Whether it’s due to age, our body clock or the daily rigours of juggling work and family commitment, every woman experiences some form of body pain in varying degrees in her life. Find out here what are the top 10 most common pains, what are the possible causes and how to ease them.
This common pain can be caused by many things, including: Lack of sleep, poor diet, dehydration, allergy, caffeine (too much or lack of), stress, loud noises. Hormonal changes can also cause headaches, and for women, period pains are sometimes accompanied by mild headaches.
The time of the month is something every woman is most familiar with. Period pains, however, vary from slight discomfort to excruciating cramps. Most common areas of pains are the lower back and abdomen, but sometimes you might experience full body aches in more severe episodes.
Unlike a regular headache, migraines are more severe as it’s a pulsating and constant pain you feel in your head. Accompanying symptoms include sensitivity to light, pain in the eyes and temple, and in more serious cases, nausea and vomiting. There are no known causes for most migraines, but hormonal changes, stress and change in environment and climate are said to be some possible causes.
Toothache, for many people, is one of the worst pain experiences. There are many causes for toothaches, and these range from simple gum sensitivity (often to cold drinks or foods) to dental cavities and tooth decay. Other possible reasons are dental health complications such as wisdom tooth, ingrown tooth or gum disease.
Pains and aches in the shoulder are very common among working professionals. Causes include poor posture and sitting in chairs with no proper support for long periods of time. For office workers, hunching over a keyboard can cause shoulder aches. Another common cause is not sleeping well due to poor posture caused by a pillow or mattress with poor support. If the pain is severe, it could also mean arthritis or a torn cartilage or bone spur.
Another most common pain among adults, backaches also range from mild to severe (where the afflicted finds it hard to even walk). While poor posture from sitting, standing and lying down are common causes, a backache could also signal muscle sprain, ligament strains or, in more serious cases, a slip disc. It is also the most common pain experienced by pregnant women.
If you exercise rigorously or play sports, muscular aches are common. The pain normally comes the next day, especially after an intense workout the day before. But there are also other causes of muscle aches, such as a viral infection such as flu and cold or food poisoning.
Fatigue from walking long distances causes calf pain, and this is sometimes made worse by improper footwear or demanding shoes like high heels. Calf pain can also be caused by muscle or ligament strains on the leg. A muscle cramp in the middle of the night can cause pain in the calf, and sometimes the pain lasts for days.
The cause for this type of headache is not clear, but medical experts have identified several common triggers such as stress and anxiety, lack of sleep, poor nutrition or dehydration. Unlike a normal headache or the hammering pain of a migraine, tension headaches tend to be a dull ache with the sensation of tightness or pressure across the forehead.
A neck ache is commonly caused by poor posture while sitting, walking or when sleeping. A poor pillow is usually one of factors for sufferers of neck pains, as it does not offer enough support for the neck.
RELIEF IN JUST 10 MINUTES
When pain hits, the first thing you want is relief, whether for a good night’s sleep through the night or to last you through the day if you are on the go.
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Keep a pack with you at all times, so you can get instant relief when pain hits you.
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*If pain persists, you should visit your GP or a doctor at once, as this could signal symptoms of more serious ailments or diseases.
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