When some men get older, they have to deal with an increased amount of small aches and pains. More often than not, these pangs are fleeting - stopping as quickly as they start. However, there are some symptoms men shouldn't ignore. Minor twinges of pain can actually be signs of life-threatening illnesses and major men's health problems.
From sore backs to scratchy throats, certain small problems tend to lead to bigger concerns. Do yourself a favor and see a doctor even if you’re only in a little bit of pain.
From Redditor /u/wherewalda:
Anything that is persistent. If it's not going away, it's not "just" anything, it needs to be looked at.
Persistent, raging heartburn. I was young and dumb and uninsured so I put it off. I put it off for nearly 3 months, by which point I was subsisting on plain yogurt and lentils and still having extremely painful bouts of heartburn and vomiting. I had lost a lot of weight and was consistently exhausted and in pain.
Finally went to the doctor - it was a raging case of H. Pylori infection. It was cleared up with antibiotics, but my doctor warned me at the time that I had probably caused irreversible damage to my stomach and digestive system by waiting so long. She was right - within a year, the heartburn was back, along with the nausea and vomiting. I essentially gave myself a chronic disease by ignoring the initial infection.
Moral of the story: if it keeps coming back, don't ignore it. What could have been treatable before will turn into something worse.
A Nagging Knee
From Redditor /u/I_Hunt_N00bs:
My right knee had been slightly funky for a couple of years. I had originally noticed it after I did a bad tackle playing soccer landing on my knee. I presumed it was just going to be a niggle that I was going to have to deal with for the rest of my life. It didn’t hurt or anything but what was funky was you could put your fingers on the inside of my knee and as I compressed and extended my knee you could feel something clicking past tendons and soft tissues.
After a number of years it seemed like there was a bit of swelling around my knee and during some down time from work I decided I should finally see a doctor about it. I told him about the clicking and showed him, his face isn’t something I will forget - it was just disbelief and he said “Well, that’s not something I have ever felt before," sent me off for an X-ray and ultrasound. Turns out I had an osteocondroma (abnormal bone spur) on the inside of my knee and the tendons and so on were literally slipping one side to the other as I bent my knee back and forth.
The reason that I should have looked into it sooner is because before I got a chance to see the specialist and book in for surgery to get it removed, the spur punctured something in my knee. Caused a lot of swelling and excruciating pain. Straight to emergency, admitted straight away and there were considerations about operating that night.
In the end they sent me home after four days of rest and observation and I got it removed a couple of weeks later with no major issues.
From Redditor /u/boomwakr:
If you have testicular pain: don't f*ck around: seek medical attention immediately. I had testicular torsion and got lucky, a lot of men have lost [one or] both testicle[s] to this.
Inexplicable Red Marks On Your Body
From Redditor /u/sponger67:
[He got a huge splinter and] he was like, "It'll work it's way out on it's own." So, he left it alone, and a red line started to move along his arm from his pinky, up into his armpit. He finally got convinced to go in to the doctor, turns out the red line was a infection traveling along his vein, and had he not gone into the doctor when he did, they said the infection would have ended up in his heart and would have been extremely life threatening at that point.