Aches and Pains

It is important to pay attention to these signs of bigger health problems.

Severe headache

  • Cause: may be due to cerebral hemorrhage.
  • Comment: In most cases, it is caused by migraine and only needs a rest and pain relief. But, in a few rare cases, it may indicate a tumor or hemorrhage in the brain. Particular attention should be paid to the sudden and persistent pain in one side of the head, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and watery eyes.
  • Treatment: In the latter case, immediately go to the hospital

Swollen eyes

  • Cause: optic neuritis.
  • Comment: The optic nerve can be infected or having an allergic reaction. Early treatment is not harmful to the eyes.
  • Treatment: See a doctor immediately.

Ear pain and double vision

  • Cause: may be due to middle ear infections.
  • Treatment: The illness can become very serious so it is important to seek specialist treatment if the pain is not resolved and/or is accompanied by dizziness, headache, nausea, vertigo, swelling behind the ear, severe fever and facial paralysis.

Sudden pain in the groin

  • Cause: may be due to twisted testicles.
  • Comment: This is a fairly common congenital defect. The spiral duct is twisted and blood does not flow to the testes. The pain is like being kicked in the groin. Sometimes, in addition to pain, there is also swelling.
  • Within four or six hours, it is possible to save, if it is later than 12 to 24 hours late, we have to cut off the testicle.
  • Another possible cause is the epididymis.
  • Treatment: See a specialist for treatment.

Sudden pain in the middle of the foot

  • Cause: may be neuropathy.
  • Comment: Sudden recurring pain anywhere in the body can be caused by nerve compression, hyperventilation or neuropathy.
  • Treatment: Contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Toothache when eating chocolate

  • Cause: gingivitis.
  • Comment: One of the first signs of tooth decay is sensitivity to sweeteners.
  • Another sign is discolored teeth and unpleasant odor when flossing.
  • Treatment: Laser technology can detect early tooth decay and kill bacteria before decay.

Severe back pain

  • Cause: It may be due to an aneurysm.
  • Comment: This type of pain is similar to the pain that happens after cleaning the closet. But use of a heat pad, rest, and the usual pain relief medicine are not effective. If exercise is not the reason for this pain, sudden back pain may be a sign of an aneurysm. This pain only ends when the aorta is broken. Another cause of back pain, which seems less dangerous, is kidney stones.
  • Treatment: The doctor performs a CT scan to determine the location and shape of the aneurysm, then gives blood pressure medication or clipping is done during an open surgery.

Persistent pain in feet and legs

  • Cause: Stress fracture.
  • Comment: Like other tissues in the body, the bone regenerates itself. But if you exercise too hard, your bones do not have the chance to recover, so a stress fracture can appear in the extremities, and the front of your foot will have persistent pain. The more you exercise, the more painful it will be and even if you stop exercising, it will be painful. Taking ibuprofen or paracetamol is not very effective.
  • Treatment: X-rays show fractures and your doctor will tell you to stop exercising until the bone is recovered. In the worst case, you may have to get a cast for a few weeks.

Pain in the abdomen

  • Cause: The area between the ribs and groin has many parts so pain can be a symptom of appendicitis, pancreatitis or swollen gall bladder. All three cases have the same cause: These organs have been infected, which can be fatal.
  • Comment: If the above organs break down, the patient may be in danger of dying. Go to a hospital immediately.

Aching, swollen legs

  •  Cause: May be deep vein thrombosis.      
  • Comment: Sitting in the same position for six hours or more and the blood in the lower leg forms a blood clot (called deep-vein thrombosis). A large enough blood clot causes obstruction of the arteries in the calf, causing pain and swelling.
  • The first thing you do is massage your legs. But, the worst part is that the big blood clot can run up to your lungs, which can be fatal. You may need ultrasonography for an accurate diagnosis.
  • Treatment: The doctor will give you a drug that dissolves the blood clot or will put a filter into the vein to block the blood clot from reaching the lungs.

Severe pain while peeing

  • Cause: May be bladder cancer.
  • Comment: Urinating feels like torture and the urine is rusty. Pain and blood in the urine are two symptoms of bladder cancer. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for the disease. Bladder infections also have the same symptoms.
  • If detected early, 90 per cent of the prospects are cured.
  • Treatment: A specialist consultation to determine the appropriate treatment.

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Hoang Duy Tan
Vice President of the Dong Nai Oriental Medicine Society. Lecturer of Oriental Medicine at Hung Vuong University.

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