Headaches, stomachaches, backaches, toothaches: Most of us experience some sort of pain every so often. And when they seem small, we usually ignore them. On his September 23 talk show, however, Dr. Mehmet Oz warned about three seemingly minor pains that actually can signal big problems. In addition, learn about holistic solutions for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and various types of aches and pains.
Here are the three seemingly minor types of pain that can signal serious problems:
- Have you ever had pain in your calf? You might think that you worked out too hard at the gym, or slept with your cat curled up on your leg. However, if the symptoms include swelling, redness, deep muscle spasms and pain, you might have a potentially life-threatening blood clot or deep vein thrombosis. Talk to your doctor if you have these symptoms.
- Headaches occur for all types of reasons. But if your headache suddenly erupts into violent pain, you might have a ruptured aneurysm. Head to the emergency room.
- Chest and stomach pain may seem like ordinary heartburn. But if over-the-counter medication doesn't help or the burning feels worse when you haven't eaten, you might have an ulcer. Visit your doctor for help.
Do you have IBS? Dr. Oz says that symptoms include:
- At least 3 months of abdominal pain or cramping that occurs 25 percent of the time
- Changes in bowel habits
Dr. Oz suggests these remedies for IBS:
- Diet: You might be sensitive to dairy, excess fruit and too much sorbitol.
- Try eating more soluble fiber, which you can get from psyllium seed husks, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Try peppermint oil.
- Experiment with probiotics.
- Try mind-body techniques such as muscle relaxation.
Some pains aren't so serious, but they can impact the quality of your life. Dr. Oz suggests the following holistic remedies:
- Try flaxseeds for period pain to balance your hormones.
- Eat spinach for headaches. It's high in magnesium.
- Try pineapple for knee pain. It contains bromelain.
- Relieve back pain with cherries.
- Take B vitamins for nerve pain.