Body Smarts: Seemingly Benign Health Signs You Should Never Ignore
Many of us go to the dentist or doctor long after weíve noticed a little
problem or sign that something may be amiss with our bodies. Here are some signs
and symptoms you should never ignore and why.
You Have Severe Head Pain
Head pain can feel more serious than it actually is. Sometimes, itís just a
headache caused by an imbalance in electrolytes. Other times, itís a migraine.
And, while incredibly painful and debilitating, itís not usually life
If the pain isnít accompanied by other migraine symptoms though, like a
visual aura, and youíre experiencing the worst headache of your life coupled
with sudden and severe pain, youíre probably about to have an aneurysm. The
arterial bulges that occur in 5 percent of people are a dead giveaway, but many
donít experience this at all. Call 911 immediately because an aneurysm can cause
permanent brain damage within minutes if not treated.
Your Tooth Is Throbbing
Itís likely that you have some form of gum disease. Your toothís nerve is
probably exposed, your enamel has worn away, and itís causing the sensitivity
and pain. Unless you get this checked out quickly, bacteria in your mouth can
infect the nerve. But, itís more than just your mouth thatís at risk. Bacteria
that enter into your bloodstream through your gums (yes, it happens), can cause
a bloodstream infection.
This is called sepsis and it can be fatal. Many people donít have dental
insurance, and so theyíre afraid to go to the dentist because they canít pay for
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insurance. So, you should never not go to the dentist because you donít have the
money. Youíre life is worth more than that.
You Have a Sharp Pain In Your Side
If you feel like youíre just been stabbed in the side, and youíre also
nauseated and running a fever, you may have appendicitis. This is when your
appendix is, or is about to, burst. This is a very serious medical condition.
When an appendix ruptures, toxins leak into the body and can kill you within
Itís caused when something, like feces (yes, poop), migrates into the space
where the appendix empties into the colon. It blocks the area, which causes
massive inflammation. If youíre a female, it may be an ovarian cyst. These are
fluid-filled sacs which are usually harmless and disappear by themselves. If one
ruptures, or twists, however, it can cause agonizing pain.
You Have A Sharp Pain In Your Chest
If you feel a dull ache in your chest, and a tingling down your arm, donít
ignore it or blow it off as heartburn. Itís not. Youíre more likely having a
heart attack. In women, symptoms tend to be less severe, and include pressure,
fatigue, throat pain, and possibly shortness of breath.
You Have Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can be caused by any number of things. But, for many people
itís gas. Itís still nothing to sneeze at, since the gas could be a symptom of a
larger problem, like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO is a
serious infection that can result in nutritional deficiencies and may eventually
cause more serious health problems.
If you notice discomfort after eating foods with dairy in them, you may be
lactose intolerant. Some foods, like coffee, are cross-reactive - meaning that
you might be lactose intolerant but your body sees coffee as a trigger food.
Get tested by your doctor and he or she can help you avoid lactose and
You may be suffering from other, more serious illnesses though like Crohn's
Worst-case scenario if youíre a woman - ovarian cancer.
You Have A Pain In Your Back And Tingling In Your Toes
This is almost certainly some kind of nerve impingement or nerve pain. You
could have ruptured a disc or it could be bulging just a bit. When the spongy
part of your disc presses on the spinal nerve, it can cause severe pain. Without
medical attention, you risk permanent nerve damage.
If the pain is so severe or instantaneous that it causes a loss of bowel or
bladder control, go to the emergency room immediately. This is a sign of a
medical condition which needs immediate attention.
Leg pain can be any number of things. But, if one of your calves is on fire,
you might have deep vein thrombosis, known as DVT. Itís a blood clot in your
leg. Usually, what happens is that blood starts to pool in your lower body. It
forms a clot. When it gets big enough to plug up your artery or vein, it will
start to hurt and swell.
Smokers and women on the pill tend to have a higher risk for this type of
clot. It can be life-threatening so resist the urge to walk it off or massage
it. If the clot breaks free, it could go up to your lungs and cut off your
oxygen supply, killing you. Youíll need blood thinners to work this out.
Rachel Bailey works in public health services and is always keen to share
her insights and experiences on relevant health issues with an online audience.
She is a regular writer for a variety of relevant websites on a number of health
Dated 11 January 2015