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Types of Pain that May Warrant a Doctor’s Visit

When it's time to see the doctor.

Experiencing any kind of pain is never easy. However, not every kind of pain is considered an emergency, so it can be hard to figure out when it’s time to see your doctor. Plus, some pain occurs naturally if you pulled a muscle or overextended yourself. That isn’t exactly a cause for concern among medical professionals, because it’s obvious why you’re experiencing it. But pain can be a serious concern if you experience it a lot or it’s keeping you from going about your daily routine. That’s when you need to involve a doctor because it could be linked to something more serious.

Back Pain

A sore back is one of the most common types of pain reported. As stated previously, if you work out or your job requires a lot of physical movement on your part, it can be easy to determine what’s causing you pain. Your muscles are always working hard and sometimes they get a little tired and sore when they’re overexerted. That’s a perfectly normal type of pain. However, if you’ve been following your same routine and your muscles are aching more than usual, there’s obviously something else going on underneath the surface. It’s true that as you get older your muscles can start to ache as part of the aging process. But if it’s a sudden pain that you’ve never noticed before, you should consider finding a doctor to ask about it. For example, if you’ve been experiencing back muscle pain lately and it’s keeping you from working, then it’s time to see a doctor about it. They may even be able to help you determine what caused it and help you trigger it less often.

Chest Pain

Chest pain is another serious symptom that may need medical attention. The obvious reason behind this kind of pain is if you’re having a heart attack, but those are rarer than you think. And there are other symptoms that go along with heart attacks, while chest pain can be isolated. Like your back, sometimes you can just pull a muscle from hard work. Other times, it could be a sign of heartburn or acid reflux which is actually fairly common, especially if it’s every now and then. However, continuous chest pain like that is a sign of something serious and demands medical attention immediately. It could also be an early sign of the shingles virus or a sign of pancreatitis. It’s easy to assume that chest pain is not as serious as other types of pain, but it can stem from quite a few serious problems. Doctors always recommend that if you’re having chest pains and don’t know the cause of it, you should seek out medical attention. It’s always better to catch some of these problems early and find ways to help yourself.

Suffering From a Mental Illness

Another similar problem is if you suffer from a mental illness like anxiety. This is currently the most common mental illness in the United States and affects almost one-fifth of the population, particularly young adults. While this is classified as a mental illness, some of the symptoms may cause physical stress. People diagnosed with anxiety are usually diagnosed with some kind of pain disorder as well, including migraines, muscle tension, and pain, all the way to arthritis or fibromyalgia. And while doctors aren’t completely sure how they’re connected yet, they know that one exists. If you’ve been experiencing more of these painful symptoms lately, or if you’ve suddenly had a really bad anxiety attack, it can be well worth your time to get a doctor’s opinion. They can usually prescribe you with meds to make the symptoms easier to bear as a whole.

Feeling pain is not always a cause for alarm. If you’ve been working really hard, your body may just be sore. However, when the pain is more extreme than before or is keeping you from doing things you normally can, that’s when you need to call someone about it. Even then it’s not always a serious problem, but it’s best to know these kinds of things so that you can get back on your feet again.

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