Pain Not to Ignore

We all have little aches and pains. Most of them go away pretty quickly, but every once in a while, the pain lingers.

It may seem like no big deal, but doctors say you should always have those pains checked out. There are certain pains you should never ignore.

You run. You work out. You take care of yourself, but sometimes there's pain. And some pains you just shouldn't blow off. You should listen to what your body's trying to say. Severe pain in your feet or shins could indicate a stress fracture. Severe back pain is one of the top three reasons people go to the doctor. It could be a little over-exertion, but it could also be caused by an aneurysm, a kidney stone, or even some kinds of cancer. If you have swelling and pain in your legs, be on the look out for a blood clot, thrombosis or an embolism; that's what killed NBC's David Bloom because he was sitting, cramped up for too long.

Women, especially pregnant women, are at higher risk for blood clots than men because estrogen encourages clotting agents. And of course there's always a catch: you can't always be sure the pain is actually coming from what hurts. Referred pain can happen because of the way the nerves are connected in your body.

Chest pain can be anything from indigestion to a heart attack. It's tough to tell because your heart, your lungs, your esophagus, and your diaphragm are all crammed together.

Your doctor can help you figure it out. And don't forget about emotional pain. Depression often leads to more serious outcomes.

Fortunately, depression is treatable, and limiting the emotional pain may also help cure the physical pain. But you have to get it checked out.

To figure out of it's a serious pain, it's important to keep track of what goes with it. If you have blood in your stool, a fever, sweats, or if you get dizzy, it's definitely a serious pain and you should get it checked out quickly!