that you should not ignore. Keep reading to learn about them.
These pains aren’t that much different from the strange noises your car may make every once in a while. It makes some sort of buzzing or whistling, and then the noise disappears as quickly as it came. Those of us who aren’t mechanics won’t think anything else of it. But, just like your car, the aches in your body generally get worse over time, and it is usually a sign of an much larger, underlying problem.
Although not all pains are indicative of an extreme emergency, some mysterious pains simply should not be ignored. Although very few people get excited to go to the doctor, even less doctors are enthused about treating a medical emergency that could have been detected or treated before the problem turned into a life or death situation. So, which of these mysterious pains should not be ignored?
1. More than just chest pain
Even though this section focuses on heart disease, chest pain is not the only sign that something is wrong. Imagine this scenario: it’s a hot summer day and your sweating while cutting the grass. You stop to wipe your forehead, when suddenly your jaw starts to hurt. Everyone has taught you to worry about chest pain. So you don’t think anything about it. You could have squeezed down hard on your jaw because you were stressed at work.
Unfortunately, jaw pain could be a sign that your heart is stressed. Jaw pain could be a warning sign of an imminent heart attack or that one is about to happen.
The pain associated with heart attacks often times manifests in different areas of the chest: the shoulders, the arm, the abdomen, the lower part of the jaw, or the throat. If you experience sudden shoulder or jaw pain, stop doing what you are doing and let someone know; then get medical attention.
2. Lower back pain
Lower back pain is very common, but it could be a sign of more than just achy muscles. Back pain can also be a symptom related to kidney problems. Lower back pain could be related to a kidney stone, which usually disappears on its own (albeit quite painfully). If your kidney becomes infected and swollen, it will cause discomfort in the lower back. If a kidney tumor has grown big enough, it could also cause lower back pain.
3. Intense abdominal pain
Sometimes there is not clear explanation for abdominal pain. Problems with nearby organs like the kidney, the lungs, or the uterus, could create abdominal discomfort. Pain in the right lower quadrant could mean that your appendix is inflamed, which means that you need surgery quickly.
Pain in the right upper quadrant could be a sign of gallbladder problems. Upper abdominal pain (along with upper back pain) could be a sign of pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas. If not treated immediately, intestinal tissue could die, along with other problems. And lastly, liver inflammation caused by hepatitis could cause unbearable pain in the intestines.
4. Calf pain
Calf pain generally sets in at the end of a long day (or a long climb up steep steps). But calf pain could also mean that something else is wrong, especially when unrelated to any type of injury.
The legs have a system of arteries and veins that move blood to and from the muscle and the heart. Veins that are visible from underneath the skin are known as superficial veins, ad they move blood to deeper veins. Small valves inside the veins prevent blood from flowing down the wrong path. Coagulations can form, however, due to a ruptured vein. This is caused by deep venous thrombosis (DVT), which could cause pain in the calves and leg swelling.
5. Tingling in the arms and legs
If you’ve ever crossed your legs for a long period of time, you’ve probably experienced this type of nearly painful tingling in your legs and feet; this is caused by reduced blood flow. Fortunately, the tingling goes away soon after standing up and moving around.
If your feet or hands feel this way, however, even when you haven’t crossed them for a long time, it could be a sign of nerve damage. Symptoms like tingling, numbness and burning point to peripheral neuropathy.
6. General body pain
If you feel pain in any certain part of your body, this means that the area needs attentions. You could have fibromyalgia, a mysterious disease that translates into pain and discomfort that affects women more than men. Fibromyalgia seems to also make one more sensitive to physical pressure or pain, which often times implies more difficulties in sleeping.
It’s incredible, but depression could also cause random, inexplicable pain in different areas of the body. This could manifest as back pain, headaches, and a heightened sensitivity to pain.
7. Testicular pain
Testicular pain should never be ignored, because it generally means that the condition could worsen if ignored for too long. Anything could cause testicular pain, from a hernia to cancer. The spermatic cord could also be twisted, causing testicular twisting.
Inflammation of the epididymis, a spiral tube located in the lower part of each testicle and acts as a storage facility and delivery unit for sperm, could also cause testicular pain. If your testicular pain is also accompanied by a strange feeling, it’s likely that you have varicose veins, known as varicocele.
8. Strong headaches
While headaches often come out of nowhere, some headeaches come along incredibly quickly, hitting like a train. This mysterious and sudden pain could be a sign of something much more serious that a simple headache. If your headaches cause near blindness, this could be a sign of a stroke or an transitory ischemic attack.
9. Pelvic pain during sex
One of the most common symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease is pain or discomfort in the pelvic region during sex. This is a bacterial infection in the uterus or Fallopian tubes, which causes red, swollen, and painful tissue. The inflammation could cause scarring, which could lead to problems such as infertility.
Pelvic inflammatory disease could also be caused by chronic pelvic abscesses or pain. Sexually transmitted diseases, most often chlamydia or gonorrhea, or any other source of bacteria that moves around the reproductive organs are the common suspects causing pelvic inflammatory disease.
10. Persistent joint pain
Osteoarthritis, the general wear related to age and cartilage wear, causes the bones to rub against one another. It is a common source of joint pain, but it isn’t the only cause. Stiffness and swelling in the joints could be caused by lupus, a disease that oscillates between periods of flare-ups and remission. Other symptoms of lupus include fatigue, hair loss and fever.
Hepatitis, a disease that affects the liver, also causes joint pain. Your pain could also be caused by arthritis, one of the most serious of which is rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease, which means that the body’s immune system becomes out of control, and attacks its own tissue.