Men tend to ignore pains more often than not, and quite rightly so, since most of the time such pains arise out of some kind of light injury, strain or sprain in bones, muscles, tendons or cartilages. However, there are times when you should be little wary of such a pain, especially if you are feeling it in your chest, shoulder, arms, jaws, back, abdomen or head. There are ample examples when people have aggravated their problems by ignoring pains, especially those occurring repeatedly at certain areas of the body. It may be a stabbing pain, a squeezing pain, a pin-prick like pain or a different kind of pain. A physician is only able to distinguish between these different types of pain, and their source.
1. Chest Pain:
If you are feeling a squeezing pain in your chest you should not waste time. It is time to rush to the hospital since such a type of pain has been known to be an indicator of heart ailments. However, there is no reason to be afraid since it may also be a innocuous pain with some unknown etiology. Nevertheless, if you think that you cannot have heart ailments because you hit the gym regularly, you are wrong. You may have heart problems even if you sweat it out regularly. Somehow or the other your heart muscles are not getting enough oxygen and you need to rectify the problem by visiting a physician. If it is a heart attack then the pain may also spread to your shoulders, arms and even jaws.
2. Abdominal Pain:
Abdominal pain is quite normal. You may have had one if you have suffered from indigestion, flatulence or acidity. However, all symptoms of abdominal pain don’t result from these problems. You may have abdominal pain from a host of sources. It may be due to some kind of inflammation in the gastroenterology system such as gastritis, pancreatitis etc. There may be gall bladder stone, kidney stone etc. There may be some kind of ulcer in the gastroenterological tract. There are a number of apprehensions when you suffer from recurrent abdominal pain. So if you are getting it repeatedly do visit a doctor.
3. Lower Back Pain:
You may suffer from back pain due to problem with the musculoskeletal problem and their neurological repercussions. These are nagging pains, but are mostly treatable. However, you may also have such problems from other sources. You may have lower back pain due to kidney stone, problems of the prostate glands, gall bladder stone etc. Often such pain is not localized and can radiate down towards the legs. It is better to visit a doctor than to guess your problem. You know, a stitch in time saves nine.
4. Neck Pain:
If you are suffering from neck pain for the last five to six months and there are some other persistent or recurrent symptoms too then you should visit a doctor immediately. This may not be any ordinary neck or throat pain like sore throat, laryngitis etc. Various maladies of the human body can manifest through neck pain along with other symptoms. If there is difficulty in breathing along with neck pain then it may signify some lung problem. It may indicate spinal stenosis if you also have arm and shoulder pain with numbness.
Headaches have a number of subtypes and each of them may have a different etiology. Most commonly people have tension headaches that arise out of stress. Such headaches occur regularly, but are non-progressive and moderate in nature and fade over time. Severe pounding and throbbing pain combined with other symptoms such as sensitivity to noise, light or smell, blurry vision or loss of appetite may signify migraine.
You should visit a doctor if you are experiencing this for some time. If there is an intense burning, throbbing or piercing pain behind the eyeballs which does not let you take rest, you should rush to a doctor. Such pains may result from some problem within the brain or the skull. If you are getting this pain after a long time then it signifies that the malady is not corrected and you need to visit a doctor. The doctor will certainly order a CT scan or an MRI to diagnose the problem. Any kind of headache that is progressively increasing should not be left to the mercy of over the counter medicines. Such conditions call for thorough check up with a physician.