Everyone experiences aches and pains. From a simple tooth ache to pain in the abdomen, there are some that shouldn’t be ignored. At LifeFone, we’ve compiled a list of five aches and pains which you should pay closer attention to. Every ache and pain should not put you on edge. A good rule of thumb when it comes to certain pains is the simple: ‘trust your gut’, and get medical help when necessary.
1) Appendicitis Pain
If your appendix ruptures, it’s an agonizing pain to the lower right of the abdomen that is almost impossible to ignore. However, if your appendix is irritated or in distress, the ache can begin at the tummy center, i.e., belly button, and gradually move over to the right side. A ruptured appendix is very serious, and should not be left untreated.
2) Severe Dental Pain
A severe pain that spreads from your mouth to your neck could be a tooth abscess which should be treated immediately. Ludwig’s angina is another cause of dental pain. It’s an infection on the floor of your mouth that spreads down your neck. It can actually track down to your airway and cause airway obstruction. A simple check can determine if either is the cause of your pain. Don’t let a tooth ache get that bad.
3) Deep Vein Thrombosis
If a small, but deep spot on your calf becomes increasingly tender, red, and hot to the touch, experts from the Mayo Clinic say that you could be dealing with a blood clot that’s developed deep within a vein. Deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) will cause rapid pain usually accompanied by swelling. Your best bet is to get to the hospital as soon as possible to prevent the clot from dislodging.
4) Severe Ear Pain
If you experience pain in your ear that is stabbing, or if you feel that you are not hearing properly out of one ear, you should get this checked immediately. Ear infections can cause your ear drum to rupture, which could lead to long term hearing problems.
5) Kidney Pain
A kidney infection will cause a deep, dull pain in the middle of your back that worsens to down right miserable fairly rapidly. The pain can be accompanied with an equally nasty fever and nausea. While those are also flu-like symptoms, a kidney infection should not be ignored.
Often, aches and pains come on unexpectedly. With one push of the button on your medical alert device from LifeFone, you can rest-assured that emergency personnel is on the way within minutes to get you the attention you need.