5 Health Issues You Shouldn’t Ignore

by | Nov 6, 2018 | Physical Health + Wellness

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While we can all go a bit overboard when checking out our symptoms on Google, there are a few symptoms that are more worthy of concern than others. However healthy you may be and no matter how well you take care of yourself, sometimes it’s better to discuss it with your doctor rather than continuing to read about all the horrible things you probably don’t have on WebMD.

Below are a handful of symptoms you should consider a little more carefully just to be on the safe side.

Shortness of Breath

While everyone experiences shortness of breath once in a while, or dyspnea as it’s formally called, you should pay closer attention if the symptom comes together with other issues. Being out of breath when exercising is not the kind of dyspnea we’re talking about, but if you experience difficulty while resting or in other situation you aren’t normally out of breath, you may want to have it checked out.

While it may originate from a number of more common causes–asthma, congestion, etc.–it could be something far more serious. If you experience it often and with increasing intensity, it becomes more essential to seek medical advice. At the very least, it will provide you with some peace of mind. No matter what the reason behind it is, feeling a short of breath in unexpected moments can uncomfortable and frightening to anyone.

It’s most important that you remember this: when it is severe, sudden, and significantly limits your activity, don’t hesitate to seek medical help.

Intense Headache

When you think about intense headaches, the first thing that comes to mind may be migraines. But if you’re not prone to migraines and your pain is very intense and far more painful than usual, it may be due to something more serious.

Among other things, a stroke will often manifest as a sudden and extremely intense headache; as will an aneurysm, and a number of other things. It’s best to err on the side of caution and perhaps, consider it an emergency and seek help right away.

It’s also important take action if you have other symptoms together with an intense headache, such as a stiff neck or a high fever.

Keep in mind that an intense headache doesn’t necessarily mean you have a catastrophic condition. It’s more likely that you don’t. BUT, it’s important to get a medical opinion.

Changes in Vision

We have all heard a lot about the permanent damage a head injury can cause–and how concussions may lead to Alzheimer’s at a later stage. If your vision has changed, along with a head injury, it’s one of the first signs that things aren’t quite as they should be.

Blurred vision, or a loss of vision, should prompt you to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. While it may be inconsequential, seeking treatment will help to rule out more serious issues and help you determine if changes in your vision are due to an allergy, infection, general loss of sight, or a blow to the head.

For more about the signs of permanent damage after a head injury take a look at this article.

Sudden and Severe Pain

Pain, in general, is our body’s way of telling us that something isn’t quite right. The more severe the pain, the more reason you have to be concerned. The problem with pain is that it can have so many causes and it’s nearly impossible to narrow the source of the pain without talking to a professional–particularly if you’re experiencing severe and sudden abdominal pain.. Even then, it can remain a bit of a mystery.

Some health issues won’t necessarily manifest as pain. If you’re a health worker, for example, it’s particularly important to pay close attention to your health,  as you may be subject to both airborne and bloodborne diseases fairly often. You can learn more about exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace here.

General Confusion

While it may be difficult to notice increased confusion in yourself, it’s important to keep an eye out for it in the behavior of your loved ones. The signs leading up to the final diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, for example, tend to be confusion and other changes in their mental status.

It could be something as innocent as forgetting the directions from their home or to the grocery store– or it may be more severe such as confusing their loved ones with others.

If the person you’re noticing these symptoms in is currently taking medications,it’s important to determine if their confusion is a side-effect of those meds. It may be as simple as needing you to help them get medications that are better suited for them.

The quicker you are to talk to a professional about your concerns, the sooner you can rule out unsubstantiated fears, and address the issue appropriately.

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