Physical pain is a part of life. We all experience it, whether a scrape on the knee or a broken bone, receptors in our bodies sent pain signals all the way from our extremities to our brains. Here you might ask and answer questions about unexplained pain, what it could mean, and what to do about it.

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Women's Health

How can you reduce vaginal lip swelling?

Stop using irritating products such as soaps,baby wipes etc.


What causes sharp shooting pains on your feet?

There is a condition called 'policeman's foot' which will give you sharp shooting pains. This is generally caused by suddenly doing a type of activity your feet are not used too - for example, walking on snow everyday if it only snows infrequently where you live, or running over a pebbled beach every day for a few days whilst on holiday.

Conditions and Diseases

What would cause your left arm muscle to ache and feel cold and your hand and fingers to feel very tingly?

It is important that you see a health care professional (doctor or nurse practitioner) to have this assessed, if it persists. The suggestions below from WikiAnswers users are simply suggestions, and there are many other possibilities; if you want a proper diagnosis, you need to be examined.

  • Vascular - There could be some reason for poor circulation to the arm/hand. This is very commonly caused by too much muscle tension in the scalene muscles or the the pec minor muscles. The blood vessels that supply the arm/hand have to pass through these areas, via the subclavian artery, to branch off into the arm. It could also be due to a misalignment of the shoulder. If a shoulder is misaligned in external rotation, it can put a stretch on the blood vessels that pass through that area to supply the arm/hand.
  • Pinched nerve either in your neck, shoulder, or arm. You need to be seen by a doctor before you experience permanent damage.
  • Tendonitis
  • Migraine (hemiplagic migraine)
  • Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attack (mini-stroke)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia
  • Reynauds disease causes constriction of the blood vessels and usually your fingers get numb, turn whitish in color.
  • Angina
  • Repetative Strain Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome- Using a mouse or keyboard, or other tools, in the same position for an extended period of time can be harmful.
  • Cervical Disc Herniations can cause tingling, arm numbness and pain.
Conditions and Diseases
Back Neck and Spine
Back Neck and Spinal Pain

What causes left side sharp lower back pain?

If the pain is stabbing and intense, and radiates, it's consistent with nerve compression pain caused by either a bulging disk or a disk that's fully herniated. If the pain goes down the back of your legs, it's the Sciatic nerve being compressed by the L4/5 or L5/S1 disk; if the pain stops at the inside of the knee, it's the L3/4 disk nerve being compressed.

Regardless, the treatment is the same - get off your feet, and lie down. Sitting is out as it also puts pressure on the lower spine. If it lasts in its intensity for more than 3 days, you'll probably require an Epidural or Facet Injection (local or targeted steroid injections to reduce inflammation) so that the disk can retract and heal. However, be aware that for most, the shots and resulting pain are as bad or worse than the pain it's intended to deal with. In the years when I still got benefit from shots, it generally took 2 or 3 days for the pain from the injection to subside.

Muscle spasms caused by the pain of the nerve compression adds to the problem, and is the reason muscle relaxers are commonly prescribed. As the muscles / tendons contract during pain spasms, the area around the nerve becomes tighter, increasing the nerve compression and subsequently the pain. It's a vicious cycle.

As I said, pain lasting in intensity for more than 2 or 3 days needs to be checked by a doctor. The severity of the pain also can give you an indication of just how bad the problem is - if you can walk without support (cane, etc.) then it's not that bad, but still should be checked anyway. If you can walk but need support, then it's more serious and you should hve it checked immediately.

Cold and Flu

Can fever cause eye pain?

Yes.. it's very normal to have eye pain with a fever/// Because of the blood flow diff. b/c of tempaturess =]


What should you take for braces pain?

Well I guess if you are talking about medicine you should take a Tylenol or Advil. But also if you are getting braces tightened take one (medicine) about half an hour before so it's already kicked in.

There are so many adult medications to get over the counter (OTC) that can be used rather than teething medications. They have sensory deadening agents in them, but longer lasting.

One natural suggestion is the oil of cloves. Has worked for decades! You rub on the area affected. DO NOT DRINK IT. Do not use anything with alcohol as a base.

Cold and Flu

Why do your eyes hurt when you have a fever?

actually your eyes do not burn when you have a fever but they do hurt when you have a cold or the flu.

Medical Terminology
Human Anatomy and Physiology

How are adhesions formed?

An adhesion is a band of scar tissue that binds 2 parts of your tissue together. Adhesions form as a natural part of the body's healing process after surgery. As part of the process, the body deposits fibrin onto injured tissues. The fibrin acts like a glue to seal the injury and encourage deposition of cellular matrix but may also cause tissues that should be separate to adhere to one another, held together by an adhesion. Over time, as part of the healing process, the body will either break down the adhesion and replace it with normal tissue or form a permanent adhesion.

While some adhesions do not cause problems, others can prevent tissues and organs from moving freely, sometimes causing organs to become twisted or pulled from their normal positions.

Adhesions may appear as thin sheets of tissue similar to plastic wrap or as thick fibrous bands.

The tissue develops when the body's repair mechanisms respond to any tissue disturbance, such as surgery, infection, trauma or radiation. lthough adhesions can occur anywhere, the most common locations are within the stomach, the pelvis and the heart. It often occurs after surgery.


When do you wear the walking black boot cast?

When you break your leg. Then, you go, to the dct. and then liike give you that.

Animal Life

What is the meaning of potent pain suppressant?

Concentrated, powerful, highly effective.


What is emotional pain that causes pleasure?

Either masochism if its sexual pleasure. Or i think cartharsis is the word for feeling an emotional purge or pleasurable release from something painful

or uncomfortable. Like getting a tatoo or a hard massage or self harm or even watching some scary or stressful movie and getting pleasure from it. Or whatever ur into

Medical Terminology

What does the medical abbreviation LD mean?

LD in med terms stands for 1. Learning Disability 2. Lethal Dose 3. Lactate Dehydrogenase


How much pain can the human body endure?

There is no final accurate measurement for this magnitude. But it still can be measurable to a certain extent. Based on the neurological split second response one person may indicate. Silent or not, you can see the electrical response one may give off.

Calorie Count
Back Neck and Spinal Pain

Do you burn more calories when you're in pain?

Ah, what kind of pain? Besides, I think you could feel better either by going outside, drinking some Graduates Grape Water from the baby section of stores (if it's there) or simply take like a 1/3 of an Alka-Seltzer every so often, or just 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Goya Coconut Water may also help.

Conditions and Diseases

What could cause pain throughout the body?

Pain throughout the bodyThere are many and various illnesses which could cause such pain. I can appreciate your anxiety about your mother, but finding a diagnosis may not be the answer to your worries

I have personal experience of investigations and tests over a period of 10 years. Through internet research I am aware that many people who suffer constant pain remain 'Undiagnosed' for many years, or the diagnosis changes or develops as the condition progresses.

Most treatments are for the symptoms and are used on a trial and error basis. Much Research is ongoing on a number of disorders such as Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder and Auto Immune Conditions. Cures appear to be a long way off.

Sorry if all that sounded very pessimistic, but as I said I have some personal experience.

The GOOD news is that I am much better following a consultation and treatment by an Holistic Therapist. I have also helped myself by changing my lifestyle and diet. I have returned to work after a year's absence. I still have some pain, but I feel more in control and positive about my future health.

All the above and I still have no clear DIAGNOSIS.

You obviously love your mother, so instead of worrying about what the problem might be, Help her now! Get her to a good Holistic Therapist and she will soon begin to FEEL better, I promise you.

FibromyalgiaAs a follow up to my previous post; Today a Rheumatologist postulated thatI am most likely to be suffering from FIBROMYALGIA. Fibromyalgia has a myriad of symptoms including 'pain throughout the body'.

It appears to be a growing problem that some associate with yeast infections and overuse of antibiotics in traditional medicine. The site below gives a good insight into this view and offers sufferersa natural solution

If you prefer traditional medicine you might suggest your Mum be tested. It involves, History taking, physical examination which involves checking out typical sites of pain and some blood tests.

No cures are offered as yet, but your mum might be a candidate for a study or trial within traditional medicine. I already know of two research projects within my own area. Participation may lead to access to innovative treatments, you never know.

I am sure you will find much information closer to you, if you do a search, but below is the address for my local information source and it is excellent.

InflammationPain is caused by inflamtion and is most able to be felt by the nerves in the skin. Theraputic massage reduces soft tissue inflamation and fixes pain over time. Pressure poaint therapy is the most effective form of massage.

Old injuries, RSI, compression and or lack of use can cause inflamation that lay dormat to awaken from stress load to unhealthy tissue, flue bugs can also wake up these old inkuries. Shop arounf for a good therapist as they vary in their skill level!

Lyme diseaseDiseases like lyme disease cause pain in the limbs throughout the body and just needs to have bloodwork done to find out if that's the problem (i had lyme disease and there was pain through my body)
Conditions and Diseases

What causes pain in the heels of your feet?

I had two heel spurs, one in each heel. I suffered terribly for about 5 years, and I worked in a hospital ?.. No- one knew about these at the time I was in pain, till I bought two Orthotics half way ones, and used them every-time I was on my feet. It took about three months for the pain to go. The heel spurs (they are a bone that looks like a claw.) they stay, but the inflammation around the heel spur goes. It's the only thing that helped get rid of mine, without having an operation or injections. Do not wear tight fitting or high heeled shoes . You could also buy full fitting shoes but a half a size bigger to be able to take the Orthotic comfortably. Try and use Trainers with the orthotics in at all times. Therapeutic treatment of heel pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis, Heel spurs, and related discomforts use Heel Orthotics. The orthotic helps lift the Plantar Fasciitis directly beneath the part of the foot where the heel meets the arch of the foot. These help the heel's natural fat pad, and provides natural structural reinforcement to prevent collapse of the mid foot. You can buy them from a chemist, the ones you have fitted, cost an arm and a leg. So make inquiries first about the cost. I hope this information helps everyone who has this very painful affliction. Believe me it REALLY WORKS... It certainly did for me.


Pain in lower quadrant near the kidney area?

The kidneys are not in the lower quadrants. The kidneys are in the upper quadrants and can produce flank (side) pain when the kidneys have a problem. The biggest culprits of lower quadrant pain in ovulating females is ovarian cysts. The biggest culprit of lower quadrant pain in both males and females is the pressure and gas in the colon that produces pain; this kind of pain goes away after a bowel movement. Appendix or Appendicitis pain is only in the lower quadrant for a short time before the pain radiates up to the navel.

Physical Education

When did physical education came to begin in Liberia?

What is physical education in Liberia


What could cause aching fingers?

Writing, typing, or using them too much, or blockage of blood circulation.

Women's Clothing

How do you give a girl a verry painful wedgie?

You don't :P


What is somatogenic pain?

Pain that is caused by organic diseases and disorders is known as somatogenic pain.

Pregnancy Symptoms
Conditions and Diseases
Stomach and Abdominal Pain

Why would you have stomach pain and passing out?

Go see a doctor. Fast.


What is incidental pain?

Incidental pain we can call breakthrough pain. Breakthrough torment has been connected with a decreased probability of satisfactory ache control. Regardless of the huge and variable frequency of this wonder because of changed meanings of this sort of torment, just a couple of studies have been led to evaluate and adequately treat achievement torment however the significance of supervising leap forward ache has been recognized by all. An expansive number of medications from different classes and novel techniques for organization like nasal and Tran's mucosal buckle track, as on account of fentanyl, have been utilized as a part of these studies to supervise this sort of torment.

Men's Health
Conditions and Diseases

What would Cause continuous pain in right arm from the shoulder to fingers making it feel heavy?

Don't waste any time, it is rare, but it may be a heart attack. I just had one and even though my left arm hurt it doesn't mean your right one can't. Depends on the blockage. Better safe then dead.

Urinary System

Is it possible to urinate without kidneys?



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