Initially it was like every pain, every ache was a concern. But over time I have learnt which pains are ‘normal’ and which pains are to be acted on. I have headaches and eye pain EVERY day. I now look for a progression of symptoms. As I say ‘Eye pain’ has become a normal thing BUT if that progresses from eye pain to visual distortion or I’m getting tingles in my hands and feet or my balance is affected, it’s time to act. Now, these are my signs and your signs maybe different. I have been told by the medicos that the brain itself has no pain sensors, it merely processes the information from elsewhere in the body. And this is why I do not only monitor my headaches but also other sensory irregularities ie tingles etc
In saying all of this I must also agree with Kate, “If they are new or severe, you should let the docs know…” I have gone through this process quite a few times only to be told ‘Nothing to worry about…’ But by the same accord I have had a progression of symptoms that I ignored thinking 'That’s a bit different, but it’ll be OK…" only to find out that it wasn’t OK.
If you have concerns, if you see a progression of symptoms, get it checked out. What’s the worst they can say ‘That’s normal, It’s all OK’ ???. But then if those symptoms are ignored, things can progress and be devastating, get it checked out.
Merl from the Moderator Support Team