Mysterious Pain Quiz
by Staff
How much pain can you take? Find out how much you know about pain in this mysterious pain quiz.

Eating more bananas and stretching before working out can help you avoid what painful leg malady?

  • charley horse
  • restless leg syndrome
  • varicose veins
  • blood clot

What autoimmune rheumatic disease causes skin tightening and hardening, blood vessel thickening and organ damage?

  • lupus
  • Wegener's granulomatosis
  • pemphigus vulgaris
  • scleroderma

You suddenly feel severe stabbing chest pain with every breath, which only gets worse when you cough. What could this be?

  • acid reflux
  • heart disease
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • pleurisy

This disease is known as 'the great imitator' because many of its symptoms, including swollen, painful joints, are similar to those of other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and others. What is it?

  • diabetes
  • lupus
  • thyroid disease
  • Crohn's disease

Severe abdominal pain that's accompanied by other painful symptoms such as arthritis, joint pain and rectal bleeding may be signs of what chronic illness?

  • migraines with aura
  • Crohn's disease
  • diabetes
  • HIV

This condition causes debilitating pelvic pain, and left untreated can cause a condition known as 'frozen pelvis' -- what is it?

  • fibromyalgia
  • endometriosis
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • pelvic inflammatory disease

Which is not a trigger of recurrent aphthous stomatitis, an oral mucosal disorder that causes large and small, painful ulcers?

  • hormonal imbalance
  • diabetes
  • trauma
  • certain foods

What autoimmune disease causes uncomfortable swelling and pressure in the lower neck along with increased antithyroid antibodies and increased levels of TSH in the blood?

  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • vitiligo
  • lupus erythematosus
  • rheumatioid arthritis

Deep, aching facial pain that is severe and happens all day long characterizes what facial pain syndrome?

  • persistent idiopathic facial pain
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • postherpetic neuralgia
  • erythema nodosum

The first symptom of this virus is pain, burning and tingling followed by an itchy rash and blisters. When the pain lingers after the rash is gone, what is this called?

  • erythema nodosum
  • postherpetic neuralgia
  • measles
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome

Headaches, still neck, facial paralysis, debilitating joint pain and swelling -- it's not rheumatoid arthritis, it's:

  • Lyme disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • fibromyalgia
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis

Muscle pain, stiffness in the morning, fatigue and tender points are the hallmark signs of what chronic condition?

  • colitis
  • chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • fibromyalgia
  • dermatomyositis

You have chest pain, known as angina, but your doctor has ruled out acid reflux and blockages in your arteries. You may be suffering from which of the following?

  • cardiac syndrome X
  • stable angina
  • metabolic syndrome
  • Takotsubo syndrome

What common ache is often an early symptom of Parkinson's disease?

  • neck
  • shoulder
  • lower back
  • knee

Pain from this condition is often mistaken as a heart attack, sending sufferers to the emergency room -- what is it?

  • hiatal hernia
  • inguinal hernia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • umbilical hernia

What type of leg pain may be hiding a silent killer?

  • deep vein thrombosis
  • charley horse
  • sprain
  • vericose veins

Extreme cramping pain in the lower back or abdomen, with or without nausea and vomiting, is a symptom of what condition?

  • rectal prolapse
  • renal artery stenosis
  • urinary tract infection
  • kidney stones

Knee pain can be tricky to treat because it has so many causes, including all of the following except:

  • ligament injury
  • scoliosis
  • tendonitis
  • bursitis

What type of headache is actually a neurological syndrome, characterized by throbbing head pain along with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light?

  • tension headache
  • migraine
  • cluster headache
  • rebound headache

What type of pain is experienced by an estimated 50 to 80 percent of amputees?

  • tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • phantom limb pain