The Ultimate Guide to Decode Body Pain

Learn what your aches and pains really mean.

You constantly worry about your health. You google every little pain or problem that comes your way and a lot of times come to the same conclusion: You are dying. Does this sound like you? 

If it does, you're not alone. But googling to self-diagnose is never a good idea — usually what you find is not accurate and just results in panic. Cardiologists and co-authors of the book "Am I Dying?!" Drs. Marc Einsenberg and Chris Kelly help you weed through the nonsense to figure out which symptoms you should see a doctor about. Check out their ultimate guide below and use it as a reference to figure out if you should chill out or simply make an appointment. However, even if you think you should "chill out," it's never a bad idea to go to the doctor and to speak up about any issues you're concerned about. If you are experiencing symptoms that interrupt your daily life, make an appointment with your doctor to get peace of mind. 

Stomach Pain 

Chill Out

If you have stomach cramps that come and go and haven't pooped in a week, you're most likely constipated. Constipation is a very common problem that means you have less than three bowel movements every week and when you do it's difficult. Generally if you add more fiber and exercise into your diet you should be able to fix the problem. 

More: The Guide to Natural Constipation Relief

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If there is a change in your normal pooping pattern it might be reasonable to get concerned. While changes in bowel movements can occur if you alter your diet, modify your rountine, or don't get enough sleep, if your constipation can't be explained there might be a bigger issue going on, so make an appointment to discuss with your doctor. If you are losing weight without trying, and are also constipated it could be a sign of colon cancer.

Additionally, if you experience an intense pain on the lower right half of your stomach accompanied with symptoms like fever and nausea, go to the hospital immediately: Your appendix may need to be removed. 

Pelvis Pain

Chill Out

If you are a woman and get infrequent pelvis pain that lines up with your menstrual cycle, you are most likely experiencing period pain. This is a normal symptom of menstraution and can be minimized by taking over-the-counter pain medication. 

More: 7 Foods To Help Cure Period Cramps

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If your pelvis pain becomes extremely significant and extends after your period, it could signify endometriosis or fibroids. While these are common issues many women have, they should be taken seriously. If your pelvis pain isn't going awa,  make an appointment with your doctor. If you do have one of these medical problems, don't worry, they can be treated with pain relievers, hormone therapy, or surgery. 

More: Fibroids Fact Sheet

Chest Pain

Chill Out

The most common worry people have when chest pain arises is that they are having a heart attack. While that could be a possibility, not every pain in your chest signifies cardiac arrest. If you experience chest pain, take a deep breath — if you feel a sharp pain in an isolated spot you most likely just have a pulled muscle. 

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However, if you get burning chest pains that won't go away after eating or when you lay down (potentially with a sour taste in your mouth that lasts a few weeks) you might have acid reflux and should make an appointment to see your doctor. If you find that you have constant and extremely severe chest pains for more than five minutes, shortness of breath, and pain in your arms you are most likely having a heart attack and should seek immediate medical attention.

More: How to Know If You Might Be Having a Heart Attack

Back Pain

Chill Out

If you have had back pain or aches that come and go over a couple weeks you're probably experiencing a muscle spasm. If you avoid heavy lifting, it should heal in a relatively short amount of time. 

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If you feel sharp and deep pains in your back that last for weeks, it could be the shingles virus. This "adult version" of the chicken pox can strike when you are under stress. If you think you have the shingles, make an appointment with your doctor to get medication to treat the problem. 

If you suddenly begin to feel severe pain in your lower back you might have kidney stones. Go to the hospital if the pain is really bad. They will have to confirm the stones by issuing an ultrasound. 

More: 7 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

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