I assure you as you get older you will have more and more pains. I also assure you some pains occur just to annoy you; they mean nothing.
I remember when I was younger a pretty old guy said to me “If I had felt the way I do today when I was your age, I would have thought I was dying.”
Pain therefore is something you no doubt will have to contend with. The question becomes “What pain(s) should you pay attention to?”
While we are quick to figure a chest pain is a heart attack we seem to be reticent to consider ankle pain as a broken ankle. We always want to figure that it is a sprained ankle. It isn’t.
If we have ankle pain and after a couple of days of rest it doesn’t begin to get better we should follow up with the doctor. It could be broken or worse and continuing to ignore it could cause bone and muscle damage.
Abdominal pain could signal a number of things. It can come from the flu, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea or any number of problems. The problem with abdominal pain is that it can reflect a number of serious conditions such as gallstones or gallbladder disease, cancer, hepatitis or appendicitis. All can be dangerous if not dealt with on a timely basis.
Once again the issue is time. It is alright to wait a little time (usually) but if a pain stays too long or becomes very severe in the abdomen then it is time to get help.
As an older fellow I have to say that you cannot ignore chest pain. There are also a number of things that can cause chest pain but the fact is that sometimes it is pain that radiates to the chest from the abdomen. The gallbladder comes to mind. Gallbladder pain is so bad you have no idea where it is coming from.
Of course there is the issue of a coronary but I have a story for you.
I once thought I was having a heart attack. I had high blood pressure from the pain and was extremely pale. What had happened was I had eaten ice cold ice cream right after hot tomato soup. My esophagus “twisted.” In fact it twisted three times. It is called a “tertiary corkscrew esophagus.” The name is funny; the X-ray I am sure is funny; I assure you the pain is not funny.
Get chest pain checked out.
Finally head pain or headaches that do not subside can be dangerous. It can represent a number of problems not the least being a tumor.
These are some general pains that should not be overlooked. It isn’t just a matter of avoiding severe conditions but you want to get rid of the pain as well.
“4 Pains You Should Never Ignore,” Article, Laurie Saloman, “Quality Health”