Nine Aches and Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore
These nine annoyances could signal serious health problems.
1. Chest pain
What it could mean: According to Benabio, "If you are a 25-year-old male and you sense a sharp pain in your chest, it can mean that you may be having a heart attack, but also less obvious pain that may accompany this is pain in your arm, abdomen, neck, and jaw area that shouldn't be ignored. When you have pain in your chest, you shouldn't try to work through it. If you have chest pains, particularly after strenuous activity, or pain that is accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, and weakness, then you should call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately."
2. Abdomen and back pain together
What it could mean: "Excruciating pain in the abdomen and back that usually comes in waves can signal a kidney stone," says Benabio. "If you have other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fever, or blood in your urine, then it's time to see your doctor."
3. Testicular pain
What it could mean: "This type of pain can be a sign of numerous conditions ranging from testicular cancer to a hernia," says Benabio. "It should not be ignored. If you're experiencing pain, and particularly if you have other symptoms such as swelling or redness of the testicles or have nausea and a fever, then seek medical attention immediately."
4. Lower abdominal pain
What it could mean: "If you have a sharp, shooting pain on the right side of your abdomen accompanied by a fever and nausea, you could have appendicitis, a serious condition that needs to be surgically treated," says Benabio. "Seek medical help immediately."
5. Painful urination
What it could mean: Pain and burning when urinating can be signs of an STD such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. If painful urination is accompanied by discharge, swollen testicles, or pain during intercourse, then see your doctor," says Benabio.