1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.


The Most Common Medical Symptom of All


Updated January 22, 2014

chest pain

Heart attack pain might follow a common pattern.

(c) A.D.A.M.

The symptom of pain tells the victim that something is wrong with the body. Sometimes, the cause of pain is never diagnosed. It is important to be as specific as possible about pain to help physicians diagnose the cause. If you believe this pain to be life-threatening, call 911 immediately.


Sudden Onset Pain

Pinpoint the location of sudden pain. Click on the location of the pain below. Slow or Gradual Onset Pain In most cases of slow onset pain, it is advisable to call your physician and make an appointment. If the pain has become unbearable, either call 911 or proceed directly to a hospital emergency department.
Related Video
How to Choose Pain Medication

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.