“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
Most all of us like to receive sound medical advice, even if we have no intention of following it. Perhaps this is why some experts relay information in a style reminiscent of filling the lifeboats of the Titanic. By trumpeting alarums for diseases deemed potentially life-threatening, doctors forget how easy it is to spook the general public. Hey, I’m scared enough as it is – God help my physician if I read a list of symptoms followed by the words “See Your Doctor Immediately!” I might just defenestrate myself to get to the emergency room before some orderly ties a somber tag on my “this little piggy went to market.”
Now comes a list that will curdle the corpuscles of many a hearty soul, not to mention those with a skittish constitution. Read on if you dare.
“7 Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore”
“Experts describe the types of pain that require prompt medical attention”
We all have aches and pains, but when should we start to worry? This WebMD article attempts to distinguish pains that could represent a life-threatening condition, and yessir, they do an efficient job. After reading it I had to curl up in a ball for an hour. I shall list the symptoms as they appear in the story. Here goes:
1. Worst Headache of Your Life
2. Pain or Discomfort in the Chest, Throat, Jaw, Shoulder, Arm, or Abdomen (along with chest pressure, nausea, and for women, bloating, GI distess, discomfort in the abdomen, feeling tired)
3. Pain in Lower Back or Between Shoulder Blades
4. Severe Abdominal Pain
5. Calf Pain (or swelling without pain)
6. Burning Feet or Legs
7. Vague, Combined, or Medically Unexplained Pains (headaches, abdominal pain, limb pain, along with loss of interest, difficulty concentrating)
This is great advice even if it is enough to prompt the cat to dial the vet’s emergency exchange.
Just for the heck of it, see if you can match the medical condition with the pain listed above:
Deep Vein Thrombus
Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm
Diabolical Myocardial Infarction
Deadly Cerebral Aneursym
Dangerous Gallstones, Pancreatitis, Bowel Obstruction, Appendicitis
There’s pain and then there’s PAIN, and those of us who hobble around with various calamities (usually from a stellar career in sports, or inspirational exercising) should heed the advice of the experts and be aware of these serious pains, no matter what kind of dreams they give us.