What's Causing That Pain?
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What's Causing That Pain?

Got a few aches? Take this quiz on surprising sources of pain -- such as sugar or even sex -- and ways to prevent it.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Is pain a good thing?

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The correct answer is: Believe it or not, pain can be a good thing. The nervous system triggers a sensation of pain to stop you from doing something that might cause a severe injury and to let you know that something may be wrong.

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What causes painful sex in women?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. For most women who are in good health, painful intercourse is usually the result of vaginal dryness (which can be improved by a lubricant or more foreplay) or infection. Get checked out by a doctor to confirm whether a bacterial or yeast infection is present and, if so, get treatment.

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How many women have painful intercourse?

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The correct answer is: Most women will experience some form of pain during or after intercourse at one time or another. It is reported in 15 percent of women at any given time, according to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.

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What causes penis pain during sex?

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The correct answer is: Men may experience pain during intercourse for a variety of reasons, all of which should be brought to the attention of a healthcare provider and treated appropriately. Common causes include sexually transmitted infections, scar tissue, skin allergies, certain medications and, in uncircumcised men, problems with the foreskin not retracting properly.

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True or false: The only cause of painful urination is a urinary tract infection.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Painful/burning urination is the most common symptom of a urinary tract problem. However, it could also mean that the urethra (tube that carries urine) is irritated. The uretha can be irritated by soaps, perfumes or foreign bodies. Kidney stones can cause pain with urination when they pass through the urethra as well.

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True or false: Food can cause pain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to a report in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches causes pain due to increased inflammation.

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What are foods that combat pain that comes from inflammation?

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The correct answer is: A study in the Journal of Nutrition showed that eating berries daily can significantly reduce inflammation.

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Why do sugary foods cause pain in your teeth?

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The correct answer is: Both 1 and 2 are correct. Bacteria turns the sugars into acid, which causes the demineralization and loss of enamel, which is called tooth decay.

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True or false: Deep breathing relieves pain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Deep abdominal breathing actually alters your psychological state, making a painful moment diminish in intensity. The brain makes its own morphine-like pain relievers, called endorphins and enkephalins, which are associated with a happy, positive feeling throughout the body.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What causes painful cracks in your heels?

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The correct answer is: Wearing shoes without a back and walking around barefoot a lot can cause painful cracks in your heels. This can happen because calluses build up and are vulnerable to cracking.

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What ingredient can be used as a home remedy to get rid of painful cracks in your heels?

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The correct answer is: To soften calluses and allow cracks to heal, cover heels and the base of the foot in petroleum jelly and cover with socks while sleeping.

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Where could the pain under the shoulder blade be coming from?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pain under the shoulder blade can actually be coming from other areas of the body, such as the gall bladder, heart, aorta, fallopian tubes, abdominal organs, diaphragm and lungs. An aggravated muscle could be sending pain to this area as well. See your physician if this symptom persists.

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Is nipple pain normal?

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The correct answer is: Nipple pain can be normal. As the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body change (during a woman's cycle), nipple sensitivity can also change. Nipple pain can also be mechanical -- from friction with certain fabrics, for example.

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When does nipple pain warrant seeing a doctor?

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The correct answer is: If there is a firm mass under the nipple, visible redness, discharge or bleeding or if you have any fevers or chills, it is worth getting checked by a healthcare provider.

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True or false: Growing pains are real.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Growing pains are real and may be felt by as many as one-third of children between the ages of 4-14. These pains, often felt as aches in the arms and legs are a normal part of childhood, but they can be very uncomfortable. Hot showers or baths, and the occasional use of ibuprofen can help provide relief.

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What causes painfully tight thigh muscles?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Thigh muscles can be tight for a number of reasons. Stretching may be all you need, but it's good to see your doctor if this problem persists.

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Why is back pain difficult to diagnose?

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The correct answer is: As common as back pain is, it's often difficult to diagnose what caused it because it greatly varies from person to person. Fortunately, pinpointing the exact cause of a back breakdown isn't the important thing, since most pain can be alleviated with the right therapy.

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True or false: Sinuses can cause pain in the jaw.

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The correct answer is: This is true. An infected sinus can cause pain in the upper jaw and upper molar teeth. If you have pain in the jaw or teeth, consult your dentist first.

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What herbal ingredient in creams can help relieve pain?

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The correct answer is: In ointment form, arnica acts as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic for aches and bruises. Arnica may cause a skin rash in some people and should not be taken internally.

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Should you use ice or heat to treat pain in the first 24 hours of a sprained ankle?

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The correct answer is: In the first 24 hours of an acute injury, sprain or strain, ice is preferred because it also has anti-inflammatory properties. The cold causes small blood vessels to narrow, limiting the amount of swelling and irritation.

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