Dr Oz: Body Pains You Can’t Ignore
There are many stresses and physical situations in our lives that could lead to pain. No one wants to be in pain, but it happens to everyone, at least sometimes. How do you know, though, whether your pain is temporary and normal, or when it’s something serious that could have serious implications for your health?
Here are the body pains Dr. Oz shared that he said you must never ignore.
Dr Oz: Jaw Pain
This isn’t the same thing as a toothache, which can be excruciating enough on its own. This type of pain in the Jaw is dull and may migrate around the area. If this sounds like something that’s happened to you, you’re not alone, because 43% of Dr. Oz’s audience said this has happened to them.
The shocking reality is that this could be a heart attack warning sign. The heart doesn’t feel pain directly, like your hand would if you touched a hot stove. Instead, when the heart is inflamed, it sends pain signals elsewhere in the body.
When To Worry That Jaw Pain is a Heart Attack Sign
Here is a warning scale you can use to evaluate your jaw pain and whether you should be concerned about your associated heart attack risk.
- Green – Jaw Pain increases with movement
- Yellow – Jaw Pain is noticeable first thing in the morning
- Red – Jaw Pain is accompanied by pain from exertion, chest or left arm pain, and shortness of breath
If you think you are having a heart attack or displaying warning signs, don’t wait. Call 911 immediately or have a friend or family member take you to the emergency room for evaluation.
Dr Oz: Leg Pain & Deep Vein Thrombosis
Have you ever had a Charley Horse? If so, you know that Leg Pain can be annoying. But for some people, it is much worse than that. You may start out thinking you have a Charley Horse, but deep calf pain can become swollen, or you might develop Varicose Veins.
Among Dr. Oz’s studio audience, 77% said they have had this type of pain before. One such victim, Rashida, said her calf pain presents suddenly, lasting up to 10 minutes. But then it goes away and she forgets about it, until the next time it happens.
Dr Oz: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
This type of leg pain is symptomatic of a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis. Dr. Oz said that your veins could get clogged and clotted, a common problem in women who are pregnant, overweight, or sedentary. Clots can travel to the lung, causing part of your vital breathing organ to die.
Dr. Oz and Rashida investigated the lungs of a heavy cigarette smoker. Instead of the big tubes of a healthy lung, they observed a large blood clot from the calf. It caused a whole section of the patient’s lung to die, which is another reason to think about giving up smoking.
Dr Oz: Is Your Leg Pain DVT?
Dr. Oz shared a scale of escalating warning signs and symptoms for people worried about their leg pain and the prospect of Deep Vein Thrombosis. See where your symptoms fall on this scale.
- Green – You are an active person, and only your ankles are swollen
- Yellow – You are sedentary and have recently been traveling
- Red – Your leg looks red and feels warm. You feel pain when squeezing your calf
Be sure to consult your doctor if your leg pain symptoms are getting worse, so they can help you correct the problem.
Dr. Oz: Abdominal Pain
You’ve probably heard of Colicky Babies who cry uncontrollably. But in adults, the word Colic refers to several abdominal pain. The type of pain Doctor Oz spoke about could last minutes or hours, and 71% of the audience said they’ve experienced severe stomach pain.
Audience member Helene complained that she has sharp abdominal pain after eating greasy foods.
Dr. Oz: Abdominal Pain & Gallstones
According to Dr. Oz, this could be a problem with Gallstones. The Liver makes bile, which is stored in the Gallbladder. Helene’s problems with greasy foods could be a result of Bile getting stuck in her ducts.
The Gallbladder tries to squeeze it out of there, causing pain and possibly leading to infection.
Dr Oz: Gallstone Warning Scale
Here are the warning signs for your Abdominal Pain and Gallstone risk. Gallstone treatments include surgery or dietary changes.
- Green – Over the counter antacids, or urination or bowel movement provide pain relief
- Yellow – Changing positions doesn’t lower your pain. You can’t get comfortable.
- Red – You notice pain within half an hour of eating any high fat foods.
Dr. Oz: Nerve Damage
If you feel pins and needles in your body, and it’s not just because your foot fell asleep, it could be the result of nerve damage. Cheri and 71% of the audience said that they’ve felt the pins and needles. Cheri’s pain was aggravated by typing at work, and she tried to shake it out for relief.
Dr. Oz: Nerve Damage Symptoms Test
Here’s what you need to look for to determine if your tingling is actually nerve damage.
- Green – Tingling goes away when you move the limb or affected area
- Yellow – Pain lasts for multiple days
- Red – You can’t grasp or hold objects, or you are dropping things. This muscle weakness could indicate Nerve Damage or even Multiple Sclerosis
With these types of conditions, Dr. Oz said early detection is key to maintaining a high quality of life.