Paying attention to the red flags of pain
Pain is your body telling you something is not right. Maybe it’s simply a little ache that quickly goes away, but what if it is excruciating. Some pain signs are serious red flags that need to prompt attention by a medical professional. Carefully consideration of these signs may be the step that is necessary to prevent further deterioration of a manageable condition.
An emergency pain signal, one that should get you moving to an emergency department, is one or more of the following symptoms:
A sudden onset of severe pain that is unrelated to an accident or some other situation that commonly would constitute an accident
Upper abdominal area or chest pain or pressure
Having difficulty in breathing or suffering from shortness of breath that is not normal to your situation
Dizziness, fainting, weakness, particularly if the dizziness and weak condition comes on suddenly
Sudden severe headache or a change in your vision
Difficulty in speaking or understanding others
Confusion or sudden changes in your mental status, a loved one or someone close to you may be the first to notice this change
Persistent and severe vomiting or diarrhea
Don’t try to tough it out. Get medical help and get it fixed.