5 Types of Pain you Should Not Treat at Home

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 03, 2018
Quick Bites

  • Popping a pain killer isn’t the answer to all kinds of pain
  • You shouldn’t take painkiller for pain accompanied by fever
  • Pain in the left arm should not be taken lightly
  • You can’t always deal with cramping in calf muscles with a painkiller

There can be several types of pain –a nagging backache, pain accompanied by flu-like symptoms, pain in your arm and pain with unexplained bloating. Not all of these pains can be treated by popping a pain killer.

Not often do we give it enough thought and take pain killer when pain starts to cause us discomfort. Pain, sometimes, can be a strong signal that your body is trying to send you. Popping a pain killer isn’t the answer. So, you should not try to treat them at home.

Pain Accompanied by Fever

You shouldn’t take pain killer for pain accompanied by fever, fatigue and red-hot-swollen joints. These could be warning signs of a medical condition that needs you to see a doctor. Ignoring it persistently can lead to health complications. Joint pain is an indicator of rheumatoid arthritis which can be chronic. It can also be because of systemic inflammatory disorder that may result in deformed joints and lead to loss of joint and muscle function.

Left Arm Pain

Heavy lifting can be one of the reasons for pain in arms. Pain in the left arm, when accompanied by feelings of tightness and discomfort in chest, should not be taken lightly. It could be Angina Pectoris, a symptom of reduced blood flow to the heart as in coronary artery disease.

Pain in the Calves

You shouldn’t deal with cramping in calf muscles (without any strenuous physical activity) with a painkiller. The underlying cause is serious when there is discoloration and temperature reduction of skin. Arterial insufficiency or blockage in blood supply to an organ can be the reason for pain in the calves.

Acute or Chronic Back Pain

If your back pain doesn’t go away in a few days, it may need medical intervention. Back pain with numbness, tingling or weakness in the limbs or loss of bladder/ bowel control points towards nerve compression and is a sign of something serious.

Severe Pain that Worsens at Night

If you have been experiencing deep, severe pain anywhere in the body that worsens at night, it can mean something serious. If pain at night is accompanied by anaemia, unexplained fractures, trivial falls, frequent infections and fatigue, there could be a type of bone cancer.

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