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Major physical pain isn't the only thing you've got to look out for.  Some pains, even if they seem small, need immediate attention. For example: 


·     A sharp ache between your shoulders:  Could be a heart attack.  Pain between shoulder blades is common in women, as is jaw pain, shortness of breath and nausea. If you have these symptoms, you need to get medical help ASAP.


·     A “thunderclap” headache: If you have the worst headache of your life and it comes on suddenly, call 911.  You could be having an aneurysm, which is dangerous in a very immediate sense.  Don't drive yourself to the hospital.  The difference between an aneurysm and a migraine is that with a migraine, you feel nauseous, are sensitive to light and sound and it's a gradual progression.


·     A dull stomach pain to the lower right of the abdomen: This could be appendicitis.  One thing you can do is bring your knee to your head and have someone push down with resistance.  If that hurts, that's a sign of an irritated appendix, which you need to get checked out.


·     Tooth pain that wakes you up at night: May be frequent teeth-clenching, which many of us do because we're stressed out.  Your dentist can tell you if you need a night guard, for example, as an intervention.