Mysterious Pain Quiz

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

A 'charley horse' is a muscle spasm, caused by muscle over-use, injury, dehydration or mineral deficiencies. To ease the pain of a muscle spasm, try massage or stretches -- and up your intake of bananas.

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

Systemic scleroderma is an autoimmune disease where the body produces too much collagen, which thickens, tightens and scars the skin and internal organs.

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

Pleurisy is a symptom of another illness, such as pneumonia or a blood clot in the lung. It's caused when the membrane surrounding the lungs becomes swollen and inflamed.

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?

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease where the body's immune system attacks not only things foreign to the body but healthy tissue as well -- from joints to blood vessels to organs.

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?

Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease, and is believed to be triggered by the body's inappropriate immune response to bacteria and food. Its symptoms include abdominal pain, rectal pain and bleeding, and diarrhea. It may also cause arthritis and other painful problems.

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

Endometriosis is diagnosed when the lining of the uterus extends outside the uterine wall, usually to the ovaries, fallopian tubes and into areas of the pelvis.

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

Recurrent aphthous stomatitis has been associated with several factors, including horomonal imbalance, trauma, stress and 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 is caused when the body produces antibodies to destroy healthy thyroid cells. Along with symptoms of hypothyroidism, it also increases sensitivity to medications and can increase a woman's risk of miscarriage.

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

Persistent idiopathic facial pain is often described as a crushing or burning sensation by those who suffer from it. Its cause is unknown but likely due to injury to the trigeminal nerve, the largest pathway of sensory information from the face to the brain.

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?

If you had chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus) as a kid, you may be at risk for shingles as an adult. The virus lies dormant over the years and can re-emerge at any time, although people with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk. When the pain of shingles continues after the rash has run its course, it's a condition called postherpetic neuralgia.

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

Lyme disease often starts with a bulls-eye rash and flu-like symptoms but without treatment an estimated 10 to 20 percent of sufferers will go on to develop lifelong chronic arthritis.

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

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects almost 6 million Americans, mostly women. It causes chronic muscle pain all over the body, and while its cause is unknown, some theories link it to hormonal or chemical imbalances in the brain, genes or trauma.

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?

While no one is sure what causes cardiac syndrome X, theories suggest it may be linked to reduced blood flow and increased sensitivity to pain. It's more common among women than men, and researchers are studying the role hormones play in the condition.

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

Shoulder and bicep pain is often the earliest symptom of Parkinson's disease. As the disease progresses, patients often also experience pain from dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions.

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

A hiatal hernia causes chest pain and pressure, often severe, when part of the stomach and esophagus slide into the chest.

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

When leg pain includes swelling, especially in the calf, a warm red spot and shortness of breath, it could be a blood clot. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are blood clots that form in the legs (or groin) and can be deadly if they travel to the lungs.

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

When kidney stones break loose and travel into the urinary tract, it causes pain in the lower back or abdomen, bloody urine and can even block urine flow.

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

Knee injuries are usually caused by injury or inflammation in or around the knee, whereas scoliosis is a curvature of the spine.

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

Migraines are more common in women than in men, and may be triggered by stress, hormonal changes, certain foods, sleep disturbances, physical exertion or environmental factors.

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

The cause of phantom limb pain is unknown but theories suggest it's a combination of psychological factors and abnormal nerve activity.

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