Pains You Can't Afford to Ignore

Learn the difference between run-of-the-mill aches and pain that signals something is seriously wrong.

Pains You Can't Afford to Ignore

Whether it's our sore muscles or an upset stomach, all of us have pain at some point. But it can be hard to separate annoying, run-of-the-mill aches from pain that signals something is seriously wrong. Sometimes, overlooking a little pain can leave you with a big problem, so keep reading to find out eight pains that you can't afford to ignore. Talk to your doctor if you're not sure what is causing your pain, but if you think you might have one of these dangerous pains, get help as soon as you can.

Sudden Severe Headache

One minute you're fine and the next – bam! You have what feels like the worst headache of your life. This could be a sign of a ruptured aneurysm, or weakened blood vessel, in the brain, which can quickly cause a life-threatening hemorrhage. If you have this kind of severe 'thunderclap' headache, don't wait to consult with your doctor – rush to the hospital as soon as possible.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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