As we get older, the pains in our body begin to increase. You know what pains I’m talking about; it’s the ones that come and go in a matter of minutes. But sometimes those pains begin to linger for an hour or two, but will completely disappear the following day, only to return a few days later.
It can be frustrating and while these pains may feel random, they’re actually not. There is a reason behind every ache that our body has. Sometimes it can be a cause for concern, and other times it’s just wear and tear on the body.
In order to treat and care these aches and pains, it’s a good idea to be able to decipher why these aches and pains are occurring. Below you will find the most common pains in your body and why they might be occurring.
Pain On the Bottom Of Your Foot: According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes for pain on the bottom of your foot are injury, overuse or any conditions that may cause inflammation that involves any of the bones, tendons or ligaments. I recently spoke to Natalie Bogdanski, who is a fitness enthusiast and was training for a 10k race. She told me that she was having foot pain for the past two months but thought nothing of it. But once she went to see the doctor, she was informed that the pain she was feeling was actually a stress fracture on her foot. So no 10k race, and it’s safe to say Natalie has learned her lesson. So for those who are training for races or triathlons, you need to give your feet a break once and a while.
Knee Buckling: When your knee buckles at a very young age, it’s usually not serious. But as you get older, your knees can become weaker. So when it buckles, it’s usually not a good sign. Healthline states that the number one cause for your knee buckling is an injury. They add that many cases of knee instability are caused by injuries from high-impact activities such as running. The most common injuries are ACL tears and meniscus tears. The other common cause for your knee buckling according to Healthline is arthritis. Inflammation fills your joints and will often affect the knees. Knee buckling is a common form of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Pain In the Back of the Ear: It can be difficult to identify what is causing your headache. But if you have a persistent pain in the back of your ear, it can be a number of things according to Healthline. One of the reasons could be that you have pinched nerves in your neck. You can get pinched nerves in your neck if you keep it bent for a long period of time. Another reason you might have pain in the back of your ear is dental problems. Healthline explains that if you have an abscessed tooth or, or other dental issues, it can cause pain behind the ear.
Sharp Pain In Your Head: WebMD states that if you are experiencing a sharp pain in your head at least a few times a month, it could be occipital neuralgia. This condition occurs when the nerves that are running from the spinal cord to the scalp become inflamed. You will either feel pain on the back of your head or on the base of the skull.
Muscle Cramp: There are a couple reasons why you might have a muscle cramp according to the Mayo Clinic. The first reason is inadequate blood supply. Your arteries become narrow and you could feel muscle cramps in your legs and feet while you’re exercising. The second reason is nerve compression. If the nerves in your spine are compressed, you may feel cramp-like pain in your legs.
Sharp Stomach Pain: There are many different causes for stomach pain. If you experience this pain once in a while, Medical News Today states that it could just be an acid reflux. They add that if you experience this pain a couple of times a day, it could be a stomach or peptic ulcer.
Leg Pain: The arteries in your legs can become damaged and narrowed just like the arteries that are connected to your heart. If this happens, you can experience lower leg pain when you’re walking, climbing the stairs or any other kind of exercise, says WebMD. This is called peripheral arterial disease. If you start feeling these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have this disease, but it does indicate that you should go speak to a doctor and get a proper diagnosis.
Sudden Back Pain: The first cause for sudden back pain is an injury. If you are exercising or overexerting your back, you increase the chances of pulling a muscle or straining it, according to WebMD. But if you have constant stress or poor posture, it can eventually lead to back spasms and chronic aching. WebMD adds that there is pressure on the spine, which can result from a herniated disc; it can also cause sudden back pain.