Body Pains You Can’t Ignore

Today’s show is a repeat of a show that aired on March 21, 2012. The biggest segment of today’s show involves four body pains you shouldn’t ignore.

Body Pains: Jaw Pain

If you are experiencing jaw pain, this could be a sign of a heart attack. He describes the pain as dull and vague, but says it is known for moving around. It usually starts at the bottom of the jaw, but can move to the top or the front of the teeth. Nearly half the audience admitted having a pain like this. Dr. Oz says this is a sign of stress, but could also be signaling a heart attack, so you don’t want to ignore it because the heart cannot directly feel pain. When it gets inflammed, it can cause pain in the jaw.

So when should you be worried about jaw pain?

Low Worry

  • Moving the jaw increases the pain.

Mid Worry

  • Experiencing jaw pain in the morning.

High Worry

  • Pain when you get exerted
  • Pain also experienced in the arm or chest.
  • Shortness of breath.

Body Pains: Leg Pain

This type of leg pain usually feels like a Charley horse and starts deep within the calf. It may swell and turn red, and varicose veins may develop. More than 3/4 of the audience had experienced this kind of pain. One audience member, Rashida, said she would experience slight calf pain with sudden onset, lasting only about 5 to 10 minutes. When the pain went away, she’d forget about it until it happened again. However, it could be a sign of Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT.

When should you be worried about leg pain?

Low Worry

  • You only have swollen ankles.
  • You have been moving and active.

Mid Worry

  • You are sedentary.
  • You have traveled recently.
High Level
  • Your leg is warm and red.
  • You experience pain when you squeeze your calf.

Body Pains: Abdominal Pain

This type of pain usually feels “colic-y” and starts between the rib cage. It may last a few minutes, or it could last a few hours. Just under 3/4 of the audience had experienced a severe stomach pain. Audience member Helene says she experiences sharp pain in her stomach after she eats greasy meals or oats. Dr. Oz says this could be a result of gallstones. Bile, made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder, may get stuck in ducts if you have gallstones and eat anything fatty. As a result, the gallbladder squeezes to remove the blockages, and you feel pain. Too much of this, and you could end up with an infection.

When should you worry about gallstones?

Low Worry

  • You experience relief after going to the bathroom, either peeing or pooping.
  • You experience relief when you take an antacid.

Mid Worry

  • You do not experience a reduction in pain when you change positions.

High Worry

  • You experience pain within 20 to 30 minutes, every time you eat something fatty.
  • Gallstones may be treated with surgery, or through adjustments in diet.

You can treat gallstones with surgery or adjusting your diet.


Body Pains: Tingling

If you experience tingling sensations on a regular basis, it could a be a sign of nerve damage. Nearly 3/4 of the Dr. Oz audience had experienced tingling at some point. Audience member Cheri says she experiences this kind of feeling when she’s typing at work, and to get rid of it, she shakes it away. He tells her this could be a sign of nerve damage.

When to worry about tingling sensations

Low Worry

  • The tingling sensation goes away when you move the body part that’s tingling.

Mid Worry

  • This pain is persistant for several days.

High Worry

  • You experience muscle weakness that causes you to drop things. It could indicate nerve damage or multiple sclerosis. The sooner you get to the doctor for intervention, the better off you are.



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