If you experience sudden, unexplained pain in any part of your body, do not hesitate to seek medical help. “People have to make a judgment call for themselves, whether it’s going to an emergency room or making an appointment with their doctor. says Robert Hockberger, MD, chairman of emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. “We ask patients to rate their pain from one to 10. People who feel their pain is a seven or greater – anything worse than a bad toothache – should see a doctor immediately.” Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss them Sure signs you already had COVID.
Pain on the back
Sudden, sharp pain in your upper back can be a sign of painful kidney stones. “People with kidney disease sometimes have ‘pain’ caused by their kidney disease.” says Alan Charney, MD, a nephrologist at NYU Langone Health and clinical professor in the Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. “Remarkably, though, the kidney itself has no pain receptors!”
A sudden headache could be a sign of internal bleeding, experts warn. “A thunderclap headache (also called ‘the worst headache of your life’) causes sudden, severe, debilitating pain that can last for an hour or a week.” says Harvard Health. “Take note of your symptoms when a headache occurs. If it’s sudden and severe, like a thunderclap headache, it could mean bleeding inside the head. Get emergency medical help.”
Severe abdominal pain can be a sign of appendicitis or acute pancreatitis. “Abdominal pain is common and can have a number of causes, including ordinary gas.” says Rahul Patwari, MD. “But sudden, severe pain that moves to the lower right of your abdomen and worsens within a few hours could be appendicitis. You may need emergency surgery to remove your inflamed appendicitis before it explodes—a life-threatening condition.”
Painful urination for men can be a sign of gonorrhea. “Pain, burning or tingling during or immediately after urination can be a sign of an STD. says Dr. Patwari. “When receiving treatment, men should make sure they are also screened for other STDs.”
Pain in toes
Toe pain can be a sign of gout, a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood. “Gout can be extremely painful and incapacitating, but it is highly treatable in almost all patients.” says Theodore R. Fields, MD, FACP. “It is most common on the big toe and is also common on the midfoot, ankle and knee. It is important to recognize and treat it early to avoid pain and complications. Women are not exempt from the risk of uric arthritis and begin to “catch up” to men after they reach menopause.” ONEAnd to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of them 35 places you’re most likely to catch COVID.