We all go through life experiencing many aches and pains, and many of them can be attributed to a slip and fall, over indulging, or being a weekend warrior, so we ignore them for our body has a great mechanism to heal itself. Not every pain is a cause of panic. But there are some mystery pains that we should never ignore, and many are signs to seek immediate medical help, just to be sure. Pay attention to these telltale signs and messages that a referred pain is signaling you.
Ever get a “brain freeze” or an ice-cream headache? This is called a referred pain. Referred pain means that a problem exists somewhere else in the body other than where you feel the pain, according to WebMd. For example, your pancreas is located in the upper middle part of the abdomen. When it becomes inflamed (called pancreatitis), it becomes a potentially serious disorder. Many patients feel radiating pain in their back or in some cases the left shoulder. This is because the nerves fibers of the pancreas and left shoulder piggyback each other and travel together over the same route. You may not associate a jaw pain with heart attack and you’ll probably dismiss it as usual random pain. But a painful jaw may mean that your heart is stressed, and a heart attack may be imminent.
The following are some examples of referred pain, and it is not an exhaustive list. This information is not intended to be a medical diagnosis for any symptoms that you may experience. It is for informational purpose only, so you are aware what signals your body may be sending you. Always seek medical attention and consult with a physician especially if you have chest pain, severe headache or stiff neck, or pain accompanied by weakness or numbness.