12 Types Of Pain You Should Never Ignore (Especially #9!)

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4. Burning or Numbness in the Legs or Feet

A feeling that your feet or lower legs are on fire or if you find that your feet are numb and have little feeling in them could be a sign of neuropathy, specifically, diabetic neuropathy. There are about 23 million Americans who have diabetes and an estimated ¼ of them are undiagnosed, according to the American Diabetes Association. Other signs of diabetes are constant thirst or hunger, itchy, dry skin, cuts that are slow to heal, frequent urination, blurry vision and dry mouth. If you have any of the above symptoms in addition to numbness or a burning sensation in your feet or lower legs, see your doctor ASAP.


5.  Menstrual Cramps that Don’t Respond to Medication

Although many women suffer from menstrual cramps, over the counter pain relievers should take care of the problem. However, if you still suffer from severe menstrual pain and the most common pain relievers don’t stop the pain, you might have endometriosis. This is a condition where the endometrial tissue continues to grow outside the uterus. This is quite common but it can lead to fertility problems, not to mention severe pain. You could also have a fibroid tumor, which is a non-cancerous growth that can occur inside or outside the uterus. Speak with your OBGYN about this issue so they can determine the source of the problem.


6.  Excruciating Headaches

Although everyone suffers with headache from time to time, sometimes pretty severe ones, however there are other headaches that indicate a serious problem. Many headaches are due to tension or dehydration. Try a relaxing bath, taking a nap, and drinking several glasses of water. However, if you feel relaxed and are drinking water but you still have a screaming headache, especially one that started as what is known as a “thunderclap” headache, especially if  you are vomiting,  go to the emergency room. This could be a sign of bleeding in the brain, which requires immediate emergency care. If it turns out to be nothing, you know the old saying, better safe than sorry.

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