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3 Common Aches And Pains: What Your Body Might Be Telling You

Aches and pains are, unfortunately, a part of life. Our bodies are strong but also susceptible to all sorts of damage, disease, and imbalances. However, we do also have an incredible ability to heal.  Those aches and pains are our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong or out of balance. They are our first sign that healing has started with inflammation. Often we reach for the nearest pain reliever and go about our business without considering what might be causing the pain. 

It’s important to pay attention to your body and how it feels daily. Though most aches and pains are usually due to overuse of muscles and joints, lack of sleep or even hormone cycles, some could be pointing to more concerning issues. Here are a few of the most common aches and what your body might be telling you. Always consult your doctor about any aches and pains that are excessive or do not subside in a reasonable timeframe.

Stomach Ache

Stomach ache is one of those nagging pains that anyone can get for a plethora of reasons. First, consider what you have eaten in the past 24 hours. If you’ve eaten spicy junk food that you don’t normally consume, this could be the culprit. Additionally, drinking alcohol and eating a lot of sugar can mess things up for a bit. 

However, if the pain doesn’t go away in a timely manner or is accompanied by other digestive problems like diarrhea or bouts of constipation, something else could be amiss. Conditions like IBS, food allergies and other digestive ailments might be investigated by your doctor should the need arise. I recommend keeping a food diary if your symptoms don’t subside or are intermittent. That way you have data to show your physician.

Emotions and Digestion

Additionally, our digestive systems can take a punch from our emotions, especially if we are under a lot of stress. Anxiety, stress, and trauma can literally cause pain, nausea, constipation, and diarrhea. It’s important that you inform your doctor about any emotional issues or trauma you’ve recently experienced.

Toothache

Toothaches are thankfully something we don’t usually experience often. But when we do, we are quickly reminded why they are considered one of the most painful aches we can have. They can radiate around your whole face, and even cause migraine or a whopper headache.

Fortunately, this type of pain is a clear sign that something is wrong with a tooth. It doesn’t take long to seek the attention of a dentist if the pain is bad enough. Most of the time, an adult toothache is either wisdom teeth moving, a cavity or decay, infection or some type of gum problem.

Wisdom teeth removal is often done in young adults before pain can set in. However, some wait while the teeth move, giving the opportunity to fit into the mouth properly. The pain comes from the pressure they can put on other teeth, nerves, and the jaw. 

Headache

Headaches are one of the most common types of pain both the young and old experience. If you are especially sensitive to your environment, foods, stress, and even motion, headaches can show up easily and with intensity. It’s important to listen to your body and take frequent breaks from the computer, work, and activities that trigger head pain. 

Keep in mind, food, drinks, and excessive alcohol can cause headaches as well. However, if they are frequent, talk to your doctor about possible causes that aren’t obvious. Headaches are usually completely innocent in nature, but I recommend being aware of how they feel, including any other strange symptoms that accompany. These include nausea, fever, vomiting, neck pain, tremors, vision and hearing changes, numbness, tingling, confusion or anything that isn’t normal.

**** This post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Women’s lifelink, it’s owners, administrators, contributors, affiliates, vendors, authors and editors do not claim that this information will diagnose, treat, or improve any condition or disease.

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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